May 2019

From the Pastor’s desk: Sinning against the Holy Spirit

Key Scripture: 1 Peter 3:10“For whoever would love life & see good days
must keep their tongue from evil & their lips from deceitful speech.”

Beloved, having recently reread the account of Ananias and Sapphira in Acts 5:1-10,
my thoughts turned to a very unpopular subject these days – sin!
In the early church, after Jesus had ascended to His Father in heaven
and had sent the Holy Spirit to guide the Christians “ into all Truth”
the community was quite united in supporting and helping one another.
Ananias and his wife Sapphira sold some property and
“brought part of the money to the apostles, claiming it was the full amount.” (V2).
The Apostle Peter rebuked them both, saying
“Ananias, why has the Adversary so filled your heart that you lie to the Holy Spirit
and keep back some of the money you received for the land?
Before it was sold, the property was yours and after you sold it, the money was yours to use as you pleased.
So what made you decide to do such a thing?
You have not lied to human beings but to God!”

There and then, Ananias fell down dead – and later, his wife died too, just as suddenly,
after Peter rebuked her for her part in the deception.
This account gives us insight about how God views sin and its consequences.
It reminds us that “all have sinned and fall short of God’s glory”;
“without forgiveness, there is no remission of sin”
and that the only way to be forgiven for our sin is through faith in Jesus Christ –
asking God for forgiveness in Jesus’ Name.
When we call Jesus “Lord” as well as Saviour,
our desire should be to follow Him and choose not to sin,
asking the Holy Spirit to make our choices reality.
Let’s keep the following thoughts in mind to help us choose life in Him:

Lying to the Holy Spirit.
We can go through the “spiritual motions”
while our motives and attitudes fall short of a heart’s devotion to Jesus and His kingdom ways.
Jesus only had eyes on His Father and His Will.

Grieving the Holy Spirit.
Ephesians 4;30 reminds us –
“Do not bring sorrow to God’s Holy Spirit by the way you live.
Remember that He has identified you as His own,
guaranteeing that you will be saved on the day of redemption.”

Quenching the Holy Spirit.
“Do not stifle the Holy Spirit.” (1 Thessalonians 5:19)
We must learn to listen to His guidance more and more –
He will help us with this as we seek more of Jesus’ Kingdom ways,
not the world’s ways.

Resisting the Holy Spirit.
Pride gets in the way of Truth and will lead us down a rocky path.
“Humble yourself under God’s mighty hand and HE will lift you up.”

Insulting the Holy Spirit.
We can do this by dismissing the great price Jesus paid at the Cross of Calvary.
Every time we take Communion, our thoughts and
hearts should be fixed on Jesus in complete gratitude for all He has done for us.

Blaspheming the Holy Spirit.
This happens when Jesus Christ is rejected completely after having a spirit –
filled relationship with Him.
…Be encouraged beloved that as we continue to look to Jesus in worship and prayer,
the Holy Spirit will “complete the work He began in us when He saved us.” (Philippians 1:6)

God bless you. Alex.




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*** Ladies' "Time to breath" Bible study: Tuesday, 28th May. 10:30am.

*** Mens Breakfast: Sat. 25th May.
A time of fellowship and bible study from 8am 9:30am.

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*** Prayer focus - Israel
“The Bible compels us to pray for Israel.

Psalm 122:6 instructs us to pray for the peace of Jerusalem.
Genesis 12:3 reveals God’s desire to bless those who bless Abraham and his people after him.
Yeshua (Jesus) wept over Jerusalem, proclaiming how He longed to gather her to Himself. (Matthew 23:37)
The Apostle Paul so passionately desired that his Jewish brethren receive Yeshua’s Good News
that he was willing to wish himself accursed in exchange. (Romans 9:1-5)
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Doctors were told to contribute to the construction of a new hospital wing at the local hospital.
What was their reaction?
The allergists voted to scratch it!
The dermatologists preferred no rash moves.
The neurologists thought the administration had a lot of nerve.
The ophthalmologists considered the idea short – sighted.
The orthopedists issued a joint resolution.
The paediatricians said, ‘Grow up!’
The pathologists yelled, ‘Over my dead body.’
The radiologisst could see right through it.
The plastic surgeons said, ‘This puts a whole new face on the matter.’
The cardiologists didn’t have the heart to say no.”


“To know the will of God is the greatest knowledge;
to find the will of God is the greatest discovery;
and to DO the will of God is the greatest achievement.”
- Author unknown

1 Peter 3:10
“For whoever would love life & see good days
must keep their tongue from evil & their lips from deceitful speech.”
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Pastor: Alex Valich - 0420 602 989
Administrator: Dee Valich: 9652 0577
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Psalm 1:1-3 “Blessed is the man who does not walk in the counsel of the wicked,
nor stand in the way of sinners or sit in the seat of scoffers;
but his delight is in the law of the Lord and on his law he meditates day and night.
He will be like a tree planted by the streams of water,
that brings forth its fruit in due season, whose leaf does not wither.
Whatever he does prospers.”

What a way to start the wonderful book of the Psalms!
These precious verses tell us that we will live a blessed life when we
choose NOT to take counsel from the world system but to delight in the Word of God.
We are told that if we delight in the Lord and in His Word,
we will be like a tree planted by rivers of water,
always bearing fruit in the appropriate season.
I don’t know about you but when I read Psalm 1 my heart cries out that I want to be that person!
I want to live a life that is pleasing to my God ( in spite of my circumstances) and to delight,
meditate and be a manifestation of His Word to everyone around me.
Simply put, God loves us and He wants to bless us.
When we listen to HIM, when we delight in what HE delights in,
we have His promise of being fruitful.
My prayer today is that we would all say ‘yes and amen’ to this promise and claim it as our very own.
May each one of us love what our Father loves and choose to live a life of delighting in HIS ways.”
- from “FatherHeart Communications.