This weekend we’re going to be getting together to hear from the Bible about the ‘Consuming Passion of a Dying Man’, as Mark Howard opens up God’s word in 2 Timothy to give us a clear picture of what matters most in life.
We’ll be meeting together at 5pm on Saturday night for our all-age service with stuff for kids, youth, and all-ages, with a hearty dinner straight after for you to enjoy. Or join us at 9am on Sunday morning for a more-classic Anglican service, followed by some tasty espresso.
We’d love you to join us!
Grace and peace, Jodie.
On Monday, the leaders of the United States of America and North Korea met at the Demilitarised Zone that sits precariously on the border between the divided Korean nations along the 38th Parallel.
It was described as a last-minute event, and the impact was strongly symbolic.
These two nations have been apart since August 1945, when the North was controlled by Communists installed by Russia and later influenced by China, and the South was controlled by the US.
This division greatly impacts the people of Korea, but it is indicative of a conflict that stems from the Cold War.
Any future reunification would be a powerful sign of peace between warring factions, and would bring some comfort to the world that tires of the nuclear sabre rattling of global powers.
In the Bible, there was another wall of hostility that powerfully divided two, warring factions.
These were the Jews and the Gentiles, separated from early human history due to the clear commands from our Lord God for his chosen people to be pure and holy from the world that rejects him.
Yet, even in the time before Jesus there were hints that this division would not remain forever, as some well-known Gentiles came to trust in the Lord and be welcomed into his people.
When Jesus died, the final barrier was destroyed, and now people from all nations can come together as the new people of God, united as one in Christ.
As we read in Ephesians,
For Christ himself has brought peace to us. He united Jews and Gentiles into one people when, in his own body on the cross, he broke down the wall of hostility that separated us. (Ephesians 2:14)
This is true, lasting peace that will survive into eternity.