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Dear Friends,

Happy New Year!  

It seemed good on this first day of 2021 to think about the first promise made in the bible to fallen humankind. It is found in Genesis 3:13, the very first book of the Bible, right after Adam and Eve had been tricked and fallen into sin.  They both went and hid from God.  But God took the initiative (as He always does) and went looking for them. When He found them (as He always does), and also the Serpent (that is Satan, yes a literal and real fallen Angelic Being), he said to the Serpent in Genesis 3:15 (ESV) "I will put enmity between you and the woman, and between your offspring and her offspring; he shall bruise your head, and you shall bruise his heel.”

The promise in the words from the Lord tells us that Satan will bruise the heel of the woman's offspring. It is clear this is foretelling Jesus first advent, and He was terribly bruised on the cross. But the promise is also made that Jesus will crush the head of Satan. That victory was assured by the empty tomb of Jesus when He was raised to life. We will ultimately see this prophecy fulfilled at the second advent of Jesus and the final judgement. How terrible will be that final bruising of the Serpent's head and His offspring.  We are in the last days.  We don't set dates for Jesus' soon return but we look forward to it with eager anticipation and expectation. Today, the Lord is looking for people who "keep the commandments of God and have the testimony of Jesus Christ". (Rev 12:17). We started with a quote from the first book of the bible, and we end with a quote from the last book of the Bible. The message in the Bible is the same from its first page to the last.

Blessings to you all in the name of our Lord and Saviour, Jesus Christ.

- Pastor Mark Borrett
 
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Friday Night Adult Sabbath School at 7pm on Zoom. Errol Victorio will lead out.

Friday Night Earth's Final Conflict by Mark Finley at 8pm. Here are the Study Guides. We will be watching Ep 11. The Seal of God and the Mark of the Beast (Part 1)  

Saturday Children’s Sabbath School at 10am on Zoom.  Make sure your children join for fun and bible learning! Pastor Mark Borrett will lead out.

Saturday TeenStudy@GYL at 10am on Zoom. Janna Wilkinson will lead the discussion in a break out Zoom Room. 

Saturday/Sabbath Family Service at 11.15am on Zoom. Paul Manogaran will share a message called "The Covenant of Peace". There will also be a children's story.  

Monday Night Bible Study and Prayer Meeting at 7.30pm on Zoom.  We will have a second look at Mark Finley's latest episode on Earth's Final conflict using the Study Guide (see Friday Night). Pastor Mark Borrett will lead out. 
 
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“Do not worry about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God” - Phil.4:6.
  • Continue to pray for protection of all those serving on the frontline. 
  • Pray for our vulnerable, elderly and the infirmed. 
  • Pray for our young families, children & young people, to stay close to the Lord and each other.
  • Pray for those looking for, or struggling, in work.
  • Pray for Val Ruddick and her ongoing health. 
  • Pray for Omen, the brother of Luka Mhishi, and his ongoing treatment. 
  • Pray for Phillip Franklin and his health, both mental and physical. 
  • Pray for David Nichols, who is having on-going treatment for cancer. 
  • Pray for Colin and his ongoing rehabilitation.  
  • Pray for Kiala and the ongoing treatment to his hand.  
  • Pray for the family of Pastor Patrick Boyle after his passing.
  • Pray for those who are sick among us, with Covid and other aches and pains. 
  • Pray for those who have shown interest in the church.
  • Pray for our ongoing return to our church buildings. 
  • Pray for the leadership of our church & for our Government for wisdom in directing the affairs during this critical period.
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