CHURCH

October 2019 Bulletin


From the Pastor’s desk

Made alive with Christ – for HIS purposes

Key Scripture: Ephesians 1:3
“Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ
who has blessed us in Christ with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly realms.”

Beloved, in his letter to the Ephesian church – and therefore to us in Glenorie -
Paul declares “our rightful position as children of God in the heavenly realms with Christ Jesus.”
The first three chapters are doctrinal as Paul tells us about everything
God has divinely done for us through Jesus’ sacrificial death on the Cross,
His victorious resurrection and complete triumph over sin and death.
The last three chapters give us practical instruction about how to
“lead a life worthy of the calling to which you have been called.” (ch.4:1) – led by the Holy Spirit.

“God decided in advance to adopt us into His own family by bringing us to Himself through Jesus Christ.
This is what He wanted to do and it gave Him great pleasure.”
(Ch.1:4)
Wow – isn’t that statement difficult for us to ‘get our head around’ but it is the truth,
so the next time you are in a ‘valley’ with doubts or fears,
remind yourself that God decided to want you because you give Him great pleasure!
He understands our frailties and the hardships of this life on earth.

When we believed in Jesus Christ as our Saviour and Lord,
God the Father identified us as His own, by giving us the Holy Spirit –
His guarantee that He will give us the inheritance as His own people, His beloved. (refer to V13-14).

The Holy Spirit is God’s promise to us.
“God identified you as His own by giving you the Holy Spirit,
who He promised long ago.”
V13.

The Holy Spirit is a seal of ownership, showing us that we belong to God and His family

The Holy Spirit is a guarantee of God’s pledge to us
that He will bring us to our final spiritual inheritance –
a foretaste now, of much to come in eternity.

Sadly, beloved, there are those who will never accept their need to be forgiven for their sin,
let alone accepting Jesus Christ into their hearts as Saviour and Lord.

However, we, as born – again believers,
joined to God’s family through the Sonship of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ,
understand that it was planned long before our existence to be God’s solution in a dying world.
For each of us, He has “plans for our good and not for evil,
to give us a future and a hope, if we will only seek Him.”
(Jeremiah 29:11-13).

You are not an accident – you are God’s masterpiece. Rejoice in this truth!

God bless you. Alex.

 

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NEWS

*** District Prayer meeting: Monday 7th October 8-9am. Glenorie Mission Church

*** Ladies' "Time to breath" Bible study: Tuesday, 29th October 10:30am.

*** Mens Breakfast meeting: Saturday 26th October, from 8am - 9.30am.

*** Sunday Fellowship Lunch: 6th = Galston club; 13th = bring your own lunch;
20th = cold finger food to share; 27th = Dural Terrace Chinese.

*** Fellowship bus outing: Monday 21st October = fish ‘n chips at Brooklyn.

*** Overseas Mission Focus: Iran

A Christian woman in Iran has begun serving a one-year prison sentence
in one of Iran’s most notorious prisons.
Authorities arrested Fatemah and charged her with ‘propaganda against the regime.’
Fatemah was sentenced when she attempted to file a complaint about being assaulted on a bus.
According to an eye witness, a woman insulted Fatemah for not wearing her headscarf ‘properly’,
then shoved her and hit her in the face.
The attacker was not charged!
This is not an isolated account of Christians being targeted.
Please pray:
*** that the Lord will encourage, strengthen and protect Fatemah during her prison sentence;
that other Christians in prison will support each other.

*** that the government is Iran will change so they respect freedom of religion
and that Christians will be allowed to worship Jesus openly.

*** that despite current restrictions, Christians in Iran will hold firmly to their faith
and continue to follow Jesus, strengthened and protected by our faithful God and led by the Holy Spirit.

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*** RESILIENT FAITH =
WALKING IN KINGDOM LIGHT WITH JESUS, EMPOWERED BY THE HOLY SPIRIT,
AS AN AGENT OF CHANGE; FILLED WITH ENDURING HOPE
AND WITH A BIBLICAL WORLDVIEW OF GOD'S LOVE

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ON A LIGHTER NOTE:

“Two young boys were sitting patiently through a wedding.
One boy asked the other, ‘How many wives can a man have?’
The other boy replied, ‘Sixteen. Four better, four worse, four richer, four poorer!”




QUOTEMEAL:

“When we wake up each morning, if praise of the Risen Christ were to fill our hearts…
then in the monotony of daily life, an inner surge of vitality would reveal our hidden longing.”

Brother Roger.


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Alive to God…
Psalm 5:3
“In the morning, Lord You hear my voice;
in the morning I lay my requests before You and wait expectantly.”
Glenorie Community Church
1507 Old Northern Rd Glenorie 2157
Email: glenoriecc@bigpond.com
Pastor: Alex Valich - 0420 602 989
Administrator: Dee Valich: 9652 0577
Public Officer book keeper: - Diane McKenzie 4566 4386
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NATIONAL PRAYER STRATEGY
Canberra Declaration

“For our nation of Australia:
‘We have to keep moving forward; we have to keep on praying;
we have to continue making a stand for the truth…we must sharpen our spears of united prayer.’
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according to Jesus’ words in Matthew 18;19.

Strategy 2: the Gospel…
“Father God, we thank You that Your church is released
to go into our nation and preach the Gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ.
Thank You for all the different ways available to us to tell people about Jesus.
We ask that the doors will always be open for freedom of speech and for the Gospel to be proclaimed,
so that all have the opportunity to hear the good news and read your Word, the Bible.

Colossians 4:2-4 Psalm 2:1-12 2 Timothy 2:8-9