I have been mildly erratic in posting and will seek to do better in frequency, content, and some creativity in 2017! 1 Pete Scazzero continues to speak to this vital area of emotional health brilliantly..... 2 The insights and wisdom learnt from Winnie the Pooh! 3 The reasons we do liturgy..... some learning. 4 TED talks are a gift, and here's some preaching application. 5 Never needed at a funeral - wisdom from Challies!
Some outtakes or summary from Sunday’s talk with our church family……. From the brilliance of Jonathan Edwards – the puritan, not the triple-jumper! As a young adult mid 1800's – Jonathan Edwards set down on paper a series of thoughts and practices to help cultivate growth in grace. These resolutions are immense, and Edwards would re-read this list at least once a week to keep his mind focused and renewed. The result: A man of humble godliness, who was to become a significant spark used to ignite one of the greatest revivals known to history. Even many unbelieving scholars admit Edwards may [...]
and here's the handout from our new years eve gathering..... I'm still chewing over questions 1 & 3 that I scribbled up for us all. What did you love most in 2016? and How might you better follow Jesus tomorrow and in all of the 2017? So what are you intending in 2017? Spend it well....
I groan when I’m asked “Are you ready for Christmas?” It seems to get earlier and earlier each year. However, Christmas is God’s preparation to meet us. No-one looked forward to the first Christmas more than God. For all eternity He set his heart and mind to coming, dwelling, loving, revealing himself and redeeming humankind at Christmas. Nothing would have stopped him. The detail of God’s preparation, patient waiting and the oversight of all the characters makes for an unforgettable Christmas story. It unfolds with majesty and purpose. It’s the story that has defined history. The shepherds were instructed to [...]
God's graciously challenging me.... Im know Gods tenderness in this. Seeing this cohort of Alpha guests journey with Jesus is humbling It's been a decent coffee week too! Praise be..... Seeing heaps of new possibilities in our community, in all sorts of way. Amen. Walking through suffering and pain yet with hope is the grit of pastoral life. Greater and deeper reading at the moment. More Lord! Adding six more people to home group life in the last ten days is another kick! Jacobs story and his complex trickster ways continues to help our church family. I'm still hungry for a bigger [...]
The invitation of God for us is abundance. Always. We hear the well-known patter of John 10v10, and the promise of life to the full in Jesus, or we recall childhood exuberance in the singing, “Our God is so big, so strong and so mighty….” And yet we can feel lost to this truth of God’s abundance. Sunday night’s passage called me back to this strongly. John 2 sees another encounter with Jesus surrounded by wedding day disappointment due to a wine deficiency! Each of the huge six stone water pots, about the full height of an average man, would [...]
"Many Christians estimate difficulty in the light of their own resources, and thus they attempt very little and they always fail........... All giants have been weak men who did great things for God because they reckoned on His power and presence to be with them!" Hudson Taylor 1 Liz on the dangerous game of ministry comparison. 2 Nick writes, We are not our failures.... 3 Things no one tells you when you get married! 4 Habits to learn early. Valued choices. 5 Neil Cole on more than a one-hour meeting!
Waking up today was like no other. Here's one of my favourite Psalms, reworked....... God is our refuge and strength, an ever-present help in trouble. Therefore we will not fear, whatever the economic predictions, whatever the governmental shifts. The FTSE and share numbers need not trouble us. Though layers of turbulence and uncertainty lie ahead. Though Cameron, Farage and Boris would falter There is a sure-place, a confidence we have in our one-true-God. The never-failing promises of God in Jesus will prevail, Heaven isn't insecurely fragile as though under threat. Whilst speculation, fear and horrid debate still result Though prideful bluster [...]
“Radical obedience to Christ is not easy…..... It’s not comfort, not health, not wealth, and not prosperity in this world. Radical obedience to Christ risks losing all these things. But in the end, such risk finds its reward in Christ. And He is more than enough for us.” David Platt 1 Vocation and that old ordained-lay debate. 2 I like the idea of a biography of a book. 3 Ten insights into burnout. Lots of helpful input here. 4 Christianity isn't dying- it's sleeping Here's to revival! 5 Five marks of a fruitful church. Worth reflection.
"If you look up into His face and say, "Yes, Lord, whatever it costs," at that moment He'll flood your Life with His presence and power." Alan Redpath 1 Wilson's wisdom on Bethel life and ministry. 2 Daily getting smarter....? tools and helps? 3 Blocks to leading well. Courage to overcome. 4 Salty faith, and the inspiring Scott Sauls. 5 Broadening life in pastoral leadership.