Nov 202014

Temperatures are set to soar again this weewater funkend


Our vision for SCPC for 2015 and beyond is also set to soar

So we have combined the two for ‘whatever it takes’ water fun, this sunday Nov 23rd

Kids will have all sorts of ‘whatever it takes ‘water tasks to overcome, while hearing the challenge from 1 Cor 9 as Pauls says:

I have become all things to all men so that by all possible means I might save some.

It’s sure to be a morning full of fun.

Please ensure kids have :

-  sunscreen on

-  a hat

-  a rash shirt and boardshorts

-  some sort of shoe/thong that can get wet

-  a change of clothes at the completion of the program at 11am

Nov 162014

1 John 5:1-21Confident_web

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Nov 092014

1 John 3:24-4:21Confident_web

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Nov 012014

Last weekendIMG_0449 the blokes and boys enjoyed a weekend with Dan Bigg former Butcher come Bible teacher. But the weekend wasn’t all over, we still needed to hear who won the ‘meat tray’. The winner was the bloke or the boy for that matter, to guess the weight of a young steer, as it went off to market.

Coming in second place was the bloke, no boy, Jed Mc Pherson, but again the boy who came in first place was Hamish Thompson, with his guess of 195 kg with the actual weight being 190.4kg

Congratulations Hamish!



Oct 312014

enjoy-your-prayer-lifeAnother delightful book from Michael Reeves. Super short, only 46 pages! Simple enough to gobble up in just one sitting, but rich enough to chew on for many many sittings.

Reeves starts by defining prayer. For him, following Calvin, prayer is the chief exercise of faith, so we express our belief in God, in his power and love towards us, primarily through the act of praying. Then naturally he goes on to remind the reader of how good and generous and gracious our God is, so that our faith in him grows and with it our prayer. This is the most delicious and tasty section of the book as Reeves explains the intimate relationship we have been brought into through the cross.

He says, ‘Prayer is enjoying that the Father really is our Father. But what exactly does it mean that God is a Father? First it means that he is eternally begetting his Son. Always he is giving life to and lavishing his love on his Son. So, as Father, he is the source of all life, love and blessing. and what does it mean to be the Son? Eternally the Son is characterised by receiving from the Father. Now if that’s the relationship we’ve been brought into: praising the Father as Jesus did, asking the Father for things as Jesus did and depending on the Father as Jesus did are going to be staple parts of our communion with him..’

It’s great stuff, expounding on great truths. The best thing is that since finishing I’ve been praying heaps more, not because Reeves gives some handy tips or strategies, but because my faith in God’s goodness has grown, so I’ve been exercising that faith – and praying!

Oct 262014

1 John 2:18-27Confident_web

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Oct 252014

Well today we said goodbye to our motel, goodbye to the Scott’s, hopped on a plane and flew over the big blue ocean. It is sad to say goodbye, we’ll miss everyone!

We started reflecting as a team and thinking about getting back into life at home and making the most of the experiences we’ve had.

We’re excited to get home and share with you all!

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Oct 242014

10743805_10203934976868195_160684180_n We made it!

By God’s grace we have reached the end of our last full day!

The men started the day with a debrief with Marshall (the girls debriefed with Julie). This was a great time of sharing our high points and struggles. We also got to hear more about how God brought the Scott’s to Taiwan.

We then did some group debriefing together and at the Scott’s request had some praise time through singing…in English.

After cramming 8 people into the car It was off to the country for lunch at a haka (local minority group) restaurant…(if you consider soup with a full chicken head floating in it food) followed by gift shopping.

We were pleasantly surprised then to have Linda make the trip to join us, the Scott’s and Hsu’s for dinner and our final night together.

unnamedAfter much sharing of pains and praises we ended with much singing and rejoicing in our Lord and God.

Now its time to rest for the long trip home. Please pray God would give us wisdom, insight and discernment as we consider All we have experienced.

Oct 232014

9781908762351-Hindley-Serving-without-sinking-How-to-serve-Christ-and-keep-your-joyContrary to the belief of some the title is not ‘serving without stinking’, nor is it ‘serving without thinking’ and its definitely not ‘sinking without serving’ (although quite often we do see this one lived out in practice), the book IS in fact entitled ‘serving without sinking’!

Hindley’s little book is worth five stars for the key premise alone, essentially that the heart of Christian service is not primarily about finding your identity as a servant of Christ, but instead coming to see that first and foremost you are someone SERVED by Christ. Served before servant. His primary text is Mark 10:45 where Jesus says ‘the son of man did not come to be served, but to serve and give his life as a ransom for many.’ Hindley then goes on to show how Christ’s service of us is to shape our own service, providing us with abiding joy and security.

Hindley also spends some quality time revealing reasons why we might find serving difficult, as well as delving into the richness and results of Christ’s sacrifice on the cross for us and connecting it to our service, but the book is worth the twelve dollars and fifty nine cents just for his teaching on our new identity as people served by Jesus, rather than servants of Jesus.

Read it. Enjoy it. Enjoy Jesus our servant. And- serve without stinking, ah sorry.. Without sinking..