In the Gospel of John, there is a wonderful story about one man’s spiritual journey—he went from making a sarcastic comment about Jesus being a “nowhere man” from a “nowhere town” to having an encounter with Jesus that changed his life. The man’s name is Nathanael. When he met Jesus, he met his own deepest and true self—it’s as though Nathanael never saw himself clearly until he saw himself in the stain glassed window of Jesus’ love.
Nathanael discovers something that can only be called and transformed from within by Jesus—the man from Nazareth who has the power to invite you to “be all that you can be!” The story of Nathanael contains some powerful spiritual concepts that can bring new meaning and renewal to your life.
The apostle Paul has an interesting way of expressing this in 2 Corinthians 5:16: “From now on, therefore, we regard no one from a human point of view; even though we once knew Christ from a human point of view, we know him no longer in that way.” What Paul is speaking about is the transformation that occurs when one comes to know Jesus as their Redeemer and Lord—the meaning of this verse is that there are two kinds of “knowing” when it comes to Jesus—there is knowing “about” Jesus—and there is “knowing” Jesus. Do you “Know” Jesus?
Pastor Wayne Kerber
Bible Readings: John 1:43-51 (NLT)
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The New Year has arrived, may your fears fade away, your strength grow, and your dreams come true.
Sending you blessings of Christ as we start the year 2024!!
May God always shower you all with a lot of joy, happiness, protection and peace.
GS Office Team
If you can’t get to church, you can still contribute to God’s work in the world by setting up a direct debit via Regular Electronic Giving (REG).
- REG is a convenient, safe and confidential way of giving a regular offering to your congregation.
- Your REG offering can come from your bank, credit union or LLL account.
- You can set up REG to coincide with your regular income (e.g. salary, pension, dividends) or budget: weekly, fortnightly, monthly, quarterly or even half-yearly.
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How REG benefits Good Shepherd Lutheran Church
- Provides a regular income flow, making budgeting easier.
- Can increase giving through the convenience of direct debits.
- Safer because there is less cash to handle and bank each week.
Brochures, including request forms, are available from the church office, or from the Café.
We will be having only one service at 9.30am throughout the month of January.
We give thanks for all those who have contributed to our online devotions this year. Now we are looking for more! If you have one or more of your own that you would like to share, please send them through to the church office: firstname.lastname@example.org
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Diary Dates 2024
15th January 6-7.30pm First Meet n Eat of the year
26th January Public Holiday
13th December-30th January 2024 School Holidays
“…I have told you all this so that you may have peace in me. Here on earth, you will have many trials and sorrows. But take heart because I have overcome the world.”
John 16:33 (NLT)
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388 Montague Road Para Vista SA 5093 | Phone: 8263 5087 | PO Box 306 Modbury North SA 5092