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?
There is one giant that often stands in our way when operating in the gifts of the Spirit; the big ugly giant called Fear. It isn’t a new problem – when Paul tells Timothy to use his spiritual gifts he reminds him not to be held back by fear (2Tim 1:6-7). This fear can come […]Read More The giant that stops you using your Spiritual Gifts.
The power of our words to encourage can never be underestimated. One of the common things that holds us back is the thoughts, “They won’t want to hear from me” or “I may offend them if I speak this to them.” One of my favourite motto’s is, “If you are going to make a mistake, […]Read More Build up or tear down: which sort are you?
Sometimes there can a pressure we put on ourselves to operate in the power of the Spirit. It is always useful to remember the torch analogy. A torch is designed to bring light into the darkness, but if its batteries are flat it can’t function. In the same way we bring light into the darkness […]Read More Suffering from the pressure to perform?
Ever wondered why your faith feels boring and stale? I was with Jossy Chacko, the founder of the great mission organisation Empart recently, and he said, “…the trouble with most Christians is we are educated beyond our level of obedience…” Ouch! In other words, we love a good sermon, small group study or even bible […]Read More How to move beyond boring faith