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All For The Good

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September
By Sue Goodall



Children in coats
Sizes too big
Their faces mirrored
In shiny shoes
Kicking the crinkly
Turning leaves...
Old season out,
In with the new.



Adults with worries
Shoulders weighed down
Ash-grey faces
Secrets unguessed.
Oh that they knew
That He is saying,
''Come those heavy laden
And I'll give you rest.''

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Nicene Creed

What we believe as Christians...

We pray together and when Christians pray together, from different nations, different churches and different denominations - that reveals Church unity! Come! Let us pray and profess together!

We believe in one God,

the Father Almighty,

Maker of heaven and earth,

and of all that is,

seen and unseen.

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We believe in one Lord, Jesus Christ,

the only Son of God,

eternally begotten of the Father,

God from God,

Light from Light,

true God from true God,

begotten, not made,

of one being with the Father.

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Through Him all things were made.

For us and for our salvation

He came down from heaven:

by the power of the Holy Spirit,

He became incarnate from the Virgin Mary,

and was made man.

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For our sake He was crucified under Pontius Pilate;

He suffered death and was buried.

On the third day He rose again

in accordance with the Scriptures:

He ascended into heaven

and is seated at the right hand of the Father.

He will come again in glory to judge the living and the dead,

and his kingdom will have no end.

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We believe in the Holy Spirit,

the Lord, the giver of life,

who proceeds from the Father and the Son.

With the Father and the Son,

He is worshipped and glorified.

He has spoken through the Prophets.

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We believe in one, holy,

catholic (universal), and apostolic Church.

We acknowledge one baptism for the forgiveness of sins.

We look for the resurrection of the dead,

and the life of the world to come.

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Amen

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All For The Good

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Hi! Welcome to ‘All For The Good!’ I am Katy! Today I am answering the question: ‘what do you like about your church?’

 

I like basically everything about my church! I’m lucky that in that my church is family orientated so there are a lot of children/young people my age and I’m quite close with all the youth at my church! Our church family are all very welcoming and I always feel comfortable at church. The worship songs are also, good, which is great as I love singing!

Also, our church has different age groups for the youth to go on Sundays: there is a crèche, then a group for years 7-9, then a group that I am moving into called ‘The Hub’ which meets every second and fourth Sunday for years 10+. It is a discussion group, particularly focussing on topical issues and questions we may have. (It is only alternate Sundays so that we get used to sitting in church right the way through and interacting with the adult service). The pastors at our church are great speakers and will pray for you and are very supportive and kind! I also sometimes play my flute in the worship band which is great! I love my church!


Katy


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Thursday Ponderings

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19th September 2013

Pauline's Ponderings!

Christians are particularly bad at gossiping – they do it in the name of prayer, which makes it worse.

They share some information about someone and then mention that they need prayer. Do not do it. Unless someone has asked you to share information about them, keep it to yourself. Even if someone asks you about the person, don’t say anything – it’s not your info to pass on, it IS GOSSIP.



Although it might seem very unjust, if someone has wronged you in any way, even verbally told lies about you and put you in a bad light you are not allowed to say anything that will put them in a bad light. You are not allowed to slander them, even if they have slandered you! I am using the word slander in the way the bible intends it, not how the oxford English dictionary defines it!



In the Old Testament when the word slander is used, it has often been translated from the Hebrew word meaning ‘ to defame or to strip one of his positive reputation’ In the New Testament, the word for slander is made up from two words, one meaning ‘to speak’ and the other meaning ‘against’. So when you see the word slander in the bible it means the open and intentional sharing of damaging information about someone, whether the information is accurate or not!



Do not let any unwholesome talk come out of your mouths, but only what is helpful for building others up according to their needs, that it may benefit those who listen. And do not grieve the Holy Spirit of God, with whom you were sealed for the day of redemption. Get rid of all bitterness, rage and anger, brawling and slander, along with every form of malice. Be kind and compassionate to one another, forgiving each other, just as in Christ God forgave you. (Ephesian 4:29-32)



If you say anything derogatory about them, even if it’s true, it is not in line with God’s word. You can tell one or two of your closest friends, if you need prayer support, but examine your motives for telling them before you do so. It is the motive behind the telling which is crucial. If you are passing the negative information about behaviour because you need support of some kind yourself, that’s fine.

But if you are passing on the info because you want people to know that they are horrible, don’t do it! You need to forgive them and leave God to administer justice. It’s hard and we need to ask God for his help on an hourly basis to make sure our speech is pleasing to Him.

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Remember


Colossians 3:1-4
1 Since, then, you have been raised with Christ, set your hearts on things above, where Christ is, seated at the right hand of God.
2 Set your minds on things above, not on earthly things.
3 For you died, and your life is now hidden with Christ in God.
4 When Christ, who is your life, appears, then you also will appear with him in glory.


I wonder what your ability to remember is like! Perhaps you are like me, and your memory sometimes fails. Sometimes I will think I have remembered something, but it turns out to be a false memory of an event that never occurred. Or other times I will forget to remember something, and then miss out on something important!

As Christians, sometimes we forget who we are! So what should we remember about ourselves, as Christians, if we are one?

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All For The Good

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This week I'd like to tell you about a very special experience I had at Soul Survivor this year...

The speaker invited those who wished to receive the gift of tongues to go forward. I'd always wanted tongues, so I went forward to give it a go. However, I could not have imagined what happened next. I could hear two of my friend's around me beginning to speak in tongues. My eyes were closed and I began to see most of my life re-played including the parts I found distressing. I didn't really want to go there again but then a golden light enveloped me and warmed me and I felt really peaceful. I heard the words: ''I'm here" as each scene unfolded.

Eventually it all faded and I was aware of the people around me, still praying for me. I was quite disappointed that it was over but so glad it had happened. I was crying and shaking with the intensity and yet felt so peaceful that I never wanted the moment to end. Rend Collective were playing 'Build Your Kingdom Here'. I was actually told the whole encounter had lasted about 45 minutes!!!! I truly believe that I had been in God's presence and that He is with me in all the good times and bad.

Blessings

Katy


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Sunday Worship

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Apostles Creed


I believe in God the Father, Almighty, Maker of heaven and earth.
 
And in Jesus Christ, his only begotten Son, our Lord
Who was conceived by the Holy Ghost, born of the Virgin Mary:
Suffered under Pontius Pilate;
was crucified, dead and buried.

He descended into hell:
The third day he rose again from the dead.

He ascended into heaven, and sits at the right hand of God the Father Almighty:
From thence he shall come to judge the quick and the dead.

I believe in the Holy Ghost:
I believe in the holy catholic church:
the communion of saints:
the forgiveness of sins:
the resurrection of the body:
and the life everlasting.

Amen.


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HAHA 23

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Part 23

The Renaissance - Rebirth

G’day and welcome to Partakers and to our series, HAHA – Heroes and Heretics Abound. Together we are looking at the story of the church from its origins through to the Age of Reasoning in the 18th century. Last time we looked at the decreasing influence of the Church amidst both religious and societal turmoil and a brief look at two men, John Wycliffe and Jan Hus, rising in opposition to the Church.

In the 14th and 15th centuries there was a great European revival of interest in the values of classical Greek and Roman literature, art, philosophy and politics. It started in Italy and spread throughout Europe. Scholars were called humanists as they moulded their life on the teachings of the great Greek and Roman classical literature. There was also an increase in other areas of life: scholastic freedom grew exponentially, Roman morality, paganism, the Greek New Testament and the study thereof, and many new universities throughout Europe were started.

1. Leading Spokesmen

In amidst all this was the Church, which was continuing to change - and to the dismay of the Roman Catholic hierarchy, to the detriment of the established Church. Here are but 3 men – all of whom spoke brave words and lived brave lives!

Girolamo Savonarola (1452-1498) - Italian preacher of reform and the hero of many early Protestants. He became a Dominican monk after studying humanism and medicine. He affected the masses by his preaching and transformed the lives of many intellectuals through his thinking. He showed the impurities and corruption of the Roman Catholic system and spoke against the exploitation of the poor. Savonarola was well known for speaking prophecies about civic glory and called for Christian renewal. Eventually Savonarola was excommunicated and executed for denouncing the Pope and the corrupt papal court.

Here is one thing that Savonarola wrote: The Pope may err, and that in two ways, either because he is erroneously informed, or from malice. As to the latter cause we leave that to the judgment of God, and believe rather that he has been misinformed. In our own case I can prove that he has been falsely persuaded. Therefore any one who obstinately upholds the excommunication and affirms that I ought not to preach these doctrines is fighting against the kingdom of Christ, and supporting the kingdom of Satan, and is himself a heretic, and deserves to be excluded from the Christian community.

John Colet (1466-1519) - a brilliant humanist at Oxford, and influenced Savonarola. He was enlightened and caused the epistles of Paul to live again in message. In 1512, as Dean of St. Paul's, he declared vicious and depraved lives of the church the worst heresy of all times which led to first reforming the bishops and it would spread to all. The church laws could not be enforced until the bishops became new men. Colet taught his students to keep the Bible and the Apostle's Creed.

Here is a quote from his convocation sermon of 1512: “You are come together today, fathers and right wise men, to hold a council. In which what you will do and what matters you will handle, I do not yet know, but I wish that, at length, mindful of your name and profession, you would consider of the reformation of ecclesiastical affairs; for never was there more necessity and never did the state of the Church more need endeavors. For the Church – the spouse of Christ – which He wished to be without spot or wrinkle, is become foul and deformed.” Colet went on to conclude: “If, by chance, I should seem to have gone too far in this sermon—if I have said anything with too much warmth—forgive it me, and pardon a man speaking out of zeal, a man sorrowing for the ruin of the Church; and passing, by any foolishness of mine, consider the thing itself.

Desiderius Erasmus Roterodamus (1467-1536) He was a student of John Colet and the greatest of all humanists. Professor of Divinity and Greek at Cambridge Uni. He aimed to reform Roman Catholic Church, from within and so didn't leave the church. As a result he was attacked by both the Roman Catholic Church and the Protestants. The Roman Catholic Church for heretical teaching, and by the Protestants for lacking courage. In 1516, he produced the Greek version of the New Testament because he wanted to make it understood by everyone. He was educated by Brethren of the Common Life, was ordained as a Priest in 1492 and laid the egg which Martin Luther later hatched.

2. Modern devotional movement.

In Holland and Northern Europe, during this period, there was a renewed interest in a personal devotional life with God. One such group was the 'Brethren of the Common Life', who emphasised personal devotion, poverty, chastity and obedience in a semi-monastic lifestyle.

Thomas a'Kempis (1380-1471). Thomas a’ Kempis was born in Germany in 1380 to a blacksmith and a schoolmistress. In 1392, he started at school and while there encountered the devotional group, Brethren of the Common Life. From there, Thomas joined a monastery and became a prolific copyist and writer – copying by hand the Bible four times.

His most noted work today though, .is the 'Imitation of Christ', still one of the most widely read devotional books, even though it is distinctly Roman Catholic in doctrine it is both scriptural and Christ-centred.

The "Imitation of Christ" a of devotions divided into 4 parts.

  • Part 1 - "Helpful Counsels of the Spiritual Life."
  • Part 2 - "Directives for the Interior Life."
  • Part 3 - "On Interior Consolation"
  • Part 4 - "On the Blessed Sacrament"


Here are some quotes from that book – ahead of its time in many ways!
 

  • "At the Day of Judgement we shall not be asked what we have read, but what we have done." — The Imitation of Christ, Book I, Chapter 3
  • "For man proposes, but God disposes" — The Imitation of Christ, Book I, Chapter 19
  • "If, however, you seek Jesus in all things, you will surely find Him. " — The Imitation of Christ, Book 2, Chapter 7


You can download a copy of this book for free from CCEL:

That’s it for this time! Next time in our series HAHA, we will look at the birth of the Reformation and start looking at the great Reformers of the church! Thanks for listening! Come back to Partakers, where every day there is something new to encourage your walk as a Christian in the 21st century.


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Partakers Friday Prayers!

13th September 2013!

We pray together and when Christians pray together, from different nations, different churches and different denominations - that reveals Church unity!

Today we are specifically praying for churches and church services this weekend! Come join in! Play & download the video!

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Thursday Ponderings

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12th September 2013

Pauline's Ponderings!

Our words are very important if we wish to honour God. We can use words to hurt or to heal. “With the tongue we praise our Lord and Father, and with it we curse human beings, who have been made in God’s likeness.

Out of the same mouth come praise and cursing.” (James 3:9-10)



“Out of the mouth comes the overflow of the heart. A good man out of the good treasure of his heart brings forth that which is good; and an evil man out of the evil treasure of his heart brings forth that which is evil: for of the abundance of the heart his mouth speaks.” (Luke 6:45)



This means if our heart is focused on the things of this world, on ourselves, on material things, that’s what our words will reflect. However, if we drench ourselves in Gods Holy Spirit, if our main focus is on God and what He desires, then what we say will reflect Him and bring Him glory.

Obviously we are not perfect, and we will slip up from time to time, particularly if we are stressed. Anybody who has suffered chronic pain will know that "Praise the Lord" isn’t always the first phrase that pops into one’s mind or out of one’s lips!

Of course being in chronic pain or under stress does not give us the licence to swear or be horrible to other people – at these times we need to spend even more time with God, cry out to Him for His help, and acknowledge that we will fail if He doesn’t fill us to overflowing with His Spirit. Do you struggle in this area? Remember to say sorry to God, the minute you slip up and then, put on your robe of righteousness immediately, with thankfulness, and tell Satan to get lost, because he loves to try and make us feel guilty.

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God of Love


John 3:16 For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.



1 John 4:16 We know and rely on the love God has for us. God is love. Whoever lives in love lives in God, and God in them. 

We live in a world that is in love with love. Love, according to some people, is what makes the world go around. In the Bible, God’s love is revealed. The Apostle John in 1 John 4 does not simply say that God loves, but rather that God is love.

How is God love? How is God's love revealed today? How is that relevant to you?

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POD - Psalm 150

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Psalm 150

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Hallelujah!

Praise God in his holy house of worship, praise him under the open skies;
Praise him for his acts of power, praise him for his magnificent greatness;


Praise with a blast on the trumpet, praise by strumming soft strings;


Praise him with castanets and dance, praise him with banjo and flute;


Praise him with cymbals and a big bass drum,
Praise him with fiddles and mandolin.


Let every living, breathing creature praise God!

Hallelujah!

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