Tuesday, August 21, 2007

The Hammer of God.

Hello All!
Jeremiah 23 talks of the words of God as a hammer. What does this mean in context to the times of Jeremiah? Join Pastor John as we see how the Word of God breaks down the barriers in our life.

Click to download and listen: The Hammer of God.

Illawarra Lutheran Parish
19th August 2007
Pentecost 12

Prayer of the Day
Jesus, our guide and goal, keep our eyes fixed on you. Encourage us to persevere in running the race that you have set before us and strengthen us to overcome all obstacles. For you live and reign with the Father and Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever. Amen.

This Weeks Readings
Jeremiah 23:23-29
Hebrews 11:29-12:2
Luke 12:49-56

Photo credit: 'Hammer 1' by Sergio Ianni, S.Bernardo do Campo, Sao Paulo, Brazil.

Sunday, August 12, 2007

Vital Signs.

Hi All,
Reading from todays verses in Genesis, Pastor John communicates what real trust can mean in our lives. Do you want God to show himself, just to prove to you that He really does exist?

Abram trusted God, even though he never saw Him, dropping everything to go off to unknown places to secure his future. Yet, even with all the material wealth he was given, he still had no heir to carry on his family line. Trying to second guess God, he tries to 'make it happen' by having a child with Hagar, his slave girl.

As we know, this didn't work out, but God takes Abram aside and shows him once again all the stars and tells him that he will have more descendants than there were stars.

So what moved Abram to believe? Listen to Pastor John's message and find out what our promises are and how we have the faith to believe them.

Click to download: Vital Signs.

NOTE: Due to the unreliability of our previous file host, I am now using a different host. Simply left-click on the link and it will take you to the download page, then click on the large download button on the bottom of the page.

Illawarra Lutheran Parish
12th August 2007
Pentecost 11

Prayer of the Day
God, our protector and guide, as we travel on through life, teach us to trust in your loving direction, knowing that you will bring us safely home to you. We ask this through your Son, Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit,one God, now and forever. Amen

This Weeks Readings.
Genesis 15:1-6
Hebrews 11:1-3; 8-16
Luke 12:32-40

Photo credit: 'Monitor 4' by Benjamin Earwicker, Boise, Idaho, USA.

Thursday, August 09, 2007

Watch Your "I's"!

Hello Again!
We have something extra for you this week. Along with our regular message, Pastor John has a reading for the children from a book called 'Herbert and Harry' by Pamela Allen.
This is a great book by the award-winning New Zealand writer and will help the young ones realize what the true treasures of life are.

Click to download and listen: Herbert and Harry
Illawarra Lutheran Parish
5th August 2007
Pentecost 10

Prayer for the Day
Thank you, loving Father, for giving us so many good things. Keep us from hording riches for ourselves and neglecting the needs of others. Make us truly rich in knowing and following your Son. For he lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, onje God, now and forever. Amen.

This Weeks Readings
Ecclesiastes 1:2,12-14; 2: 18-23
Colossians 3:1-11
Luke 12: 13-21

'Herbert & Harry' is available in Australia from Angus and Robertson and internationally (where it is known as 'Hidden Treasure') from Amazon.

Photo credit: 'Eye' by Falk Schaaf, Manila, Philippines.