LPUC eNews – Sunday 25 November 2018

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Isaiah 7:1-17, Stand Firm In Your Faith

In the Bible, particularly, the OT, there are lots of stories of how the people of Israel had lived in relationship with God and journeyed throughout their histories.  Ahaz had been crowned King of Judah at the young age of twenty during the late eighth century before the birth of Christ.  In those days, Assyria was growing stronger and threatening the smaller nations whose security depended on a very delicate political balance.  Wars and rumours of war were a daily part of life.  God was protecting Judah from previous attacks in the past, yet unfortunately, King Ahaz was afraid.

God knew of the fear that overwhelmed Ahaz and sent Isaiah to tell him two things.  What God first says was “Trust him” (vs. 3 &4).  But the king of Judah, Ahaz has fears: fear of invasion and loss of his throne.  Then the second thing God says is in verses 7 to 9: God clearly says the invasion will not happen.  There is nothing to fear.  The message to Ahaz is simple: there is only one source of truce assurance and well-being – not Assyria, but God.

That is the same message the Lord proclaims to us today.  There is so much pressure, so many problems – people, things, circumstances.  But they are not eternal, they will not last.   We will endure if we get our eyes off of them and onto what really lasts.  Faith is about the practical action of trusting God, highlighted by a situation of vulnerability and weakness.  So those who stand firm are those who recall the promises of God and cling to them.  Great confidence is, no matter the circumstance, for our God is with us.  He will never leave us or forsake us.  Therefore, we are able to stand firm in him, Amen.   IL-WOONG.

Thanksgiving Anthem

On International Men’s Day: a tribute to the Unknown Father

Pearl Harbour – Captain Mitsuo Fuchidas. 

Presbyterian Church warns Morrison on Gender Laws – Australian Prayer Network.

How to make lemonade

Save Our Schools – an online open letter from parents / grandparents / students at Christian schools will send a clear message to Prime Minister Scott Morrison and Opposition Leader Bill Shorten – Australian Christian Lobby.

Do you really love him? 

Book of the Week: 

A Handbook on Holy Spirit Baptism by Don Basham.  This book provides helpful discussions on the subjects of receiving and ministering the baptism of the Holy Spirit.  He offers solid, biblically based answers to many frequently asked questions on the subject, including: What is the baptism in the Holy Spirit? What is the importance of speaking in tongues? What should I speak in tongues? Does the church still experience miracles today? How do I receive the baptism of the Holy Spirit? What are some obstacles to receiving the Holy Spirit?  How can you tell a counterfeit experience from a real one?

Life in the DNA?  By Athol Day.  Speaking on national radio in 1982 a famous British scientist, Sir Fred Hoyle commented on the possibility of a chance evolutionary origin of the living cell, said: “(Suppose) a junkyard contains all the bits and pieces of a Boeing 747, dismembered and in disarray.  A whirlwind happens to blow through the yard.  What is the chance that after its passage a fully assembled 747, ready to fly, will be found standing there?” The Boeing 747-400 has 6 million parts and so has a Living Cell.

Why prosperity does not promote flourishing

What makes the difference? Reflecting on White Magazine – Australian Christian Lobby.

What ‘respectful disagreement’ actually looks like