Jesus the Game Changer: Forgiveness

LPUC eNews Sunday 5 April, 2020. Palm Sunday.

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One statement by Prime minister Scott Morrision that all Australians can agree on – Eternity News

Palm Sunday – The Skit Guys

Dolly Parton shares ‘lesson’ she believes God might be teaching us through the Coranavirus pandemic – CBN News 

How the world worshipped on one of the most unusual Sundays in church history – Tim Challies 

In Christ Alone (sVirtual Choir #3 / A Cappella) 

When corona makes us more like the Net Testament – Think Theology

Interview with Italian Church Leader, Mark Oden – SpeakLife

Let’s Talk: Disaster Recovery in a Pandemic – with Rev. Dr Stephen Robinson – Uniting

Trillia Newbell reads The Garden, The Curtain and The Cross

Church at Home – Week 2 – Sabbath – The Bible Project

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Scripture Reading One: Genesis 2:1-2 

  • How do you find yourself responding to this unwelcome slowdown of life? What thoughts and emotions do you experience? What fears are you aware of?
  • God’s rest in Genesis 2 is all about filling a sacred space with his divine presence and celebrating the beauty and abundance of creation. The Sabbath practice is a way for humans to remember God’s presence and his ideal purpose for creation. What are some of the simple things you can celebrate or are grateful for? Who can you share that with this week?

Scripture Reading Two: Exodus 16:1-36 

  • To observe Sabbath is to rest from one’s work. But work is a good and productive thing throughout Scripture, for example, it is one of the reasons God places the human in the garden of Eden—“to work it and keep it” (Genesis 2:15). So why would God command a Sabbath rest from work?
  • The first Sabbath observance takes place in the wilderness in a time of scarcity. God wants Israel not to hoard or try to control, but to trust that he is their true source of provision and life. In what ways do you try to control things in your life or environment that are not in your control? Take a moment to let go of these things and commit to trusting God to provide instead.

Scripture Reading Three: Matthew 11:28-12:14 

  • Jesus says that rest is found in him—specifically in following him or learning from him. What could this rest look like in your own life practically? What brings you life, makes you thrive, and/or allows you to trust and rest in God?
  • Jesus is not doing away with the concept of Sabbath but was defining what it meant: that the purpose of the Sabbath was mercy, and harmony or wholeness, not legalism. Does this change how you think about resting in the current situation in any way?

Seasons of prayer during the COVID 19 Pandemic – Australian Prayer Network

Hope at home film festival starts this Sunday 5 April – Movies Change People

In Uncertain Times – The Skit Guys

Church doubles attendance with online services due to pandemic – ITV News

How crises from the Black Plague to COVID19 can bring out the best in people – The Age

We gathered. It was online. Church was real but different – Eternity news 

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