Monthly Archives: August 2013

Death and beyond.

‘What happens when we die, and how can we be certain?’ …is a question I’ve been asked a lot lately. Check out the recent talk under ‘Bible Talks’, but this is a summary of the Two Ways To Live according to Jesus.

Two Ways To Live

Two Ways To Live

In a nutshell, Jesus will judge all people. There is one of two verdicts: those living our own way who will face death and eternal punishment; and those who are living God’s new way with Jesus as King, relying on Jesus’ death and resurrection, forgiven by God, and given eternal life.

Whoever believes in the Son has eternal life, but whoever rejects the Son will not see life, for God’s wrath remains on him. John 3:36

Which way are you living?

Hot topics coming up at Church

What happens after death, and how can I know?

9am Sunday 25 August

Can we trust the Bible?

9am Sunday 1 September

…hope you can join us in exploring these two questions people are asking!

Walgett Anglican Church, 19 Pitt St.

Everyone is welcome. Sunday School for kids. Morning tea to finish.

Gambling and the Christian

I bet no one will even read this!

Gambling is a large part of our Australian culture. The rest of the world jokes that we Aussies would bet on two flies crawling up a wall.

Is it something we should joke about, or be proud of? When do you cross the line from a bit of fun to gambling that we should be concerned about? Surely, there is nothing wrong with a little raffle?

The key to Christian living is love. All of our choices and decisions need to put the interests of others before ourselves. And that’s the problem with gambling.

Gambling is based on taking from others. It is the change of ownership of money and possessions based on chance. There are winners, and there are losers.

Often we say a little flutter of gambling is for fun, or to support a good cause in the community. But at the heart of gambling is the desire to win and have more. We win at the cost of others’ losses.

This Sunday we will consider what the Bible says about gambling, and what our response could be as individuals and as a church.

If you want to read/see more, check these out:

Tracey Gordon, ‘Is gambling all that wrong?’ Social Issues briefing #033, 19/11/2004. http://www.sydneyanglicans.net/socialissues
/033_is_gambling_all_that_wrong

Michael Hill, ‘Should the stewards object? A biblical approach to gambling’, The Briefing, Issue #305, February 2004. http://matthiasmedia.com/briefing/authors/michael-hill/

Gambling on The Chat Room. http://vimeo.com/9394139

In Christ, Tory Cayzer.

Stand Strong in the Spiritual Battle

The topic of spiritual warfare is itself the topic of spiritual warfare. It’s as though certain hidden forces would rather us not talk about it.

As C.S. Lewis says in the introduction to his Screwtape Letters, it as though the general public prefers to ignore the forces of evil altogether as nonsense by using a cartoon of a ‘devil’ with horns and hoofs; or at the other extreme, take an unhealthy interest in everything demonic.

In Ephesians 6:10–24 we have a reminder of the daily and yearly battle for the Kingdom… and the weapons at our disposal.

We rarely think of our difficulty to forgive people, to pray regularly, to resist temptation, to read the Bible, and learn more about the faith as struggles that are part of a much larger campaign.

We are front-line soldiers who need to know about the larger campaign. Satan was defeated by Jesus Christ on the Cross, but he will attack and attack to separate us from Christ. So get ready, and stand firm in the Lord!

In Christ, Tory Cayzer.

Work

It’s usually the first question we ask.

‘What do you do?’

Much of our identity and self-worth is tied up with our work. We quickly form our opinion of someone by their employment… not convinced? …next time you’re asked, just for fun, tell them you are a Christian minister and watch the response!

The gospel sets us free from placing so much value on work. Ephesians 6:5–9 teaches that the Christian is a slave of Christ. That means we are set free from being a slave to this world and it’s values, and now serve Christ. He gives us our dignity, value, worth, and identity.

Whether we are employees or employers, we all serve Jesus Christ. He is the one we obey. That means we are to do our work with our eyes fixed on Jesus, working to please him… because he has his eyes on us!

The gospel also means we are all equal… whether we are the town cleaner, mayor, or magistrate. We are all under the Lordship of Jesus Christ. This has to transform our attitude to work.

‘Serve whole-heartedly, as if you were serving the Lord, not men or women’

In Christ, Tory Cayzer.