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Connect with people in Jesus;
Build each other up in faith; and to
Become Like Jesus.
Ephesians 6:10-20, Stand Firm & Pray In today’s text Paul addresses to “Put on the full armour of God.” In fact, the full armour is needed especially in a war. Thankfully, most of us have never had to fight in an actual war. Every day of our lives, though, we are engaged in a war. It is a war of the spirit: a war of hope vs. despair, love vs. hatred, right living vs. sin. We are on the front line and sometimes things look tough.
Most of the Armour of God is for defensive purposes. They are to protect the soldier. We are all concerned about that kind of protection even in everyday life. All of these things are to protect us. Paul says we should protect ourselves spiritually, too, by daily putting on the Armour of God such as the belt of truth, the breastplate of righteousness, shoes, the shield of faith, and the helmet of salvation. Whereas most of them are for the protection from the attack, the only weapon in the Spiritual armour of God is the sword of the Spirit or the Word of God. Through the Word of God, the Spirit convicts. Through the Word of God, God can and does change hearts.
The Purpose of the Armour of God is to keep you ready to do the work of a Child of the Kingdom, a Soldier of Christ. And that work is very simple. It is front line battlefield work. It is hard work. It takes stamina and will power. It takes focus and a warrior’s heart. What I am talking about is ‘Prayer’. You and I are called to kneel in the very presence of God and lift one another in prayer. Prayer brings us into the very presence of God. Through prayer we are brought to the throne of grace and we are enabled to stand before God. IL-WOONG.
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DVDs of the Week:
Love’s Abiding Joy Directed by Michael Landon, Jr., this fourth instalment in Janette Oke’s beloved Love Comes Softly series is now a satisfying heart-warming feature. Following a treacherous journey west, Missie (Erin Cottrell) and her husband (Logan Bartholomew) have set up a homestead where they’ve begun to raise a family. And now that a railroad line connects the states, Missie’s father (Dale Midkiff), is able to visit. But when the joyful reunion is interrupted by tragedy, the faith and love of this family is once again challenged in a story and your family will never forget.
When Calls The Heart No. 12 – Follow Your Heart Based on Janette Oke’s best-selling Canadian West series, When Calls The Heart: Follow Your Heart follows the continuing story of Elizabeth Thatcher, a young teacher who has forgone the life of the big city and found a home in the small mining town of Coal Valley. While Jack and Elizabeth’s relationship has cooled following their arguments in Hamilton, Jack is to on the trail of a counterfeiter right in Hope Valley! Seeing Jack in danger prompts Elizabeth to confront her feelings and seek him out … but she inadvertently sets Rip, Jack’s dog, loose at the same time. As a violent storm bears down on Hope Valley, Jack and Elizabeth search for Rip and take shelter in an old mine shaft. Bill Avery arrives back in Hope Valley to interrogate the counterfeiter, meanwhile Rosemary confronts Lee Coulter about the ‘misunderstanding’ between them. The next day, in his best suit, Jack heads to the schoolhouse carrying a small gift-wrapped box. Unfortunately, he enters the open door to find Charles Kensington down on one knee with a stunning diamond engagement ring in his hand. How will Elizabeth respond?
THANKSGIVING SUNDAYS 2018 – 27th May and 3rd June: Each year Lugarno-Peakhurst Uniting Church dedicates two successive Sundays to give a special Thanks offering in response to all of our blessings received from God. These monies raised outside of normal offerings go towards growing the Kingdom of God. We will have the opportunity to bring our thanks offerings over two Sundays and specially marked envelopes will be available for this purpose.
The church council decided that the offerings this year will help to support two projects – Papua New Guinea earthquake and Tonga cyclone Appeal.
In February, there was a powerful earthquake struck the southern highlands region of Papua New Guinea. Dozens have been killed and hundreds injured as homes and properties collapsed. Landslides and sinkholes are still threatening lives. And also in February, Tonga was hit by the strongest storm. It’s seen in 60 years, with at least 70% of the population affected. Your donation will help UnitingWorld to assist communities to recover and train leaders to prepare for and prevent future events.