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The NORTHLAKES Salvation Army Community Church

From the Coalface NORTHLAKES—A church for everyone

17th July 2011

God's Hands Today is in God's hands and so are you

His hands are strong and will uphold you;

His hands are parental and will train you;

His hands are great and will enfold you;

His hands are masterful and will conform you;

His hands are gentle and will embrace you;

His hands are compassionate and will care for you;

His hands are protective and will cover you;

His hands are healing and will renew you; His hands are calming and will comfort you;

His hands are reassuring and will quiet you;

His hands are giving and will bless you.

His hands are powerful and will defend you;

The hands that hold you will never let you down


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Northlakes Salvation Army

Can you spot anyone you know?

Northlakes

Salvo’s are now on Twitter

This is what they get up to at Hillsong Conference… And managed to fit 10 people on the bed

YOU ASKED FOR IT! Please submit any topics or questions that you would like us to explore by a panel during our 6pm service on 31st July or by our teaching team during August.

follow us @NorthlakesSA

PRAYER CHANGES EVERYTHING! Come and join together to pray this week...

We will have a ‘TASTING PLATE’ with a panel speaking to some of the topics or questions you raise on 31st July. During August we will have the ’MAIN COURSE’ when Jody, Graeme and Pam will consider three of the topics you request in greater detail.

SO IT IS UP TO YOU! If you were asked, “What would you like the topic for the

Monday

6.30am

Tuesday

6.30pm

Wednesday

6.30pm

Thursday

5.30pm

Friday

6.30am

sermon to be next week?”, what would you say?

Every day at the Church House

Well—here is your opportunity.

EXCEPT Tuesday—at Chadban’s home 5 Glider Court Charlestown

The series will be based on what YOU ASK FOR!

Before church next Sunday at 8.45am

IT IS BY FAITH... Hebrews 11

July 3rd

ENOCH

July 10th

NOAH

July 17th

MOSES’ PARENTS

July 24th

JEPHTHAH

What an exciting series! The faith journey is challenging yet exciting! God has something to say to us through stories of the heroes of faith to encourage us in our faith walk! July 31st

YOU ASKED FOR IT!

(6pm Service)


Northlakes Salvation Army

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SOMEBODY—We are given the opportunity to be God's tools of deliverance! The following story happened thirty years ago, in a safe town, on a Sunday morning, with nothing to fear except being late for church. But, it really happened and the more you know about the whole experience, the sadder the story actually is. A group of university-aged young ladies ran out of gas about a mile from church. They were on the main road to the church. Hundreds of people going to that church and a couple of others had to pass by their car stopped on the side of the road. But ... nobody stopped. Nobody! ... As one of the young ladies walked to the gas station with a gas can and then walked back to the car with the gas can in the pouring rain, nobody stopped. I'm sure a lot of people said to each other, "Somebody really ought to stop and help those girls." Anybody could have stopped and helped. Nobody did. Even those who had kids in the classes they taught and wondered why their kids' teachers were late drove right on by the girls. Before you get all riled up about the incident — whether you want to bash church folks or bash me for talking about church folks in a poor light — nearly every single one of us has "walked by on the other side" (Luke 10:29-37) of many a situation like the one just described. We forget one of the most important principles of God's redemptive work: when God rescues, redeems and helps people, He uses everyday ordinary people to do it — put in cornbread English, God uses us to be His means of deliverance and help. Doubt that? Let me give you the most powerful example that this is true: Jesus! Nobody in Jesus' hometown expected anything of this carpenter from Nazareth (Mark 6:1-6). Jesus was just a nobody boy from a one camel town. He wasn't born to a family of power or position. Yet Jesus is God's greatest deliverer! Let me share with you one other example that convicted me of this principle recently. Look carefully at the story of Moses' call at the burning bush (emphasis added): Then the LORD said, "I have seen the affliction of my people who are in Egypt, and have heard their cry because of their taskmasters; I know their sufferings, and I have come down to deliver them out of the hand of the Egyptians, and to bring them up out of that land to a good and broad land, a land flowing with milk and honey, to the place of the Canaanites, the Hittites, the Amorites, the Perizzites, the Hivites, and the Jebusites. And now, behold, the cry of the people of Israel has come to me, and I have seen the oppression with which the Egyptians oppress them. Come, I will send you to Pharaoh that you may bring forth my people, the sons of Israel, out of Egypt" (Exodus 3:7-15 RSV). Now notice carefully. The LORD saw, heard, and knew the suffering, oppression, and affliction of His people so He came down to deliver them (Exodus 3:7-8). How did He do it? What was His means of deliverance? Moses! Notice the parallel statement and how it is modified (Exodus 3:9-10). The Lord heard and saw the oppression of His people and He sent Moses! God uses people to be His means of deliverance. Whether it is a Deborah, Jael, or Esther. Whether it is a Joshua, David, or Daniel. God uses His people to do His work of deliverance. "So what? What difference does that make for me? I'm no Esther or King David?" Isn't that what a part of us whispers in our hearts? Because we don't feel like we have any great thing to offer or can't do anything great to change the landscape of history, we just assume we've got no place in God's work of redemption. So in the process of discounting our importance to God and to others, we overlook the thousands of ways we can help those around us! We drive right on by a car full of college-aged girls and complain about our children's Bible class teachers being late when we were given the opportunity to be God's tool of deliverance. Don't you think this is why Jesus promised: And if anyone gives even a cup of cold water to one of these little ones who is known to be my disciple, truly I tell you, that person will certainly be rewarded (Matthew 10:42 TNIV). God wants us to know that in most situations when anybody can help, nobody probably will ... unless we decide we are Christ's Body, sent to bring God's deliverance, in big and small ways, to the people in our world. Just like God did with Moses, He reminds us that He sees, hears, and knows the problems of the people around us and He is coming down to help them ... by sending us!


Northlakes Salvation Army HAPPY BIRTHDAY

For Our Church Family at Northlakes •

Anna McKee 

Karen Taylor 

Kevin Deal 

Tim Ward 

Chris Deal 

Zoe Williams 

Victoria Twivey 

10 

Trevor Chisholm 

11 

Mia Stig 

13 

Dawn Park 

13 

Brad Campbell 

15 

Matthew Vile 

16 

Alysha Lynch 

17 

Zac Hipwell 

17 

Xanthe Johnstone 

17 

Deborah Anderson 

17 

Brooke Rennie 

18 

Conor Dimmock 

18 

Lynda Hindle  

21 

Claire Simpson 

22 

Prudence Lines 

23 

Jessica Mitchell 

24 

Judy Anastopoulos 

25 

Stan Franklin 

28 

Melissa Gorman 

30 

Wishing you all a fantastic day and a blessed year ahead! Love from all your Northlakes Family

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JULY 

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Britt Lloyd—for comfort and justice Michael Birchill—recovery from surgery John—healing from Cancer God’s dreams to be released in our church and for people in our church James Dunn—admitted to hospital Safety for Don Lyall as he continues his road trip and people travelling during the school holidays Megan McKee; Meredith & Stephen; Reece& Mel; Stan; Ling Elderly parents/grandparents of church family members

Through Prayer does not mean asking God for all kinds forgiveness the of things we want, it is rather the desire for God arms of Jesus lift Himself, the only Giver of Life. you, His blood Sadhu Sundar Singh cleanses you & His love changes For the Salvo’s you. It is His • Commissioners James & Jan Condon—International secretary free gift to you. for South Pacific & East Asia Zone & Zonal secretary for Women’s Ministries, South Pacific & East Asia Zone, International Turn your heart Headquarters toward Jesus. • Mudgee Corps, NSW—Lieutenants Dean & Rhonda Clutterbuck Pray to receive • Nambour Corps, QLD—Captains Glenn & Julia Price Him & His • Nambucca River Corps, NSW—Captains John & Nicole Viles forgiveness by • Narellan Corps, NSW—Captains Lindon & Cheryl Kinder faith today. He • Narrabri Corps, NSW—Envoy John Mallows will come into • Narwee Corps, NSW—Captain Chris Shadbolt your heart & • National Secretariat, THQ—Major Kelvin Alley make all things new. Calendar Dates: 22nd-24th Women’s Holiness Conference—Collaroy God Thinks You're Wonderful! ...It may be difficult for you to believe that God knows your name...but He does. Written on His hand. Spoken by His mouth. Whispered by His lips. Your name. You have captured the heart of God. He cannot bear to live without you. God's dream is to make you right with Him. And the path to the cross tells us exactly how far God will go to call us back. It is not our love for God: it is God's love for us in sending His Son to be the way. If you want to touch God's heart, use the name He loves to hear. Call Him "Father". He thinks you're wonderful! I have written your name on My hand. Isaiah 49:16

Newsletter entries and enquiries 0423 033 318 or fiona.stig@spcc.nsw.edu.au


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