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Nicola Turner

Sean W Smith – Family Sunday FUNDAY

Our Family Sunday FUNDAY with guest Christian Artist & Dynamic Generational preacher, Sean W Smith. Our kidzlife ministry are excited for this very special day – with FREE table tennis, handball, a giant snakes & ladders, giant chess,game our cubby house photo opportunities, jumping castle, sausage sizzle and more!!

All In Generational Family Service with Australia’s No 1 Christian Family Communicator Sean W Smith. Be infused with faith through Sean’s dynamic & engaging teaching style which will captivate young & old!

Sean W Smith is widely recognised as an expert in inter-generational and family ministry. He is an internationally acclaimed Children’s Worship Leader, innovative Parenting Specialist and dynamic Generational Preacher. Sean specialises in powerfully connecting with children and adults to help build identity and teach key Biblical strategies to empower families to live in God’s best.

Sean’s powerful illustrations, music and unique teaching style enables him to captivate seniors, adults, teenagers and children simultaneously, in a way you never thought possible!

He has spoken in more than 500 churches & schools across the globe, infusing faith into families and empowering the body of Christ to radiate Heaven! Expect to laugh, be inspired and equipped to help the next generation win!

Newlife Families Gathering

On the first Sunday of each month, we wish to encourage our young families to get together for a fun & healthy social time. Whether it’s to kick a ball, ride a tricycle, have a snack or just sit in the shade – we’d like you to join us. Bring your own everything, your family and any friends you think may enjoy this time too. The more the merrier!

Our first gathering for 2019 is this Sunday, 3rd February at Evendale Parklands, from 2pm to 4pm. Meeting behind HOTA near the children’s fully fenced playground. It looks like it’s going to be a hot day so bring your swimmers if you fancy a dip in the lake.

You will know our Newlife families by our ‘banner’ we’ll be flying with a large ‘Welcome’ on it…..hope to see you there.

Want to keep informed of all our young family gatherings and events? Join us on our new ‘Newlife Families’ FaceBook page here (https://www.facebook.com/groups/newlifefamilies/?ref=bookmarks) and sign up for our monthly kidzlife eNewsletter via this link.

On behalf of our
Young Families of Newlife

Bec Kendall
(Volunteer Administration)

Luke Chapter 6

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Luke 6:37-38 New International Version (NIV) Judging Others

37 “Do not judge, and you will not be judged. Do not condemn, and you will not be condemned. Forgive, and you will be forgiven. 38 Give, and it will be given to you. A good measure, pressed down, shaken together and running over, will be poured into your lap. For with the measure you use, it will be measured to you.”

 

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Jesus is saying is that when I receive God’s grace I will give grace to others. He’s saying that if I really am no longer depending on my merit but on God’s mercy, I will be merciful to others. Not being judged by God, not being condemned by God, and being forgiven by God are not the rewards I get for being good to other people.

Rather, if I have really received God’s grace, which means I will be spared judgment, spared condemnation, and offered forgiveness, then the evidence of this will be shown in how I treat other people, “For the measure you use it will be measured back to you.”

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What measures am I using towards people?  Sometimes I feel if I want to know what measure I am using in my relationship to God, all I have to do is look at what measure I am using against other people!

In other words, I am saved through faith in Jesus and by His grace. But how do I really know if I have faith in Jesus? I believe I will know if I really have faith in Jesus by the way I live my life. I know I am not saved by my works, but my works prove what I really believe and who I really belong to!

If I really have grace, will it not flow out of me? If no grace is flowing out of me in my relationships with other people, where then is my relationship with Jesus?

Pray //

Dear Jesus. By your grace I belong to You, may this be evident in all I do. My heart longs to deepen my relationship with you daily Jesus as I come to your Word, spend time with you in prayer and in the silence, stop to listen to You. May your love, grace and mercy flow out of me and in how I treat other people. Use me Lord, as your servant. Amen

Luke Chapter 5

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Luke 5:8-10 New International Version (NIV)

When Simon Peter saw this, he fell at Jesus’ knees and said, “Go away from me, Lord; I am a sinful man!” For he and all his companions were astonished at the catch of fish they had taken, 10 and so were James and John, the sons of Zebedee, Simon’s partners.

Then Jesus said to Simon, “Don’t be afraid; from now on you will fish for people.”

 

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Simon Peter took action – he fell at Jesus’ knees and he exclaimed, “Go away from me, Lord; I am a sinful man!”

Simon Peter calls him Lord. Peter recognizes and acknowledges his own sinfulness in the face of the divine. He understood to the core of his being his unworthiness in the presence of Jesus. At this, he sees the truth and falls apart.

How did Jesus react to Peter? He didn’t reject Peter’s worship and He commissioned him, telling him he would ‘catch men’ (be a witness for Him as one of His disciples).

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At times when I become complacent in my walk with Jesus I remind myself of who Jesus is and who I am in comparison. When I had my encounter with Jesus I knew I was not worthy to stand in His presence and that compared to Him I was filth and I knew it.

There are countless days when I still marvel that Jesus called me, but He did.

I am so grateful for my small group, our church and the reminder we are frequently given that we are an Acts 2 church, with and Acts 1:8 mandate,
an Matthew 28 commission, living out an Acts 29adventure.

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Lord. I fall to my knees as I am reminded again of Your worthiness. I acknowledge my day by day sin in the face of your sinless perfection. Thank you for calling me. I accept Your commission to be Your witness and to serve You as Lord and Saviour. You alone are worthy of worship and adoration. Amen

 

Luke Chapter 4

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Luke 4: 1-2

Jesus, full of the Holy Spirit, left the Jordan and was led by the Spirit into the wilderness, where for forty days he was tempted[a] by the devil. He ate nothing during those days, and at the end of them he was hungry.

 

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Jesus was full of the Holy Spirit and the Spirit led Him into the desert. Just as Jesus overcame temptation and the devil by His commitment to honour God and by His knowledge of Scripture we also see that the Holy Spirit empowered and led Jesus through these trials. (greater is He who is in us than he who is in the world!)

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There is a saying ‘the devil is in all the details’. This is true, it is even more true that the devil tries to compromise anyone led by the Spirit. This is especially true early in a person’s commitment. If the devil can derail the early passion and drive of a new Christian when the presence of the Spirit is new and fresh, then he doesn’t have to keep coming back to try to derail that believer.

As disciples who desire to be more like Jesus we must follow His path to victory over the devil through the power of the Holy Spirit living in us.


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Dear Heavenly Father

“I’m no longer a slave to fear, I am a child of God.” As your child I know your Spirit lives in me. Please empower me by your Spirit and help me resist the temptations of the Devil and to triumph over his attempts to dilute and to divert my loyalty and whole-hearted devotion to you. It’s in your name, Jesus, that I pray. Amen

 

 

Luke Chapter 3

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Luke 3:21-22

. 21 When all the people were being baptized, Jesus was baptized too. And as He was praying, heaven was opened 22 and the Holy Spirit descended on Him in bodily form like a dove. And a voice came from heaven: “You are my Son, whom I love; with You I am well pleased.”

 

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Why was Jesus baptized? John’s baptism was one of repentance for the forgiveness of sins. Did Jesus get baptized to identify with us?  He is sinless, but we are not.  Jesus was baptised at the outset of His ministry.

Luke uses two verses here that convey such deep meaning. Here is Jesus who comes from God to be among us common people and He is baptised. I love how Jesus’ baptism happens not only at a human level, but also at a heavenly level.

Part of what is happening at the heavenly level is prayer, which is such a powerful dynamic in the work of the Holy Spirit. I so love God’s approval of Jesus and the affection for Him as His child.

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When we come to be baptized, we follow the example of Jesus and need to realize that God’s approval and affection rest upon us as well “You are my beloved child,” and our Father tells us, “and I am fully pleased with you!”

Wow – God invites ME to follow His Son and receive His blessing!! It’s amazing that we get to do something that was important to our Saviour!!    Thank you God for the blessing I know you feel when I turn my heart towards you!

Pray //
Dear Heavenly Father. Thank you for the gift of baptism. What a blessing it is to share in the same experience that your Son and my saviour did so many years ago. Thank you that it is more than a mere human event, but one in which your Spirit moves and one in which I can find my assurance of your approval and affection. Lord I choose to follow You. Amen

Luke Chapter 2

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Luke 2: 19 But Mary treasured up all these things and pondered them in her heart.

Luke 2: 51b ..but His mother (Mary) treasured all these things in her heart.

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Mary kept all these things that had happened – and all that was said in regards to her child. She remembered what the angel had said to her, what had happened to Elizabeth, the shepherds, all the extraordinary circumstances around the birth of her son.

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As Mother’s Day approaches I think of my own children and all that I have witnessed in their lives.

Daily I am still learning what it means for me to consciously tune into the ponderings in my heart as I have a choice about what I treasure and what thoughts I turn over and over in my mind.

Mary’s heart was fixed on God. Her ponderings were focused on God’s Word, and not on the many “what-if’s” that lurk in the shadows, taunting her to doubt, to fear, or to turn away from His promises.

Spending time in God’s Word, filling my mind and heart with His truth, and praising Him with my lips equips me to respond with an unwavering “yes” to God’s call on my life.

When I know that He is good and that I am called, I too can walk fearlessly into the future. The path of confidence begins with the treasures of my heart.


Pray //

Heavenly Father, I desire to fill my mind with You, Your Word daily and Your calling on my life! Lord, as a mother, my heart aches for each of my own children and their families; that they too will love You, Lord, with all their heart, soul and mind and love others as You have loved them (Luke 10:27). Lord, in my own fear and doubt help me remove the ‘what ifs’ and focus on Your Word and promises. Amen.

 

Luke Chapter 1

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Luke 1:34-38 New International Version (NIV)

34 “How will this be,” Mary asked the angel, “since I am a virgin?” 35 The angel answered, “The Holy Spirit will come on you, and the power of the Most High will overshadow you. So the holy one to be born will be called[a] the Son of God. 36 Even Elizabeth your relative is going to have a child in her old age, and she who was said to be unable to conceive is in her sixth month. 37 For no word from God will ever fail.”38 “I am the Lord’s servant,” Mary answered. “May your word to me be fulfilled.” Then the angel left her.

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Mary, a teenager, was asked to carry and birth the Messiah. It may have seemed to anyone looking on that what God was asking was quite irrational and impossible.

Mary on the other hand, responded with acceptance and trust. As she questioned the angel she was not rebuked as Zechariah (v20) had been. Rather it was as if Mary did not doubt the angel’s words, but merely wanted to know how such an event would be accomplished.

The answer was that the Holy Spirit would creatively bring about this miraculous conception of the Messiah, Jesus Christ.

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Mary was a teenager, I am a woman in my mid-fifties. Why do I doubt? Where is my faith? Why is it that when I have situations going on around me that seem irrational and impossible that I become so anxious, that I question God in all that is happening?

I feel so often like a Zechariah, doubting, and yet I know from God’s word that ‘nothing is impossible with God.’(v37)

May I learn what it means to respond with acceptance and trust.

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Lord,

Remove my doubt, may my response be one of acceptance and trust.  I know that nothing is impossible with you Lord. Just as your Holy Spirit accomplished such an event, may I recognize too, that it is that very same Holy Spirit living inside me.

Lord, make me more like you. I am your servant Lord – I desire to trust you fully in all that I do. More of you Lord and less of me.

Amen

 

 

 

Philippians Chapter 4

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Philippians 4:6-7

Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.

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In this final chapter of Philippians Paul reminds us of what it is to live the Christian life. With Christ at the centre, we can stand fast and rejoice in Him. We can know what it is to be content through Him who gives us strength, no matter what the circumstances. God supplies all our needs. As a believer in God, we are not only to think worthy thoughts but also put these in to practice as we do worthy deeds.

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I am aware of my struggle with the distraction of worry and know this is not the purpose God has for me.

I love this passage because I am not only being told what NOT to do -worry, but also what TO DO – PRAY!!

I know I can care and be genuinely concerned, but that to worry is another issue. I am so aware that when I worry I react to others in a manner that says, I am not trusting in God.

Craig Groeschel speaks of worry as a sin. Romans 14:23 says, “Everything that does not come from faith is sin.” Worry is the opposite of faith; therefore, it’s sin. If I start to worry am I then saying I distrust the promises and power of God.

When I live by faith, I believe that God has everything under control.

Worry is a signal alerting me it’s time to pray!

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Lord God, I know that worry does not come from you. I thank you for all that you have done and are doing in my life. You have given me the promise of your peace that will guard my heart and mind as I live in you.

By your power alone I ask you to remove the tool the devil uses to distract me from my one true purpose here. I give it all to you that I may stop worrying and take advantage of what You are offering me.

Lord, I will do only what I can in concern & care and then trust You to do what I cannot do.

Lord by your grace, cover me in your peace.

Amen