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I recently heard a missionary being asked what had changed most in society in the five years since he moved away from Australia.
His answer was that he noticed that the Australian media had become increasingly active in their intolerance of Christian belief.
When individuals speak out about issues of human sexuality, they are regularly censored and persecuted for their comments.
This week, when federal senator Cory Bernadi published pro-life comments against abortion, he was reportedly subjected to a flood of public and private hatred.
We should expect more and more of this as God’s word clashes with the world that stands in opposition.
But this is not something that should surprise us.
After all, Jesus said, “Blessed are you when people insult you, persecute you and falsely say all kinds of evil against you because of me. Rejoice and be glad, because great is your reward in heaven, for in the same way they persecuted the prophets who were before you. (Matthew 5:11-12)
To help us understand what is happening on the ground in South Sudan, here is an excerpt of a letter from the Archbishop of South Sudan, who writes to ask the worldwide Anglican church “to pray for us and lobby your governments to come in to end this senseless war.” He continues:
The crisis began as a political struggle… but it turned into a military struggle which later on took the dimension of ethnic problems. And we as the Church are deeply concerned and worried that if the situation is not contained it will lead into chaos which will be uncontrollable. Also we are worried that the fighting may turn into genocide or ethnic cleansing. […]
Also do appeal to some charitable organisations and agencies to please help alleviate the affected people as some of them are now dying of hunger, diseases such as diarrhoea and malaria, particularly the children. Although there are some NGOs present providing some assistance, the humanitarian crisis has reached a breaking point.
Please pray for South Sudan, and give online via the Anglican Aid special appeal, or in marked gifts via our church collection bags.
As the new year begins, our church is delighted to welcome Adam, Anita, Nick, Noah and Chloe Hotson as Adam joins our ministry team as our Assistant Minister.
Adam has spent the past four years studying at Moore Theological College in preparation for this full-time position, adding to his two full-time years studying at Youthworks College, plus a decade serving on ministry teams in churches.
Adam’s main areas of focus will be youth ministry and evangelism.
He will oversee the ministry in our church to teenagers and young people, serving in our on-site programs, as well as our schools-based scripture teaching and lunchtime groups.
He is also seeking to engage, enthuse and equip us all in evangelism as we work together to bring the gospel of Jesus to those who live in the suburb of Oak Flats, the region of Shellharbour, and beyond.
As William Carey, the father of modern missions once said, “expect great things from God; attempt great things for God.”
There’s something cleansing about the fresh start that the new year affords us every time we turn over the last page of our calendar.
The idea of clearing the debts in our personal conscience account is strangely appealing; I might have over-eaten, under-exercised, over-criticised, under-loved in 2013… but the new year gives me a chance to start afresh.
Yet if you’re like me, you’ll know that it’s usually only a few days or weeks before many of our New Years’ Resolutions end up collapsing in a heap… and we’re reminded again of the need to hold onto the true and deep forgiveness that can only come from Jesus.
As we hear God tell us about the shape of the Spirit-filled life this summer, we are reminded again that it is only from his hand that true renewal comes… and that’s a great reason to keep listening to the Spirit of God as we read his word.
May 2014 be a year of drawing on God’s strength as we seek to live a life that’s more and more like Jesus.
Many people throughout the history of God’s people have received a great honour from God that was completely undeserved.
Mary, like those people, was nothing more than an ordinary human with an extraordinary privilege.
It is hard to conceive just how amazing it would be for a woman to receive news that she would give birth to the great saviour of the world.
In her humble state, she would be known for generations as blessed by God, for the great things that he has done for her.
Like Mary, none of us deserve to be known by Jesus nor to enjoy great blessings from God.
Yet, like Mary, God has greatly blessed all of us whom he has called to himself.
May this be a Christmas where we are reminded again of how great it is to be personally related to Jesus as Lord and saviour.