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The PASSION Blog is a place where I share reflections on faith, life, the Bible and ministry. I also share our website and ministry updates.


What I am for, not against
Posted on November 13, 2019

Increasingly I am finding on the internet people are more than happy to tell you what upsets them or the things they are against.

People seem to want to continually tear things down if it doesn’t line up with their views.

I made a decision years ago to be a positive voice. I would rather say what I am for, than what I am against.

So today I thought I would share some of the things I am for.

1. The Bible – I believe the Bible is God’s Word to humanity. I think we should all read it, meditate on it and put it in to practice.

2. Prayer – I believe prayer changes things and it helps us to connect to God. I pray because I need to know God and I need His help and wisdom.

3. Family – I believe God wants me to be a loving husband and father (and son and brother). After my relationship with Him, I need to put my family next.

4. Fitness – I believe being physically fit and eating well is important. God has given me this body to live in and serve Him. I need to look after it.

5. Evangelism – I believe it is vitally important to share our faith in Christ. Jesus wants us to make disciples who become lifelong followers of Him.

6. Serving – I believe we all need to serve God by serving others. We should use our gifts and resources to make the lives of others better.

This is my list. It is not exhaustive. But rather than run other people or other things down, I thought I would share some of the things I am for.

Blessings,
Dave


Your unfailing love
Posted on November 12, 2019


Psalm 36:5-9 NLT – Your unfailing love, O LORD, is as vast as the heavens; your faithfulness reaches beyond the clouds. [6] Your righteousness is like the mighty mountains, your justice like the ocean depths. You care for people and animals alike, O LORD. [7] How precious is your unfailing love, O God! All humanity finds shelter in the shadow of your wings. [8] You feed them from the abundance of your own house, letting them drink from your river of delights. [9] For you are the fountain of life, the light by which we see.

I read this passage as a part of my devotions this morning. I had to read it over and over. I love the way it talks about God’s unfailing love. It gives us a picture of just how deep and wide and vast it is. It even says that all humanity finds shelter in the shadow of His wings and He provides for us all out of His abundance. I couldn’t imagine a world without God. I wouldn’t want to! He truly is the fountain of life and the light by which we see.

Prayer

Lord God, thank You for Your unfailing love. It is so precious to me. I thank You that You provide for our needs out of the abundance and I can find shelter under Your wings. You truly are the fountain of life and the light of my life. Amen.


A day is coming
Posted on November 11, 2019


Zechariah 14:9 NLT – And the LORD will be king over all the earth. On that day there will be one LORD-his name alone will be worshiped.

This verse talks about a day when all false gods that people worship and all false religions will be no more. There will be no cults, no worldly charismatic leaders who deceive people and no doubt who the true God is. It will be a day when only He alone is worshipped and He will rule and reign over all the earth. As a Jesus follower I look forward to this day. How about you?

Prayer

Dear God, I thank You that You are the one true God who reigns supreme. You are far above all other false gods and worldly leaders. I look forward to the day when You come in power and glory and You alone are the one who is worshipped. Amen.


A triple-braided cord
Posted on November 6, 2019

Ecclesiastes 4:9-12 NLT says, “Two people are better off than one, for they can help each other succeed. [10] If one person falls, the other can reach out and help. But someone who falls alone is in real trouble. [11] Likewise, two people lying close together can keep each other warm. But how can one be warm alone? [12] A person standing alone can be attacked and defeated, but two can stand back-to-back and conquer. Three are even better, for a triple-braided cord is not easily broken.”

I have found over the years it helps to have good people around you. Having family, friends, workmates who have your back makes a big difference. As today’s passage says having people around you can help you to succeed, help you up if you fall down, keep you warm in cold trying conditions, and even fight with you if needed. It reminds us of the importance of having good people around us by using the image of a triple-braided cord being stronger. Three interwoven cords are way stronger than a single thread.

Prayer

Lord, I pray that I will always have good people around me. I thank You for the good people who are now in my life. I pray that You will help us to help each other and as we follow You. In Jesus’ name, Amen.


Great hope and holding firm
Posted on November 1, 2019

Hebrews 11:13-16 NLT – All these people died still believing what God had promised them. They did not receive what was promised, but they saw it all from a distance and welcomed it. They agreed that they were foreigners and nomads here on earth. [14] Obviously people who say such things are looking forward to a country they can call their own. [15] If they had longed for the country they came from, they could have gone back. [16] But they were looking for a better place, a heavenly homeland. That is why God is not ashamed to be called their God, for he has prepared a city for them.

In Hebrews 11 it lists some of the heroes of faith. It talks about people like Abraham, Sarah, Enoch, Abel, Moses, Jacob and Joseph and the amazing faith they showed.

In verses 13-16 it gives us two tips that helped them to be heroes of faith.

1. Firstly, they had a great hope. They were looking forward to all the things God had promised. They believed what God said was yes and amen.

2. Secondly, they held firm to end. Even though they felt nomads and foreigners in this world, they held firm. We know this because it says they died still believing.

All of the heroes listed in Hebrews 11 did amazing things. If you haven’t read it in a while, I would encourage you to re-read it slowly and take it all in.

Two things that helped them was their great hope and decision to hold firm until the end.

Because of their commitment, we are reading about them thousdands of years later!

Blessings,
Dave


S.T.A.R.T. your prayer times again
Posted on October 29, 2019


Prayer is so vital in the Christian life following Jesus. It helps us to know Him and spend time with Him. It also gives us our strength and wisdom to live this life.

Over the years I have spoken to a lot of Christians who struggle to have a regular prayer time. Life just seems to get in the way and squeezes it out.

One thing I have learned over the years is to have a routine in place. I use an acrostic to help – S.T.A.R.T.

Set – set a regular time for prayer. I have to do mine first thing in the morning. Otherwise the day gets away from me. I find doing it first thing sets my day up with my heart and mind on God.

Take – take your time. Don’t rush it like another item on your to do list. Take time to stop and be with God. I read the Bible, pray through my prayer list, listen to God and just sit with Him. Some days it is 15-20 minutes, some days an hour.

Allow – allow God to speak to you. Prayer is a two way thing. God might prompt you to look at a verse, ask you to do something or ask you to pray for someone. I just ask if there is anything He wants to say and I listen.

Repeat – repeat the process every day. Get into a habit and keep aiming to spend this focused time each day. Find your time of the day and repeat, repeat, repeat! I find the people with the most vibrant faith are the ones who have this time every day.

Try – try again. If you have tried before and not got a regular pattern for prayer, try again. It is ok. Don’t beat yourself up. Like any habit, prayer takes a while to get a rhythm. Ask God to help too!

Prayer is a wonderful thing. It helps us to spend time alone with God (TAWG) and gives us our strength for daily living. It changes our lives as we spend time with God and it changes the lives of those around us as we pray for them.

If you have been struggling with prayer. S.T.A.R.T. again!

Blessings,
Dave


ALL and the Great Commission
Posted on October 27, 2019

Matthew 28:18-20 NLT – Jesus came and told his disciples, “I have been given all authority in heaven and on earth. [19] Therefore, go and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit. [20] Teach these new disciples to obey all the commands I have given you. And be sure of this: I am with you always, even to the end of the age.”

When we look at the Great Commission we see there are five “ALLs” in this passage.

1. ALL authority in heaven and on earth belongs to Jesus

2. The great commission to go and make disciples of ALL nations

3. Baptise the new disciples in the name of ALL of God – Father, Son and Holy Spirit

4. We are to teach new disciples ALL the commands Jesus gave us

5. Jesus promises to be with us ALL-ways

I like the way the Great Commission has bookends. Jesus starts by telling us He has ALL authority and He finishes with He will be with us ALL-ways.

In between that He tells us what we need to do – go to ALL nations to make disciples, baptize them and teach them ALL of what Jesus commanded.

For me seeing the five ALLs helps me to remember what I need to do as a Christian and it keeps the Great Commission in the forefront of my mind.

Blessings,
Dave


Two more useful links
Posted on October 22, 2109

I have added two more links to my links page today. They are for Oikos Australia and The Bible Project.

Both of these websites are ones have great resources that can help you grow in your faith and/or living in community.

You can find them above or on my links page here.

Blessings,
Dave


Online preaching
Posted on October 14, 2019


Online preaching or podcast sermons is something I have been thinking a lot about over the last six months. I have found that I have had way less desire to speak in church than I do preparing podcasts for my website. There are a few reasons for this.

1. More relaxed

Preparing and delivering a sermon for a church audience is quite stressful. There is also a lot of time and effort that goes in to it too. Preparing a sermon for podcast is a lot more relaxed and as there is no timeframe, you can take your time and get it just right. And if it doesn’t sound quite right the first time, you can re-record it and go again. This makes a lot more relaxed.

2. More fruit

Another reason is when I preach in our local small country church context is there is only usually 20-40 people present. While this is a good thing to do and people are encouraged, a podcast sermon reaches way more people. A simple podcast sermon might reach hundreds of people in the first month and it continues to encourage people over the years.

3. More people

Over the years I have met a lot of Christians who do not attend church any more. For one reason or another they just don’t go. These people often still love the Lord and want to grow in their faith. As a result they search the internet for sermons, podcasts and other resources. They listen to sermons, read blogs and interact via social media. They might not attend church in person, but they are connected to the Body of Christ – the global church.

This is why I am shifting my focus over to online podcast sermons. It seems like the next progression for me in my journey. I may still preach in church occasionally, but it will be much less than in the past.

If you are interested you can find my sermons here and the audio here. You can subscribe to our podcast here.

Blessings,
Dave


A simple testimony idea
Posted on October 11, 2019


When sharing your faith, a testimony can bring the Bible to life. I have found that people love hearing stories of how God has changed your life.

When I share about my testimony I touch on three main areas. These three things really help me to structure my story and how Jesus’ story impacted and changed my life.

1. My life before Christ

I share things like how I felt, my illness, what sort of things I was in to, my upbringing and the sense of emptiness I had inside. These things set the scene.

2. My conversion

I then share how I came to Jesus. I talk about how I was feeling in the year before coming to Jesus, the people who helped me and the story of Jesus coming to die on the cross for me.

3. How my life has changed

In this final section I share how knowing Jesus personally has changed my whole life and outlook. I talk about the love, acceptance, hope, joy and purpose I now feel inside.

A simple testimony really can bring the Bible and your faith to life. It doesn’t have to be long and in-depth to make a lasting impact on those listening.

Blessings,
Dave


The Book of James sermon series
Posted on October 7, 2019

I have added a series of sermon I did at my last church from the Book of James. It is a series of seven messages I did at my last church. It was titled, "James - faith and action". You can find them on our sermons page or below.

James series

Blessings,
Dave


New MP3s for download
Posted on October 4, 2019

We added five new MP3s for listening or downloading. One is sermon length and the rest are short devotional thoughts. You can find them on our audio page or below.

Blessings,
Dave


Bring it back Lord
Posted on September 21, 2019


“O Lord, come back to us! How long will you delay? Take pity on your servants! Satisfy us each morning with your unfailing love, so we may sing for joy to the end of our lives. Give us gladness in proportion to our former misery! Replace the evil years with good. Let us, your servants, see you work again; let our children see your glory. And may the Lord our God show us his approval and make our efforts successful. Yes, make our efforts successful!” ‭‭Psalms‬ ‭90:13-17‬ ‭NLT‬‬

There are times in our walk with the Lord that it seems like things are just not happening. It feels like God is not with us, all our efforts are in vain and we are not seeing Him work in our lives.

If we are honest with ourselves and others, this is true for all of us. We all get in to a spiritual funk at times and we feel like we are just going through the motions.

Today’s passage is a great passage. It is in the form of a prayer. In it it has a number of this we can pray and ask God for.

1. Bring back Your presence – God doesn’t leave us. The Bible tells us this in a number of places. But for some reason at times it seems like He is further away than usual. A good place to start when you feel like this is to pray with David, “O Lord, come back to us”.

2. Bring back the joy – all of us go through times when we lose the joy of the Lord. Our lives become dull and dreary and the joy is gone…or very little remains. Again we can pray, “Saisfy us each morning with Your unfailing love, so we can sing again”.

3. Bring back the good – again there are seasons in our lives where it seems like the good is gone. We may still have many blessings like our faith, our families, our home and provision, but it feels like a lot has been stolen from us. “Replace the evil with good and let us see You work again and Your glory” should echo the cries of our hearts in these times.

4. Bring back Your approval – God’s approval is the ultimate approval in all creation. Knowing that you are loved, forgiven and accepted by God as His child for eternity is the greatest thing we can have. But at times, for whatever reason, we lose sight of His unfailing love and approval. “Lord show us Your approval and bring success” is what we need to ask for.

All of us. Let me say it again, all of us, as Christians go through desert times when it seems like God is far from us. It is in these times that we can pray with the Psalmist the words of Psalm 90:13-17.

We can ask God to bring back His presence, His joy, His goodness, and His approval.

Blessings,
Dave


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