LPUC eNews – Sunday 2 February

Our Mission is to
Connect with people in Jesus;
Build each other up in faith; and to
Become Like Jesus.

 

 

 

Matthew 5:1-12, True Happiness

How would you answer a question: ‘do you like to be happier than today?’ I guess everyone tries to be ‘happy’, but has a different idea of what happiness means. Happiness, for us in general, is a psychological state of inward satisfaction. The aim of happiness is to feel good about ourselves and our lives. It seems to come and go in our lives and is dependent upon many external factors. However, true happiness or blessedness is deeper and far more inward than general happiness. It has its origins in God. It refers to a deep abiding happiness that can neither be given or taken away by the world. It is the gift of God to all people.

In today’s text, Jesus preaches the beatitudes, ‘divine joy and perfect happiness’ to the people of the day. Jesus says, “Blessed are the poor, those who mourn, the meek, those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, the merciful, the pure in heart, the peacemakers, and those who are persecuted because of righteousness” (vs. 3-10). These words offer us a picture of Jesus, who is the Anointed One as it affirms after his baptism: “This is my Son, whom I love; with him I am well pleased” (Matthew 3:17). And the face of the Blessed One shows poverty, gentleness, grief, hunger, and thirst for righteousness, mercy, purity of heart, a desire to make peace, and the signs of persecution.

The whole message of the Gospel is to ‘become like Jesus’. We have his self-portrait. When we keep that in front of our eyes, we will soon learn what it means to follow Jesus and become like him. We might not be able to fully live the beatitudes today. But the good news is that is not the point. Like any ideal of true, perfect happiness, the road is as important as the destination. Striving to live the beatitudes day by day opens us to God’s leading and the way to his kingdom. IL-WOONG.

Starting the new school year – thanks.org.au

What’s your vision for 2020 – Speak Life

 

WHAT IS TIMEOUT?

 

“Timeout” is an opportunity for women of all ages to take time out and come together for Christian fellowship and friendship; to take time out to learn together, to share mutual interests and to grow through hearing the Gospel of Jesus Christ.

 

Timeout” is a place to:-

  • Experience the support of the church community, reaching beyond and into the local community and overseas.

  • The support of the Christian Studies Teacher at Peakhurst High School is an important part of our community outreach. The annual Fashion Parade and High Tea provide much needed funds for this ministry.

  • Operation Christmas Child is an opportunity to give practical help, and to let those who receive the boxes know that people care and want to share Jesus’ love with them.

Come along and join us each month.  You’ll be very welcome.

 

Saturday February 8th – Breakfast at Bitton Oatley – 8.30am at 119a Mulga Road, Oatley.

 

Please join us as we start off the year with breakfast together at Bitton which promises us “five star gourmet at café prices”.  RSVP to Annette  9584 2533

 

Light of the world – Living for Jesus at College’  How do you find living for Jesus at school or college?  It isn’t always easy.  It can feel really hard to ‘stand out’ and sometimes like our witness doesn’t make a difference.

Singapore shop gives Chinese New Year decorations a Christian twist – Eternity News

How you can pray … – ACL

Are you interested in training to become a volunteer chaplain at St George Hospital?

The St George Hospital chaplains’ team is planning to offer training for new volunteer chaplains towards the middle of 2020. (With our team of trained volunteers we provide pastoral care support to patients, families and staff across the hospital.) The initial training that we provide is in two parts – the first part over five Mondays in May-June, and the second part over five Mondays in July-August.

On Monday morning 27th April we’re holding an information session about the training, and what’s involved in being a volunteer chaplain at St George Hospital.

If you’re interested in training to join our chaplains’ team, please contact us by the end of March, and we’ll give you more details about the information session. You can contact us by phone (on 9113 2189) or email (david.lakos@health.nsw.gov.au). (And please feel free to contact us with any questions.)

Greta Thunberg – Person of the Year 2019 | Church Society

Avengers star calls out media for editing her faith – Eternity News

How to fight the war on truth – Eternity News

The Weekly Pick – Helping you find hope in the cinematic landscape – Movies Change People

DVD Of The Week

Overcomer DVD.  From the creators of the #1 box-office hit WAR ROOM.  Life changes overnight for coach John Harrison (Alex Kendrick) after he loses his basketball team and is challenged by the school’s principal, Olivia (Priscilla Shirer), to coach a new sport he doesn’t know or like.  As John questions his own worth, he dares to help the least likely runner take on the biggest race of the year.  Filled with a powerful mix of faith, humour and heart, this inspirational story will have you on the edge of your seat.

Why aboriginal ceremonies are incompatible with Christianity – an indigenous man’s view – The Daily Declaration

Conversations with John Anderson – Melanie Phillips II , British author, broadcaster and journalist.  Melanie’s column currently appears in The Times, but over the years she has been published by the Guardian, Observer, Sunday Times and Daily Mail. She also writes for the Jewish Chronicle and Jewish News Syndicate.  Her best-selling book Londonistan, about the British establishment’s capitulation to Islamist aggression, was published in 2006 by Encounter, New York. She followed this in 2010 with The World Turned Upside Down: the Global Battle over God, Truth and Power, and in 2018 with her first novel, The Legacy. 

One intentional day – The Skit Guys

Bushfires – The Truth of it – ACL