HOMELESS MINISTRY OUTREACH: 20 Oct
The EM Homeless Ministry team will hold their outreach activity on 20th Oct. We will visit and provide food and clothes to homeless people around the church and at Taipei Main Station. Join us after the service in Room 702 to prepare.
DISCIPLESHIP COURSE: 27 Oct
Jesus calls us not just to believe in him, but to follow him. But how can we transform our faith into active discipleship? This 1-year course will look at the meaning of discipleship and Jesus’s call for us to follow him with our lives. It will also look at ways we can put our faith into practice and really live as Christ’s disciples. Teacher: Pastor Lakkis. The next session will be held on 27 Oct, in 9th floor meeting room, 12:30–14:30. Lunch provided.
EM ENGLISH KIDS’ CLUB!
The EM English Kids’ Club is for kids from 0–12 years old. It’s a fun time when kids can get together to sing songs, play together, and learn about God. Join us from 11:00–12:00 every Sunday in the 7F Kids’ Room. Please send your child’s name and age to Yvette at email@example.com
SMALL GROUP NEWS
– “SCC” Fellowship Group (Every 1st and 4th Sundays after the service, Rm 702);
– “Young Professionals Group“ (Fridays, 7:30 pm, Rm 702).
– AA Women’s Group meets Mondays, 7:00 pm, Rm 702. For details,
call 0976-572-312 or contact EM Secretary Yvette at: firstname.lastname@example.org
– AA Open Meeting “Upon Awakening” meets Tuesdays 9:00 am, Rm 1101. For details call Dan 0909-730-809
Bible Verse for the Week
1 John 5:4b
“This is the victory that conquers the world: our faith.”
Weekly Reflection: 13 – 19 Oct 2019
Devotional texts follow the SLPC Bible Reading Schedule. If you would like a copy of the reading schedule, please contact our EM Secretary Yvette at email@example.com Devotionals for previous weeks can be found in our Devotionals Archive.
In Amos 6, God continues his frightening condemnation of the Israelites for all the economic injustices they have committed in their land. The Israelites have pushed people not only into poverty but to the very edge of existence itself. By rigging the economic system, by cheating in trade, and by using oppressive loans the wealthy have stolen whatever they can, broken apart families, and driven people into slavery and death. And worst of all, the wealthy Israelites who have done this just don’t care. As people suffer and die through the land, the wealthy enjoy their luxurious lives. So Amos shouts out, warning the Israelites of the judgement that God is quickly sending on Israel.
In vv. 4–7 Amos describes the abuses of the carefree rich. They only think about themselves and their own gains; they have no concern for the common good or about the way they are making others suffer. They have given up on compassion and instead see money-making as their only goal. But in this way these Israelites are literally leading their nation to destruction. They don’t see the harm they are doing by oppressing the poor. But when God’s punishment comes on Israel, the whole world will see the results of that heartlessness.
Israel was once a nation in need, a nation suffering and oppressed. So God – in his grace and in his care for those in deepest need – saved the Israelites and gave them a land of their own where they could live. But instead of learning from this and becoming defenders of the weak, in v. 12 Amos says that the Israelites have taken this gift of God’s justice and turned it into poison. The Israelites have destroyed the economic justice God wanted and provided for all people, and instead pushed so many into a life with no hope. God watched as the Israelites went from being the oppressed to becoming the new oppressor, destroying God’s plan for justice, fairness, and goodness for all. As a result, v. 14 speaks out God’s horrible judgement against the Israelites: Instead of Israel having the divine gift of a land of their own, God will now send other nations against them, to destroy them and put an end to their oppression – and God himself will lead the battle.
Today in Taiwan too many of us are still struggling to survive. Like poor people in the ancient world, too many of us are also struggling to provide for ourselves and our families in a society that is more unjust than it should be. But the good news is that God really does care about our struggles. God really wants our society to be better, to be a fairer place with options and hope for us all. When the poor heard Amos’s words they were filled with hope, knowing that change was coming. That’s the same hope God also gives us today: that we too can hold on, and not give up, because we know change is coming!
With blessings for the week ahead, Pastor Stephen Lakkis