LPUC eNews – Sunday 16 February 2020

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Deuteronomy 30:15-20 & Matthew 5:21-26, Jesus Teaching on Anger

Today’s text begins with the command “You shall not murder” from the sixth of the Ten Commandments in Exodus 20, but Jesus extends it to ‘anger.’ As we think about the human tragedy in the world, we realise that so much of it can be drawn back to anger. Anger is the emotional and physical reaction that moves us to address a situation that we find intolerable. It’s part of the intense emotion that comes with being a human being. We were created with the capacity for anger. Anger isn’t evil.

In the Old Testament, the Hebrew word for anger occurs 455 times, and 375 cases refer to the anger of God. God does get angry. Jesus also got angry at times when people got hurt or God’s house was dishonoured. Paul wrote, “Be angry but do not sin.” We ought to get angry about certain things – that motivates us to overcome injustice and extend mercy.

In the text, what Jesus says is to deal with our anger before we become it leads us to violence, hatred, and humiliation. God will work a miracle with our anger, if we will let it go. I guess today’s teaching might challenge our assumptions and even the message may disrupt our lives because it seems to be impossible standards. However, the good news is that same Jesus who commanded these being seemed impossible standards is the one who forgave an adulteress, a thief on the cross, and a disciple who had denied ever knowing him. The Jesus who called us to be perfect is the same one who paid the penalty on the Cross for the sins of imperfect folks like you and me. IL-Woong.

Danny and Leila Abdallah minister in the midst of their tragedy – Eternity News

Finding thankfulness amidst the wildfires – Bonny’s story – thanks.org.au

Dear God, from all this pain, please bring unexpected good.

Messy Church – on Sunday 23rd February – 4.00pm to 6.00pm games, crafts, story and a meal.  Come and join in the fun!

Church in a time of coronavirus in Australia – Eternity News


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Rethinking retirement – Eternity News

Case study – Faith and work integration study – Bridging the work faith divide – NCLS Research

The weekly pick – helping you find hope in the cinematic landscape.

Jesus the Game Changer – Commencing in March and for the following six weeks concluding just before Easter, we will all join together to consider how Jesus was a “Game Changer”.  The episodes in this series that we will be looking at are: “Jesus”, “Equality”, “Women and Children”, “Care”, “Leadership” and “Forgiveness”.

Each Sunday the sermon will focus on one of the topics.  During the week this will be followed up by a church wide Bible study which will be held each Thursday in the worship area of the church from 7.00pm to 8.30pm.  The format for Thursday nights will involve watching a 30-minute video and then a discussion around that week’s topic.  With the Thursday sessions finishing at 8.30pm, it won’t be a late night.  On-site childcare will also be provided each week.  The Sunday children’s group activities will also follow this series.  There will be a sheet in the foyer where you can indicate that you are planning to come on Thursday nights.  The discussion questions for each topic are available as a ‘smart device’ app which can be downloaded for both IOS and Android.  Discussion books will also be available on the night.  If you need transport or have any other needs or questions, please contact Lawrie on 0404 354 291 or lawrie.bool@gmail.com

The case of Franklin Graham, free speech and the venue police – Australian Prayer Network

The incredible ibex defies gravity and climbs a dam wall

Book Of The Week

The Faith of Dolly Parton  by Dudley Delffs.  In The Faith of Dolly Parton, Tennessee native and award-winning writer Dudley Delffs spotlights ten inspiring lessons he as drawn from Dolly’s life, music, and attitude.  His reflections are persona, practical, and profound as Dolly’s example reminds us all to trust God during hard times, stay grounded during good times, and always keep our sense of humour.  Dolly Parton grew up listening to Bible stories and singing hymns in the little mountain church were her granddaddy preached.  Over the years her deep-rooted devotion blossomed into the vibrant faith that has sustained her through decades of extraordinary success, debilitating struggle, and a fifty-year marriage that’s still going strong.

Re-imaging legal culture; pursuing trust and truth – ACL

The Peanut Butter Falcon  A modern Mark Twain style adventure story, THE PEANUT BUTTER FALCON tells the story of Zak (Gottsagen), a young man with Down syndrome, who runs away from a residential nursing home to follow his dream of attending the professional wrestling school of his idol, The Salt Water Redneck (Thomas Haden Church).  A strange turn of events pairs him on the road with Tyler (LaBeouf), a small-time outlaw on the run, who becomes Zak’s unlikely coach and ally.  Together they wind through deltas, elude capture, drink whisky, find God, catch fish, and convince Eleanor (Johnson), a kind nursing home employee charged with Zak’s return, to join them on their journey.   Watch Trailer.  In Cinemas now.

Praying God’s Word: A back to school blessing – Skit Guys Studios

Sydney’s westies rally for religious freedom – Eternity News

Justice denied to protect euthanasia law – Hope Australia