NEWSLETTER - BETTER TOGETHER, Oct 19th, 2020


Why Do Bad Things Happen to Good People?

Joseph’s life can be neatly divided up into three distinct segments.

Birth to Seventeen Years. (Genesis 30:24 - 37:2)

Seventeen to Thirty Years. (Genesis 37:2 - 41:46)

Thirty Years to Death. (Genesis 41:46 - 50:26)


Genesis 37:1-36 - Joseph the favourite Son. From the time of his birth Joseph was Jacob’s favourite son. He was the firstborn of Jacob’s favourite wife Rachel. He was the child of Jacob’s old age. Joseph was also unlike his brothers in character and attitude. Not only did Jacob love him the most, he unwisely showed him great favoritism.

Joseph the Hated Brother.The home in which Joseph was raised was filled with angry, jealous, and deceitful people. The brother’s jealousy had turned to resentment and hatred. Adding insult to injury, Joseph was a dreamer. Some of the suffering we endure is the result of our own sin. Much of the suffering in the world today is the result of other people’s sins

Joseph’s suffering was the result of his brother’s sin. Isn’t that type of suffering always more painful and harder to accept?

Joseph, Imprisoned and Forgotten - Genesis 39:1-20 If anybody knew about unfair treatment, about mistreatment, about being an innocent victim on the receiving end, it was Joseph. First, he received unfair treatment from his family. Secondly, his circumstances were unexpectedly restricted. Thirdly, he suffered untrue accusations that were made against him. Fourthly, as a result of the lies of another person, he was unjustly put in prison and abandoned. Where was God in all this?

Genesis 39:21-23 But the LORD was with him; he showed him kindness and granted him favour in the eyes of the prison warden. So, the warden put Joseph in charge of all those held in the prison, and he was made responsible for all that was done there. The warden paid no attention to anything under Joseph's care, because the LORD was with Joseph and gave him success in whatever he did.

Joseph remained abandoned in jail for another two full years. Two long, monotonous, miserable years! How disappointed he must have felt -- do you think so? This remarkable man victimized again and again, continued to wait - to trust - to hope - to lean on his God.

Why do bad things happen to good people? Why does God allow us to suffer?

The answer lies at the foot of the Cross, it is here that we begin to understand why a God of love should allow suffering. Jesus says to us today, “Come to me all you who are weary and carry heavy burdens. And I will give you rest.”


Life Zoom Groups

4:00 pm Wednesdays

Commencing Wed 28th, this group will begin an Alpha series, each week looking at a different question around faith and is designed to create conversation. Ring Phil or Max if you would like to join.

Life Zoom Groups

7:30 pm Wednesdays

This group is continuing a series of studies by Bob Mumford - 10 Kingdom Truths. John Leak from Warragul joins with us to guide our discussion.


Being intentional to keep in contact and pray for one another is so important.

Thankyou Joanne for getting our church Facebook page under way, which is another aid to connect with each other.


Tithes, Offerings and Mission Donations.

Can be contributed via direct debit: Commonwealth Bank BSB 063 522 Account No. 10070479


Thought for the week.

For God to use our painful experiences, we must be willing to share them.


Missionary Offering - Children’s Christmas boxes

The pick-up time will be Wednesday 28th October at Max & Jill’s. So, if you haven’t started on filling a box or two, now would be a great time to start. Please contact Phil, 0412 881 897 if you would like some boxes.

We may wonder if our Samaritan Purse shoeboxes really make a difference to those who receive them. Here’s proof from a personal perspective they do. https://samaritanspurse.org.au/julies-story/ This video, which was filmed by Samaritan Purse staff at the Dysons home in Traralgon several years ago, shows Phil and Kerry’s daughter Kristie, her husband Jonathon, and their four grandchildren watching Julie, a young girl in Papua New Guinea receiving her Christmas shoe box. See how Julie and the Dyson Family react when the box is opened!

“A big smile on her face – how do you compare with that?”

You can even pack a box online!

https://samaritanspurse.org.au/what-we-do/operation-christmas-child/packonline/

KENYA APPEAL - UPDATE

THERE IS VERY GOOD NEWS, donations from supporters have come in to complete the 3 classrooms that were partly constructed.

Funds for 100 single desks have been donated as well as for building the isolation room/sick bay.

“We give glory to God Almighty. Indeed, He is a faithful God who never fails. Thank you to all the sponsors who have made this tremendous effort to see this dream come to pass. This is awesome indeed. Thank you.” Consolate Muga

To get all classes back to school in a Covid Safe manner Mercy still needs curriculum textbooks for the syllabus prep to year 8, to avoid scenario of learners sharing books during the classroom sessions - $7786

Any amount you can give will be greatly appreciated. https://www.africanaction.org.au/donate

Please note AAI cannot offer tax deductibility for this appeal.

Enquiries: Max 0458 216 629


From the Leadership Team

Sunday Gatherings

Join us this Sunday morning

Sunday Gatherings

Our primary gathering as a Christian community is on a Sunday morning at 10am. It is made up of people of all ages and from all walks of life who have come together to celebrate God.

We experience a combination of modern music, prayers, communion, interaction and testimony plus a positive, inspiring, biblically based message that inspire us to be more like Christ.

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Young People

Events for the youth of Morwell

Morwell Youth

YOUTH

Youth Group is the place to be for youth each Friday night. currently fortnightly. They get together and do fun activities, worship and learn more about God. Youth is for years 7-12 and runs during school terms. If you are interested in attending, then come along and check it out.

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MOPS

Mothers of Preschoolers

MOPS - Mothers of Preschoolers

On a Monday morning, every fortnight, mums with pre-school children get the opportunity to meet together and share with each other on how to become "great mums".

If you’re a mum with children under school age, this is the group for you.

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