The way we treat God
We don't really give much of our time to God if we are honest. Especially when we think about how the Israelites use to prepare and honour God with fear and respect... I was reminded of this while listening to Francis Chan speak at Passion 2015. [Image by susan_d_p on flickr]
The Greatest Command - and the one like it!
As 2014 ends, and 2015 begins we can take stock of what is happening in the world around us... and some of it is pretty terrible. But listen to these words of Jesus and figure out what our focus needs to be, and then we can work on a Jesus-like response to everything that happens in our world.
This years Gold Coast V8 Supercar race marked 10 years of doing motorsport chaplaincy. The majority of my work has been in drag racing at the local Ipswich track, but I have had the great privilege of working in Australia's premier racing category a couple of times each year. The work is an amazing one, and God is moving - Jesus' love impacts and changes people.
To the foot of the cross...
As a Pastor sometimes I find people use me as a pointer or maker of their own spiritual identity, what a scary thing! We need to own our own faith, and the more I pastor the more I realise I simply need Jesus more and more. That's where I want people to go for the spiritual identity, not to me. All I can do though is lead them to the foot of the cross. ~photo on flickr by HPUPhotogStudent
The pain of rejection
Feeling rejected hurts... it hurts bad... so bad I think because it warns us that there is an ultimate rejection that we never ever EVER want to experience. - photo on flickr by mohammadali
I Do Believe, Help Me With My Unbelief
The cry of the father when he brings his son to Jesus because of the spirit that keeps sending him into fits is a cry we all need to make. Hopefully this explaination of all that is going on at that time helps you make that statement a constant thing in your life.
Monday, 12 January 2015
To go along with that Valvoline Raceway have recorded this interview with Garry Coleman.
I hope that gives you a bit more of an insight into what Sport Chaplaincy, specifically in the motor sport world, looks like. I feel truly blessed to be one of Garry's 46 chaplains - getting to work in V8 Supercars mainly these days, but I am always available whenever there are situations that arise around South East Queensland. It is a big job, and hard to do when it's something extra to the ministry I have here at Deception Bay Baptist - but it is certainly worth it.
Saturday, 10 January 2015
Friday, 9 January 2015
It's all about perspective isn't it - but how often do we ignore God's perspective and only think of ourselves?
"It's too hard"
"Everybody is doing it"
"God doesn't care if I mess up"
"I just want to do something for me"
"I know the best way to do this"
...there are so many excuses... but all of them are flawed when we put into perspective the cost God paid for our relationship with Him.
I wonder what we can do to help each other always keep the thought of God's input into our relationship on our minds? I think we need to help each other, but as a Pastor sometimes I feel it's all I am doing... almost nagging people to remember to not be selfish.
I wish we could just get it. I have seen places where for a period of time people have 'got it' and amazing things happen. I have experienced times in my life where I have just 'got it' and moved so readily with God that it was incredible. I'd love to hear some practical ideas on how we can work on this together.
Wednesday, 7 January 2015
God is going to visit us in that way!? A human being is going to climb in there and it's going to be him and Creator God! See this is the way they viewed this meeting with God. And what's crazy to me is that nowadays is how we treat this time with God as ordinary or even burdensome... to where we try and squeeze in 5 minutes at the end of our day, like I gotta try and get some time with Him, I feel guilty because I only got 2 or 3 minutes... ahhh do you understand? I was reading this in Exodus and going 'man how did we come so far?'
Where it use to be "no way! A man is going to meet with Almighty God", and they'd see the lightning and hear the thunder, the fire... and now it's like a burden, and we have pastors that beg us to 'please, please, please just give Him a few minutes... please just try and read through the Bible in a year it only takes like 10-15 minutes a day, just try to hear from Him... Please!' How did we get here?
~Francis Chan - Passion 2015
I think this generation would be more excited to take a 'selfie' with Moses than to meet with the living God.
Tuesday, 6 January 2015
Wednesday, 31 December 2014
Then someone read this Bible verse as part of the service.
Jesus replied:" 'Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind. ' This is the first and greatest commandment. And the second is like it:'Love your neighbor as yourself. ' All the Law and the Prophets hang on these two commandments."In the middle of all the chaos this world throws up, I see here a very clear and simple focal point for us as believers. This focal point of loving God with your all heart, soul and mind is a firm foundation through good times and bad. It will get you through even the worst of times and help you remain pure in easy and good times. And then loving the neighbour as yourself will make sure your interaction with the world is always pure as well - in its purity it is then helpful, kind, compassionate, safe, courageous and glorifying to God.
I think we would all do well to realise that loving God with all our heart, soul and mind means that we will love our neighbour as ourselves... you can't actually focus on one while you neglect the other. It just doesn't work.
For Christ's love compels us, because we are convinced that one died for all, and therefore all died. And he died for all, that those who live should no longer live for themselves but for him who died for them and was raised again. So from now on we regard no one from a worldly point of view. Though we once regarded Christ in this way, we do so no longer. Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; the old has gone, the new has come! All this is from God, who reconciled us to himself through Christ and gave us the ministry of reconciliation:Because of Jesus, because He's shown us such an amazing amount of love, and a grace we simply do not deserve, we can't look at other people the same way anymore. We have to look at them through the grace filled glasses that Jesus has washed us with, by His very own blood. We no longer regard anyone merely from a worldly point of view, so where the world condemns we must offer peace and forgiveness (because when we were to be condemned, we were offered peace and forgiveness). Yes there is still a thing as justice, but it is not ours to dish out. Does that mean Christians might get the raw end of the deal? Does that mean we may be persecuted, terrorised, even killed? Yep; actually it does.
~2 Corinthians 5:14-18
That's a scary proposition, but when my focus is to simply love God with all my heart, soul and mind then I know that whatever the proposition is, I can handle it, and in the same breath I will be able to love my neighbour as I do myself.
Tuesday, 16 December 2014
This Christmas we at Deception Bay Baptist want to share the story of Jesus with everyone. In that light we want to equip our people with tools that help them share this story with their friends and family.
YesHeIs is a fantastic app that you can have with you at all times, on your smart phone, that gives you access to videos and pictures that are valuable assets when you want to share your faith.
You can either use the app on your phone as part of a discussion you have with other people, or connect the app to your social media and share videos and pictures online. Here’s a little more on how it works.
So we encourage you to Share Eternity this Christmas – and we hope that YesHeIs helps.