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Mother’s Day Celebration

This week Mel and I have been reminded about the transient reality of life in this fallen and decaying world. News and events concerning life and death is depressing because it reminds us of the passing of life and the loss of all that is related to relating to a person. A verse from James 4:14 comes into mind. “What is your life? For you are a mist that appears for a little time and then vanishes.” (ESV). Life is short and we will disappear. It is important that we keep this view of life in mind. Lets remember what we learnt from Easter about Jesus and the hope of eternal life that is found in him.

In a few week’s time it will be Mother’s day. It is a special occasion to honour our mother, to say thank you for their part in giving life, for their unconditional love and for nurturing us. Our church will have a mother’s day lunch. It will be a good time to celebrate this day with our mum and a chance for them to hear about Jesus if they do not trust in him yet.

So come celebrate mother’s day with your mum and the new mum’s at NAAC morning! Start thinking about other mums that you could ask along to join in this celebration.

Prayer for the week

A Prayer for our Church (from John Piper)

Oh, Lord, by the truth of Your Word, and the power of your Spirit and the ministry of your body,
build men and women at Naremburn Cammeray…

Who don’t love the world more than God,
who don’t care if they make much money,
who don’t care if they own a house,
who don’t care if they have a new car or two cars,
who don’t need recent styles,
who don’t care if they get famous,
who don’t miss steak or fancy fare,
who don’t expect that life should be comfortable and easy,
who don’t feed their minds on TV each night,
who don’t measure truth with their finger in the wind,
who don’t get paralyzed by others’ disapproval,
who don’t return evil for evil,
who don’t hold grudges,
who don’t gossip,
who don’t twist the truth,
who don’t brag or boast,
who don’t whine or use body language to get pity,
who don’t criticize more than praise,
who don’t hang out in cliques,
who don’t eat too much or exercise too little;
BUT
who are ablaze for God,
who are utterly God-besotted,
who are filled with the Holy Spirit,
who strive to know the height and depth of Christ’s love,
who are crucified to the world and dead to sin,
who are purified by the Word and addicted to righteousness,
who are mighty in memorizing and using the Scriptures,
who keep the Lord’s Day holy and refreshing,
who are broken by the consciousness of sin,
who are thrilled by the wonder of free grace,
who are stunned into humble silence by the riches of God’s glory,
who are persevering constantly in prayer,
who are ruthless in self-denial,
who are fearless in public witness to Christ’s lordship,
who are able to unmask error and blow away doctrinal haze,
who are tough in standing for the truth,
who are tender in touching hurting people,
who are passionate about reaching the peoples who have no church,
who are pro-life for the sake of babies and moms and dads and the glory of God,
who are keepers of all their promises, including marriage vows,
who are content with what they have and trusting the promises of God,
who are patient and kind and meek when life is hard.

Mission Spot: Bec invites her friend

One way to give praise and pray for God’s mission is to see how He is actively using us to share his good news to others. Read below to find out who Bec invited and how.

Bec

I heard that you recently asked Carly to church. How do you know her?

She is Sam’s best friend’s wife. We catch up once in a while, like every few months usually when there is a big event on. She has a two year old daughter.

What does she think about Christianity?

When she was at uni she knew a lot of Christian friends but her impression was that they went to church only to make friends. She doesn’t think you need to be a Christian to be a good person.

She has been to church and have heard the gospel before. She doesn’t understand how Christ came and died for us, so she doesn’t really understand and believe it.

Her best friend is a committed Christian but she only goes to church to listen to the sermon and then leaves straight after. Her impression of her is that they are really good and they are not there to socialise.

What made you decide to invite her?

I’ve invited her to church a few times but she always had an excuse not to come. One time at a dinner, around two years ago, we started talking about Christianity. I wasn’t confident enough to answer her so I asked her to come to church as someone else would be able to answer her questions.

We caught up again and I decided to try again and ask her to come last Sunday.

How did you go about asking her?

Just the other day we went for a walk with her and her daughter. I asked what she was doing on Sunday and if she wanted to come to church. She said yes, maybe. She could never make it to the evening service but may be able to make it to the morning service.

She couldn’t make it last Sunday because her husband was sick but she said she will come in 2 weeks time after her daughter’s birthday.

I also mentioned about Sunday school for her daughter.

What can we pray for yourself and Carly?

Pray that I can be a good example as a Christian. Pray that she will see what it means to be a Christian and what it means to go to church, that it’s not for socialising (like her friend’s at uni) and its to have fellowship (unlike her best friend).

Pray that Carly and myself can keep in touch and try meet up more often. Her daughter goes to childcare at Macquarie so she is always around my area.

Happy Easter!

For someone who doesn’t know much about Christianity it’s unbelievable how we could be happy about someone dying on a cross. But we can! As we were reminded on Sunday the event didn’t just stop at the crucifixion, the death of Jesus on the cross, but he rose from the dead so that all those who believe and trust in him may also share in this eternal life. May we continue to reflect upon this truth and not let the “cares and riches and pleasures of life” (Luke 9:14) distract us from this hope of eternal life.

Upcoming Easter

Easter is just around the corner… everyone is buying and giving out chocolate eggs, the easter bunny has hopped into every supermarket and corner stores. Perhaps you wondered how all these things fit in, my colleague found a possible answer: http://www.jesusandmo.net/2009/03/27/eggs/.

easter

It is a sad fact that over decades the important story and true meaning of Easter has been hidden below the festival holidays and trifles that our society has embraced. Lets pray that people will see the importance of the Cross for their salvation this long weekend. Please remember our friends and family that we would like to share the gospel with this year, see Prayer List.