Christian Bookshop changes

Bookshop Ministry

The Murray Bridge Church of Christ has a Christian Bookshop Ministry under the same roof as the church at 32 Seventh Street, Murray Bridge, South Australia. This has been a vital ministry of the church since its inception in 1975. It serves our church community, other churches in the area, as well as the whole of the Murray Bridge community and well beyond our rural city.

Our stock

The Church of Christ Bookshop stocks a wide range of Bibles, Bible study guides, books – both non-fiction and fiction – children’s books, CDs, DVDs, gifts and novelties as well as one of the best ranges of greeting cards in the region.

Opening hours

As of today, the Bookshop is open longer each week. We invite you to come in and chat with our helpful volunteer staff and pick up some great reading, find just the right card for a special occasion, or even buy some Christmas gifts.

Bookshop Opening HoursPlease note change of times (from November 6th, 2017 until further notice).

Monday                                                    Closed

Tuesday – Friday                                  9:30 am – 5 pm.

Saturday – Sunday                               Closed

Coffee Shop

Why not come in on Wednesday, Thursday or Friday and have a quiet, relaxing coffee in the adjacent Coffee Shop? It’s open from 10 am to 2 pm Wednesday to Friday.

You can check out more details on our website here: Church of Christ Bookshop.

Children's books, including Bibles and Bible stories

Children’s books, including Bibles and Bible stories

Bookshop open tomorrow

Gifts for all tastes

Gifts for all tastes

Church of Christ Bookshop

32 Seventh Street, Murray Bridge

Phone: (08) 8532 4400

Bookshop Opening Hours: Please note change of times (from July 2017 until further notice)

Monday – Tuesday                          Closed

Wednesday – Friday                      Open from 9:30 am –   4:00 pm

Saturday – Sunday                          Closed

Walk through to the Coffee Shop and have a cuppa or a light lunch with great company on Wednesdays to Fridays 10 am to 2 pm.

For more information click here.

Bookshop – changed opening hours

Murray Bridge Church of Christ Bookshop

Church of Christ Bookshop

32 Seventh Street, Murray Bridge

Phone: (08) 8532 4400

Bookshop Opening HoursPlease note change of times (from July 2017 until further notice)

Monday – Tuesday                          Closed

Wednesday – Friday                       9:30 am –   4:00 pm

Saturday – Sunday                          Closed

Walk through to the Coffee Shop and have a cuppa or a light lunch with great company on Wednesdays to Fridays 10 am to 2 pm.

For more information click here.

Book review: Return to me

Return to Me (#01 in The Restoration Chronicles Series)

Return To Me by Lynn Austin (Restoration Chronicles #1)

This was the first of Lynn Austin’s books I have read. It is the first of her trilogy in the Restoration Chronicles. Having read the first one, I am sure I will read the following two in the series. I am particularly interested in the third book which features the life of Nehemiah, one of my favourite people of the Bible. The book of Nehemiah is one of my favourites in all of the Bible.

I thoroughly enjoyed this novel and will probably read more of her works in the future. This book is a fictional account of the first group of Jews to return to Jerusalem from captivity in Babylon. It is very true to the historical Biblical account.

The main character of the story is Zechariah. The plot follows his early life growing up in Babylon with all of the hardships endured there, including the pressures to conform to the social moralities of the Babylonian culture and religion, including astrology. The sudden change on the part of King Cyrus is greeted with great joy by the Jews in captivity, and plans are immediately made for them to return to Jerusalem to begin life anew in their home country. The author cleverly portrays the family conflicts which arise, with families being torn apart, some remaining in Babylon, with others leaving for the long journey home.

The reader is given an in-depth impression of the physical hardships endured on the journey and the subsequent struggles to establish themselves in Jerusalem and in the surrounding countryside. The author never shirks from also drawing out in depth the spiritual pressures placed upon this band of people, especially the constant exposure to the paganism and astrology of the neighbouring Samaritans. The stark contrasts between the Jewish faith and the faith of other people living near Jerusalem is explored in many ways in the novel.

Zechariah features prominently in this account. Towards the end of the story we see him as the prophet whose book we read in the Old Testament. The author strongly portrays a young Zechariah in the early stages of his developing spirituality, and how he has a growing awareness of his special relationship with God. Austin never strays from showing the internal spiritual struggles of Zechariah, as well as his grandfather and mentor, Iddo.

I only have one little criticism: the frequent changes of point of view can take a little getting used to, but overall, this is a very well written and enjoyable account. The novel has one enduring strength: by being written as fiction, the author can draw each character in compelling and intriguing depth, while never losing sight of the facts of the historical foundations of the narrative.

Highly recommended.

˄TH

PS I read this book on my eReader. You can order a copy through our bookshop.

Bookshop closed this week

Huge selection of cards for all occasions

Huge selection of cards for all occasions

MURRAY BRIDGE CHURCH OF CHRIST

CHRISTIAN BOOKSHOP

Our Bookshop volunteer staff has been very busy in the lead up to Christmas. It has been encouraging to see so many people buying books, gifts, cards and other items for giving away at Christmas.

The Bookshop will be closed from Friday 23rd December 2016 for the Christmas – New Year break.

The Bookshop will open for business again next year, on Monday, 16th January 2017.

The manager and volunteers would like to extend their blessings, praying that you all have a wonderful, safe and joyful Christmas as we remember and honour the birth of Christ Jesus our Lord and Saviour.

Christian Bookshop taking a break over Christmas

Music CDs

Music CDs

MURRAY BRIDGE CHURCH OF CHRIST

BOOKSHOP

Our Bookshop volunteer staff has been very busy in the lead up to Christmas. It has been encouraging to see so many people buying books, gifts, cards and other items for giving away at Christmas.

The Bookshop will be closed from 4pm tomorrow, Friday 23rd December 2016 for the Christmas – New Year break.

The Bookshop will open for business again next year, on Monday, 16th January 2017.

The manager and volunteers would like to extend their blessings, praying that you all have a wonderful, safe and joyful Christmas as we remember and honour the birth of Christ Jesus our Lord and Saviour.

Reconciliation

“Reconciliation means the restoring of the relationship between the entire human race and God, putting it back to what God designed it to be. This is what Jesus Christ did in redemption.

The reconciliation of the human race according to His plan means realizing Him not only in our lives individually, but also in our lives collectively. Jesus Christ sent apostles and teachers for this very purpose–that the corporate Person of Christ and His church, made up of many members, might be brought into being and made known.

Am I building up the body of Christ, or am I only concerned about my own personal development?”

Oswald Chambers, from My Utmost for His Highest.

This book is available through our church bookshop.

Pure, holy and right

“God is determined to make you pure, holy, and right, and He will not allow you to escape from the scrutiny of the Holy Spirit for even one moment.

God is going to bring you out pure, spotless, and undefiled, and the moment you are willing for God to change your nature, His recreating forces will begin to work.

And the moment you realize that God’s purpose is to get you into the right relationship with Him and then with others, He will reach to the very limits of the universe to help you take the right road.”

Oswald Chambers, from My Utmost for His Highest.

Copies of this book are available from our church bookshop at 32 Seventh Street, Murray Bridge, South Australia.

 

What’s on this week

Open Monday – Thursday:
Christian Bookshop 9am – 5pm (Note: Closed from Christmas Eve.)

Tuesday 22th December
9am Pastoral Care Group

Wednesday 23rd December
Coffee Shop – Closed this week.  Reopening on 20th January 2016

Thursday Dec 24th
Christmas Eve Service
at 11:30pm

Friday Dec 25th
Christmas Day Service at 9:00am

Sunday 27th December
10am Worship Service: speaker Pastor Grant Spangenberg

DATE CLAIMERS FOR YOUR CALENDAR

Thursday Dec 31st
New Year’s Eve Service: in the Uniting Church from 7:00 – 7:45pm. Please bring a plate of food for supper.

Please note:

The following activities are in recess over the Christmas – New Year break:

  • Sunday School
  • Young People’s Bible Study
  • Home groups
  • Bible Studies
  • Men’s Bible Studies
  • Friendship Group
  • Craft Group
  • Christian Women’s Fellowship
  • CWCI and KYB

The wonderful grace of God

“The reason we see hypocrisy, deceit, and a lack of genuineness in others is that they are all in our own hearts.

The greatest characteristic of a saint is humility, as evidenced by being able to say honestly and humbly, ‘Yes, all those, as well as other evils, would have been exhibited in me if it were not for the grace of God.’

Who of us would dare to stand before God and say, ‘My God, judge me as I have judged others’? If God should judge us in the same way, we would be condemned to hell.

Yet God judges us on the basis of the miraculous atonement by the Cross of Christ.”

Oswald Chambers, from My Utmost for His Highest. (available from our Bookshop)


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