‘You will be handed over by your parents, your brothers and sisters, your relatives, and your friends; and some of you will be put to death. Everyone will hate you because of me. But not a single hair from your heads will be lost. Stand firm, and you will save yourselves.’ (verses 16-19) Read Luke… Read more
Sing a new song to the Lord; he has done wonderful things! By his own power and holy strength he has won the victory. The Lord announced his victory; he made his saving power known to the nations. (verses 1,2) Read Psalm 98 The game was over – the victory won! We lifted the coach… Read more
For 27 years, St Lukes have had the pleasure of providing a community meal to the people of the Manawatu in New Zealand. Recently, a teenage member who has attended Share & Care for many years mentioned that her 7-year-old sister Skyla would like to be baptised.
The king was shaken. He went up to the room over the gateway and wept. As he went, he said: “O my son Absalom! … If only I had died instead of you – O Absalom, my son, my son!” (verse 33) Read 2 Samuel 18:19-33 There is a long back-story to David and Absalom’s… Read more
Be gentle with the young man Absalom for my sake’ (verse 5b) Read 2 Samuel 18:1-18 What heartbreak it would be for David that his son would plot to kill him and take his throne. It is brutal betrayal. Yet, despite the terrible rebellion, David is willing to forgive Absalom. He shows compassion for his… Read more
Then Absalom sent secret messengers throughout the tribes of Israel to say, ‘As soon as you hear the sound of the trumpets, then say, ‘Absalom is king in Hebron!’ (verse 10) Read 2 Samuel 15:1-16 Underhanded – it is the first word that comes to mind when I read today’s passage. Absalom has schemed and… Read more
The new Worship Planning Page from the LCA’s Commission on Worship (CoW) is up and running. It is designed to serve and equip anyone involved with the preparation of worship services within the LCA/NZ.