Monthly Archives: April 2017

The day of vengeance

This is the topic no one likes to mention.

But in the Bible, there can be no salvation without judgment. There can be no heaven without hell. God is love, so must judge.

God has set a day when he will punish all sin in his creation and so save his people. That means humans under the wrath of God in hell.

We struggle with this truth from God’s word. We love people and so don’t want to see anyone endure this.

Isaiah speaks of the coming day of vengeance when Jesus returns to judge all sin. In despair and sorrow Isaiah turns to prayer.

God is our loving, tender, and merciful Father. In light of God’s judgment, let’s turn to him in prayer following the pattern of Isaiah (63–64)!

In Christ, Tory Cayzer.

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Lest We Forget God

On Tuesday, at ANZAC services we will say ‘Lest We Forget.’ The familiar phrase is taken from Rudyard Kipling’s poem ‘Recessional.’

God of our fathers, known of old,
   Lord of our far-flung battle-line,
Beneath whose awful Hand we hold
   Dominion over palm and pine—
Lord God of Hosts, be with us yet,
Lest we forget—lest we forget!
The tumult and the shouting dies;
   The Captains and the Kings depart:
Still stands Thine ancient sacrifice,
   An humble and a contrite heart.
Lord God of Hosts, be with us yet,
Lest we forget—lest we forget!
Far-called, our navies melt away;
   On dune and headland sinks the fire:
Lo, all our pomp of yesterday
   Is one with Nineveh and Tyre!
Judge of the Nations, spare us yet,
Lest we forget—lest we forget!
If, drunk with sight of power, we loose
   Wild tongues that have not Thee in awe,
Such boastings as the Gentiles use,
   Or lesser breeds without the Law—
Lord God of Hosts, be with us yet,
Lest we forget—lest we forget!
For heathen heart that puts her trust
   In reeking tube and iron shard,
All valiant dust that builds on dust,
   And guarding, calls not Thee to guard,
For frantic boast and foolish word—
Thy mercy on Thy People, Lord!

Kipling wrote this poem in 1897 in response to the boasting and national arrogance he saw in England. Although Kipling was not particularly religious himself, his poem was a call to avoid self-confidence and remember the Lord God.

The phrase itself comes from Deuteronomy 6:12, where Moses warns the people as they enter the Promised Land: ‘Lest we forget the LORD.’ Fear the LORD your God who saved you from Egypt, and serve Him only.

You might like to remember this original intention as the familiar words are spoken this week, and reflect on the irony that God has been completely forgotten from our words!

In Christ, Tory Cayzer.

(Thank you to a friend from St Thomas North Sydney who pointed this irony out; and to https://www.poetryfoundation.org/poems-and-poets/poems/detail/46780 for the words of the poem)

Easter Church Services

Barwon District Anglican Churches invites all people to our Easter services:

Good Friday

9am St Peter’s Anglican Church Walgett

Easter Sunday

9am St Peter’s Anglican Church Walgett

1pm St Mark’s Anglican Church Rowena

3.30pm St John’s Anglican Church Collarenebri

All services will be fun for all. Everyone is welcome to come (of course!). Our passage over the Easter weekend will be 1 Corinthians 15; exploring the relevance of Jesus’ death and resurrection to us today.