Dear Friends | 18 October 2015

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Dear Friends

A life that is lived for self-gratification is a small life. A life that is lived to help others is a large life. A life that is lived to bring pleasure to God is the ultimate life.

What many people are learning is that one day we will all stand before the creator and give an account for the way we lived our life. I believe that there are five questions we need to answer to ensure that we are able to give a good account.

THE FIVE BIG QUESTIONS.

1. What did you do with Jesus?

2. Did you share Jesus with others when you had an opportunity?

3. Did you make disciples?

4. Did you fulfill your life purpose?

5. Did you use the resources God entrusted to you appropriately?

Just a little hint, the right answer to question one is: I not only received Jesus as my Lord and Saviour, but I also sought the help of the Holy Spirit to become like Jesus.

If you want to find out more about these five Big Questions, go to our website and download the messages from October 11th and 18th. I believe that everyone in your world needs to hear these two messages. I also believe that everyone who appropriates these messages will be eternally grateful.
Lots of love,
Ps John and Anne Iuliano

Dear Friends | 11 October 2015

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Dear Friends

A friend of mine walked into LifeSource and instantly said ‘You can feel the love here’. The love of God in community with each other is exactly how Jesus said His people should and would be known. It’s a great joy to worship in this church.

Love God and love your neighbour. Like so many aspects of Kingdom culture these commands of Jesus are both very simple yet also radical beyond our imagination.

One day an expert in the Law asked Jesus how to get to heaven. Jesus affirmed
“ ‘Love God with all your heart, all your soul, all your strength and all your mind’ and ‘Love your neighbour as yourself’”. Well, who of us loves God with our entire being all the time? The lawyer shifts the question to safe ground: ‘But what is the exact definition of a neighbour. I mean, how dirty should my hands get ?’

Loving God is easy. Loving God with all our being, though we want to, is harder. Loving our neighbour likewise is so simple a child can understand and do it. But loving our neighbour to the utmost requires us to cross a lot of boundaries that are uncomfortable.

That’s why we need Jesus for Salvation, for Sanctification, for Transformation to reach this world.

Blessings,
Craig Siviour

Dear Friends | 4 October 2015

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Dear Friends,

The Bible tells us that faith is something that pleases God and without faith, it is impossible to please God (Hebrews 11:6). The question we ought to be asking is what does faith look like in our day-to-day experiences.

I believe the best definition of faith is believing God regardless of what circumstance says. Abraham was considered the father of faith and all he did was to believe God (Romans 4:3).

From this start point we can add that faith trusts God in the midst of the trial, walks with God through the valley of death, listens to God’s voice in the midst of confusion.

Faith does not give fear a foothold because it fills your heart and mind with God thoughts. Faith is ever hopeful, sees a positive outcome and lives in the revelation that God is faithful no matter what.

Faith clings on to the promises of God, it knows that every storm is temporary and that every giant that attacks us is smaller than the God we worship. Faith knows that whatever confronts us will be blown away and that only God is forever.

Remember today, that someone is praying for you that your faith will not falter but stand the test and come through refined as gold.

Lots of love,
Ps John and Anne Iuliano

Dear Friends | 27 September 2015

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Dear Friends,

I love a nice cup of coffee. I believe that life is too short to drink bad coffee. I also believe that every church ought to have a nice machine that makes good coffee.

Not that long ago, we decided that we would make barista quality coffee for our church family and give it away for free. We also placed a tin on the machine called “Water for Coffee” and if anyone wanted to donate, we would use all the money to build wells in Cambodia.

I was amazed at the generosity. Some people were willing to give $50 for a cup of coffee knowing that it would provide water for the needy. The good news is that since we launched the initiative, we have been able to build seven wells in seven different villages in Cambodia.

This is a testimony from Mrs Pin Earng who lives in Yeam Kov village.

“Before, my family would spend lots of money to buy water…Sometimes we didn’t have enough money to buy water every day…. After we received the concrete well,…my family was very happy… All my neighbours are using the water from the well. The water is clean and clear….We now use the money we used to spend on water for other expenses such as education for my children. We are all very thankful…”

Thank you LifeSource coffee drinkers. I get a huge buzz out of this. We are touching the world one person at a time while enjoying a nice cup of coffee.

Lots of love,
Ps John and Anne Iuliano

Dear Friends | 20 September 2015

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Dear Friends,

Today we’re celebrating baptisms in both services – this is worthy of a great celebration as we witness some of our brothers and sisters publicly declare their faith in Jesus. Jesus not only set an example for us, but he even commanded us to be baptised, and it is so encouraging to see many people following His command, particularly so many young people.

I remember when I was baptised at a school camp when I was 13 years old. A defining moment in my life, and I believe today will be no different for those getting baptised today.

If you have a word of encouragement for anybody getting baptised today, you’re welcome to get a slip from the front, write it out, and we will send it to them during the week.

Baptism is expression of our faith, and a sign that we now identify ourselves as part of the body of Christ. Just as a wedding ring is symbolic that somebody is married, so to is baptism being symbolic that we have set our faith in Christ. Baptism itself doesn’t make us saved, it is the outward public confession to other people that our faith is in Jesus.

As each person is immersed in the water, we see an analogy of what happens when we receive Christ at salvation: Your old self of unbelief, sin and idolatry died, and a new you of faith, submission and loving Jesus came into being. I encourage you to clap, cheer and support everybody getting baptised today. If you’ve not been baptised, please come and see me so you can get baptised next time on 22nd November.

Love,

Ps Ross and Amanda Stewart

Dear Friends | 13 September 2015

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Dear Friends,

Some great news. We have just released a new series on the Holy Spirit called “The Advantage Factor”. I have written a booklet and we have recorded 15 x 15 minute sessions, which are available on DVD.

The series is to help people better understand the Holy Spirit. Many people have a theological understanding of the Holy Spirit but what is even more important is to have a practical relationship with the Holy Spirit. He wants to be your Advantage Factor.

In the series, I explain the seven Names of the Holy Spirit. I actually spend the most time on two of His names. Jesus called Him “The Helper” and He also called Him “The Empowerer.” You will be blessed when you understand how the Holy Spirit wants to help you and you will become a blessing when you understand how the Holy Spirit wants to empower you.

The Holy Spirit series is coming to Connect Group near you. If you are not part of a Connect Group, why not talk to someone about it today and get involved. Maximum impact is received by doing the series with others and discussing it together.

Lots of love,
Ps John and Anne Iuliano

Dear Friends | 21 June 2015

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This week I have been reflecting on Isaiah 40 where it says:

30Even the youths shall faint and be weary, And the young men shall utterly fall, 31But those who wait on the Lord shall renew their strength; They shall mount up with wings like eagles, They shall run and not be weary, They shall walk and not faint. (NKJV)

We live in a hectic world, but we get to determine which pace we want to live our lives at. My flesh nature tells me that I can’t possibly get on top of everything by slowing down. But here, Isaiah tells us differently: strength can be found in the waiting, in the slowing down.

There is no doubt that in our Christian walk we will encounter hardship and challenges – God never promised that we would be exempt from these things, but He does promise here that He gives us strength to see them through, to rise above them!

The other thing I noticed in this passage is that ‘waiting on the Lord’ isn’t the same as ‘idle in the Lord.’ Sometimes we can become paralysed with fear or doubt and we’re unsure about knowing what to do, so we decide to wait on the Lord. But those who wait on the Lord should still be walking, they’re still running. A sailor cannot redirect the direction of a boat whilst it is stationary – it needs to be moving, even just a little bit, before they can turn the vessel. In the same way, God cannot redirect your course if you’re not moving at all, and that is why we need faith to keep moving, even if it is in small, slow, cautious steps.

This week, I encourage you to take a few moments to slow down, and seek God, in the stillness, and let Him renew your strength.

God bless
Ps Ross

Dear Friends | 18 January 2015

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I pray that you have had a great start to the year. I have been praying for this year to be a year of miracles for you.

In order to see miracles, we need to expect them. We need to expect that God is a God of miracles and prayer is tapping into His supernatural power. Some people only have faith to keep away evil. Their prayers are only about protection and keeping evil at bay. I want more than that for you. I want you to be a magnet for blessing. Read More

Dear Friends | 11 January 2015

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The world was shocked to hear about the murder of 12 journalists in Paris this past week. We have become conditioned to violence in war torn parts of the world but when violence comes to a work place office in Paris or a city café in Sydney, it has many various effects on people. To some it causes them to become fearful, to others it causes them to vengeful, to others it causes them to rally together in defiance and in total abhorrence of a philosophy that encourages such behaviour. Read More

The Catch to Being Blessed

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I am praying for God to bless you in great abundance. I am praying that this year you will experience the amazing blessing and favour of God.

However there is a catch. In order to experience this blessing, you have to position yourself in the place of blessing. The place of blessing is the place of obedience and submission to the will of God. Obedience is simply aligning yourself with the Word of God and walking in company with the Spirit of God.

One of the schemes of the enemy is to tempt you to disobey God’s Word and desensitize yourself to the Spirit of God. These two occurrences are like your GPS not working. You will be directed to a wrong place where the blessing is not falling.

At this point many people throw their hands in the air and cry out: “Why is this happening to me?” The answer is simple. There are consequences to walking out of the will of God and desensitizing yourself to the Holy Spirit.

However the solution is also simple. Turn yourself around and begin walking towards obedience to the Word of God and communion with the Holy Spirit. He will quickly lead you to the place of blessing. The greatest blessing of all is knowing that you are in a right place with God. Nothing else calms the soul like a pure conscience and a sweet spirit.

I will continue praying for God to bless you. Make sure you do what you can to bless yourself.

Lots of love,

Ps John and Anne Iuliano.

The Francis Filter

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Last Sunday one of our precious church families went into the presence of God.  Frances DeSauty was one of my heroes. She was a hero because of her attitude. Even though she was physically constrained to a wheelchair, she lived a free life with one of the sweetest spirits of any person I have ever met. Read More

How to be a Blessing Bringer

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Wow, what an amazing start to our multiple services. I want to especially thank all our leaders and volunteers who have caught the vision and are sacrificially contributing to building God’s House. I know there is a special blessing in store because you can’t build God’s House without Him reciprocating and building yours. Read More

Christmas Connections

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As we enter the final quarter of 2013, let’s not wind down to Christmas but wind up! After all Christmas is the celebration of God sending His one and only son to us – a time of celebration for sure, but also a time when people are more open to hearing the Gospel. So what can we do to plug into that? Read More

The Price of Forgiveness in Egypt

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Egypt has an encouraging story that has not been communicated through our Western media! When more than 85 churches and institutions were viciously attacked and burned (a profound blow of disgrace and humiliation in this culture of “honour”), the non-retaliation of Christians has been both unexpected and unprecedented. Read More

Discipleship is a Funny Word

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Discipleship is a funny word. If you ask ten people what it means you will probably get ten different answers. In our church we believe that the process of discipleship is what you are becoming rather then what you do. This is why Ps John has put together the seven core values of a disciple – to help us become the disciples God always wanted us to become. When thinking about discipleship, though, three things come to mind regarding the process of discipling people. I believe understanding these three keys will help clarify that process.

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