Bulletin l 1st March
6 March, 2020
I was reading in 1 Peter 4 on suffering and found verse 1 a challenge:"He who has suffered is done with sin.”
How is this so?
Perhaps it is because when we go through suffering, life is no longer able to gratify us through indulgence in its distractions. When circumstances rob us of fulfillment we are driven to search for it elsewhere.
This was the experience of whoever wrote Ps 73. In verse 25 and 26 he asks God, "Who do I have other than you in heaven? And there isn't anything, anywhere on earth that I need or want in life other than you!"
If you are struggling under some overwhelming trial at the moment, it just may be that this is exactly the place of enduring fullfillment that God is seeking to bring you to through what you are suffering... It reminds me of a poem that has always arrested me:
When God wants to drill a man,
And thrill a man,
And skill a man
When God wants to mold a man
To play the noblest part;
When He yearns with all His heart
To create so great and bold a man
That all the world shall be amazed,
Watch His methods, watch His ways!
How He ruthlessly perfects
Whom He royally elects!
How He hammers him and hurts him,
And with mighty blows convert him;
Into trial shapes of clay which
Only God understands;
While his tortured heart is crying
And he lifts beseeching hands!
How He bends but never breaks
When his good He undertakes;
How He uses whom He chooses,
And which every purpose fuses him;
By every act induces him
To try His splendor out-
God knows what He’s about.
WOMEN'S FELLOWSHIP NIGHT
The first Women’s Fellowship Evening for 2020 is Thursday March 5th in the Church Cafe at 7:30pm. Come along for a fun ‘Get to Know You’ Night and devotion. Hope to see you there!
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Actual average weekly offering: $2,993
Budgeted year to date: $20,300
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PASTORS & ELDERS
Jeff Spencer | Senior Pastor | 0417 088 615
Andrew Kelly | YA Pastor | 0430 147 927
Phil Emery | Pastor | 0433 120 115
Graeme Holmes | Elder | 0437 755 007
Ian Rowbottom | Elder | On Sabbatical