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August 2011

Something more precious than gold: our faith.


In this you rejoice, though now for a little while you may have to suffer various trials, so that the genuineness of your faith, more precious than gold which though perishable is tested by fire, may redound to praise and glory and honor at the revelation of Jesus Christ.     1 Peter 1:6-7

Welcome to another Out of the Pit newsletter!

Just a few weeks until the third annual Out of the Pit conference in Sydney!  By now you should have all received an email with details of the conference - please register as soon as possible via the homepage www.outofthepit.org , at the latest by 16th of September.  I hope that you can all make it, as it promises to be a great weekend of fun and fellowship.  I'm looking forward to meeting many of you there!

This month God has really been teaching me to rely on Him, and reminding me that I need to spend time with Him.  As our lives get busier and busier, it is so easy for us to not have enough time to spend time with God.  We are stretched between work, family, sports, church, that can be difficult to allocated time to God. And when things get busier and busier, we turn away from God, just when we need him the most.  Yet God is the center of our lives, and I really encourage you to rely on him through all!
Hunter Valley Network

Hunter Out of the Pit Long Breakfast

The Hunter OOTP group hosted a fantastic ‘long breakfast’ on Saturday 27th August. A dozen blokes attended and were treated to delicious bacon and eggs, a great devotion from Mark Hemans (new OOTP Network Pastor) and a really encouraging testimony from David Hill. David shared the joys, trials and triumphs of being a Christian and working as the director of a Geotechnical consultancy.

After the breakfast, Todd Morton also took some of the visitors on a mine trip to BHP Billiton’s Mt Arthur Coal mine. This is an amazing operation – soon to be the largest open cut in the Southern hemisphere. We saw some incredible mining equipment including a new P&H 4100XPB rope shovel and 350t Leibherr trucks. Todd also shared some of the challenges and opportunities presented by working as an operator at the mine.

A big thank you to Phil Fletcher, Hunter Valley Network Leader and Matt Graham, Sydney Network Leader for bringing the whole thing together!




golden nugget Bible Nugget

Count it as joy

“My brethren, count it all joy when you fall into various trials, knowing that the testing of your faith produces patience. “                                                                                    James 1 :2

It seems to be a contradiction. We can understand rejoicing in a blessing, or rejoicing over an answer to prayer, but how can one rejoice in a trial? Sometimes we feel that we tripped and fell into the trial. It was totally unexpected.

The joy is found in looking past the trial to what God in His love and goodness has purposed. The trial may not be from God, but by faith it will be for His glory. Jesus saw past the cross to see Himself in heavenly glory.

“looking unto Jesus, the author and finisher of our faith, who for the joy that was set before Him endured the cross, despising the shame, and has sat down at the right hand of the throne of God.”                                                                                                     Hebrews 12:2

Faith lifts its eye off the problem, and with joy anticipates what God will do.


                                                            Praying with faith

The Scripture clearly teaches us that when we pray that we are to pray in faith.
And whatever you ask in prayer, you will receive, if you have faith."                                 Matthew 21:22

Prayer is always to be mixed with that awesome ingredient of faith. Faith is thanking God before you see the answer.

Do we know what we are specifically asking for? Some people when they pray could not specifically say what they asked for. How can we expect God to answer our prayers unless we know what we are asking. Jesus warns us not to heap up empty phrases when we pray. 

"And in praying do not heap up empty phrases as the Gentiles do; for they think that they will be heard for their many words. Do not be like them, for your Father knows what you need before you ask him.
Matthew 6:7


Let us believe together for:
    The establishment of a national prayer network for the mining community.
    An open door to minister the Gospel to mining communities across Australia. 
    For the Lord's financial provision to expand the ministry.
    God's favour upon the Annual Conference this year.
    His blessing, unity, and wisdom on the leadership of Out of the Pit.

"Father God we lift these requests before you in faith. We believe that what we have asked for you have already given it to us. We praise for the answers to our prayer even before we see it. In Jesus mighty Name we ask. Amen. "

Contact Info

Rosie Da Costa, Editor :: rosie -at- outofthepit.org
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