LPUC eNews – Sunday 25 August 2019

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 Luke 13:10-17 & 14:1-6, Beyond the sabbath

In the gospel reading there are two narratives: one – Jesus heals a crippled woman and the other – Jesus heals a man suffering from abnormal swelling of his body, and we may find that there are few common things. Both healings occur on the Sabbath, both involve dispute with a leader of the synagogue, both report a statement as well as a healing, and in both Jesus invites his opponents to reason from what they would do for an ox to what they should do for a fellow human being. Each includes a dialogue with the Jewish authorities about whether it is reasonable to heal on a Sabbath or not: if it is legitimate to help an animal in danger and allowable to help a human being on a Sabbath.

One of things that strike me is about a woman in the synagogue. Even with her severe disability she was in the synagogue on the Sabbath. Even more important she had not allowed her physical condition to weaken her relationship with God. She had been this way for eighteen years all bent over and unable to rise up. The pain was sometimes severe, yet her habit was to be in worship to praise her Maker. That’s faith. That’s devotion. This woman would have missed the healing touch of Jesus if she had not been in worship that day.

I believe that our church is a place where people still come for healing and acceptance, and to find help for their hurting hearts. Imagine someone coming in the doors of our church who is bent over either symbolically or literally like this poor woman in today’s story. Is she going to encounter the spirit of Jesus Christ that heals or the spirit of this synagogue leader? The answer to that question is up to each of us—every one of us. Let’s make certain that we are a church family that always seeks to heal a church family that surrounds people with the love and grace of Jesus Christ. Remember, God is waiting in the place of worship to bless you, to heal you, to strengthen you.   IL-WOONG.

The genius new app helping the homeless off the streets – 2GB

New faith statistics show not all hope lost for younger generations – Australian Prayer Network.

Messy Church.  Thank you for all those people who organised and took part of August Messy Church last Sunday. Our next one is held Sunday 15th September and the theme will be ‘Jesus is the bread of life.’

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Thousands gather in Sydney in last ditch effort to stop abortion bill – Eternity News

Ask Izzy.  When you or someone you know is looking for support, Ask Izzy can help you to find the services you need, now and nearby. It is free and anonymous, and you can search over 360,000 services to find housing, meals, healthcare, counselling, legal advice, addiction treatment and a whole lot more.

Thorny Question: Who made God?

Operation Christmas Child.  Packing of Operation Christmas Child Shoeboxes, 7.30pm Tuesday 10th September.

Bridging the tech divide: catering for the digital generation at church – NCLS Research

DVD of the Week: 

What’s in the Bible  DVD Experience the whole Bible with you kids! Let VeggieTales creator Phil Vischer and a bunch of hilarious new friends explain the entire Bible to your kids in this ground breaking fast-paced and fun-filled DVD series.  Includes two 25 minutes episodes: God’s Perfect Timing – Buck Denver and crews learn about the 400 years between the Old and New Testaments and how Jesus arrives at just the perfect time. The Messiah Has Come!  Learn about the life and ministry of Jesus – how He died for us and rose again launch the kingdom of God in the world and in us!

How a Christian nation is overcoming its troubling past – Australian Prayer Network.

Conversations with John Anderson: Featuring Peter Hitchens (part II), journalist, author and broadcaster. Peter currently writes for the Mail on Sunday and brings a singular perspective on many issues facing contemporary society. This is the second time he and John have discussed the challenges we face in the West and in the Anglosphere today, and Peter is as bold and uncompromising in his assessment as ever.

Awkward invite: The Bee Farm  – Skit Guys

A history of evangelical Christianity wins Australia’s top Christian book – Eternity News

Israel Folau and the hogwash of his heresy hunters – Cross + Culture

How do we get from Sunday disciples to whole-life disciples? – Christianity Today

Folau: let perfect love cast out our fear – Eternity News