A God-First Giver

LPUC eNews – Sunday 24 July 2022

You are welcome to worship in person this Sunday at 10.15am.  Hand sanitizer and masks are available if you would like to use them.

We are also live streaming of our services.  The service can be seen each Sunday morning commencing at 10.15am.  Here is the link to our YouTube channel to access the live streaming: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCHEm1fJeADpcP6gO1BsBKcg 

1 Chronicles 29:1-5, 10-19, A God-First Giver  

David had a heart to build a house for God (1 Chronicles 17:1) yet God wouldn’t let him build a temple (17:4-14). However, he took all his resources and gave it to build God a home (vs 2-5). That is because of his awareness that all of those things did not belong to him in the first place (vs 11-12). He was the God-first giver who believed that ‘we live from God’s hand’ (vs 14).  

When we realize that all that stuff that we think is ours really is not ours but God is just letting us borrow it, we will take better care of it. So our responsibility is looking after or managing the things God lent us: our time, talents and treasures.  

No matter how much David gave, he still could never compare to the great giving heart that God has. God so loved the world that He gave! He didn’t give second best but gave the very best that He had – Jesus Christ. And if you will come to know Jesus and love Jesus and learn what it means to live for Jesus, you will begin to have the same kind of heart that David had and God Himself has – a giving heart.   IL-WOONG.

Where does my help come from? Sandra Wangarr shares her moving story of growing up living off the land on Elcho Island, Arnhem Land.

Meditation: Be Thou My Vision – ap.org.au

Christians in the West confront a wicked dilemma in the 21st century. – Jonathan Cole.

Why I am a follower of Jesus – Bible.com.au

Prayer for our Neighbours – SermonSpice

El limite infinito – Netflix.  Jean Maggi, shortly after birth contracted a disease for which he could never walk.  Since then only one thing has been proposed: to exceed every limit for “live standing.”  When he reached the highest route in the Himalayas with his adapted bicycle, he marked a true world landmark.  This Argentinian documentary produced by Juan Jose Campanella records the most moving epics of the man who became an inspirer without limits.  Watch trailer

How to find your true identity – Martyn Iles at The Download

Ìt’s time to be brave.  The world has changed, and Christians are reacting to this in different ways. Some are hiding away from the world as much as possible. Others are rallying behind political leaders who promise to fight for the cause. Some have assimilated into the culture to the point that they blend right in. To these approaches, there is a brave alternative. Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego did not run away in fear from Nebuchadnezzar, nor did they resort to angry protest. They bravely stood their ground and when given the opportunity to speak they fearlessly but respectfully told the king, ‘No.’ Through their courage, the king and the society of Babylon are impacted. Brave in the MakingBrave in the Making was written to help young people to stand for Christ no matter what is going on in the world. It’s a teenage-friendly, action-packed exploration of Christian courage in all its fullness. It’s time to be brave.  Download free chapter

“That sounds like murder to me” – Skye News presenter Laura Jayes.  

The preacher’s words that toppled a government – Eternity News  

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