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Knowing peace: 7 day devotional

Day 1   1 Peter 5:6-10The peace that God is talking about does not come from ourselves. It is a supernatural peace that is only found in Christ. It is his peace, which is a peace that surpasses all of our understanding. Our task is to rest in him in faith, believing that he can and will do what he will to make us stand strong. Peter recognizes however that this is not a guarant ...

God's Good news: 7 day devvotional

1: Colossians 1:13-23The good news is about what Jesus did for us in order to reconcile us to God. It is the good news of salvation. You see, we were once his enemies, because of our sin. God is just and as a just God he hates sin. Because God is good and loving, he cannot stand those things that are evil and unloving. So there is punishment for sin. As according to Romans 6:23 ...

Transformed Thinking

1: Matthew 20:20-28So much of our popular culture is centred on the self. It’s all about self awareness and self fulfilment. We live in a culture that allows us to get what we want cheaply and quickly and we have the mantra played over and over again that we deserve it. Entitlement is something that my generation and those younger have been known for. The image of Christ is som ...

Do Good People Go to Heaven?

Do Christians believe that Good people go to heaven? So, if anyone has tuned in recently to the TV show “the Good place” you might get the feeling, as many people have in the past, that heaven is the place where Good people go and that bad people go to the Hell. (BTW “the Good place” is based on a play by existentialist Jean Paul Sartre and has nothing to do with the Christian ...

Transformed Image: A 7 day devotional

Changing our image. 1: 2 Corinthians 3:7-18The ministry of death is how Paul was referring to the Old covenant law which said that we could try to be reconciled to God by works (By obeying the law, performing certain ceremonies, and doing the prescribed sacrifices). But Paul talks about the ministry of the Spirit, which gives us freedom. The ministry of the law, according to Pa ...

Gossip in the Church

The following is a bit of sermon that I cut out of a sermon that I’m not actually going to give, so I thought I’d share it here. It’s a bit of an expanded version of what I wrote a couple weeks ago. Some of the most surprising things I have learned about myself have come from gossip. I have been very surprised to be told from people who don’t really know me, what I am for and w ...

Joy in Uncertianty

Joy in Uncertainty:Yes, I said that right, there can be joy in uncertainty. Actually, as simple as that sounds the reality is, there is joy in uncertainty, in certainty, in poverty, in trials, in everything, so long as you have the promise of eternal life in God through Jesus Christ, you have a reason for Joy. In fact, John 16:22 says that no one can take your joy from you “22 ...

Finding Peace in Jesus

Finding Peace in JesusYesterday we had a bit of a rain shower and I found myself just standing at the window staring out into the yard, watching the rain drip down from the roof and onto the dirt below. I sat and listened to the rhythm and smelled the sweet air. In that moment, despite all that were going on around me, I couldn’t help but just sit and stare. Some of us have exp ...

Reading the Bible

Ok, so awhile ago someone asked me about the different versions of the Bible. Does it really matter? If you can read NT Greek and Hebrew then, fantastic, your all set, but for most of us (including myself despite four years of taking Greek and Hebrew) this isn't an option. so we rely on modern translations, whether it's the King James, the NIV, the RSV, etc, but does it matter? ...

Why do Christians go to Church?

Why do Christians go to Church on Sunday? First off, this is a bit of a loaded question. In order to understand this you have to understand what Church is. So the Bible in 1 Corinthians tells us that when we become a Christian we become part of THE church. The Bible talks about lots of people who meet in different places but ultimately according to the Bible they all part of t ...

The local Church Matters

The Local Church matters.Across Australia (and just about every other western nation) our landscape is dotted by Church spires and bell towers. While these buildings are not the thing itself what they represent is the body of Christ within each community. In each local Church there is a story. It is a story of how God has acted in that community. It’s the story of lives changed ...

Radical Grace

I was watching a documentary on Substance abuse last night and the people were advocating for help rather than punishment for drug users. It got me thinking about grace, and wondering what it would look like if the world (or even just the Church) lived with radical grace. Radical grace is the kind we read about in the Bible. It’s the kind of grace that would cause God to come a ...

Image

I get caught up in worrying about my image. That may be a surprise to people who have known me for a long time, but it’s true. As a Christian and more so as a pastor/minister this gets worse. I really want to be what Paul says “all things to all people” at least I want to be like what I think that means. The problem is…I’m not. I was looking back on some of my sermons the other ...

Dangerous Doctrine: Sepratism

Dangerous Doctrine #2: Separatism and seclusionism: “It’s just me and God and that’s all that matters”. Ok so this one is a fair bit shorter than my last instalment and a bit less formal and academic. This is because this is something that to me get’s a bit more personal, as the Christians around me don’t generally fall into the trap of Shepherding or being overly controlled, ...

Maybe you can't do it, and that is OK!

I remember in 1996 watching the Olympics and seeing Kerri Strugg as she finished her routine with an injured ankle and hearing her coach shout “You can do it”. For the following year or so it became fodder for everything teacher trying to inspire us High Schoolers at the time, so I remember hearing that story quite often, and then watching the video every time a teacher or guid ...

Dangerous Doctrine: Shepherding

Dangerous Doctrines: Shepherding.I want to do a series on Dangerous doctrines. It may take a while between blogs as this one has taken me a month to write.. This isn’t to bash churches with different worship styles or even those that disagree on theological subjects. Jesus’ warning in Matthew 7 is about the danger of deception. While there are times when people get things wrong ...

Christian Soldier, Who are you Fighting?

A few days ago a man went on shooting spree at an abortion clinic in the U.S. In the past few days I've seen Christians try to distance themselves and to minimise the responsibility of the Church. It's easy, this fella was well known for having social and psychological issues and he had no apparent connections with a Christian Church. But at the same time, when I heard about th ...

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