Monthly Archives: September 2013

A letter to the frontline

“Letters were a great comfort. And the mail was indispensable. We couldn’t have won the war without it. It was terribly important as a motivator of the troops. Mail call whenever it happened was a delight.”   – Paul Fussel, WWII.

Letters were important to the soldier at war serving away from home. As we continue in Psalm 119, the Christian is at war serving away from home.

The psalmist knows he is ‘a stranger on earth,’ surrounded by enemies. His delight comes from God’s Word – a letter from home to the frontline.

He asks God to open his eyes so that he sees the reality of the bigger picture. He asks God to open his eyes so that he sees the wonders of His salvation in Scripture – the war has been won. He needs to know his rescue is certain and coming.

Let’s ask that God open our eyes to wonder and delight in his promise of salvation in the Bible. We have a long journey ahead before we get home. Only God’s Word can guide us home.

In Christ, Tory Cayzer.

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Seeing the Worth of Scripture

Reading, pondering, memorizing and studying the Bible will yield more joy in this life and the next than all the things that lure us from it. Here’s 10 benefits:

1. The Word of God awakens and strengthens faith.
2. Through hearing the Word, God supplies the Holy Spirit.
3. The Word of God creates and sustains life.
4. The Word of God gives hope (more than this world can offer).
5. The Word of God leads us to freedom.
6. The Word of God is the key to answered prayer.
7. The Word of God is the source of wisdom.
8. The Word of God gives us crucial warnings.
9. The Word of God enables us to defeat the devil.
10. The Word of God is, therefore, the source of great and lasting joy.

 

Taken from When I Don’t Desire God: How To Fight for Joy, John Piper (Crossway, 2004), pages 97–113.

In Christ, Tory Cayzer.

Upcoming events in Walgett

11am Friday 27 September: National Police Remembrance Day.

St Peter’s Anglican Church, Walgett, 21 Pitt St.

Join our Police in remembering those who have died serving us, and praying for peace and justice for our society. Followed by light lunch.

 

12noon Saturday 28 September: Rosalie Pearson Memorial Service.

St Peter’s Anglican Church, Walgett, 21 Pitt St.

Join in giving thanks to God for a dear member of the Walgett community and St Peter’s church family. Followed by interment of ashes and wake. The family ask that instead of flowers, please make a gift to St Peter’s Anglican Church.

 

Friday 11 October: The Anglican Rose Show and Luncheon.

Walgett RSL Club, Fox St, Walgett.

The annual rose show and luncheon.

Come this way for blessing!

Before you think I’ve become an American Tele-evangelist on an early morning Christian TV channel promising to cure you sicknesses and make you rich, hear what the psalmist says in Psalm 119 verse 1:

Blessed are they whose ways are blameless, who walk according to the law of the LORD.

This is an invitation to blessing. And there is only one way: walking according to the law of the LORD. The law, or instruction, is the Word of God – the Bible.

It gives the blessing of restored relationship with God. God’s Son, Jesus Christ, enables this blessing and shows us how to walk this way. All of the Bible, including the Old Testament law, leads us to Jesus.

So even better than curing your sickness or making you rich, God invites you to walk this way of the Word to eternal relationship with him. And it starts now.

Let’s encourage one another, with the psalmist, to walk His way. It won’t be easy this side of heaven. We need each other, and we need God’s help. As you read Psalm 119 notice the urgency and passion of prayer. We need this same urgency and passion.

In Christ, Tory Cayzer.

Can you really trust the Bible?

History is crucial for Christianity.

In fact, Christianity is the only religion in the world based on history. It’s not an idea someone had in their head, it’s not a philosophy on how to live, and isn’t based on a book that ‘fell from heaven’.

Christianity is about a real person called Jesus who lived in a real place. It can all be checked.

If it turned out that Jesus didn’t heal people or rise from the dead, then you can forget about Christianity.

On the other hand, if Jesus really did do the things Christians claim he did then this matters to everyone. It means he rules the world and so has the right to rule your life.

For the last 2000 years, Christians believed that the Bible is reliable history. But people are increasingly answering ‘No, we cannot trust the Bible.’

It is important that we know the facts about the Bible – what is the Bible, how did we get it, and what’s it even for?

God desires to be in relationship with us and goes to extraordinary lengths to show that he can be trusted. Read the Bible today and see!

In Christ, Tory Cayzer.