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God Pie

Check out this video clip from Worship House Media called 'God Pie.' We showed it last weekend at our church as we shared about the important topic of money. How easy it is for us to forget to honor God with our finances or to give him only our leftovers, if there are any. We must remember that God is the 'pie-maker.' All we have comes from him and we will be held accountable for how we use it. This requires us as his followers to get a good handle on our earnings, giving, savings and spending. Our money matters!... Read more →

Some Advice from Bill Gates for Young People ...

A few years ago, Bill Gates gave a speech at a High School about 11 things they did not and will not learn in school. He talks about how feel-good, politically correct teachings created a generation of kids with no concept of reality and how this concept set them up for failure in the real world. Here are his 11 things ... Rule 1: Life is not fair - get used to it! Rule 2: The world doesn't care about your self-esteem. The world will expect you to accomplish something BEFORE you feel good about yourself. Rule 3: You will... Read more →

Time Management Tips

As we were talking about TIME last week in our Simple Life series, I thought I would re-publish this post about time management from a few years back ... Do you ever feel like there just isn't enough time in the day? I sure do. In fact, I've come to the conclusion that there are enough things to to do to fill multiple lifetimes! Yet, after only 3 1/2 years of ministry, Jesus said, "It is finished!" How could he say that? Because he knew what he was called to do and he focused solely on that. What a lesson... Read more →

The Paradox of our Time

The Paradox of our Time, by George Carlin The paradox of our time in history is that we have taller buildings but shorter tempers; wider freeways, but narrower viewpoints. We spend more, but have less; we buy more, but enjoy less. We have bigger houses and smaller families, more conveniences, but less time; we have more degrees, but less sense; more knowledge, but less judgement; more experts, yet more problems, more medicine, but less wellness. We drink too much, smoke too much, spend too recklessly, laugh too little, drive too fast, get too angry, stay up too late, get up... Read more →

Simple Life

Right now our church is going through a series of messages based on the recently released book Simple Life. Jesus said that he came that we might have LIFE - not just an average mundane life but a full and abundant life (John 10:10). Are we experiencing this? Life is definitely getting busier but is it becoming more rewarding? If we’re honest, many of us feel stressed. We’re often struggling to juggle all of our various responsibilities of our life. The book is based on a study of 1,077 people and it looks at four areas of their lives: 1.... Read more →

Did Jesus really walk on water?

It was fun to visit the Sea of Galilee recently and see the place where Jesus conducted so much of his ministry while on earth. It is a such beautiful place. The sea covers a surface area of 166 square kilometers (21 km north to south and x 11 km east to west) and is 200 meters below sea level. It is usually quite calm, although an afternoon wind blows down on to the sea each day causing the water to become quite choppy. The Gospel writers tell us that during a storm, Jesus came to the disciples walking on... Read more →

Reflections on Israel (Pt.2)

A few more thoughts on my recent trip to Israel ... Jerusalem would have to be the most fought over city in the history of the world. It has been controlled by so many different civilizations throughout the centuries – the Egyptians, the Jebusites (who King David captured it from), the Israelites, the Assyrians, the Babylonians, the Persians, the Greeks, the Romans, the Muslims, the Turks, the British and now modern state of Israel (since 1967). You can still feel the tension in the air – religious tension (Jerusalem plays a central role in the three major monotheistic religions: Judaism,... Read more →

Reflections on Israel

I have just spent ten days touring the land of Israel - my first trip. It was a very enjoyable and insightful time. We based in Jerusalem for half the time, visiting many sites around the city and also venturing out to visit Masada, En Gedi, the Valley of Elah (where David fought Goliath) and Qumran (where the Dead Sea Scrolls were discovered). The rest of the time we stayed in Tiberius right on the Sea of Galilee. From there we visited Capernaum, Nazareth (loved the Nazareth Village display), Cana, Mt Carmel (where Elijah confronted the prophets of Baal) and... Read more →

Hinges of History

I have always enjoyed learning about history. There is so much to learn from the past that can help us today. Thomas Cahill is a prolific writer and student of history. In his Hinges of History series he recounts significant events in the formation of Western civilisation. To date the series includes five best-selling books. I have recently finished reading The Gifts of the Jews: How a Tribe of Desert Nomads Changed the Way Everyone Thinks and Feels (1999) and Desire of the Everlasting Hills: The World Before and After Jesus(2001). Cahill has an uncanny ability to take broad-ranging topics... Read more →

Easter Weekend

Easter is here again and with it comes the hot-cross buns, the Easter bunny, the delicious chocolate eggs in all shapes and sizes, the mega sales to tempt any credit-card carrying buyer and the coveted long week-end holiday. But in the midst of the rush, what does it all really mean? For the Christian church, Easter is a time to reflect upon the events of that Passover week when Jesus Christ suffered a cruel death for our sins but rose triumphant from the grave three days later. Easter is about Jesus Christ. Jesus came to bring us good news. There... Read more →