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I am the light of the world

We’ve all heard people say, and probably said ourselves, ‘What on earth is God doing? Why doesn’t he make himself clearer? Where is God in all this?!’

Into the darkness of these questions, Jesus says: ‘I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will never walk in darkness, but will have the light of life (John 8:12)’

We can say, ‘Now I get it. It makes sense.’

Through Jesus we can see the truth about life, God, and the future. My prayer is that we are a people who hold to the teaching of Jesus so that we walk in the light, and reflect his light to the people around us.

Will you commit to reading the Bible each day this week, so that together we can walk in light?

In Christ, Tory Cayzer.

O Christ, our Morning Star, Splendour of Light Eternal, shining with the glory of the rainbow, come and waken us from the greyness of our apathy, and renew in us your gift of hope. Amen (The Venerable Bede, 672-735)

Taken from The One True Light: Daily Readings for Advent from the Gospel of John, Tim Chester, The Good Book Company, 2015.

Come to me and drink!

As a church we want to encourage each other and the people around us to put our hope fully in Jesus. Only he can satisfy us because only he can give us forgiveness of sin.

John’s Gospel records the day Jesus stood up at the Festival of Tabernacles and shouted: ‘Let anyone who is thirsty come to me and drink’ (7:37) Not only will he give enough to quench our thirst, but rivers of living water will flow from within us, if we believe in Jesus (7:38).

This is another claim to be the Messiah sent to give eternal life. Let’s encourage one another to drink deep from Jesus, and go with the flow!

In Christ, Tory Cayzer.

Beautiful Feet Sunday

The Apostle Paul says to the Romans (10:14–15):

“How, then, can they call on the one they have not believed in? And how can they believe in the one of whom they have not heard? And how can they hear without someone preaching to them? And how can anyone preach unless they are sent? As it is written: “How beautiful are the feet of those who bring good news!”

Our lost and dying world needs to hear the good news of Jesus Christ – God’s Son and Saviour sent into the world – otherwise, now else will they believe and live?!

As the people of the Sent One, we are sent with ‘beautiful feet.’

Let’s ‘pray, care, give, and go’ with beautiful feet. A small part of that is giving toward the work of CMS, prayerfully consider if this is something you would like to do: https://heroix-au.everydayhero.com/event/bfs17/donate

In Christ, Tory Cayzer.

National Church Life Survey Results

Here are the results for the National Church Life Survey of Walgett Collarenebri. Please click here for the summary (8 pages): NCLSSummaryProfile2016-ANH018 Or click here for the full profile: NCLSChurchLifeProfile2016-ANH018

There is much to celebrate and thank God for. Give thanks for God’s provision. Give thanks for the things we value: the Word of God, sacraments, reaching outsiders, and praying for one another. Give thanks for the gifts God gives. Give thanks that 52% of our people experienced growth in faith, and that 52% of our people are praying and reading the Bible every day. It’s also encouraging that people feel like they belong and that newcomers have made friends, and to see people are engaged with the community in many different ways.

It’s great to see what we need to work on too. For example, a clearer vision or idea of where we are heading. We also obviously need to be talking about our spiritual gifts and how we can use them to build the church of God in our district.

I look forward to seeing how we can use these results!

The Words of Eternal Life

‘Culturally inappropriate, shocking, abhorrent….’

This is how the words of Jesus have been described in the media over the last fortnight.

Yet, the disciple of Jesus knows his words to be eternal life, and that there is no where else to go, for Jesus is the Holy One of God.

Increasingly, the views of the Bible will be at odds with the surrounding culture of our world.

Frustration at the world will not help; nor will demanding a privileged position for Christians. It’s not a case of ‘they ought to know better’… it’s they don’t know the one who is better.

Let’s unashamedly hold out Jesus and his Words as eternal life to our world.

In Christ, Tory Cayzer.

Reconciliation Week

This week is Reconciliation Week. It coincides with the 20th anniversary of the ‘Bringing Them Home Stolen Generation’ report; 50th anniversary of the 1967 Referendum when Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders were counted as Australian Citizens, and 25th anniversary of the High Court Mabo case which declared Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders the Traditional Owners of the land.

As Christians who know the reconciliation of God in Jesus, let’s have the humility and compassion to listen to the experiences of Indigenous Australians, pray for true reconciliation through Jesus in our country, and share Jesus –the greatest gift we have.

In Christ, Tory Cayzer.

I am the bread of life

Jesus makes the astonishing promise that whoever comes to him will never go hungry and whoever believes in him will never be thirsty.

Incredibly, he feeds 5000 men with 5 bread loaves and 2 fish as a sign to this.

Of course, he doesn’t merely mean physical hunger and thirst. Far greater, he means all our desires, needs, dreams and longings in life will be satisfied in him. He is life.

God’s desire is for us to be satisfied only in Jesus, so that we may have eternal life.

In Christ, Tory Cayzer.