Para Vista Lutheran Church

Weekly messages from Good Shepherd Lutheran Church Para Vista Inc

Confirming Transformation (Video, 10:30am)

October 27th, 2020
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This audio message is number 8 in the series "Counter Cultural Keys of God's Kingdom", given by Pastor Reid Matthis and a special guest at the 10:30am Confirmation service service on 25 Oct 2020.

We live in a world that is allergic to sacrifice. Saving for a rainy day is an Olympic sport. Taking the smaller portion is anathema to us. In the book of Romans, though, Paul writes to a group of people who need to be introduced to a strange pattern not of the world: living sacrifice.

This is ridiculous. All sacrifices are intended as the death of one thing for the life and betterment of another. For the Romans and many religions, animals were ritualistically sacrificed on altars – their lives offered up for the atonement of sins to appease the ‘gods.’ Now, Paul pulls the rug out from the substitutional model of sacrifice to a living model of service.

Read Romans 12:1-8 and pray for God’s transformation in your life so that you recognise your walking, sacrificial living.

Confirming Transformation (Audio, 10:30am)

October 27th, 2020

This audio message is number 8 in the series "Counter Cultural Keys of God's Kingdom", given by Pastor Reid Matthis at the 10:30am Confirmation service service on 25 Oct 2020.

We live in a world that is allergic to sacrifice. Saving for a rainy day is an Olympic sport. Taking the smaller portion is anathema to us. In the book of Romans, though, Paul writes to a group of people who need to be introduced to a strange pattern not of the world: living sacrifice.

This is ridiculous. All sacrifices are intended as the death of one thing for the life and betterment of another. For the Romans and many religions, animals were ritualistically sacrificed on altars – their lives offered up for the atonement of sins to appease the ‘gods.’ Now, Paul pulls the rug out from the substitutional model of sacrifice to a living model of service.

Read Romans 12:1-8 and pray for God’s transformation in your life so that you recognise your walking, sacrificial living.

Confirming Transformation (Audio, 8:45am)

October 25th, 2020

This audio message is number 8 in the series "Counter Cultural Keys of God's Kingdom", given by Pastor Reid Matthis at the 8:45am service on 25 Oct 2020.

We live in a world that is allergic to sacrifice. Saving for a rainy day is an Olympic sport. Taking the smaller portion is anathema to us. In the book of Romans, though, Paul writes to a group of people who need to be introduced to a strange pattern not of the world: living sacrifice.

This is ridiculous. All sacrifices are intended as the death of one thing for the life and betterment of another. For the Romans and many religions, animals were ritualistically sacrificed on altars – their lives offered up for the atonement of sins to appease the ‘gods.’ Now, Paul pulls the rug out from the substitutional model of sacrifice to a living model of service.

Read Romans 12:1-8 and pray for God’s transformation in your life so that you recognise your walking, sacrificial living.

More Than Just Paying Taxes (Audio)

October 18th, 2020

This audio message is number 7 in the series "Counter Cultural Keys of God's Kingdom", given by Pastor Rolly Stahl.

They say there are two certainties of life? Death and taxes.
I wonder, what are your thoughts and feelings about paying taxes? Please be honest!
Times may have changed, but human hearts haven’t. Most Aussies expect the government to provide services, build roads, keep everyone safe, look after battlers, improve the health system, bring the nation through this COVID crisis, provide jobs and restore prosperity to everyone.

But we still hate paying taxes! Go figure!

Now imagine...

 

Bible reading Matthew 22:15-22

 

More Than Just Paying Taxes (Video)

October 18th, 2020
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This video is message 7 in the series "Counter Cultural Keys of God's Kingdom", given by Pastor Rolly Stahl.

They say there are two certainties of life? Death and taxes.
I wonder, what are your thoughts and feelings about paying taxes? Please be honest!
Times may have changed, but human hearts haven’t. Most Aussies expect the government to provide services, build roads, keep everyone safe, look after battlers, improve the health system, bring the nation through this COVID crisis, provide jobs and restore prosperity to everyone.

But we still hate paying taxes! Go figure!

Now imagine...

 

Bible reading Matthew 22:15-22

 

Keys to Fashion (video)

October 11th, 2020
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This is message 6 in the series "Counter Cultural Keys of God's Kingdom", given by Pastor Reid Matthias.

The third parable in a series directed to the religious elite of Israel is one so outrageous that it seems as if it could be summarily dismissed. It’s one thing to resist working in the vineyards, but to reject an invitation to the king’s wedding banquet? Unbelievable. In a moving allegory, Jesus connects with the religious leaders through the wedding story, but then at the end of his story, perhaps two parables put into one, even those who were invited later must wear the appropriate clothing for the feast.

In this parable, we are left to wonder what, exactly, is the correct wedding outfit? What does God want us to wear in order to experience the Kingdom of heaven?

Read Matthew 22:1-14 in preparation for our Sunday thoughts on The Keys to Fashion.

Keys to Fashion (audio)

October 11th, 2020

This is message 6 in the series "Counter Cultural Keys of God's Kingdom", given by Pastor Reid Matthias.

The third parable in a series directed to the religious elite of Israel is one so outrageous that it seems as if it could be summarily dismissed. It’s one thing to resist working in the vineyards, but to reject an invitation to the king’s wedding banquet? Unbelievable. In a moving allegory, Jesus connects with the religious leaders through the wedding story, but then at the end of his story, perhaps two parables put into one, even those who were invited later must wear the appropriate clothing for the feast.

In this parable, we are left to wonder what, exactly, is the correct wedding outfit? What does God want us to wear in order to experience the Kingdom of heaven?

Read Matthew 22:1-14 in preparation for our Sunday thoughts on The Keys to Fashion.

The Key Stone of the Kingdom (audio)

October 4th, 2020

The Key Stone of the Kingdom

A audio message for number 5 in the series Counter Cultural Key of God's Kingdom.

An audio message by Pastor Rolly Stahl.

Imagine you are renting out a property to some family friends you’ve known for years. It starts off well. But after a few months, there is a missed payment for the fortnightly rent. What do you do with that?

 

The Key Stone of the Kingdom (video)

October 4th, 2020
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The Key Stone of the Kingdom

A video message for number 5 in the series Counter Cultural Key of God's Kingdom.

A video message by Pastor Rolly Stahl.

Imagine you are renting out a property to some family friends you’ve known for years. It starts off well. But after a few months, there is a missed payment for the fortnightly rent. What do you do with that?

 

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