Hugh Mackay is an Australian social scientist and in his latest book ‘The Good Life’ lists a page full of ‘life goals’ by which people throughout history have sought to give their life meaning.
Some of them include:
Persuade as many people as I can to confirm to my beliefs
Make the world, or at least my corner of it, a better place
Expose hypocrisy whenever I encounter it
Destroy my enemies
Be remembered for my achievements
Be as kind as I can be to everyone I meet
Be as honest and open as I can be in everything I do
Be left alone to live my life the way I want
Always be in charge
Acquire as much knowledge as possible
Make people laugh
Get married and have kids
Be really good at just one thing
In his book, Hugh Mackay is really asking the question, ‘What makes a life worth living?’ It got me thinking… * How would Jesus Christ answer this question? * How did Jesus invest his life with meaning?
In John’s gospel Jesus declares that He has come to do the will of the Father who sent Him. In other words, it was God’s love and purpose and desire which gave to Jesus His meaning and will give to us our ultimate meaning. And if we would look to the one whom God sent, if we would invest our life in Jesus, we will experience true fulfilment, for in Jesus we truly find ‘the Good Life’.
This week saw our Seniors Group, ‘The Best Is Yet To Come’ enjoy a spectacular day on Port Hacking enjoying a Luncheon Cruise.
The sun shone, the water was crystal clear, the boat steady, the food good and the fellowship and friendship warm. Over 50 people attended this great day.
AND NOW our seniors are ramping up for their next event.
Guest Speaker: Matthew Pemberton
PIZZA & PAVLOVA LUNCH,
WEDNESDAY, 5th June. 12 noon in the Main Hall at Dapto Anglican Church, Moombara Street, Dapto. Tickets just $13.00 per person. The Guest Speaker will be Matthew Pemberton from Anglican Retirement Villages. Tickets on sale at these services: 8am: Neville Kirkwood, 9.30am: Carol Stumbles
10am: John Eagleton/Ron & Maureen Litchfield.
Or through the week at the Church Office.
There is a growing interest in the spiritual world throughout society. Recently I booked in for a therapeutic massage and when I arrive was offered a physic reading and the opportunity to contact my ancestors. The number of TV series and movies concerning the spiritual world bear testimony to the interest that exists.
There is a spiritual world, but the phenomena are not the souls of deceased family but Satan’s cohorts who are masters of deception. They are confusing people about the after-life. In John 5 verse 24, Jesus sets the record straight. Those who hear His word and believe, cross over into eternal life and don’t receive the judgment they deserve. There is no intermediate state where our ancestors ‘hang around’ waiting to be contacted by ‘mediums’. These people are being mislead by evil spirits who masquerade as family.
Jesus has overcome sin, death and the devil. In His strength we can also overcome. The best thing we can do is to stay away from dabbling in the occult. Living in the light of Jesus is always our best defence.
Last weekend around 160 women joined together for our Enrich Women’s Conference. Some comments received included:
‘I felt truly privileged to be a part of Enrich 2013. All the extra touches made it so special for us, like the beautiful flower arrangements, the pretty bathrooms, gift bags with lovely scarves attached and the yummy food. The singing was very uplifting. The teaching was really inspiring and challenging. I found Leigh-anne’s bible study on Proverbs 31 very freeing as most other talks I’d heard on the passage told me to be a super woman rather than focusing on being a woman who fears the Lord.’ Karen
‘This was a worthwhile event which included great speakers, especially Leigh-anne speaking on Proverbs 31. The electives were all so good it was hard to choose which one to go to. The good news is that the talks were recorded and we can order a copy of all the talks from the Church Office. Well done and thank you to the organising committee.’ Carol
‘Enrich was excellent, Colleen spoke so well, it was ridiculously relevant and applicable to my life! It was so good meeting women from different churches and different stages in life.’ Kaitlyn
‘It was great to see so many ladies from other churches come together and to hear of how God can help women to lean on Him throughout their life’s journey.’ Natalie