LPUC eNews – Sunday 29 September 2019

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Luke 16:19-31, The Story of the Rich Man and Lazarus

Jesus tells a parable about a wealthy man who failed to share with the poor beggar outside of his gates, and who finds himself in torment after death, while Lazarus, the beggar, finds himself in comfort. The rich man surely saw Lazarus lying in front of his house, but he never paid much attention to him. We know how it is, don’t we? Sometimes we too are guilty of blocking unpleasant sights from our mind. The rich man’s sin is not that he is rich, but that he, who had the resources to relieve Lazarus’ suffering, was so caught up in his own self-interest that he did not even notice Lazarus’ need.

In this story, we learn some of the teachings that Jesus told. First, Jesus makes it clear that there is a life beyond this world; that God rules both worlds; and that life in one world affects the other. Second, Jesus says that often the same distance that sometimes keeps us separate from a Lazarus can separate us from each other, and separate from God. Thirdly, we are the brothers of the rich man, those whose eternal destiny is yet to be determined. So, what kind of person are you becoming? Don’t be like the rich man who will forever be remembered as the person who refused to notice. Look around you today, to someone who needs your generosity, compassion, empathy, and care.  IL-WOONG.

Five reasons why neighbourhoods matter – Neighbourhood Matters

Your prayer is a Superpower – faithgateway – ‘The earnest prayer of a righteous person has great power and produces wonderful results.’

Desperate – Floodgate Productions  When unique people who are desperate for God gather together, you never know what He might do.

Iranians turning their hearts to Jesus despite political tensions – Australian Prayer Network

Tall Girl – Netflix  movie. When the tallest girl in high school falls for a handsome foreign exchange student, she becomes embroiled in a surprising love triangle and realizes she’s far more than her insecurities about her height have led her to believe.   Commonsense media review: Parents need to know that Tall Girl is a comedy about fitting in that’s set in high school, where the pressure to conform can be overwhelming. At six-foot-one, 16-year-old Jodi (Ava Michelle) literally will never “fit”; she’s endured merciless teasing about her height since elementary school. The message she constantly hears from friends and family is to walk tall — but it’s hard to ignore the characteristic that’s defined her self view and (she feels) doomed her to social oblivion. Friendship and family support are given high value here, as is the need to achieve self esteem. With its heart in the right place, the movie may speak to teens who feel marginalized, isolated, or even bullied, but watch out for too-easy answers to difficult questions. Teens kiss, a fight breaks out at a party (resulting in a black eye), and language includes “crap,” “biatch,” and “pissed.”  Trailer.

ABC Compass: ‘Love Your Neighbour’

Sex industry targets university students on campus – Australian Prayer Network

Tyler the Ex-Evangelical quits swimming

Jack of the Red Hearts – Street wise teen and casualty of a flawed foster care system, Jack cons her way into a job by posing as an experienced caregiver for a family with an autistic child. Initially in over her head, Jack finally connects with her new life and beautiful 11 year old Glory in an unexpected way. But just when Jack thinks she’s found redemption, her deceitful past catches up and she is forced to confront her true self.  Watch trailer. Get it on digital: iTunes / Fetch TV / Google Play / Microsoft Store.

Why does God let bad things happen?  – Topical Studies

But God is the strength of my heart – Daily Declaration

DVD of the Week: 

Indivisible  This is the extraordinary true story of Army Chaplain Darren Turner and his wife Heather, whose lives are fully devoted to service God, family, and country.  But when war etches deep battle scars – both overseas and on the home front – the Turners’ rock-solid marriage is shaken to the core.  Carrying burdens the others can’t comprehend, they must decide if they’re willing to face one more battle: the fight to save their marriage.  From the director of the Grace Card and the studio that brought you Fireproof and War Room comes INDIVISIBLE, the story of one marriage …. one family …. under God.

What just happened to abortion in NSW – a quick guide – Eternity News

How would Jesus work? – Eternity News.

Unplanned – the movie about changing your mind on abortion – Eternity News

Transgenderism, the Bible, and Christianity – CultureWatch