Monthly Archives: March 2014

Do you suffer FOMO?

Many Christians live in Fear Of Missing Out (FOMO), like people who spend their life on social media like Facebook checking what others are doing, and feeling like they are missing out.

There is a risk Christians suffer FOMO. Worried that others have got more, or are having more fun, or that we are not included in the action.

Jesus assures us that those who follow him miss nothing, in fact, they have far more:

‘I tell you the truth,’ Jesus said to them, ‘no one who has left home or wife or brothers or parents or children for the sake of the kingdom of God will fail to receive many times as much in this age and, in the age to come, eternal life.’ (Luke 18:29–30)

Let’s encourage one another to follow Jesus like Peter and the first disciples did – who ‘left all we had to follow you!’ (Luke 18:28) – knowing Jesus has given us many times as much in this age and the age to come.

In Christ, Tory Cayzer

Happy Centenary Diocese, where to now?

As we celebrate 100 years of the Anglican Diocese of Armidale serving our district, it’s a time to give thanks to God for our past. It’s also a time to look forward.

There is so much to thank God for… his grace to us in his son Jesus, his daily guidance through the Bible, his daily provision, and each other. God has also blessed us in so many ways through the generosity of our community. And so we have much to thank God for today.

Celebrations and anniversaries are also a time to consider where we are going.

As a church we need to keep our eyes fixed on Jesus Christ. He is God’s answer to all our needs: forgiveness of sin, eternal life, joy in all circumstances, certainty of where our world is heading, and a certain hope of a future with God and his people.

Our world needs Jesus more and more each day. And so let’s keep meeting and encouraging each other in ‘Introducing people to Jesus and helping them home to heaven’ through all we say, do, and pray.

In Christ, Tory Cayzer

Walgett BTC Shire Events

You are warmly invited to celebrate and give thanks at Back To Church Sunday: Centenary Celebration – 9am Sunday 23 March, St Peter’s Anglican Church, 21 Pitt St., Walgett.

This will be a morning to give thanks to God for 100 years of the Anglican Diocese of Armidale serving our district with the hope and good news of Jesus Christ. It is also an opportunity to thank you for helping us and allowing us to serve you. It doesn’t matter how long since you’ve been, or even if you’ve never been to church, you are very welcome.

Our guest speaker will be Rick Lewers, Bishop of the Anglican Diocese of Armidale. Children are very welcome to join our church service and (if they like) head-out for Sunday Club midway through the service. The service will finish with a morning tea.

A Back To Church: Centenary Celebration service with the Bishop speaking and Sunday Club for kids will also be held Sunday 23 March 3.30pm at St John’s Anglican Church Collarenebri, 58 Wilson St, followed by supper.

To help us with numbers for catering and organization, it would be great to know if you will join us. Please reply to Tory or Jo at The Vicarage: tory.cayzer@gmail.com or 6828 1590.

We look forward to having you join us on Back To Church Sunday. If you are unable to come, thank you for your association with the church in the past, and we look forward to welcoming you back sometime soon.

God bless, Tory Cayzer

Minister for Barwon District Anglican Churches.

Wise Use of Wealth

This is the advice you will never get from your financial advisor, bank manager, accountant, or in the media. The financial advice Jesus gives in Luke 16:1–15 goes against common sense and against worldly wisdom.

So get ready to be shocked… His advice: use what you have now to prepare for your eternal future.

Outrageous!!! …unless, of course, you believe that there is more to this short life we get on earth; unless, heaven is real and eternal; unless, you believe that only knowing Jesus as Lord and Saviour will get you to heaven… well then, it’s not so outrageous afterall.

When we frame life in terms of the eternal perspective – the main game – Jesus’ financial advice starts to sound very wise indeed.

Let’s encourage one another to keep our eyes on heaven and helping others get there through Jesus.

In Christ, Tory Cayzer

Amazing Grace

Amazing grace – how sweet the sound –

that saved a wretch like me!

I was once lost, but now am found,

was blind, but now I see.

I’m sure John Newton had in mind the Parable of the Lost Son (Luke 15:11–32) when he wrote the hymn Amazing Grace. As much as we love to sing it, let’s remember God’s grace is outrageous and shocking, it’s not fair. And so we need to regularly have our hearts tuned to God’s heart of grace.

In Luke 15, Jesus will tune our hearts to God’s grace. Jesus is the cardiologist we need to see.

Grace. Still amazing. Still saving.

Then we can serve God with joy and love, living in relationship with Him each day by his grace and for his grace. How sweet the sound!

In Christ, Tory Cayzer