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The PASSION Blog is a place where I share reflections on my faith, life, family, church, my Bible studies and more. It is also a place where I share resources that I have written or preached in my ministry work. To find out more about who I am and what I do, please visit the about page above. I hope you enjoy my site.

God Bless,
Dave Quinn

New MP3: Faith and endurance

March 2nd, 2015

Hi all,

I added a new MP3 today titled, “Faith and Endurance”. It is from James 1:2-18. You can find it on our audio page or listen to it below.

God Bless,
Dave

Create your own in house social network

February 27th, 2015

I was looking on my hosting server today to see what programs and apps were available to add value to my website. I came across one that looked both familiar and interesting.

It was called Open Source Social Network. It looks like the platform behind Facebook that you can install on your own website.

I could imagine setting this up for your church or house church network. You could create your own private social networking space for your members to interact with each other.

I have only looked at it quickly but I thought I would share the link. If you are interested, you can find it here.

God Bless,
Dave

We don’t pray like this anymore

February 25th, 2015

I was reading an older devotional this morning called Our Daily Walk by FB Meyer. I am not sure how old it is but it had a prayer at the end. I loved the old style words and the flow of it. I had to read it out aloud a few times.

Here it is…

O Lord Jesus Christ, Thou Captain of Salvation, who discernest the malevolence and working of evil spirits against my soul, deliver me, I entreat Thee, amid the manifold temptations and trials by which I am beset, make a way for me to escape, succour me by Thy mighty power, and cause me to become more than a conqueror. AMEN.

Carry each others burdens

February 23rd, 2015

Galatians 6:2 is an interesting verse. It says, “Share each others burdens, and in this way obey the law of Christ.

There are a number of simple ways we can share each others burdens.

1. Listen when people need a listening ear.

2. Offer encouragement that things will get better.

3. Help them to look to God in the midst of the situation.

4. Help them to return to God if they are away or in sin (see Gal 6:1).

5. Offer practical help that might ease the burden.

6. Go with them to important appointments that may have bad news.

7. Pray for them and check in with them regularly.

These are simple things that can help carry each others burdens. They can help us to support each other.

Do you know anyone who made needs one of these things today?

God Bless,
Dave

Is this the right course of action Lord?

February 19th, 2015

I have always been conscious of seeking God’s will and direction when moving into new things. One of the questions I often prayerfully ask is, “Is this the right course of action Lord?”

I know that I don’t have the benefit of being all knowing. I know that I am not all wise. I know I don’t know the future. I know that my motives are not always pure. As a result I need God’s help.

In Proverbs 16:1 it says, “We can make our own plans, but the LORD gives the right answer” and Proverbs 16:9 says, “We can make our plans, but the LORD determines our steps”.

For me, the above verses offer some guidance when making decisions. I prayerfully think things through with my own reasoning that God gave me, I research and talk to people to gather information about a course of action. But ultimately I take it to God.

The “Is this the right course of action Lord” question has helped us to make wise decisions over the years. If God doesn’t say yes and we don’t have a peace, the move or change pauses until we do. If we don’t get peace, it gets put on the back burner or cancelled.

What things have you got in place to keep your plans before God? I think that is worth reflecting on today.

God Bless,
Dave