Monthly Archives: April 2014

  • Out and About

    “I really enjoy seeing you at these events. Keep up the good work”

    My team and I are busy preparing for a week of events.

    This week there is:

    • the LCA SA & NT Pastors conference in Birdwood where hopefully I will be able to show our latest mini movies for pastors to use in churches. Available on www.facetoface.org.au and www.youtube.com/luthmedia
    • the Lutheran Women of SA meeting in Kadina where Lizzy and I will be there to entertain.
    • the LCA SA & NT Synod gathering at Mawson Lakes where David Mau steps up to share about Lutheran Media.
    • the Lutheran Women of Victoria where I will be making a flying visit.
    • the Lutheran Women of NSW and our new board member, Michelle Shepherd will give her first presentation

    Thank you to the organisers of these events for inviting and welcoming us so warmly. Your support to help us communicate Christ and bring messages of hope to people through media is invaluable.

    God bless these events and the people who are leading and serving at them. God bless the Lutheran Media team, especially the presenters.

    Dear Heavenly Father, thank you for the opportunities to share your word to many people through media. Help and guide us this week. In Jesus’ name. Amen

    - Pastor Richard Fox

    Lizzy helping out on the Lutheran Media Display Lizzy helping out on the Lutheran Media Display
  • Happy Easter!

    When we think of Easter, most people may think of Easter eggs - the chocolate treat wrapped up in pretty paper.

    Easter eggs come in all shapes and sizes these days. There are bunny’s, bilbies, and even footballs.

    Easter eggs weren’t always made of chocolate. They were also made of sugar candy or even from a real chicken egg. I remember the process of hollowing out an egg and making sure the egg shell didn’t break.

    Easter eggs aren’t simply nice to eat. They are a symbol of what Easter is really about.

    Like a chicken hatching from what looks like a lifeless egg, so at Easter we celebrate life from death. And the life we celebrate is Jesus’ death and resurrection for us.

    At Easter, we remember how Jesus suffered and died on a cross for us. How on that cross he sacrificed himself for us so that we are forgiven by God and that we can forgive and love each other.

    At Easter we also celebrate his life and how he rose to life. Through this act, he gives us the gift of eternal life.

    When we crack open a hollow egg this Easter, we can be reminded that Jesus’ tomb is empty and he is alive forever with us today.

    Easter’s true meaning gives us real and lasting hope and it’s a gift from God.

    So when you give or receive an Easter egg all wrapped up in shiny paper and tasting of sweet chocolate, remember the attractive and sweet tasting news that Jesus has defeated death for us and gives us life.

    - Pastor Richard Fox

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    You can read and hear more about Easter at www.facetoface.org.au or www.lca.org.au/devotion-archive.html

  • Why did I give up chocolate for lent?

    I gave up chocolate for lent. It was a rash decision that I have never done before. I’ve heard about people doing it but never understood why.

    I am addicted to chocolate so this was a big deal. I didn’t think I would see it through but with the constant reminders of my family, here I am heading into the Easter weekend craving chocolate. Although, not as much as I thought I would be. It’s been an interesting journey of self-discovery. I have realised that I can survive without chocolate. That biscuits and cake (not chocolate) look more appealing. And it has made me focus on my relationships more, especially with God.

    What I did for lent pails into insignificance when compared to what Jesus did. Jesus was in the wilderness for 40 days and nights. He was hungry and he was also being tempted by the Devil. The Devil didn’t want Jesus to die on the cross. He wanted Jesus to take the easy way out and not go through all of that suffering.

    Thank you Jesus for not giving in. Thank you that you willingly went to the cross for me so that death could be defeated and I can live with you forever.

    I’d give up more than chocolate for that but I don’t need to because you give me this gift for free. Thank you Jesus for giving me eternal life with you!

    - Pastor Richard Fox

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  • Are you in PAIN?

    “Some days I just wish God would step on me and it would all be over” 1 in 10 Australians suffer from severe pain. That’s more than 2,000,000 people in Australia alone. You may be one of them or you may know someone who is suffering. Stephen Abraham is one of them. Stephen and his wife, Therese, recently shared their story on Face to Face. Their story of living with Chronic Pain is raw and insightful. It offered many people a message of hope. Lutheran Media offered the booklet “Chronic Pain” (written by Stephen) in the program. This resulted in many people contacting us for a free copy.

    Don, from Queensland was one of them, “Chronic Pain. What a blessing to receive this book! I couldn’t believe it. It was my story. Someone else knew exactly what I was going through. They were living it too. Thank you so much.” People are struggling. Amongst bushfires, drought, and job losses, individuals and families need our help. And they are responding to our messages of hope in Jesus Christ.

    Lutheran Media is communicating Christ on radio, www.facetoface.org.au, Facebook, and now YouTube to more than 1,000,000 people a week. Thanks to your support, people are receiving hope.

    - Pastor Richard Fox

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  • A Trip To Birdwood

    Technology and media can be confusing to people. Especially when we see it taking over people's lives. However, media and technology ultimately do something important, they share words. At Lutheran Media we are sharing THE Word, Jesus Christ, and his message of hope. We are communicating Christ to where people are at. Whether they are using their phone, radio, or computer.
    People who don't use the latest technology may feel lost in where media is going. But groups like the Lutheran ladies of Birdwood, where some aren't on Facebook or have an email address, still see the impact we can have by sharing God's messages of hope in Jesus Christ through media to people.
    Thank you for your understanding and support. God bless you!

    - Pastor Richard Fox

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