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5 Old Ladies

Sitting on the side of the highway waiting to catch speeding drivers, a police officer saw a car puttering along at 26 KPH. He thinks to himself: "This driver is just as dangerous as a speeder!" So he turns on his lights and pulls the driver over. Approaching the car, he noticed that there were five old ladies, two in the front seat and three in the back ... wide eyed and white as ghosts. The driver, obviously confused, said to him, "Officer, I don't understand, I was doing exactly the speed limit! What seems to be the problem?" "Ma'am,"... Read more →

Love (Pt.2) - Beloved

The foundation of our love for others is a revelation of God’s love for us. The most important question in your life is not how much you love others or even how much you love God. It is how much do you think God loves you. Everything flows from this. Once we grasp and fully understand how much God loves us and allow that love to transform our lives, we are in a much better place to reach out in love to those around about us. In contrast, when we are unaware of God’s love for us, we can tend... Read more →

Oh Love of God

I believe that this lyric contains the most profound statement about the love of God outside the Scriptures: Could we with ink the ocean fill, And were the skies of parchment made, Were every stalk on earth a quill, And every man a scribe by trade, To write the love of God above, Would drain the ocean dry. Nor could the scroll contain the whole, Though stretched from sky to sky. These words were found pencilled on the wall of a patient’s room in an insane asylum after he had been carried away to his grave, the general opinion was... Read more →

The Travelling Salesperson

A newly-hired travelling salesperson sent his first sales report to the home office. It stunned the management in the sales department because it was obvious that the new salesperson was ignorant and uneducated. This is what he wrote: "I seen this outfit which they ain't never bot a dim's worth of nothin from us and I sole them some goods. I'm now goin to Chicawgo." Before this man could be given the heave-ho by the sales manager, along came another report from Chicago: "I cum hear and sole them haff a millyon." Fearful if he did, and afraid if he... Read more →

Thinking about the Trinity ...

Here are a few insightful quotes about the Trinity: “In Christianity, God is not a static thing … but a dynamic, pulsating activity, a life, almost a kind of drama. Almost, if you will not think me irreverent, a kind of dance.” [C.S. Lewis] "The Trinity is a communion of three persons, three centers of consciousness, who exist and always have existed in union with one another and in dependence on one another … Each is essential to the life of the others, and to the life of the Trinity. They are bound to one another in love, agape love,... Read more →

LOVE (Pt.1) - Original Love

This weekend we began a new series on LOVE. Here's a quick summary with some discussion questions. Responding to a World in Turmoil Despite the fact that there are many good things happening in our world today, it doesn’t take a lot of insight to realize that we are a world in turmoil – especially in our relationships. At our very core, human beings are relational creatures. We have this tendency to ‘herd’ - to want to be together with other people. Deep inside, we have longings for belonging, for acceptance, for love, for intimacy and for meaning – all... Read more →

A Prayer of David

Despite his imperfections and failures, King David will always be remembered as the man after God's own heart. What was it about him that God so loved? Here is a prayer that David prayed after collecting a generous offering for the Temple which his son, Solomon would build: David praised the LORD in the presence of the whole assembly, saying, “Praise be to you, O LORD, God of our father Israel, from everlasting to everlasting. Yours, O LORD, is the greatness and the power and the glory and the majesty and the splendor, for everything in heaven and earth is... Read more →

Feeling the Weight of it All

In 2007, the World Health Organisation (WHO) found that 67.4% of Australian adults are overweight. Obesity is becoming as great a threat to health worldwide as hunger. When you are overweight, you tax your body and vital organs. The strain tires you out and causes fatigue. Feeling overweight can also be emotionally depressing. Over the last six months or so, I have managed to lose 10 kilograms. It was hard work ... but I feel so much better and have so much more energy. As I was carrying in the groceries the other day, Nicole pointed out that the bag... Read more →

Solving the Personal Energy Crisis (Pt.4)

3. Renewing Your Spiritual Energy. Physical health and emotional health are both vital. However, spiritual health is probably the most important and it can have a positive affect on our every area of our life. The Gospel writers tell us that Jesus was "full" of the Spirit (Luke 4:1)! How do we increase our spiritual energy? Let’s look at a few of the most important practices a. Meditate on God’s Word. The words that God speaks are like food to our spirit. While Jesus was fasting for a period of 40 days, the devil tempted him to turn stones into... Read more →

Solving the Personal Energy Crisis (Pt.3)

2. Renewing Your Emotional Energy Physical health is very important as is renewing our physical energy. However, just as important is what is happening in our inner world. Unfortunately, this is often one of the most neglected areas of our lives. Our SOUL is made up of our MIND (our thoughts), our WILL (our decisions) and our EMOTIONS (our feelings). Generally speaking, most people don’t invest time in the health of their soul. Our ‘emotional gauges’ are often the ones we least observe. Those with leadership responsibility are often the ones who are most vulnerable, because they can become so... Read more →

Solving the Personal Energy Crisis (Pt.2)

1. Renewing our Physical Energy How do we increase our physical energy? God made our physical bodies – one of the most amazing of his creations. It has been designed for optimum performance IF we look after it and ensure that we take time to renew our physical energy on a regular basis. When we are sick or unhealthy it is hard to have the energy we need to do what God has called us to. That’s why looking after our physical health must be a priority for us. Jesus also, in all his busyness of ministry, took time to... Read more →

Solving the Personal Energy Crisis (Pt.1)

It's half way through the year. How is life going for you? A few weeks back I came across this statement from the apostle Paul in one of his prayers ... Oh, the utter extravagance of God’s work in us who trust him — endless energy, boundless strength! All this energy issues from Christ. [Eph.1:19-20. Message Bible] What an amazing promise for us! God has “endless energy and boundless strength” that he wants to impart to us. This is confirmed all through the biblical writings (Ps.23. Is.40:28-31. Matt.11:28-30).Yes, God has a purpose and a plan for each one of our... Read more →

The Perfect Pastor

I found this on the internet the other day. It's a church joke with just a hint of exaggeration :) The Perfect Pastor preaches exactly 10 minutes. He condemns sin roundly, but never hurts anyone's feelings. He works from 8 a.m. until midnight, and is also the church cleaner. The Perfect Pastor makes $40 a week, wears good clothes, drives a good car, buys good books, and donates $30 a week to the church. He is 29 years old and has 40 years' worth of experience. Above all, he is handsome. The Perfect Pastor has a burning desire to work... Read more →