LPUC eNews – Sunday 14 July 2019

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



Luke 10:25-37Am I a good neighbour?

In the gospel reading, Jesus was asked the question, “Who is my neighbour?” by an expert in the law but he is not interested in defining who is our neighbour. Rather he points out what kind of neighbours we are to be by telling the parable. In this story Jesus introduces three characters: the priest, the Levite, and the Good Samaritan. These three characters represent people in the world.

Interestingly enough, the two people that you would have thought would have stopped to help a man who had been victimised by some thieves, not only robbed but beaten and left for dead, would have been the priest and the Levite. They were the religious people who were dedicated to their religious lives. But the one who helped the man was a Samaritan, a stranger, a person who was hatred by Jews. The Samaritan delayed his journey, bandaged the wounded man, took him to an inn and spent two days wages and more if needed. This Samaritan was not anyone significant but just an ordinary person who had an extraordinary amount of compassion and kindness.

By this parable, Jesus was illustrating to this scholar that he had asked the wrong question. The question is not “Who is my neighbour?” because simply my neighbour is anyone who is in need of help. So the question is “Am I a good neighbour?” Put ourselves in this story and ask ourselves this question: Which would you have been: the robber, the priest and the Levite, or the Good Samaritan?  IL-WOONG.

NG – One Heart Australia

William Cooper – Bill Ferguson – Aboriginal Activists – Our History and the Christian Connection – DIDUNO.

Josephine Baker: devoted campaigner against sexual exploitation – The Christian Institute.

Intergenerational Service Evaluation  It is now some months since we closed our previous two Sunday services and commenced our intergenerational service on 3rd February.  We believed that creating a new service where the attendees of both the previous morning and evening services come together and worship, would enable us to:

  • grow relationships between generations;

  • pool resources with the load being shared amongst a greater number of people, allowing the worship, structure and dynamics of the service to be varied depending on the team serving;

  • have opportunity for fellowship each service with a morning tea served each week and a lunch served after the service once every two months on the first Sunday of the month.

  • Tailor a separate children’s program to assist that generation learning and growing their faith.

This is now an opportunity for the whole church to reflect on the progress of our intergenerational service.  Evaluation questionnaires are available from the Stewards.  Please complete and return the questionnaire at your earliest convenience and in any case by Sunday 4th August. There will be a collection box in the foyer for completed questionnaires.  All information gathered will be collated, presented to the church and used to improve our intergenerational service.  Any inquiries please speak to IL-WONG or Lawrie.

Scripture in School campaigners want to do it the Christian way – Eternity News

John Anderson – Conversation with Melinda Tankard Reist. Melinda is an author, speaker, media commentator, blogger and advocate for women and girls. She is best known for her work addressing sexualisation, objectification, the harms of pornography, sexual exploitation, trafficking and violence against women.

She is one of the founders of the grassroots campaigning movement Collective Shout. Collective Shout names and shames corporations who objectify women and sexualise girls for profit.

Melinda is the author/editor of six books including Getting Real: Challenging the Sexualisation of Girls and Big Porn Inc: Exposing the harms of the global pornography industry. 

Can ‘Christian’ political parties survive? – Eternity News.

The Books of Solomon.  The wisest king of Israel, King Solomon, is associated with three books of the Bible: Proverbs, Ecclesiastes, and the Song of Songs. Each book offers a unique perspective on how humans can rule with wisdom and the fear of the Lord. In this video, we briefly explore how the message of each book fits into the overall story of the Bible.

DVD of the Week: 

The Jesus Storybook Bible Vol 3. The multiple award-winning Jesus Storybook Bible, written by Sally Lloyd-Jones and illustrated by Jago, now comes to life as short animated videos.  Narrated by British actor David Suchet, this Volume 3 DVD contains the first eleven stories from the New Testament.

  1. He’s here (Birth of Jesus)
  2. The Light of the whole world (Story of the shepherds)

  3. The King of all kings (Three wise men)

  4. Heaven breaks through (Jesus is baptised)

  5. Let’s go! (Jesus in the desert)

  6. A little girl and a poor frail lady (Jairus’ daughter)a

  7. How to pray (The Lord’s Prayer)

  8. The Singer (Sermon on the Mount)

  9. The Captain of the story (Jesus calms the storm)

  10. Filled full! (Feeding the 5,000)

  11. Treasure hunt! (Story of the hidden treasure)

Tell the truth, or at least don’t lie

Thorny Questions: Can we live in Post Truth?

Is happiness in the Bible? – Eternity News

LPUC Electronic Calendar.  All church events, property bookings etc need to be entered into the church’s Electronic Calendar.  This will ensure no double bookings or surprises.  Please speak to Kevin to arrange this or, if he is not available, one of the Church Councillors.  Thank you.

Fired for their faith: The crusade against Christians in medicine – Cross + Culture.

We need a Restoration of Freedoms Bill, not religious freedom legislation – Augusto Zimmermann – The Spectator.

 Folau’s prospects bolstered by landmark religious freedom ruling in Britain – SMH.