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Myanmar Floods

Posted 28 August 2015, 10:24 AM by Wendy Hammond. Permalink

 

We do not hear much of this on the news but the country of Myanmar (Burma) is struggling under excessive monsoonal rain and severe flooding. Those who follow New Life Trust on Facebook will have seen some of the pictures. As we reported last week there have been some issues with their rice field and church but they feel they are doing better than others. The latest report from Bella is that the flooding covered much of Myanmar - Chin state, ya Kine, middle of Myanmar, Delta and even Yangon. Serious issues. The people of New Life are also stepping out to help others, raising funds and providing support.

The young people from the church and orphanage took it upon themselves to raise funds to help with the flood relief work. They managed to raise $4000 themselves with a concert and collecting donations in the supermarket and selling t-shirts. We, as a church family with strong ties to Myanmar, want to get alongside these people and provide more for their on-going flood relief work. We should be able to, at least, match the $4000 they raised!! Next Sunday (23rd August) and likely the following one (30th) we will be holding a special offering for Myanmar. If you wish to support Myanmar this way put your gift in an envelope and deposit it in the box in the foyer. Alternatively, you can make a direct deposit into our church account, clearly marking it Myanmar Flood Relief.

Israel has just arrived back from Chin state where he was helping out with the flood relief work. He was able to distribute clothing and medicine from New Life and also some emergency cash relief. Israel will hopefully send through a further up-date for us. They know that we are raising funds for them, for which they are extremely thankful, so let’s raise as much as we can!

We can also pray for all those directly or indirectly impacted by the floods; pray that God will protect those we know and love in Myanmar; pray that the help, support, compassion and love the people need gets through; pray for open access and a government willing to support its people in this time of crisis.

 



9am service: Don't you care?

Posted 26 August 2015, 9:44 AM by Wendy Hammond. Permalink

 We are continuing our walk with Jesus, as we explore who he is through Mark’s Gospel. Today we see Jesus with His disciples in a boat caught up in a storm. The disciples have been around Jesus for some time now, but still, when the storm hits they panic and think they are all going to die. Fear is our natural reaction when we feel out of control and do not know the outcome of our life situations. There are times in our lives when we cry out, just like the disciples, ‘Lord, don’t you care!? In the simplicity of this story we get our fundamental lesson. Jesus doesn’t wake up, look at the storm and start panicking with them, He just rebukes it and it is still. The lesson is simply, Jesus is in control. We see Jesus for exactly who he is, the one with power and control over nature and everything else. We all face storms in our lives, not storms caused by the weather, but storms caused by hurts, choices, and the actions of others. Jesus can rebuke the storms in our lives. Even if the storm continues to rage, if we are holding on to Jesus then we know we will survive. I believe that God allows us to go through storms to test our faith, to see if we look at the storm and panic, or rebuke it. Together we will explore this story further as we walk with Jesus through Mark’s gospel.

Bible Passage: Mark 4:35-41

Pastor: Jim de Witte



Myanmar Floods

Posted 19 August 2015, 8:55 AM by Wendy Hammond. Permalink

We do not hear much of this on the news but the country of Myanmar (Burma) is struggling under excessive monsoonal rain and severe flooding. Those who follow New Life Trust on Facebook will have seen some of the pictures. As we reported last week there have been some issues with their rice field and church but they feel they are doing better than others. The latest report from Bella is that the flooding areas covered so much of Myanmar - Chin state, ya Kine, middle of Burma, Delta and even Yangon. Serious issues. The people of New Life are also stepping out to help others, raising funds and providing support.

The young people from the church and orphanage took it upon themselves to raise funds to help with the flood relief work. They managed to raise $4000 themselves with a concert and collecting donations in the supermarket and selling t-shirts. We, as a church family with strong ties to Burma want to get alongside these people and provide more for their on-going flood relief work. We should be able to, at least, match the $4000 they raised!! Next Sunday (23rd August) and likely the following one (30th) we will be holding a special offering for Burma. If you wish to support Burma this way put your gift in an envelope and deposit it in the box in the foyer. Alternatively, you can make a direct deposit into our church account, clearly marking it Burma Flood Relief.

Israel has just arrived back from Chin state where he was helping out with the flood relief work. He was able to distribute clothing and medicine from New Life and also some emergency cash relief. Israel will hopefully send through a further up-date for us. They know that we are raising funds for them, for which they are extremely thankful, so let’s raise as much as we can!

We can also pray for all those directly or indirectly impacted by the floods; pray that God will protect those we know and love in Myanmar; pray that the help, support, compassion and love the people need gets through; pray for open access and a government willing to support its people in this time of crisis.



5pm service: Is my thinking/conscience correct?

Posted 19 August 2015, 8:53 AM by Wendy Hammond. Permalink

Last Sunday we learnt how our mindset, which includes our thinking, our conviction and our opinion, can influence our conscience and in turn, helps formulate our worldview.  The Scriptures informed us that our mind was intended for the love, peace and laws of God but it has been corrupted and being described in the Bible as defiled, hardened, blinded, darkened, deceived and defiled, just a name a few.

 We also heard that our conscience is unique to human, common (not identical) to all human and important to us as a regulator of right and wrong. We studied what conscience is not an infallible guide to the truth, is not necessary our habits, customs and cultures. It is also not how we feel.

 These set the background for us to venture this week to find out how conscience actually works (where is that switch?), how to tune our conscience and what we have to do so that we are finally right with God.

Bible Passage: Hebrews 9:11-14

Speaker: Michael Choi



9am service: Glory

Posted 19 August 2015, 8:47 AM by Wendy Hammond. Permalink

What does it mean to glorify God? Why should we glorify God? How can we glorify God? These are the questions that come to mind when we reflect on the last point in our church’s core values which reminds us that we do everything to the glory of God. “Glorifying” means feeling and thinking and acting in ways that reflect God’s greatness, that make much of God. So how do we do that as a church? God’s glory is shown in the gathering of the church as we bring him praise and honour. As we seek to grow, individually and as a church, we are bringing God glory. God’s glory is seen in our giving and our going when we do them making much of God and not ourselves. But now you might ask yourself, “If God is infinitely glorious already by Himself, how is it that we can bring glory to Him?”  Can we add to His glory?  Are we able to make God more loving then He already is?  Can we add to His justice?    Not at all. Rather it is talking about reflecting and displaying God’s glory.  Psalm 19:1 says, “The heavens declare the glory of God; the skies proclaim the work of his hands.” If God’s creation declares and reflects His glory, how much should we. The question of why and how will be the focus of the message.

Bible Passage: Psalm 19:1-6; Romans 11:33-36

Pastor: Jim de Witte

 



5pm service: Is my thinking/conscience correct?

Posted 12 August 2015, 8:40 AM by Wendy Hammond. Permalink

In recent weeks our church had a series of messages on socially sensitive issues such as abortion, refugees and gender equality etc.  The larger Australian community is also currently debating on same sex marriage and whether a conscience vote is appropriate for our politicians. In a democracy everyone is entitled to their opinion but how do we reconcile this with the Biblical teaching in the book of Judges that ‘ every man did which was right in his own eyes’? Taken in context, this passage has a clearly negative connotation.

Most people believe their opinion on right and wrong should be guided by their conscience.  We also know that most paedophiles do not think they have done anything wrong and they believe their conscience is clear. How conscience could varies so much between people? Is conscience a good guide to right and wrong? Can Christians rely on our conscience to make decision? Is my thinking/conscience correct?

Over the next 2 weeks we are going to look at some of these issues so that we are better prepared to face the challenges of an increasingly polarised world on many difficult issues.

Bible Passage: Judges 17:6 “…every man did which was right in his own eyes”.

Speaker: Michael Choi




9am service: GO!

Posted 12 August 2015, 8:37 AM by Wendy Hammond. Permalink

In their resource, Gospel-Centered Church, authors Tim Chester and Steve Timmis write that: "Most mission strategies involve two elements: building relationships and sharing the gospel message." Indeed, this is what our mission and vision statement implies when it states that we are:  "GOING as faithful servants of Christ into the community and the world. This is so that our families, friends, neighbours, school-mates and work colleagues whether in Australia, or around the world may also come to know Christ, and of the great news and hope that can be found in Christ." Timmis and Chester go on, however, to state that a third element needs to be involved in an effective mission strategy namely including people in community." On Sunday morning we'll consider how important this third element is and who we need to be as a community to be a 'going' gathering. Please join us.    

Bible Passage: Acts 1:1-11

Pastor: Ettiene de Wilzem

 



Lord's Supper this Sunday

Posted 7 August 2015, 12:46 PM by Wendy Hammond. Permalink

 

On Sunday we hope to celebrate the Lord’s Supper in both services.

God’s Word calls us to examine ourselves before we eat of the bread and drink of the cup (1 Corinthians 11:28).

In the light of that we are called to ask ourselves these questions:

  • Do I believe that my sins are forgiven only because my Lord sacrificed himself for me on the cross?
  • Is it my sincere desire to love God and my neighbour, and to serve them according to God’s Word?

Pray that God will help you to see afresh His grace and forgiveness in Jesus Christ.

Pray too that if anything is not right that you might, in repentance, know God’s mercy and grace to help you change.

 



Sons of Korah Sunday 6th September 5pm

Posted 6 August 2015, 10:54 AM by Wendy Hammond. Permalink

Sons of Korah advertisement for Sunday 6th SeptemberSons of Korah will be leading the Evening service on Sunday 6th September at 5pm. If you are unable to attend they will be playing: 

Friday, 4th September 2015, 7:30 pm

Diverciti Centre, 23 Foster St, Newmarket QLD 4051

Tickets: $20 per person.
Concession $15

Book online at www.sonsofkorah.com

 



5pm service: Thinking Through Same-Sex Marriage

Posted 5 August 2015, 9:10 PM by Wendy Hammond. Permalink

 How does one define marriage? This question lies at the heart of one of the hottest topics of our day. And this topic raises so many questions. Is marriage really that important in the first place? What’s the problem with redefining it? Are we really going to say it is wrong for two people of the same sex to marry, especially if they love each other? Is this discussion of marriage in our culture simply a matter of tradition that is open to changing with the times? Or is marriage an institution that was ordained to be consistent through all time? More foundational than each of these questions is how the gospel applies to marriage. What does God say about marriage? Finally, we need to wrestle with the question of what it means for a Christian to live in a culture that is now attempting to define marriage differently than the Bible does. Our stance could lead us to stand counter to the culture around us. On Sunday evening we will try and unravel some of this, so join us in the discussion.

Bible Passage: Genesis 2:15-25

Pastor: Jim de Witte



9am service: Grow

Posted 5 August 2015, 10:41 AM by Wendy Hammond. Permalink

 This Sunday we'll continue our journey of preaching through our mission statement. The word we'll focus on is the word 'GIVE'. The statement reads: "... GIVING ourselves by loving and serving others." While it seems clear enough what the statement wishes to say, it is easy to miss the scope of it. Perhaps we get a better grasp of it when we ask questions like: what exactly am I supposed to 'give'? How much am I supposed to 'give'? Do you mean 'give' to the church or what? Why would I give? It is perhaps at this point where the Christian life becomes remarkably challenging, distinct and breathtakingly beautiful. Please join us on Sunday morning as we discover more.  

Bible Passage: Romans 12:1-8

Pastor: Ettiene de Wilzem

 



5pm service: Dealing with abuse

Posted 29 July 2015, 10:31 AM by Wendy Hammond. Permalink

Dealing with abuse: How Christ confronts and heals.

Family violence has been described as an epidemic, with over half a million Australian women reporting incidents every year. Men are also victims but are rarely reported. 2015 Australian of the year Rosie Batty, whose 11 year old son was murdered by his father, has raised public awareness of this issue. What is family violence, what are its causes, and what should the church's response be? 

Speaker: Richard Fay is CEO of The Centre for Men, a not-for profit organisation that specialises in men's issues. Richard also offers counselling for couples, men and women at Peter Janetzki and Associates and his own practice. He has a masters in counselling, lectures in counselling and has a background as senior pastor of Rochedale Baptist Church. Richard is married with three adult sons. 




9am service: Growing

Posted 29 July 2015, 10:27 AM by Wendy Hammond. Permalink

God wants you to grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Saviour. But how? How do you who are in Christ grow in a proper and healthy manner? We need to say that it is not becoming more saved than at the moment of conversion; it is not being more forgiven or more justified. It is learning more of what God wants through his word; it is being able to do more of what God wants; it is living more of the love of God. These are surely lofty personal goals, but what might that mean for the church? Paul uses the example of the church as a body, interconnected and therefore growth would be a necessary outcome for that body. How do we measure that? Numerical growth is one indicator but, important though it is, it will flow out of being a church that demonstrates the practices of the New Testament church where we read those believers, “devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching and to fellowship, to the breaking of bread and to prayer.” But that was not all.   “The believers were together and had everything in common…. Every day they continued to meet together in the temple courts.  They broke bread in their homes and ate together with glad and sincere hearts….” (Acts 2:42, 44, 46-47). What if they were our goals for growth? What if we set the aims for intentional gathering to help each other grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ? How would that impact our church community and the wider community?

Bible Passage: 2 Peter 1:1-11 (text:2 Peter 3:18)

Pastor: Jim de Witte

 



CAR WASH

Posted 28 July 2015, 11:43 AM by Wendy Hammond. Permalink

Car Wash Fundraiser 

Saturday 1st August

8am

Funds go towards ‘Red Frogs’

We need lots of volunteers to help with the washing. Please give of your time to support this worthy cause.        

 



5pm service: Asylum Seekers

Posted 22 July 2015, 5:09 PM by Wendy Hammond. Permalink

 Join us Sunday evening as Rev. David Busch speaks to us about our role as God's people and Asylum seekers.

 



9am service: Gather

Posted 22 July 2015, 5:03 PM by Wendy Hammond. Permalink

 As we continue our series on 'Who Are We?' we will unpack what it means for us to 'gather' as a church. Our vision statement says that we are a church "... gathering people to Christ, as his Word is proclaimed week by week in church services, small groups, youth gatherings and one on one..." In many ways we know this already, but what we may not know is why this is critically important. What is the value in coming to church - not only every so often but regularly and faithfully? What are some of the implications on my lifestyle if I do commit to a regular church life? How do I overcome obstacles that may be keeping me from a regular church involvement? These are the questions we will unpack a bit as we delve into this topic. You are warmly invited to join us and to bring your children along as there will be a children's talk before they move to Kids@Church.

Bible Passage: Hebrews 10:19-24

Pastor: Ettiene de Wilzem



Islam Seminar

Posted 15 July 2015, 5:52 PM by Wendy Hammond. Permalink

 As part of the Socially Sensitive Issues series we have Phillip Scheepers, Lecturer from the Reformed Theological College with us for the weekend. Phillip has worked extensively with the Muslim community over the years he lived in London and he will bring some of that knowledge and understanding to us. He also heads the Mission faculty at the RTC and so will bring the issue from a gospel opportunity. 

To make the most of his time with us Phillip will be hosting a seminar on Saturday (18th July) to give us some more in-depth insights into Islam and how we can approach Muslims with a biblical understanding. The seminar will be at the church from 2-5pm. It will involve 2 workshops, with a supper break. The first workshop will focus on the basic tenants of Islam and how it is practised. The second session on using the Bible to interact with Muslims. On Sunday afternoon he is preaching from Acts 17, dealing with those who have a different belief than ours and how to bring the gospel into that. Join us and be informed about this issue that regularly dominates our news bulletins.

When: 2-5pm Saturday 18th July

Where: Redlands Christian Reformed Church

Cost: free

 



5pm service: Islam

Posted 15 July 2015, 5:51 PM by Wendy Hammond. Permalink

 

Dealing with those who have a different belief than ours and how to bring the gospel into that. Join us and be informed about this issue that regularly dominates our news bulletins.

Bible Passage: Acts 17

Pastor: Rev. Phillip Scheepers (Reformed Theological College)

 

 



9am service: Who Are we?

Posted 15 July 2015, 5:48 PM by Wendy Hammond. Permalink

Who Are We? logo for new series 

On Sunday we are kicking off a new sermon series called 'Who Are We?'. In the course of this series we will remind ourselves of the core essentials of what it means to be a part of this church. These essentials revolve around six words that we adopted to describe who we are. On Sunday morning we will look at the first one: gospel. In our mission and vision statement it is stated that the gospel is at the heart of all we say and do. What is it then and why is it so important and foundational that all we say and do is based on the gospel? This Sunday - and the whole series - will be especially relevant for your children, so please join in as a whole family.  

Bible Passage: John 3:16

Pastor: Ettiene de Wilzem



Slave Auction/ Trivia Night - Saturday 27th June

Posted 24 June 2015, 9:58 AM by Wendy Hammond. Permalink

Slave Auction / Trivia Night 



9am service: Since!

Posted 24 June 2015, 9:52 AM by Wendy Hammond. Permalink

 If the Christian life is all about Jesus Christ and the challenge from Paul is to keep Jesus Christ as Lord at the centre of your Christian experience then that will flow positively into your experience of life. Since we are so closely identified with Jesus then that will bring some thrilling changes to the Christian life. Paul sets the challenge to the Colossians, and us, to live as heavenly people and in doing so to bring something of the quality of heaven to earth and let that permeate all our relationships and life situations. We will seek to do what pleases God, not because we have to but because we want to. together we will explore the challenge Paul puts to the Church.

Bible Passage: Colossians 3:1-17

Pastor: Jim de Witte



5pm service: HOT TOPIC: Unequally Yoked!

Posted 24 June 2015, 9:50 AM by Wendy Hammond. Permalink

This is it! We are kicking off our HOT TOPICS series this Sunday afternoon. On Sunday we'll be looking at the issue, quite commonly known among Christians, of being 'unequally yoked'. What does the Bible have to say about Christians forming intimate relationships with non-Christians? To be sure, this speaks very powerfully into the area of dating and marriage, but we see it also has a huge bearing on other relationships like that among family members and our closest friendships. In addition to this, we'll see that God's Word not only has something to say to those who can yet choose with whom they will form intimate relationships but it also brings tremendous instruction, hope and encouragement to anyone who has existing relations where the parties involved have different beliefs to Christianity. Please join us and encourage an unbelieving spouse or friend to come along - they will find a safe and helpful environment that may help your relationship(s) immensely.  

Bible Passage: 2 Corinthians 6:14 - 7:1; 1 Corinthians 7:12-16

Pastor: Ettiene de Wilzem



Change of Date

Posted 22 June 2015, 10:38 AM by Wendy Hammond. Permalink

Church Council has decided to delay the congregational meeting with the budget introduction until 15 July 2015.  Please reserve this date into your diary – as we will discuss a number of significant items that are not related to the budget.  There will not be a meeting on 24 June 2015.



5pm service: The Tale of Two Men

Posted 17 June 2015, 9:12 AM by Wendy Hammond. Permalink

This striking parable of Jesus gives one of the clearest pictures of the after-death experience in the tale of two men. There is blessing for God’s own and torment for those who refuse his grace. And between these two states lies an uncrossable gap. You can scoff at Jesus warning here but we can’t deny the reality. Here we have the only time when Jesus drew aside the veil between this world and the next and allowed us to see what is beyond, and to see the intimate relationship between the here and the hereafter. This is a very important matter which we will look at together on Sunday evening. The choices we make this life do fix our destiny so what is your choice?

Bible Passage: Luke 16:19-31

Pastor: Jim de Witte

 



9am service: Fullness and Freedom

Posted 17 June 2015, 9:10 AM by Wendy Hammond. Permalink

Sunday morning we have the beautiful opportunity to baptise Tate Hemelaar into the covenant community of God. As we do that we may well pause to ask the question: what will it take to make this little man's entire life - every inch of his total being - as full and free as it can possibly be? This is a question each of us can revisit with respect to our own lives. Our world has much ever-changing advice to offer about this question and even religion has some confusing answers. On Sunday, however, we'll hear what God has to say about what will make us full and free.

Bible Passage: Colossians 2:6-23

Pastor: Ettiene de Wilzem

 



ACE Trivia Night and Slave Auction

Posted 16 June 2015, 9:09 AM by Wendy Hammond. Permalink

trivia night Flyer 



Manne Wat Glo

Posted 16 June 2015, 9:06 AM by Wendy Hammond. Permalink

Come and listen to South Africa’s 4 best known Christian Singers at Redlands Christian Reformed Church.

Monday 29th June, 6:30pm

Bookings: http://www.trybooking.com/134218



5pm service: Are you ready?

Posted 10 June 2015, 9:17 AM by Wendy Hammond. Permalink

On Saturday morning we (Ettiene and Dana) received a visit from our friendly local Jehovah's witnesses. My conversation with these ladies, well into their late seventies or early eighties, sparked some thoughts in my head. One such thought was that despite the many vital differences in our theology I utterly respect the intense urgency with which they consider the 'end times' as they put it. Unlike Jehovah's witnesses, Christians believe this is a time when Jesus Christ, as exalted Lord and God, will return to judge the living and the dead and create a new heavens and a new earth for those who believe in him alone for their salvation. The question we will consider on Sunday night is: how serious is Jesus' return for Christians? To what extent does it shape how we live life now? Please join us as we consider Matthew 25:1-13.

Bible Passage: Matthew 25:1-13

Pastor: Ettiene de Wilzem



9am service: The Struggle

Posted 10 June 2015, 9:15 AM by Wendy Hammond. Permalink

 As Paul writes to this small, struggling church in Colossae he outlines the supremacy of Jesus Christ and leads into the nature of his ministry, which is to tell everyone about this Christ despite the struggles, sufferings and setbacks. Paul did not view his suffering as heroic or entitling him to join a long line of special, more righteous people. He sees it as something that flows the suffering servant and the nature of the message he brought. He was entrusted with a message that he was compelled to pass on faithfully and completely. He did that by standing beside the church in Colossae, even though he had not even met them. The question or challenge for us is how we view the importance of the gospel we carry around in our hearts and lives?

Bible Passage: Colossians 1:24-2:5

Pastor: Jim de Witte



5pm service: Ask, Seek, Knock

Posted 3 June 2015, 10:27 AM by Wendy Hammond. Permalink

One of the most basic habits every Christian is encouraged to develop is to pray and yet, if you were to ask many a Christian: 'what do you find hardest about your Christian experience?' you will hear them say: 'prayer'.  Why is it that we find prayer so hard and how can our prayer lives change to become the meaningful and real experience we hope it to be? On Sunday night we'll hear some insights on this as we look at one of Jesus' parables on prayer.

Bible Passage: Luke 11:5-13

Pastor: Ettiene de Wilzem

 



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