Friday, 10 October 2014

Friday, October 10th, 2014

Psalm 103: Bless the Lord, O my soul;
And all that is within me, bless His holy name!
Bless the Lord, O my soul,
And forget not all His benefits:
Who forgives all your iniquities,
Who heals all your diseases,
Who redeems your life from destruction,
Who crowns you with loving kindness and tender mercies,
Who satisfies your mouth with good things,
So that your youth is renewed like the eagle’s.
          It's great to read verses that kind of pick us up.  When we don't feel 100%, when we made a mistake, when life lets us down, or when we need to be reminded just how good the Lord is.  You wouldn't think that we would ever need to be reminded about so great a salvation but life has a way of moving us away from the closeness that we once enjoyed.  The trouble is when we drift from our foundation, right and wrong ideas can mix together, black and white collide and we come up with a lot of grey areas and sound doctrine can have a tinny ring to it.  The good news is the Lord has promised to never leaves us nor forsakes us.  It's His Holy Spirit that's in us and when we read verses like this we feel encouraged to press on.  Yes, He is still building His Church and you are still a part of it.  Have a blessed day.
          This Sunday is Thanksgiving and I'll be sharing on, 'The God of Variety.'  The Lord is building One Church but He is using a lot of different people to build it with.  Don't allow differences to divide you but see in the Spirit that this is the work of the Lord.  There will be no evening service this Sunday.
          On Monday we have having a special Thanksgiving Dinner to celebrate with the CBU students from around the world, 'the Meaning of Thanksgiving.'  This is not a Thanksgiving dinner for the entire church but for the CBU students.  The Salvation Army Church in Sydney has offered us their building to host this event.  Volunteers need to check with Mary MacLean about your time to be there.  The students will be arriving around 11:30, service will start at noon, and the meal to follow.
          Continue to pray for all those in need.  Looking forward to seeing you on Sunday, lots of love, Pastor Kevin and Alice