"Lost and dead but Your love came to find me, Jesus you are the Way..."
True Friendship happens in person
In a world where we are always connected... sometimes we're not really connected. Some personal experiences of late have really shown me how being there in person makes friendship so much more potent. - photo on Flickr by PC
Prayer = Dependence
Even in the confidence I have in my own abilities - I am learning that I still need to be dependent on God if the outcome is going to be worthwhile for the Kingdom. Prayer is the key consideration in this! ~photo credit: wiedmaier on flickr
Looking for Answers?
It's something we're all looking for... if you haven't realised it yet you just know you're looking for something more. Our world today provides so much, but it can't provide this. Find it today!
The Journey So Far
TeenStreet is an amazing youth movement in Queensland, and is having a wider impact Australia wide as it grows. The camp this year will be great, but check out this fantastic video having a look at the story so far! Check out http://teenstreet.org.au to register your teens
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]
Friday, 31 July 2015
I really appreciate it when people act like they like me enough to spend time with me - there is a level of intimacy there that you simply cannot get from words on a screen. Actually being there (physically) adds so much more to the situation that just 'being there' for someone.
It's been a reminder to me to be encouraging in all that I do, but also to show that my time, and personal presence is also worth the effort for those I call friend.
Wednesday, 29 July 2015
When pain & suffering come upon us, we finally see not only that we are not in control of our lives but that we never were. #WalkingWithGod— Timothy Keller (@timkellernyc) July 28, 2015
It's so easy to think we are in control when everything is going well. That's the biggest challenge really... making sure we're depending on God and following Him when it's easier for us just to run with what we want.
Tuesday, 28 July 2015
Birkdale is a church of about 400, that now meets over two different campuses. About 18 months ago they agreed to plant a congregation in the old Cannon Hill Baptist building (closer in towards Brisbane CBD). That means there is now a morning service at Birkdale and the young adults serve and run a small morning service at Cannon Hill as well. Theere is then a combined youth and young adults service called ‘BOOST’ in the evenings at Birkdale. Once a month they run a community focused “Sunday Afternoons For Everyone” (SAFE) BBQ and Gospel presentation – local families come along and are then invited to stay for the evening service.
Wednesday, 22 July 2015
These have been written that you may believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God, and that believing you may have life in his name
Tuesday, 30 June 2015
Monday, 22 June 2015
The master theme of the Christian gospel is salvation. Salvation is a picture-word of wide application that expresses the idea of rescue from jeopardy and misery into a state of safety. The gospel proclaims that then God who saved Israel from Egypt, Jonah from the fish's belly, the psalmist from death, and the soldiers from drowning (Exod 15:2; Jon 2:9; Ps 116:6; Acts 27:3), saves all who trust Christ from sin and sin's consequencesAnd how are we saved? Only through the work of Jesus on the cross. It's not Jesus helping us to be better people... it's Jesus substituting Himself where we should be... it's Him taking the wrath that we deserve for all those things we're being saved from.
As these earthly deliverances were wholly God's work, and not instances of people saving themselves with God's help, so it is with salvation from sin and death... What are believers saved from? From their former position under the wrath of God, the dominion of sin, and the power of death (Rom 1:18; 3:9; 5:21); from their natual condition of being mastered by the world, the fles, and the devil (John 8:23-24; Rom 8:7-8; 1 John 5:19); from the fears that a sinful life engenders... and from the many vicious habits that were part of it...
~J.I Packer - Concise Theology; p146-147
By Jesus paying that price our old lives are replaced, and our new life is bathed in hope and grace. How does that affect your attitude today!?
Tuesday, 16 June 2015
In general I am a very capable person. There are not many times I don't feel confident that I can handle the situation I'm presented with. On a human level that can be a good thing, but it can get in the way of me seeking what it is that God wants me to do.
If I feel I can just do something, even if it appears to me to be a good thing for my ministry - should I just go for it? How do I tell if God actually wants this, or it's just me doing something I think would be good. In my human capacity I think I've done some things that have really gone well but afterwards I've felt a bit deflated cause I've realised it may not have been the outcome God had wanted, and maybe the whole thing could probably have been done differently.
As part of this spiritual journey I've been on regarding prayer this year, this is one of the things God's helped me address the most. I am to be dependent on Him. My abilities, and my confidence don't actually matter that much, and have to take a second place behind my dependency of Him to work through me.
Before anything I do now I stop and I pray. Even if it's something I do every week, and I can do it without thinking... I still stop and I pray - not because I may particularly need God's help to do it, but because I want Him to be working beyond my abilities, and without Him involved whatever I am doing means nothing despite my abilities.
The quote by Francis Chan above has become a constant reminder to me that I only want to do what matters to God. Prayer is the way that I actively pursue that.