The Kingdom of God is Like ….

LPUC eNews – Sunday 13 June 2021

In person worship – 10.15am this Sunday.

Everyone needs to register their intent to be present each Sunday with Beryl Bool (home phone 9759 4201, mobile 0405 686 109 or email beryl.bool01@gmail.com) or register with the QR code at the door.

Mark 4:26-34, The Kingdom of God is like… 

In the parables today Jesus describes the kingdom of God that God reigns over us for our own good.  The kingdom of God is like a mystery, a gift, offered to us by God, and we don’t need to know the whys and wherefores of it.  All we have to do is accept it and apply it to our lives just the way we accept the music that makes our lives so rich and full.  And this mysterious, wonderful kingdom of God is not just someplace we go at the end of our lives.  It is available to us right now if we will accept it and apply it to our daily living. 

The second story of the mustard seed is a more familiar one to most of us.  What starts out very small can become very big, what starts out weak can become strong, what starts out insignificant can become hugely significant, indeed.  And when you see this happening, Jesus says, watch out because you just may be already living in the kingdom of God.  Not every small thing becomes big but, in the kingdom of God, every small thing has the potential to become big.  When you live in the kingdom, you don’t dare dismiss anything or anyone regardless of their size.  Little things are made big.  Seemingly unimportant things are made important.  The seeds which we plant sometimes grow into marvellous, active, Christian human beings. 

Like the farmer, we sow seeds.  They may grow or they may not.  How they grow is a mystery to us.  They may seem small and insignificant, but that’s okay.  They don’t have to be big, because, in God’s kingdom, they all have potential — the potential to sprout, to grow, to spread out and become huge trees of grace — huge, shade giving, life-saving trees of grace. Amen.   IL-WOONG.

Prime Minister says his faith is getting him through COVID pandemic – Eternity News

90 minutes in heaven – now on Netflix – trailer Some 90 minutes after authorities pronounced him dead at the scene of an accident, a young pastor comes back to life and claims he has been to heaven.

Government accidentally imprisons new Archbishop after mistaking him for refugee – Damascus Dropbear

THANKSGIVING SUNDAYS 2021 – 20th and 27th June: Each year Lugarno-Peakhurst Uniting Church dedicates two successive Sundays to give a special Thanks offering in response to all of our blessings received from God.  These monies raised outside of normal offerings go towards growing the Kingdom of God.  We will have the opportunity to bring our thanks offerings over two Sundays and specially marked envelopes will be available for this purpose. The Church Council has decided that the offerings this year will go to help support ‘Frontier Services’. Frontier Services is a national agency of the Uniting Church in Australia and has the Mission Statement – ‘Standing with people in the bush’. Frontier Services works with people across 85% of the continent, including Aboriginal communities and isolated properties. LPUC’s aim is to help farmers affected by the floods and the mouse plague. Frontier Services Newsletter is available in the Foyer.

A 2,240 kilometre bike ride to battle porn – Eternity News

Lew Wallace – Author of Ben Hur – Christianity.com

Clearing the smoke – why Christians differ on smoking ceremonies – Eternity News

Church library: Help us with the hardest-working shelf in the church library. During June, tell us the best DVDs or books you’ve used in our Christian Living section – we’ll make sure your top picks are on the shelf and available for others to use. See Naomi Feigl or Lawrie Bool for more information.

What does it mean to be a Christian? – YouVersion

Conversations: Dr. Stephen Chavura, Author and Academic, Part 1. In this first part of a two part conversation he and John discuss the history of Western civilisation, Western thought and the historical roots of freedom, democracy & the rule of law in Australia and the West. He explains how contemporary representations of Western history are often misguided and misleading. 

Message of the Prophets – The Bible Project

Family growth: We’ll be continuing our conversations with LPUC members this weekend – a big thanks to those giving us their time over the next few weeks to share their experiences and views to grow young families at LPUC, in number and spiritually. Thank you also to the team helping with these interviews – Lyn, Beryl and Pamela – much appreciated! See Naomi Feigl or IL-Woong for more information.

Court battle looms as kid demands 50% female quotas on parental boards – Damascus Dropbear

Reconciliation Starts with Telling the Truth – Quadrant Queensland churches forced into euthanasia – Australian Prayer Network

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