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The Common Good

This past week we have been discussing spiritual or manifestational gifts from 1 Cor 12:1-11. Gifts are by their very nature are given for a reason and have a purpose. Paul states the purpose for these gifts for us so we don’t need to guess. He says in verse seven of 1 Cor 12: To each is given the manifestation of the Spirit for the common good. This means that although we may receive them individually they are not for us alone, not to boast, not to be proud of, but for the benefit of others, for the common good. The work of the Spirit in us and the use of the gifts is for the common good and must come from Love. Anything else is pointless. That might sound a bit harsh, but if we are not working in Love we are wasting our time. Our gifts may be the manifestational gifts from 1 Cor 12 or other gifts mentioned in Rom 12 or Eph 4 or others not listed in these verses, regardless we must use our gifts for the common good. Dale Lennon Helensvale Campus Pastor

The Good Medicine

Proverbs 17:22 says; ‘A cheerful heart is good medicine, but a crushed spirit dries up the bones’. Do you have a cheerful heart? What has your disposition been like this week? Our attitude has a direct impact on those around us. What a compliment it would be if people wanted to be around us because we had a ‘cheerful heart’, that our perspective and attitude was like ‘good medicine’. Something to ponder… Jim Hill Southport Campus


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Glorifying God

Dear CrossLife Helensvale, This week I have continued to ponder what it means to glorify (Doxazo in Greek) God in my thinking. Particularly as was mentioned on Sunday in the way that I elevate Jesus in my thoughts. This can happen in worship, prayer or pondering scripture or even just in silently trusting that whatever comes across my path the Lord has it under control. Being conscious that above everything else in my life I am elevating Jesus above my present circumstance or problems. I’m running late (Jesus is greater and has it under control), my car has broken down (Jesus is greater and has it under control), I or a family member are unwell (Jesus is greater and has it under control), our finances are not as we would like them (Jesus is greater and has it under control), I’ve been treated poorly by others (Jesus is greater and has it under control). I’m not promoting a ‘happy go lucky’ attitude here or one that encourages us to sit on our hands when difficult circumstances occur and do nothing, but one that trusts, elevates and glorifies Jesus in the midst of these things. I think David was thinking like this when he wrote Psalm 86:10-15: For you are great and do wondrous things;you alone are God.Teach me your way, O LORD,that I may walk in your truth;unite my heart to fear your name.I give thanks to you, O Lord my God, with my whole heart,and I will glorify your name forever.For great is your steadfast love toward me;you have delivered my soul from the depths of Sheol.O God, insolent men have risen up against me;a band of ruthless men seeks my life,and they do not set you before them.But you, O Lord, are a God merciful and gracious,slow to…

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The Good Shepherd

In John chapter 10, Jesus is having a discussion with the Pharisees. The pharisees are pushing Jesus to answer them in regards to who He is. Part of what Jesus says is; ‘I am the good shepherd; I know my sheep and my sheep know me – just as the Father knows me and I know the Father – and I lay down my life for the sheep’ (Verse 14).  In biblical days, a shepherd did everything for his sheep. A shepherd was somebody who protected his sheep wholeheartedly. As we read through the Old Testament, there are signs which point to the great shepherd. The most famous Psalm of all is Psalm 23 which says; ‘The Lord is my shepherd…’. The shepherd as described in Psalm 23 is the One who restores our weary soul, who takes care of everything. In John chapter 10, Jesus is telling the Pharisees; ‘I am the good shepherd’. ‘I am the One’. ‘I am the One who can restore souls’.  If we are to be honest with each other, we don’t always turn to Jesus as our shepherd. In fact, we often try to make other things or other people our ‘shepherd’. Some of us have said, ‘I just need to marry this person, then my life will be fine. He or she will be everything I need to make it through life…’. Yet people let us down. I think we would all admit, that we know there is no-one on earth who can fill the void we are searching to fill, other than the true shepherd, Jesus.  In Verses 27-28, Jesus says; ‘My sheep listen to my voice; I know them, and they follow me. I give them eternal life, and they shall never perish; no one will snatch them out of my hand’.  There are some remarkable truths here. Jesus says that as…

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Well Done Good and Faithful Servant

Two weeks ago Ken Martin was able to attend our church service for the first time in 2 years – almost to the day. While I wasn’t there that day due to being in isolation, I was able chat to Ken the following week when he came back for service number 2 …. and we gave each other a huge hug. The hug wasn’t because we hadn’t seen each other over that two years, I had seen him numerous times as he recovered from his stroke, but because it was a joy to have him physically present at our campus gathering once more. He has missed us as much as we had missed him. There were many joyful things about that day, but two things stood out to me most: When interviewed in the service, Ken was asked what had God been doing through the hardship of the past two years. He responded that God had been turning him into a prayer warrior and teaching him how to pray. That was incredible. For those of you who know Ken, you know how active he was prior to his stroke – teaching RI, walks, well connected in his community. He would say he had his struggles during that two years of inactivity and dependence (and still does!) but he saw what God was doing through this suffering and leveraged it for the greater good – praying for others. Romans 8:28 is no cliché for Ken – God has brought about a resurrection moment for him – good from bad. Secondly, what I love about Ken is his love for being a part of the gathered saints. Every Sunday is special for Ken. Every Sunday a privilege. Sometimes we can get forget what an incredible privilege it is to come together and…

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Anna’s Baptism Testimony

A couple of weeks ago at our Southport Campus, we baptised a wonderful young lady, Anna. Below is Anna’s story in finding Jesus. Anna writes; …Just like anyone else who has a desire about something such as money, fame or more, I kept chasing after earthly things. I did whatever it took to get what I wanted. But after becoming a Christian, those earthly things didn’t seem to matter to me anymore. I feltl at ease like never before. I am so thankful to my mum who pointed me to Jesus. As I got closer to God, my mum taught and explained to me the meaning of life, that God wants us to treasure Him. I learned that although difficult situations will come, with Jesus I will never walk alone. He will always be there for me, helping me whenever I need him most, just as he brought me in to His family.  I  am getting baptised to show God I am surrendered to Him, and ready to live the life he wants me to live.