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The Melbourne Cup is finished for another year. Winners and losers have been determined, both on and off the track….and a countless number of dollars around the nation has been wagered on the outcome.
Gambling is big business in Australia, whether it is horse racing, Lotto or the pokies. Television advertisements provide us with many commercial platforms with which to bet on just about anything. The attraction is always the same: spend a little, and you might just get lucky and win a lot! But….what does the Bible say? Firstly, the Scriptures make it crystal clear that there is no such thing as ‘luck’, good or bad.
Proverbs 16:33 says:
“The lot is cast into the lap, but its every decision is from the Lord”.
God is in 100% complete control of every detail in His world. He is sovereign. Nothing is a chance happening.
Secondly, we are urged to live life trusting God, and being thankful and content. The writer says in Hebrews 13:5, quoting from Deuteronomy 31:6 and 8:
“Make sure that your character is free from the love of money, being content with what you have; for He Himself said ‘I WILL NEVER DESERT YOU, NOR WILL I EVER FORSAKE YOU.’”
The act of gambling is quite the opposite. It is based on discontentedness, the desire for more without earning it and at the expense of others. It is what the Bible refers to as greed, covetousness and idolatry.
Trusting God is not a gamble. When the sovereign Lord of the universe says He will never leave or forsake you, that is complete security!’
– Phil Pratt
This Sunday at our 9.30am service, Ken Coleman continues our series in the Gospel of John, with the next talk titled ‘Following the Light of the World’, with the bible readings Exodus 13:17-22 and John 8:12, 31-47.
At our 5pm service Ken continues our series on Hebrews, with the next talk titled ‘A New Tabernacle’, with the bible readings Exodus 25:1-9 and Hebrews 9:1-14.
This will be the final week where Ken will be preaching.
We will be sharing in the Lord’s Supper this Sunday, so be sure to join us for this important reminder of the death of Jesus.
So, if you normally come in the morning, we’ll see you at 9.30am or 5pm… and just like every Sunday, it’s a great weekend to bring a friend.
See you in person on Sunday, or tune in at www.oakflats.tv.
Death has been in the air. Australia’s worst serial killer succumbed to cancer and has stood before God to give account. The pain of his victim’s families remains, but a further step towards closure may have been reached.
The press covered his death widely. More analysis, books and TV documentaries will follow; none are likely to deal with the real consequences of death and the Judgement of God that follows. “The Daily Telegraph” by Warren capped it off in a humorous yet misleading manner. He drew Satan at the gates of Hell with a “No Vacancy” sign facing the murderer and saying “Even I have Standards”
The death of ISIL founder Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi at the hands of US Special Forces was widely reported. He has faced God and the view is the world is better off without him. He approved the murder of many and made light of it, seeking publicity for his executions some involving children.
Death, Judgement, Heaven, Hell are no laughing matters. Hebrew 9:27 says: “…it is appointed for men to die once and after this comes judgement. “. It cannot be escaped by any. Salvation is not based on our merit but on God’s Grace alone and He can forgive the worst of sinners in our eyes.
This week some SRE teachers attended the funeral Mr Peter Taylor a much loved and respected teacher at OFPS who drowned in the holidays trying to save his son from a rip. His son made it to safety. Mr Taylor attended Fairy Meadow Catholic Church and he was a God fearer. He was most supportive of SRE and his calm and measured approach influenced hundreds of children over his career.
Which of the three left a positive legacy? Our prayers continue for his family, friends and colleagues.
– Geoff Kyngdon
This Sunday at our 9.30am service, we have Ken Coleman who continues our series in the Gospel of John, with the next talk titled ‘The Water of Life’, with the bible readings Ezekiel 47: 1-12 and John 7:37-52.
At our 5pm service Ken continues our series on Hebrews, with the next talk titled ‘A New Covenant’, with the bible readings Jeremiah 31:31-34 and Hebrews 8:1-13.
So, if you normally come in the morning, we’ll see you at 9.30am (not 10am!) or 5pm… and just like every Sunday, it’s a great weekend to bring a friend.
See you in person on Sunday, or tune in at www.oakflats.tv.
All institutions and organisations require governance to control and administer its functions. This ranges from Political institutions and alliances (International to local level), multi-national corporations to family businesses, sporting bodies, clubs and of course wardens and parish Councils. God’s Church is a good example. The early books of the Bible spell out how God selected his chosen people to lead and be organised. He established guiding principles, ritual ceremonials, spelled out specific rules and commandments He expected to be obeyed. In a later period when the Jews requested a change of Governance He conceded to their request and the governance structure was changed to a monarchical system.
The New Testament church was organised initially as a group of what we may now describe as home churches in geographic parishes. It could be argued that that system hasn’t changed. It has simply expanded and through schisms and diversity of opinion on doctrine has subdivided into denominations.
What about today in our Anglican tradition? What do we see? Post reformation, we see history repeating itself. Mostly caused by secular social pressure schisms are developing, hence we have seen the need for Gafcon.
The Australian Anglican church is episcopally led and Synodically Governed. We are subdivided into diocese. We have a National body “General Synod” and diocesan Synods. The Sydney diocese is further subdivided into regions with a Bishop elected for each region and the Archbishop representing the diocese. Our 51st synod has just completed its three- year term. The Archbishop is the president of the Synod. The synod assembles over five days each year and the ongoing synod business is done through The Standing committee.
My Synod experience these past eighteen years has demonstrated we have good governance. It is gospel centred. We are theologically and intellectually well -endowed and full of God’s grace, spirit and wisdom with a generous serving of good humour…
– Robert Hannam