LPUC eNews – Sunday 26 May 2019

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Ephesians 1:1-14, Gratitude in thankful life

From the Biblical perspective gratitude is expressed in thankful lives and not just thankful voices.  We often look upon gratitude as simply good manners.  Gratitude at its deepest level, however, is more than simply writing a thank you note and setting one day in the year aside to reflect upon all that we have.  Rather, thanksgiving should become a lifestyle to us.  We must understand that people who are truly thankful reflect it in their daily lives.

I think that Job, Paul and many other people in the Scripture understood thanksgiving in terms of being thankful in something while we see it in terms of being thankful for something.  We see our gratitude in terms of the things that we have such as our house, job, and food on the table etc.  And these are all important and it is right that we should express our thanks.  But what if, like Job, these things all vanished from our lives.  What if you lost your home, your job?  What if you didn’t have much food on the table this Monday?  Would mean that you would therefore have no reason for thanksgiving?

I discovered that in the Bible the words for gratitude and faith are interchangeable.  If one has faith he will also have a sense of thankfulness.  If one is thankful he must also be a person of faith.  How can anyone of us fail to thank God for all that he has done for us.  It’s the kind of gratitude that allowed the apostle Paul to write from a prison cell: I give thanks to God through our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ. Amen  IL-WOONG.

National Day of Thanks Ambassador Colin Buchanan talks about the focus for 2019.

Our work as worship – Bible Society

How ScoMo took Australia by surprise | Culture, Worldview and Life with Jesus.

Enliven Churches Project Launch – a study of vibrant flourishing churches and how they enliven their ministry.

The Aussie who is helping churches to party – Eternity News.

Making a difference – How Luke learned to show gratitude to others.

Israel Folau – The Kangaroo Court has spoken – The Spectator.

DVD of the Week: 

A.D. Kingdom and Empire.  The spectacular 12-part series that picks up where The Bible left off.  This powerful spiritual journey begins with the crucifixion and resurrection of Christ, chronicling the heroic acts and sacrifices of His early followers during the most tumultuous of times as they change the course of human history.

Disc 4: Episodes:  10 – Brothers in Arms.  11 – Rise Up.  12 – The Abomination.

Learning thankfulness – How Luke’s grandfather taught him to say thank you.

2019 Election ‘Miracle’- What Really Happened – Canberra Declaration.

“It’s a privilege for me to have a conviction for doing the right thing.” – Kathy’s story.

Yes! I believe in miracles – Eternity News.

And God said – Luke’s example is a wake-up call to many of us.