This week RPC is hosting not one but two mission families. On Wednesday night we hosted a dinner for Nathand and Kathy Griffith and learnt about what they have been up to in Portugal.
This Sunday we are hosting the Schwarz family. Kym and Stephanie Schwarz and their kids are looking to go to Ethiopia. We look forward to hearing about their plans and how we can partner with them. As a result, Bloodthirsty Stories of the OT is on hold for a week, but will return soon!
Last Sunday we finished our time in James' letter. This Sunday we return to the Blood Thirsty Stories of the Old Testament (BTSOT). It will also be followed by a church lunch!
On Wednesday the 20th of June we will play host to an evening with a Missionary Family, Nathan and Kathy Griffith. We wil be bringing food to share for tea.
The following Sunday, the 24th of June we will be playing host to another missionary family, Kym and Stephanie Schwarz. It is exciting to hear about what God is doingin different parts of the world, and how we can play our part in that work!
Tomorrow we visit James 4 & 5 and think about how short life is. Sometimes we need to put life in to perspective - it is short. Thank God there is a bigger picture!
Recently I have challenged mysefl about whether or not I am living life, or whether I am just going through the motions. There are things I want to achieve, but I spend too much time wasting time (with things like the internet!). God has more planned for me and you than just reading about life (or watching it on tv)!
Speaking of living life, this Friday I will be pursuing some of my passions with friends at our next Shed Night. For more info go to www.ashedinryde.com or email me here. Life is too short not to pull things apart. It does appear too short to put them back together though!
At rpc we try and constantly remind ourselves of why we have church. There are so many different aspects to it, and yet the NT points us to a couple of significant ones.
1 - The Church is here to bring glory to God. This one used to confuse me a lot. Now it only confuses me a bit. We will come back to it.
2 - The NT encourages the church to be a place where things are done Jesus' way. People are important - important enough to die for. The poor, blind, sinful and rejected are important enough to die for. Relationships are important enough to die for. The truth is important enough to die for.
Sadly the church has not always had a servant heart as a priority. Indeed the church has often been obsessed with power and alienating people. The thing is, when this happens, we fail to live up to number 2 above. When this happens, number 1 above does not happen. Why? Because when we do number 2 correctly, it is only through the transorming love of Jesus. So when number 2 happens number 1 must happen, because it was God who did it through us - so he gets the glory!
Confused? Sorry! Just remember that 1 and 2 are connected, and number 1 happens when number 2 happens because number 2 only happens because God helped it happen!
Anyway, this weekend we have a look at the next part of James' letter (James 4:1-12)!
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