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Connect with people in Jesus;
Build each other up in faith; and to
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Ephesians 5:1-20, Be Imitators of God
Today’s text says that if you are a Christian, God’s holy people, you “follow God’s example… and walk in the way of love, just as Christ loved us and gave himself up for us” (vs. 1 & 2). “Be followers of God.” Some translations have it, “Be imitators of God.” What a challenge for us to imitate God, walk the way what Christ walked, live the way how Christ lived!
What happens when we imitate something and when we keep doing it over and over again? We become what we do; we become what we imitate. It makes perfect sense, because after all, how do children learn? By imitating what they see in their parents, their sisters and brothers and in other people.
Of course, this happens, not just in the life of the stage, but also in the life of the spirit. Then, what does it mean to imitate God? “Be holy as I am holy,” God says. To imitate God is to be holy. To be holy is to seek to be and do as God is and does. It means to do what God has done in coming to us in Jesus Christ.
To imitate God is to be filled with the Spirit (vs. 18). It is also the will of God for every Christian to be continuously filled with the Holy Spirit, to be renewed every day, directed and completely occupied by a divine person. To be filled with the Spirit is to have every aspect of your life controlled by the Spirit. Furthermore, when a Christian has the filling of the Spirit, he will bear the fruit of the Spirit (vs. 19) and literally be able to give thanks in all things (vs. 20).
Remember, we are children of God; God’s holy people; children of light. We are Christians who are looking to imitate our Lord. We are Christians looking to become more fully what we already are, Amen. IL-WOONG.
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.
DVDs of the Week:
Three Hearts Cissie Graham Lynch, granddaughter of Billy Graham and daughter of Franklin Graham, takes on a life-changing internship with the Children’s Heart Project. Like Cissie, your life will be changed forever as you share her journey to help bring three Mongolian children to America for surgery to repair deadly congenital heart defects. A Texas family joins Cissie for the adventure of a lifetime as they accompany the heart patients from the steppes of Mongolia to a high-tech hospital in San Antonio. In Texas, two host families make sacrifices to care for these children and their mothers, while a volunteer team of doctors and nurses stare into the face of life and death as they attempt a medical miracle.
Superbook – Nebuchadnezzar’s Dream. Joy is stressed out because she has too many responsibilities. How can she decide which ones are most important? Buckle up for a fast-paced adventure as Superbook takes Chris, Joy and Gizmo to ancient Babylon. Meet King Nebuchadnezzar, who orders his wife men to tell him what he dreamed about – or face death. Witness how the prophet Daniel discovers the mysterious dream and what it means. Our heroes learn where to turn for wisdom that they could never find on their own.
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