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  • Understanding the sayings of Jesus No.5

    “Greater love has no one than this: to lay down one’s life for one’s friends.” John 15.13 Jesus is telling his adult students (the Bible calls them ‘disciples’) about the love he has for them. Jesus calls them friends and he teaches, in this saying, that the high point of showing love is self-sacrifice. There are plenty of powerful examples of times when this sort of love is shown. Sadly, many of these come from times of warfare and conflict. Jesus is not talking about some hypothetical idea, when he says this. Jesus knows he will, and is planning to, lay his life down for his friends. You may be familiar with the events of Easter, when Jesus was lifted up on a Roman cross (the ancient equivalent of the electric chair). In that moment Jesus shows this magnificent kind of love. Christians believe that this ancient event still impacts

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  • Launching something new

    After lots of praying and planning and preparing, there was great excitement as our church was the launch pad for something new. Renew Anglican Church is on it’s way! This new project is all about helping more people meet Jesus and find the forgiveness that only he offers. Some of the people who have belonged to Lanyon Valley Church have committed themselves to kicking off this brand new church. We were able to officially acknowledge this bold beginning at our Sunday gatherings on the first weekend of February (this is also our anniversary Sunday – Lanyon Valley Church has been around for eleven years now!) and we did this by commissioning the team of people dedicated to forming a whole new church. We prayed for them, confident that God will work through all they do in calling people to meet the Lord Jesus – and be transformed by his unshakeable

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  • Some things are better together

    A footy team, an orchestra and a pair of socks are all examples of things that are just better together. Church is another thing like that. Christians believe that God made all people to be connected and that we are better together. The Bible says that we are better when we are connected together with God. There are a lot of things in our lives that get us to focus on how we are individuals and what we can accomplish alone. There’s nothing wrong with that – God gave us unique fingerprints, after all. But what about the parts of life where we are better together? What about friendship? How about marriage? Now is a great time to join our church, visit with us as we use the rest of February to see how we are better together. We will look at the security, hope and purpose that God gives

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