CHURCH

July 2019 Bulletin


From the Pastor’s desk

God is a warrior and we are His army

Key Scripture: Psalm 144:1
“Praise be to the Lord my Rock who trains my hands for war
and my fingers for battle.”

Beloved, as we journey on into the second half of this year,
we believe in our Father God for HIS enduring hope,
which He placed in each of us through His Son Jesus.

We need to more deeply “have the eyes of our hearts flooded with light so that we can know
and understand the hope to which He has called us
and how rich is His glorious inheritance in the saints (set-apart ones).”
(Ephesians 1:18)
In what kind of God are we hoping?
Are we hoping and trusting in our Warrior God who “Himself will fight for you.” (Exodus 14:14)
“Each one of you will put to flight a thousand of the enemy,
for the Lord your God fights for you as He has promised.”
(Joshua 23:10)
We are in a battle, confronted by all types of enemies and they can come against us swiftly and powerfully.
Be reminded and encouraged that Jesus has the victory, won for us at Calvary – so,
when these enemies come against us, they come against the Lord God as well.
The battles are won by lifting Jesus higher!
We have the Master Warrior by our sides in every battle situation.
Ultimate victory is assured when we let the Lord fight the battles!
Jeremiah 20:11 says, “The Lord stands beside me like a great warrior.
Before Him they will stumble.
They cannot defeat me.
They will be shamed and thoroughly humiliated.
Their dishonor will never be forgotten.”

There is a condition!
We cannot expect the Warrior God to fight for us if we don’t know Him;
if we ignore Him and choose to live our earthly lives in our own way.
God has made every provision for us in His Son, Jesus Christ who came into this world to save us.
Save us from what? … from the state of sin into which we were all born.
“For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God.” (Romans 3:23)
“For God so loved the world (us) that He gave His only begotten Son,
that whoever believes in Him will not perish but have eternal life.”
(John 3:16).
As born again believers, the promises of God are ‘yes’ and ‘amen’ in Jesus for us.
Prayer is the lifeline that connects us to God.
He is well aware of our daily battles and struggles and is only too willing to come and fight them for us.
He suits us up with the spiritual armour, described to us in Ephesians 6:10-19.
We need to tighten it up every day.
Our enemy, Satan, will do everything he can to convince us that the Word of God is questionable
and lacks the power to bring about resolutions to problems –
but the Holy Spirit of God will counter this by the Truth -
reminding us that Jesus lives in our hearts and therefore,
“greater is He who is in you than he who is in the world.”
The Bible is God’s Truth – and that’s a fact!
With Paul, I pray for each of us “that the eyes of your heart may be enlightened,
in order that you may know the hope to which He has called you,
the riches of His glorious inheritance in the saints and His incomparably great power for us who believe.
That power is like the working of His mighty strength
which He exerted in Christ when He raised Him from the dead
and seated Him at His right Hand in the heavenly realms far above all rule
and authority, power and dominion and every title that can be given,
not only in the present age but also in the one to come.”
(Ephesians 1: 18-22)
Therefore, as I’ve quoted before:
Do not be a worrier - with God as your Warrior!

God bless you. Alex.

 

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NEWS

*** District Prayer meeting: Monday 1st July. 8 - 9am. Glenorie Community Church.

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

*** Mens Breakfast meeting: Saturday 17th July, from 8am - 9.30am.

*** Missions we support:
Overseas - Mission Cambodia (Lynn & Rick Bristow); Open Doors; SolomonIslands (Deb & Greg Conwell);
Local our Kim family, including Daniel in Seoul; Mobile Mission Maintenance (Les and Fay Schwebel);
GCEA (Lachlan Gage); Celebrate Messiah (Barrie & Melinda Buirski); Alphacrucis College

*** Prayer focus - North Korea

Pray:
That the global church will not neglect the suffering people of North Korea.
Pray for wisdom for the South Korean church and the Chinese church in outreach
and support to Christians in the North.
For reunification under a just government that honours God.
Pray especially for spiritual unity that will see more Korean Christians
become God’s instruments to bless the nation.
For the many North Koreans who have never heard the name of Jesus.
Pray for the rapid spreading of God’s truth through the humanitarian aid that is reaching the country.
Pray that it will get to those who need it and that the Bread of life will accompany it.
Pray for ongoing funds needed and the witness of humanitarian workers.
That God will continue to pour down His grace and mercy on those suffering in unbelievably harsh conditions.
Praise:
God for the faith of Christians in North Korea as well as their South Korean brothers and sisters in Christ.
Continue to pray God’s promises over their lives and the lives of their families.

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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 GODS LOVE

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ON A LIGHTER NOTE:

A small snail hitched a ride with a friendly turtle.
As they reached an intersection, another turtle came along and rammed into them!
When the policeman came, he questioned the snail: “what happened here?”
The little snail replied, “I don’t know – it all happened so fast!”




QUOTEMEAL:

“The primary object of prayer is to know God better;
we and our needs should come second.”

- Florence Allshorn


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Psalm 144:1
“Praise be to the Lord my Rock who trains my hands for war
and my fingers for battle.”
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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MY NAME IS A STRONG TOWER
Proverbs 18:10 “The Name of Yahweh is a strong tower;
the righteous run to Him and are safe.”


“The Name of our Lord and God is a strong tower,
a mighty fortress that we can run to any time, night or day and find safety.
Psalm 91 talks about this strong tower being the “secret place of the most high.”
It is a place where we can stay for our entire lives, dwelling under the shadow of the Almighty.
Many of the anxieties that we experience in our society
come from a place where we do not feel safe and secure.
God is our strong tower!
We can rest assured that safety is found in the borders of his love.”
( Our Father has a heart to protect His children.)
God is our perfect Father and promises to be there for us –
as a fortress we can depend on for shelter.
When I think of this promise, I feel peace in my heart,
knowing that I have a safe place to dwell – and so do you.”
From “365 Daily Promise”