LPUC eNews – Sunday 22 April 2018

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

Ephesians 3:1-13, The Mystery of Christ

In our text today Paul writes of his commission to preach what he calls “the mystery of Christ.” Paul uses the word “mystery” in quite a different way. To the apostle, “mystery” was something that had been hidden for the ages, but now was revealed to him. God had graciously disclosed the secret for all to know.

And what was the “mystery” that Paul was bursting to tell the world? In his words, “the Gentiles are heirs together with Israel, members together of one body, and sharers together in the promise in Christ Jesus” (vs. 6). Paul had been accustomed to dividing the world into two categories: Jews and Gentiles. The former were heirs of God’s covenant promises. But God spoke to Paul and assured him that “the boundless riches of Christ” were for all people, Jews and Gentiles (vs. 8). This message became the driving force of all his missionary journeys around the Mediterranean world of his day.

With Paul’s proclamation, the big mystery was revealed to everyone, whether a baptised Christian or not. The big secret was preached loud and long to all who would stay long enough to listen. Paul admits that this divine plan might have been a mystery to previous generations. But the cat is out of the bag now. God has executed the divine plan for redemption. It was carried out in Christ Jesus our Lord (vs. 11). So there are no secrets in the good news of Jesus Christ. Christ has died. Christ is risen. Christ has come again. It is time to tell the secret from the mountaintops. Go tell it on the mountain that Jesus Christ was born and wants to be born in you this day.  IL-WOONG.

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To the Promised Land.

Jesus returns to heaven

Please wear odd socks.

Dig into your emotions, and you’ll get to gold.

Book and DVD of the Week:

The Man The Anzacs Revered – William ‘Fighting Mac’ Mckenzie.  By Daniel Reynaud.  How did a wowser become an Anzac legend?  And how did this legend become unknown today?  William McKenzie was one of the most famous of the Anzacs, a legend for his work on Gallipoli and in France.  For two decades after the war, he was literally mobbed by adoring soldiers and their families everywhere he went.  However, McKenzie embodied almost everything the typical Anzac digger loved to hate.  He was a Salvation Army chaplain, who preached against booze, brothels, betting and bad language.  Yet McKenzie was respected and revered by the soldiers he served – and those who honour them should pay attention to his story.

Heroes – Saving Jewish Lives From The Nazis.  DVD.  During World War II the residents of the Plateau du Vivarais, a remote region in the French countryside, resisted the Nazis and their collaborators, thus saving over 3,000 Jews and other persecuted people.  Experience the stories of this dark yet triumphant time as told by those who were there, and learn what made the residents of this region so willing to risk their lives to stand against the status quo.

Anna died from breast cancer.  She has a message for us.

What guns are to America, pokies are to us.

The most common medicine.

God Revolution Video 3 – Why do we need a God revolution?

800-Pound Gorilla.