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God's Richest Blessings,
Pastor Dave Quinn

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Wait patiently on the Lord

January 17th, 2017

Psalm 27:14 says, “Wait patiently for the Lord. Be brave and courageous. Yes, wait patiently for the Lord”.

Waiting patiently is not always a strong point for us as human beings. We want things now and we want to get moving.

David who wrote this verse knew what it was to be patient. At 16 he was anointed as king by Samuel. It didn’t actually happen until he was 30.

In the time in between he was chased around the desert by King Saul who was jealous of him. David looked to the Lord and waited. In God’s time he became king.

For us as Christians it can be hard to wait patiently. We live in a world with microwaves cooking, instant finance on credit cards and the internet where we can look things up in an instant.

But God is a God who deals with His people over years, decades and centuries. He is a God who has an unfolding plan that He alone is in charge of. We may not see Him working, but He always is.

When it seems like God is silent and not answering our prayers, we can be assured He is working away in the background of our lives and putting things in place.

The above verse tells us to be brave and courageous too. At times being patient does requires us to be brave and courageous when everything else calls us to act.

It is hard to sit still at times and wait, but if we look to the example of David, we see that in His good timing God will work things out in His way. David the shepherd boy became David the King in God’s time.

If you are waiting on something to fall into place today, I would encourage you to trust God and wait patiently on Him. He is working away in the background to bring His plans to pass.

God Bless,
Dave

 

Why did you choose this church?

January 16th, 2017

I read an interesting article on OutReachMagazine.com today. I thought I would share it because the first three points spoke to me. They are things we can have a big say in as Pastors and leaders of our churches.

Here are the first three points. You can read the rest here

“Why did you choose to come to this church?”

I ask the question hundreds of times each year, especially to people who joined a church within the past year.

Now we have new research that gives us specific reasons why people decide on a particular church. I am grateful to Pew Research for their massive study on the behavioral patterns of members and guests.

In their most recent study, the respondents noted seven key reasons for choosing a church. They were allowed to offer more than one reason. Here are the top seven responses:

1. Quality of Sermons (83%)

The primacy of the pulpit is the No. 1 factor for those looking for a church home. These results are very similar to my research published in the book Surprising Insights from the Unchurched 15 years ago. Unfortunately, the demands on many pastors make it difficult for them to put the time they need in sermon preparation.

2. Feeling Welcomed by Leaders (79%)

It is so important for pastors and staff to take the lead in welcoming guests. No, they are not supposed to do all the welcoming, but their role has a huge impact.

3. Style of Services (74%)

I would love to be able to unpack this response a bit more. One thing, however, is clear. People are still choosing churches by the styles of worship of the congregations. The numbers are overwhelming. Three out of 4 church seekers say worship style is a factor for the church they choose.

Sermon: Lessons from the Fiery furnace

January 15th, 2017

Hello all, here is the text of my sermon from today. It is titled, “Lessons from the Fiery Furnace” and looks at the three young men Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego from Daniel 3.

The three main points were…

  1. They were Different – they were different from their culture in that they did not bow down to the statue. Jesus was different to what people expected Him to be. Likewise as Christians are called to be different.
  2. They were Daring – they were daring in the way they stood up to King Neb. Jesus was daring in the he spoke out against the pharisees and turned over the tables in the Temple. We are called to be daring and make a stand for Christ.
  3. They were dedicated – they were dedicated t0 the point of being thrown into a fiery furnace. Jesus was dedicated to His Fathers mission in saving the world. We are called to be dedicated to God’s ways and God’s Kingdom.

You can find the text on my sermons page here, or on our church website here.

God Bless,
Dave

PS. The audio will follow soon.

The Priestly Blessing

January 13th, 2017

I love the blessings from Numbers 6:24-26. It is the one God told Moses to tell Aaron to speak over the people. It says…

22 Then the Lord said to Moses, 23 “Tell Aaron and his sons to bless the people of Israel with this special blessing: 

 24 ‘May the Lord bless you
and protect you. 25 May the Lord smile on you
and be gracious to you. 26 May the Lord show you his favor
and give you his peace.’ 

 27 Whenever Aaron and his sons bless the people of Israel in my name, I myself will bless them.” 

This is my prayer for the people of our church. I want God to bless and protect them. I want God to smile upon them and be gracious to them. I want God to show them favour and give them peace.

I like the fact that God says that if we bless people in His name, He Himself will bless them. As a Pastor I pray this every day for our church members.

God Bless,

Dave

Bible League figures

January 12th, 2017

One of the organisations my wife and I have supported over the years is Bible League. They supply Bibles and Bible materials to people who can not afford them all around the world.

I received a pamphlet today with some of their figures from 2016. It showed the impact they have made. Here are some of the highlights…

  • 1,860,564 people reached
  • 86,152 people trained
  • 10,945,959 Bibles and Biblical resources given away
  • 933 churches planted

All of this is because of the generous supporters to provide the money to make it happen. For as little as $10 a month 5 Bibles can be given away.

If you would like to find out more about Bible League you can visit their website here.

God Bless,
Dave