A team of 5 travelled to the Philippines for 2 weeks to minister to the people of CRC churches in Manilla and Legaspi. The team comprising Gary and Liddy Atwell from Naringal Church, Jenny Van Nie Kerk who runs a coffee shop in Colac selling giftwear sourced from the Philippines, Carol Duncan and her daughter Bec who manages her own Salon in Queenscliff, presented a program with the main focus on teaching those involved basic haircutting skills and providing them with equipment to hopefully go on and use those skills to improve their living conditions. Money was also raised to provide a sidecar for a motorbike well used by the church in Legaspi.
Acts 12:1-19, Acts 12:13 (NIV2011) 13 Peter knocked at the outer entrance, and a servant named Rhoda came to answer the door.
Acts 12:13 (MSG) 13 When he knocked on the door to the courtyard, a young woman named Rhoda came to see who it was.
Rhoda was a young servant girl who played a small but significant part in this dramatic account of Peter’s miraculous escape from prison. Our particular gifts may seem to go unnoticed, but God has equipped each one of us for a unique role in the body of Christ. Maybe we're like a split pin in a steering assembly or like salt for porridge.
1 Corinthians 12:21-22 (NIV2011) 21 The eye cannot say to the hand, “I don’t need you!” And the head cannot say to the feet, “I don’t need you!” 22 On the contrary, those parts of the body that seem to be weaker are indispensable.
Rhoda played her part by:
• Praying v12, Hebrews 4:14-16
• Believing v13-14, Hebrews 11:1
• Persisting v15-16, Galatians 6:9, Matthew 25:14-30
Rhoda used what she had been given. Do you? Romans 12:6 (MSG) 6 let's just go ahead and be what we were made to be, without enviously or pridefully comparing ourselves with each other, or trying to be something we aren't. If you preach, just preach God's Message, nothing else.
Take whatever gift you have and use it. No matter how small you think it is. Don't take your life for granted.
2 Chronicles 34:1-4, 34:8, 34:14-21, 35:1, 35:16-19 3 In the eighth year of his reign, while he was still young, he began to seek the God of his father David. In his twelfth year he began to purge Judah and Jerusalem of high places, Asherah poles and idols.
Josiah was appointed King of Judah at the age of eight. He was little in years, but because of his commitment to God, he brought peace to his nation during his life-time. Josiah:
• Sought after God 34:3, 18-19, Matthew 6:33
• Stood for God v2&4, Romans 12:2
• Led others to God v33, 35:17-18
One young man fully submitted to a powerful God made a positive difference. So can we. Are you willing to let God use you?
2 Kings 23:25 (NIV2011) 25 Neither before nor after Josiah was there a king like him who turned to the LORD as he did—with all his heart and with all his soul and with all his strength, in accordance with all the Law of Moses.
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