What is the best news you have ever heard?
Jesus said to them: “Go into all the world and preach the good news to all creation.”
But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes on you and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem and in all Judea and Samaria and to the ends of the earth.
How to say "yes, Lord" more often
Suffer, rejection, killed, great news? Join us over the next seven weeks as we discover how this teaching of Jesus is the best news ever! How this news brings a new enthusiasm to the church, who accepts the call. How this suffering brings about glory!
Taking a time out
What changed my perspective of time-out? I was challenged by a message once on how to grow in your regular time-out with Father. The first thing is a commitment to a regular time. It does not have to be much, even as short as a minute or two.
Equip to connect
We struggle with perceived unanswered prayers, we worry, we harbour bitterness and for that our families suffer, our marriages suffer, our friendships suffer and the idea of being perfectly positioned to achieve God’s greater purposes in our lives are only a distant pipe-dream.
Importance of a Chaplain
Equipping the church to connect in a modern, multi-faith, multi-culture, multi-lifestyle, multi-option society requires a paradigm shift in our approach on how we perceive people around us. Why? Because we are made to connect.
Adventure is out there
School Chaplains have no status, power or authority in the school other than being led by Holy Spirit. They are on the forefront of ministry, serving alongside their community: kids, teachers, staff, parents, and even grandparents.
The power of love
Life with Jesus is an adventure, and we’ll be frustrated if we think he will always keep us on the road. Rather than fighting what we were made for, we need to embrace it. We need to surrender to God’s control and design for our lives. To surrender takes courage.
How true is your witness of the truth of Jesus Christ?
Love precedes principles. Love invites. Love unites. It leads us to encounter the Presence of God first. The Presence of God, presented in love, helps us to help others know Jesus and his power in their lives.
A, B, C or C, B, A?
Can you articulate, with clarity and conviction, the difference between your job and your calling? It is easily confused and affects our motivation to hold to the truth. Your destiny shapes your calling. Your calling shapes your job.
Renewing our faith
Have you considered the implication of Act – Belong – Commit from a Christian perspective? Why would any follower of Jesus rather “Commit, Belong, Act?” Go. Connect. Disciple is about having our ABC’s the right way around.
Prayers with action
Over time, churches lose focus on the why and battle the world on the what. And the what will always distract and overwhelm or overpower and boost pride. It causes the church to huddle together, lost in despair, like the soldiers, with an “out of date,” droned out voice. Isaiah’s words are Father’s call to us to renew our reason for being, our identity in Him.
Keeping our prayers simple
For a while, I have noticed how the causes of refugees, the poor and the elderly are passionately mentioned and encouraged to be prayed for. Nice. Noble. What concerns me is that a lot of this is not much more than easy talk, done in the safety and non-challenging comfort of a coffee shop or perhaps a bedroom.
A mother's day
What are we seeking when we invite the church to pray?
Why are seeking the church to pray?
Understanding the implications of the Great Commission
Motherhood. The desire of many. The perceived benchmark of success as woman. For many women, motherhood is a burden – a burden to the women who do not feel called to pro-create and a burden to a wife desperate to conceive. And to many the celebration of Mother’s Day is a painful reminder of such bias.
Thinking of value
For who is God besides the Lord? And who is the Rock except our God? It is God who arms me with strength and keeps my way secure. He makes my feet like the feet of a deer; he causes me to stand on the heights. He trains my hands for battle; my arms can bend a bow of bronze.
- Psalm 18:31-35 NIV
A heavenly perspective
“It’s only a 5c piece” I thought to myself. “Let someone else have it” which is short for I could not be bothered. A moment later a thought hit me with one word: value. I walked past that coin instantly valuing its worth and deemed it not worth the effort to stop and pick it up.
Repent to renew to rejoice
Just as Genesis could be nowhere else but the beginning, Revelation could be nowhere else but the end. In many ways it connects the dots and complete Gods story! An image of God from a heavenly perspective echoed by these words in Revelation 4:8
The Book of Revelation
A ship crossing the ocean is continuously “repenting.” The team on-board needs to continuously assess its current position and work out if they are still on course. If not, they will adjust the direction of the ship accordingly.
Revelation is a picture of battle, with victory declared. It is a picture that Connects the Dots, that brings the purpose of the whole Bible to a glorious exclamation: “Jesus wins!” Your value is not determined by people, but purpose! Your purpose was settled at the Cross!