How much faith does it take?
When confronted with pastoral needs, is our first instinct to sympathise or to pray?
It’s natural to respond to issues from an earthly perspective. However we can also respond from a heavenly perspective (“seated with Him in heavenly realms”)
Mary simply said “Do whatever He tells you”, when the wine ran out. (i.e. “Jesus, this is your problem”)
Peter called from the boat: “tell me to come to you on the water“, (i.e.”I’m coming out there with you, but you have to call me first”)
It’s our pint sized faith in the mighty Lord Jesus that really gets things done!
Don’t give in; keep praying. The King of Kings and Lord of Lords stands behind you!
Inspiring stories from local Christian leaders:
1. Robin Nance, a retired Uniting church minister reflects on life and ministry at 74. (This article is only for people who are getting a little bit older each year!)
2. Scott Hanzy from the Wollongong Gateway Church has written an inspiring pageon the new direction for his church. It’s a journey into prayer, called ‘When all else fails’
See other great stories on the testimonies page
Just up the road (well sort of) in Newcastle, around 40 churches are getting together to do practical ministry in their city. It’s pretty amazing what churches can do, and the impact they can make when working together. Check out cityserve.com.au
Shane Cook from from Shellharbour City Community Church is keen to follow this up. Along similar lines, Shane has invited other churches to be involved with him in stacking a container with resources to be used in schools and churches in Monrovia. See this amazing youtubeclip featuring Shane (and his team) on site in Africa.
Hard Stuff: Quoting Jesus: “Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength. The second is this: Love your neighbour as yourself.There is no commandment greater than these.” (Watch out if you dare ask: “And who is my neighbour?”)
Getting a growing spiritual hunger? Maybe it’s time to put fasting on the menu. (Follow link)
December 14th, 5 pm start Community Outdoor Christmas Carols at Figtree Anglican Church. This event is always HUGE!
Saturday, 21st December Combined churches Carols by the Harbour at Shellharbour Harbour (Little Park)
5pm – Family Festival
7:30pm – Carols
9pm – Fireworks
Friday, Feb 14th 2014, Annual Wollongong Prayer Breakfastfor Christian leaders 7- 8.30 at the Wollongong City Salvation Army Corps Centre. 11 Burelli St. Ian Shelton from Toowoomba will be with us. Churches in that city (follow link for story) have probably had the most regional impact than anywhere else in Australia. If you are passionate, or even interested, in how we might radically touch the Illawarra for Jesus, please come along! If you can’t make it, please send a senior member of your church.
7th to 11th April 2014,Christ for the Coast Mission
Evangelistic events will be held in Wollongong city, North Wollongong area, Wollongong University and in Shellharbour.
Al Stewart is booked to speak at each event. He is a gifted and experienced evangelist, who will clearly, faithfully and persuasively proclaim Christ. Details are yet to be announced.
Last 2013 Friday 8am Breakfast is Dec. 13th, and restarts Feb. 7th 2014.
Venue is the Hope Centre Food Barnbehind the Harvey Norman Warehouse at Warrawong. It’s great fellowship, and occasionally there are special items!
And it’s FREE (but any support for the Hope Centre is welcome)
Pray with, and for, other Christian leaders in your area.