John Wesley, the great evangelist, said, “Give me a hundred persons who fear nothing but God, hate nothing but sin and are determined to know nothing among men but Jesus Christ and him crucified, and I will set the world on fire with them.” 1 Samuel Lane's worship ministry is so very helpful - enjoy this. 2 Habit formation is vital to pastoral ministry - a TED talk perspective 3 Mary deMuth is a helpful voice and here's her writing wisdom 4 Attractional church is not enough, it has to be about mission! 5 The ministry of presence and the Church [...]
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!
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....
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!
“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.
"At the back of it there lies the central citadel of obstinacy: I will not give up my right to myself - the thing God intends you to give up if ever you are going to be a disciple of Jesus Christ." Oswald Chambers 1 Baggage worth reclaiming? 2 Helping the quality of our application in preaching 3 Exploring our cutlure's blindspots on calling 4 Mark Dever on four elements of the discipleship process 5 Seven key relational sklls in leadership
"The gospel begins with our brokenness and inability, not our power and potential. Billy Graham once said that rarely is it someone's sin that keeps them from heaven; usually, it is their good deeds. In the same way, it is our false sense of ability, not our inabilities, that keeps us from the power of the Spirit. Thinking we can get along fine "apart from" him keeps us from the gift of power available in Him - John 15 v 5 When you finally come to the place where you realise you have no true power, then you are ready [...]