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Psalm Tuesday – Psalm 133

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Psalm 133

A song of ascents. Of David.

1 How good and pleasant it is

when God’s people live together in unity!

2 It is like precious oil poured on the head,

running down on the beard,

running down on Aaron’s beard,

down on the collar of his robe.

3 It is as if the dew of Hermon were falling on Mount Zion.

For there the LORD bestows his blessing,

even life forevermore.

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Think Spot 28th November 2011

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28th November 2011

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Job 23:10 “test me and I shall come forth as pure gold”
Philippians 4:19 “My God shall supply all your needs”

Many think this verse means we can simply ask God for anything and it will come our way. If you look at the verse in its correct setting you will discover it is tied to a condition. Paul is commending the Christians for their faithfulness in meeting others needs and their willingness to go without themselves in order that others are helped by their giving, he says in effect ‘God will never allow you to go without when you give sacrificially.’ Each new week brings its own challenges and sometimes the cost seems too much, we love our comfort zone and shrink back. We can either ignore it and bury our heads in the sand or accept the challenge and see something quite remarkable happen. Maybe you are being challenged on your financial giving either to your church or someone in need is on your heart and you are unsure of whether you can afford to give to them.
A while ago I was challenged in a missionary meeting as to whether I gave a single coin or a ten pound note. The ten pound note was earmarked for my food expenses at work later than week. As the plate drew nearer I had to make a quick decision. I put the ten pound note on the plate. I can honestly say in that manner of giving I have never looked back or have to question if I did the right thing or not. God has always given to me far far more than I have ever given to Him. He promises to open the windows of heaven and pour out such blessings we can never have enough space for.

 

This week it may not be money God is testing you over. It may be the use of your God given gifts, your time, or your hospitality. Notice I have used the word your…. Is anything our very own? Have we not given over our lives to Jesus Christ ? If He is Lord of our Lives which is His correct place in our lives then everything we have is His and we are required to be obedient to Him and give our very selves willingly to Him as He provides God given opportunities to please Him as He continues to please us in the giving of His very life for us.
God does test us regularly over what we profess with our mouths to be. What would Jesus do? If you have read the book “In His steps” by Charles Sheldon there are several excellent examples of those who did walk under the Lordship of Christ and suffered gladly for Jesus and followed Christ unashamedly and counted not their own lives but followed “in Jesus steps.”

The five martyrs in 1956 including Jim Elliott and Nate Saint are true heroes of mine who lost their lives but not the battle for the souls they were seeking to win in the Ecuadorian jungle. Many in that tribe of head hunters were gloriously saved but at the cost of five young men and their widows who followed the example of Christ and gave their very lives in the service of others. They were tested and came forth as fine gold. What is God challenging you over this week? May God help you take the right path.

Jim

(Prayer with Joy)
Dear loving Heavenly Father,
We are such weak vessels and at times feel so vulnerable to the temptations in this life and sometimes feel we would rather settle for a lesser Christian life and experience and stay in our own little private comfort zone. We do not like to be challenged and would rather be a ‘stay at home Christian’ and have a quiet life free from anxiety. We would rather someone else ‘went to Africa’ and served you there. We would rather someone else answered the call to be ‘a missionary in London or a minister in Soho’.

We may be called to wash others feet but would rather they wash ours. Forgive us for our withdrawal, please give us courage and a fresh sight of Jesus as both our Saviour and example. He set his face like a flint towards Calvary, His view was on the cross and its victory over sin, death and the devil. Some have suggested He stumbled in Gethsemene… when He prayed “If it be your will let his cup pass from me” but then he regained his composure and strength from angels above enabled Him to continue and say “Nevertheless your will, my Father be done.”

“Take up your cross and follow Me” Jesus said ” Help me Lord, Your will be done.”

In Jesus precious name

Amen

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Friday Prayers 25 November 2011

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Friday Prayers

25 November 2011

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Order of Service!

Opening prayer

Time of confession

Time for praise

Lord’s Prayer

Prayers for others

Time for your own prayers!

Closing prayer/Benediction

Prayers for others

Let us now pray for these people who are ill.

Father we lift before you these people who are ill before You:

Milly, Dorothy, Kath, Joy, Christina, Margaret, and Ron!

Give comfort to them and all those who are ill, give wisdom to medical staff treating them and from your wellsprings of mercy grant a healing touch!

Father, we especially lift to you Patti who was recently diagnosed with lupus and recovering from surgery. We ask o Lord that you would provide a healing touch and patience for her to endure. Grant also, most merciful Father, peace to her mother and family – a peace that only You can provide. Amen!

We also lift to you Florence who was baptised last Sunday! We ask O merciful Father, that You would protect her! Give her, O great and marvellous God, a sense of peace and grant her boldness!

We ask these things O gracious Father in the name of your majestic son, Jesus and in the power of the Spirit who lives within us. Amen!

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Thursday Bible Quiz

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Bible Quiz

24 November, 2011

5 questions!

1 minute!

Are you ready?

Worship Wednesday

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Worship Wednesday

November 23, 2011

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G’day! Welcome to Partakers Wednesday Worship on 9th of November, 2011!

Order of Service

Song – Oh for a thousand tongues – Peter Schrock

Jesus – Part 1 – My Jesus

Poem – I fell in love with Jesus

Jesus Part 2 – Why I am a christian

Song – I have decided – K

Jesus Part 3 – Jesus calls you by name

Song – Come unto me – Julie McMinn

Open prayers

Doxology – Jeff Wooldridge

My Jesus

Almost everybody has an opinion of the man Jesus Christ! Countless millions worship him today and down through history! People sometimes ask me “Who is my Jesus?” So, let me answer that briefly – “Who is my Jesus?”

My Jesus Christ, is the man who splits history BC & AD! The man who we claim is the messiah and saviour as spoken about by the prophets of old and written about by those who met Him…

My Jesus Christ, the man who healed the sick, fought for justice, did many great deeds, filled with compassion, driven on by joy and in constant conversation with God the Father.

My Jesus Christ, is the man who claimed to be God and was God! Jesus who emptied Himself, made Himself nothing, so as to take on human form. Jesus Christ, fully human and yet fully God.

My Jesus Christ, is the most amazing man who ever lived, born of a woman, in a humble stable. Jesus Christ, the man born to die that he may come back alive and give all people a chance to live forever.

My Jesus Christ, is the man who died on a grubby Roman cross, pierced, battered, bruised and scarred. Jesus Christ, the God-man who died physically. Jesus Christ, buried within and sealed into a cold empty tomb.

My Jesus Christ, is the man who conquered death, came back alive as witnessed by uncountable others. Jesus Christ who defeated the sting of sin, so that humanity may choose to live forever!

My Jesus Christ, whose very death and resurrection we celebrate at Easter, who ascended to the right hand of God the Father. This Jesus Christ, who with the Father, sent the Holy Spirit to transform into His own image, all who choose to follow Him.

My Jesus Christ, who covers His followers in His own robe of righteousness so that they would be acceptable to God the Father.

Jesus Christ, coming again soon in glory to judge humanity and claim those who follow Him. Jesus Christ who calls to you and I “Come and follow!”

Why I am a christian

If that’s my Jesus Christ, why am I a Christian and identify myself as such?

The Apostle John, writing in 1 John 5:9-12 – We accept man’s testimony, but God’s testimony is greater because it is the testimony of God, which he has given about his Son. Anyone who believes in the Son of God has this testimony in his heart. Anyone who does not believe God has made him out to be a liar, because he has not believed the testimony God has given about his Son. And this is the testimony: God has given us eternal life, and this life is in his Son. He who has the Son has life; he who does not have the Son of God does not have life.”

The reason that I am a Christian is not because I chased God, but rather He chased me

I am a Christian Disciple not because of anything I have done, but rather because He first chased me, and because He first loved me. Jesus himself said “I came to seek and to save the lost” (Luke 19v10). God was chasing me and following my every path with the urgency of a lover after the beloved, just as described in the Song of Songs 2v2-14.

If you are a Christian today, it is not because of anything you have done. It is because of the events at Christmas and Easter that you are a Christian, when God entered this world as a human baby and took all the necessary steps so that all people could have the choice to be His people or not. In my more smug moments I used to congratulate myself for being a Christian. How proud I was that I, was a Christian and that God was a jolly lucky God that I had decided to follow Him. It was during one of my less self-deluded moments, that I examined myself and I found God pricking my conscience and correcting me, and I read the New Testament “For the Son of Man came, not to be served but to serve and give His life as a ransom for many” (Mark10v45).

Jesus calls you 

This Jesus, my Jesus, also calls you!

Immediately Jesus made the disciples get into the boat and go on ahead of him to the other side, while he dismissed the crowd. After he had dismissed them, he went up on a mountainside by himself to pray. When evening came, he was there alone, but the boat was already a considerable distance from land, buffeted by the waves because the wind was against it. During the fourth watch of the night Jesus went out to them, walking on the lake. When the disciples saw him walking on the lake, they were terrified. “It’s a ghost,” they said, and cried out in fear. But Jesus immediately said to them: “Take courage! It is I. Don’t be afraid.”

“Lord, if it’s you,” Peter replied, “tell me to come to you on the water.”

“Come,” he said. hen Peter got down out of the boat, walked on the water and came toward Jesus. But when he saw the wind, he was afraid and, beginning to sink, cried out, “Lord, save me!” Immediately Jesus reached out his hand and caught him. “You of little faith,” he said, “why did you doubt?” And when they climbed into the boat, the wind died down. hen those who were in the boat worshiped him, saying, “Truly you are the Son of God.” Matthew 14:22-33

If you would not call yourself a Christian today, and this Jesus appeals to you, this Jesus who speaks with authority, and you want to become a Christian there are three simple steps to follow. Firstly, admit that you have done wrong against God and His ways. Secondly, believe and trust in Jesus. Call on Him, receive, trust, obey and worship Him, recognizing Him for who He is and what He has done. Lastly, confess Jesus as your Lord and Saviour. Once sin has been confessed, and Jesus is believed in and trusted as Saviour, then you are a Christian. Now you are ready as Peter writes in the Bible, “to grow in grace and knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ” (2 Peter 3:18). Welcome to the family of God. God has chosen you; Jesus has paid for you and has put His mark within you through His Spirit (Ephesians 1:1-13).

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Think Spot

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21st November 2011

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Partakers Wednesday Worship on November 16, 2011

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Worship Wednesday

November 16, 2011

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G’day! Welcome to Partakers Wednesday Worship on 16th of November, 2011!

Order of Service

Apostles Creed!

Psalm 10:14

Psalm 89:19-29

2 Corinthians 1:3-4

Bible Talk – God as Father!

Time for your own praises

Lord of All Creation – Steve Gooden

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I wonder what your relationship with your earthly father was or is like! After all, the vast majority of all people, to some extent, have had an earthly father or father-figure. Your father may never have shown you love, consideration or friendship. On the other hand, your relationship with your father may have been everything you could hope and desire for in a father-child relationship. Either way, cast aside all thoughts of your earthly father, as we consider together God the Father. Perhaps you are one of the minority who had no father or father-figure in your life at all while you were growing up and developing! Well there is good news for you as well!.

We are going to look today, very briefly at God the Father! The defining function of God the Father is that He is the Almighty who intervenes, sustains and provides for all things. God the Father is a perfect father.

The Father of All Creation

He is the Father of all creation! As all of humanity is made in the image of God, the Fatherhood of God must apply to all humanity. God is the Father of our Spirits (Hebrews 12:9). God as Father wants everyone to be in His kingdom (Luke18:16). By wanting to be called Father, this means that God is a personal God! He loves all of His creation and He sustains it! He wants them to be in a relationship with Him!

The Father of Jesus Christ

He is the Father of Jesus Christ, the Son of God! From when Jesus as a twelve year old proclaimed he was about His Father’s business, to His teaching on prayer when He said to call God, Father; to the agonising prayer of John 17 and in His final words on the cross, Jesus cried out “Father God, into your hands I commit my spirit” (Luke 23v46). The words Jesus spoke were those He heard from the Father. The actions Jesus did were those He saw the Father doing (John 5v19).

The Father of Christian Disciples

And because those who follow Jesus Christ, God is Father because Jesus Christ was the Son of God (Romans 8v17; Hebrews 2v17). The followers of Jesus Christ, those who are Christian disciples have been adopted as heirs and as children (John 1v12). As a follower of Jesus Christ, we are to partake of the Father’s nature (2 Peter 1v3-4)! God the Father both cares for His children (Matthew 6v32) and disciplines His children (Hebrews 12v6-8). Above all, as followers of Jesus Christ, we can never be separated from the love of God the Father (Romans 8v39).

Isn’t that just the most amazing fact! Know and remember, that as a follower of Jesus, God the Father adores you!!

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