Kamahl famously said, ‘Why are people so unkind?” Why do we fight? Not just countries, not just political parties, but us – you and me! In Philippians 2 Paul answers this question. He draws us to an interesting point, that our fighting is caused by ‘vain conceit’. Vain conceit is from a Greek word which […]Read More Why are people so unkind?
With the help of Tim Keller and his book “Prodigal God” I have been fascinated with the often neglected important lessons from the older brother in the story of the prodigal son (Luke 15:11-32). I believe most people can possess the tendencies of both the elder and the younger brother. But I think it can be […]Read More 5 signs that you are an older brother.
One of the learnings I have had in leadership that shocked me was that leadership isn’t about choosing between good and bad, but between good and better. Mostly the decisions we make aren’t between something awful and sinful and something brilliant and holy. In the church context they are more like: do we use that […]Read More How to choose God things and not just good things
This whole month in our series on Faith we have been reminding ourselves that God can. God can work the miracles, God can breakthrough, God is enough in the storm and God can work in the lives of others. I believe the birthplace of this faith is hope in God, which primarily comes through his […]Read More Is your God too small for your big problem?
Jesus makes it clear in the miracle of the feeding of the five thousand (Mark 6:34-44) that being thankful for what we have is a key ingredient in growing our faith. I read a story this week that speaks to the power of thankfulness. Corrie ten Boom in The Hiding Place relates an incident that […]Read More Could you be thankful for fleas?
Imagine the irony in being gifted a brand new car for Christmas, let’s say a Holden Commodore. You go to the showroom, sign the forms, and the car is waiting for you with one of those nice big bows they like to put on it. You even get the obligatory Facebook photo telling the world […]Read More Give yourself the gift of power this Christmas.
Recently I spoke on the topic, ‘When Jesus doesn’t make sense’. I reminded our church that Jesus might be saying wait, He may be working in our suffering and always he reminds us of the wonder of the gospel in those times. In many ways it was a message about dealing with suffering. Sometimes that […]Read More When Jesus doesn’t make sense.
The bible actually has more to say about how we manage our finances than it does things like giving and generosity. Verses like 1 Peter 5:8 “Be self-controlled and alert…” give us a clear hint that simply being aware of ourselves and our environment can be a big help. Along these lines, our family have picked […]Read More How to save $50k in 5 years
How you decide how and when you give is not easy. There are many demands both on our money and for our money. Here are a few rules of thumb I employ when it comes to giving. Practice giving! Giving doesn’t begin when we can afford it. Be careful about falling into the trap of […]Read More 5 rules of thumb for giving
“If you don’t isolate insecurity, insecurity will isolate you.” Paul de Jong. Insecurity loves to make you feel alone and isolated, so it must be defeated. The first place to start is owning what is yours. If you missed my message click here for the three tell-tale signs of insecurity. The trouble is on that […]Read More Are you playing the blame game?