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Welcome to The PASSION Blog. It is a place where I share my reflections on faith, life and the Bible. I also share the resources I have written, recorded and preached over the years.

I hope and pray that you enjoy your visit and that God blesses you while you are here.

God's Richest Blessings,
Dave Quinn

Latest Blog Posts

Why Charismatic Churches Are Growing

November 21st, 2018

I just read an interesting article on OutReach.com. Here is a few paragraphs and the link to the rest of the article…

If you look at almost any growing church led by younger leaders, it definitely tends toward the charismatic—expressive worship, more emotional delivery in preaching, an openness to the work and activity of the Holy Spirit, and generally a warmer, more enthusiastic and expressive gathering.

And a lot of the churches that lean toward a more charismatic expression of their faith are filled with young adults and millennial’s.

Meanwhile, many leaders in attractional churches are finding it harder and harder to reach new people over the last few years. While not universally true, some have stopped growing, or at least seen a slower growth rate than say five or 10 years ago.

Please hear me. This is not “We’re right, you’re wrong”. This is a learning together post. Actually, both the charismatic and attractional movements have contributed massively to reaching millions of people. There is much to learn from each other.

The article goes on to list five reasons why charismatic churches are growing. It seems churches that include learning about God and an experience of God are growing. You can find the rest of the article here.

God Bless,
Dave

Walking in His will and ways

November 20th, 2018

Psalm 25:4-5 NLT – Show me the right path, O LORD; point out the road for me to follow. [5] Lead me by your truth and teach me, for you are the God who saves me. All day long I put my hope in you.

Psalm 25 has some wonderful words for those who want to walk the path of discipleship to Jesus.

In verse 1 David starts with “O LORD, I give my life to you”. Giving our lives to Jesus is the best thing we can do in this life. God is our Creator, Jesus died for us and offers eternal life. It just makes sense to give our lives to Him.

In verses 4 and 5 David asks for direction. He wants to know the right path to follow. He also asks to be taught by God and led by His truth. This is the true path to discipleship.

When we put our lives in the hands of the eternal King and we want Him to guide and lead us in all we do, we put ourselves in the place God always intended us to be. He created us to be in relationship with Himself and walk in His ways.

As Ephesians 2:10 reminds us, “For we are God’s masterpiece. He has created us anew in Christ Jesus, so we can do the good things he planned for us long ago”.

My heart is to love God, to know His Divine will for my life, and walk in His ways. How about you?

Prayer

Dear God, like David, I give my life to You. My desire is to follow You and walk in Your ways. Teach me, guide me, lead me down the right paths. He me to do Your will. Amen.

A firm foundation

November 18th, 2018

Isaiah 28:16 NLT – Therefore, this is what the Sovereign LORD says: “Look! I am placing a foundation stone in Jerusalem, a firm and tested stone. It is a precious cornerstone that is safe to build on. Whoever believes need never be shaken.

This foundation that Isaiah was talking about is the coming Messiah – the Christ. Fast forward 2700 plus years, we now have faith in Jesus Christ. He is our firm foundation that does not change. Our lives and circumstances change. But Jesus does not. Hebrews 13:8 tells us that He is the same yesterday, today and forever. It makes sense to build our lives on the eternal, unchanging, unshakeable foundation that is Jesus.

Prayer

Thank You Jesus that I can build my life on You. You are my solid foundation that does not change. Help me to remain anchored firmly to You each and every day. Amen.

Follow the Great Shepherd

November 16th, 2018

Psalm 23:1-4 NLT – The LORD is my shepherd; I have all that I need. [2] He lets me rest in green meadows; he leads me beside peaceful streams. [3] He renews my strength. He guides me along right paths, bringing honor to his name. [4] Even when I walk through the darkest valley, I will not be afraid, for you are close beside me. Your rod and your staff protect and comfort me.

In describing the Lord as a shepherd, David wrote out of his own experience, because he had spent his early years caring for sheep in the fields (1 Samuel 16:10, 11). One thing he would have learned during this time is sheep are completely dependent on the shepherd for provision, leading and protection.

The New Testament calls Jesus the good shepherd in John 10:11 and the great Shepherd in Hebrews 13:20 and 1 Peter 5:4. The Lord is the good shepherd and we are his sheep. However, we are not frightened, passive animals, but obedient followers, wise enough to follow one who will lead us in the right places and in right ways.

Psalm 23 does not focus on the animal-like qualities of sheep, but on the discipleship qualities of those who follow. As Christians we need to recognize when the good shepherd leading us, then we need to follow him in complete obedience. Where He leads is always for our own good.

Let us follow the Great Shepherd and bring honour to His name today.

God Bless,
Dave

Being godly men and women

November 15th, 2018

1 Timothy 6:11-12 NLT – But you, Timothy, are a man of God; so run from all these evil things. Pursue righteousness and a godly life, along with faith, love, perseverance, and gentleness. [12] Fight the good fight for the true faith. Hold tightly to the eternal life to which God has called you, which you have declared so well before many witnesses.

This section is titled Paul’s final instructions. He reaffirms Timothy at the start and at the end. He starts with saying he is a man of God and finishes with you have declared your faith so well before many others.

In the middle Paul reminds Timothy to run from evil, to hold tight to his faith, to be loving, to persevere, and to be gentle. Paul wants Timothy to hold tightly to his faith in Christ and to live in a way that reflects that.

These are all things we should strive for if we too want to be godly men and women for Christ. Let us purpose in our hearts today to strive for these things.

God Bless,

Dave