Snapshot 3 march 2017

Dear friends

Over the last couple of months, I have been challenged by the story that Jesus told of the persistent widow. (see the story in Luke 18:1-8) Jesus told this story to illustrate the fact that God hears our prayers and that it is ok for us to pray about the same thing again and again. In 1 John 5:14 we read “This is the confidence we have in approaching God: that if we ask anything according to his will, he hears us.” Note especially the words “according to His will”. God answers prayers when we pray according to His will.

Let me give an example:

we know that it is the will of God that people close to us and around us come to know Him as personal saviour and that they enjoy the benefits of the kingdom of God in their lives. We can therefore pray persistently for the salvation of a child, a husband or wife or of our parents and we can expect an outcome.

What about the broader aspect of our lives? What about prayers like “God make my life count”, or “God I want to be better”? God has given us one life to live and we know from scripture that he does not want us to waste it, so I believe that prayers like this are good prayers; no matter what stage of life we are in. What about “God I feel anxious all of the time - I am worried about my work or my marriage?” Jesus said that he came so that we may have peace that the world cannot give, and we know that God is for marriage, so we can pray about these and expect God to do something special because we are praying according to His will.

In my time with God over the last while I have gone back to some of the promises that God gave us as a church and have started to pray for these promises to be fulfilled.

Things like:

• that we would experience His extraordinary presence every time that we come together to worship. That others would take note that people who worship here had been in the presence of Jesus.

• that we would be a church where people who do not go to church would come to know Jesus as Lord and Saviour and that they would start to live a full Christian life.

• that God would bring His kingdom through the ordinary people here at Eastside. That every Eastsider would see themselves as someone on a mission for God in society where God has planted them.

• that we would be able to connect people in significant relationships. There are too many lonely people in our community.

• that we would have all of the people, the money and resources that we need so that we can do all of the things that God wants us to do.

These are all things that I believe that I can ask God for again and again until He answers because they are according to His will.

Why not make a list like this for your own life and after you have made the list ask yourself if everything on the list is according to God’s will for your life. Commit these to God in prayer with confidence and pray until there is breakthrough.

Riaan

Focus on the Family

We had the honour of hosting Focus on the Family Africa last Friday night with a talk by Rob Parsons and Katharine Hill entitled "The Ultimate Parent's Survival Guide".

Riaan opened in prayer
Rob & Katharine work together seamlessly to share their wisdom & knowledge

Their wisdom gained through personal experience as well as research is an invaluable gift to parents across the world and we were blessed to have had them with us.

It was a privilege to partner with Focus on the Family thought it wouldn't have been possible without the army of volunteers who jumped in and just did what was asked of them. Thank you for serving the community so selflessly!

Water Fun

This past Sunday our children were able to have some water fun as summer comes to an end. It was a reminder that season changes, summer is ending. God however is constant. So is his love. He IS the same yesterday, today and tomorrow!

The kids having soapy, watery fun!

TEEN CHURCH: WE’RE TEACHING THIS

Have you ever been to a concert? Maybe you had tickets for great seats. Maybe you were in the nosebleeds. Either way, you probably noticed that everyone had the same goal in mind, to get as close as possible. There’s just something about being near the band or near the artist that makes a great concert even more fun. But there’s a limit, right? No matter how good your tickets are, you can only get so close. There’s a velvet rope you can’t cross, a hall you can’t walk down, or a security guard you can’t stroll right past because those areas are reserved for certain people . . . special people— people with an all-access pass.

Maybe you’ve felt the same way when it comes to God. Sure, you come to church and sing songs or listen, but there’s a limit to how close you can get. It’s almost like there’s a velvet rope around certain parts of our faith that tells us those parts are restricted to special people, to church-staff people, or to super-spiritual people. But what if that’s never what God intended? In this series we’ll explore what the Resurrection of Jesus really meant— for real people like us. And, we’ll discover that, because of Easter, we have an all-access pass to Him and to the life He has for us.

Employment Opportunities

Eastside School currently has two vacancies that need to be filled:

AN ASSISTANT ADMINISTRATOR IN THE SCHOOL OFFICE OF EASTSIDE SCHOOL - Starting date: 18 April 2017

AN AFTERCARE SUPERVISOR - Starting date: 18 April 2017

Please contact the school office by clicking here or call them on 012 993 1725

Don't Forget!

Database Update | 5 March & 12 March - stop by the table for 2 minutes and make sure we have your current info!

Membership Info Evenings | 28 March & 4 April (must attend both)

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