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Holy Spirit Devotional #2 The Holy Spirit in the OT

Genesis 1:1-5   1 In the beginning, God created the heavens and the earth. 2 The earth was without form and void, and darkness was over the face of the deep. And the Spirit of God was hovering over the face of the waters. 3 And God said, “Let there be light,” and there was light. 4 And God saw that the light was good. And God separated the light from the darkness. 5 God call ...

1 Corinthians 12: A simple explanation on Spiritual gifts, love, tongues, and unity.

A brief Guide to understanding 1 Corinthians 12 and the Gifts of the Spirit.   1 Corinthians 12 is one of the most important texts in understanding how we move and act as the Church. It is an important one to understand so I want to try to explain in here as simply and as straightforwardly as I can.   Context and what is Paul talking about:   When Paul writes in his lette ...

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Fixing your eyes on Jesus

Hebrews 12:1-3   When we run the race, where do we fix our eyes? Do we look at our feet? Do we look behind us? Do we keep our eyes on the other runners? No. We keep our eyes on the finish line. For us, the finish line is Christ. As much as we might be seeking after short term rewards for our exact moment in the race, our real goal is a spiritual and eternal reward in Jesus Ch ...

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Ephesians Devotional Part 2

Day 1 Ephesians 4:1-13What does Paul say we must to do live a life worthy of the calling we have received?Who apportions grace?Why did Christ appoint different offices in the Church according to verse 12? Day 2 Ephesians 4:14-16What are we being warned against in verse 14?How does the last reading (v.1-15) help us in becoming more mature?Who is the head of the Body?What does ...

Ephesians devlotional part 3

Day 1Ephesians 5:22-32According to verse 32 what is this text actually about?How do verses 26 and 27 relate to what Jesus has done for us?In verse 25 how are husbands to love their lives?How did Christ love the Church, what did he do for the Church? Day 2Ephesians 6:1-9Why should children obey their parents/what is the reward according to this text?How should fathers train the ...

Understanding Jude

Day 1:Jude 1:1-4In verse 1, what does this tell you about the love and grace of God through Jesus Christ? What do you think it means to contend for the faith and why is it important?What is the issue being addressed?What have the “ungodly people” who “slipped in secretly” done to Gospel? Day 2:Jude 1:5-10What does this tell us about God’s justice?Why were these examples in the ...

Ephesians part 1

Ephesians 1:1-14Who is the main person acting in this text?Why has God given us salvation according to verse 6?Who do we belong to? Why did he make known his plan/mystery according to verse 9? Ephesians 1:15-22Whose power is being used/given in this text?What does verse 21 tell us about his power and authority? What does this text tell us about our need of God?What does verse ...

Sanctification: How does it work?

So, what is sanctification. I may have turned you off from reading further simply by using the word “sanctification” however, this is vitally important to understanding your relationship with Jesus Christ. Sanctification is the process by which you became “made righteous”. That was an awkward way of saying it, but you’ll see why I say “by which you became ‘made righteous’. Fir ...

Saved by works?...explaining James chapter 2.

I want to look at James 2, what does James 2 mean and does it contradict what Paul wrote in Romans and Ephesians about the place of works? First off, a question… What makes you exist? If I were to dissect a body, and take out the parts of that body, would it be the heart, the brain, the liver, the spine, would any of those things define existence? The answer would be “no”. Lik ...

A Christian's response to Mental Illness and Suffering

As someone who has worked in the field of counselling in both aged care and in youth, with people going through a variety of mental health issues and emotional sufferings, I have learned that the brain, like any other organ, is subject to the fall, and subject to sickness, that none of us are immune from emotional suffering from time to time. I have worked with elderly people s ...

Grace

God’s grace devotional. Day One: 2 Corinthians 12:1-10(Warning: read this carefully) Paul was a man who suffered greatly and despite all of that suffering he had the strength and the self will to endure through all of it, that is what Paul is talking about here…actually no, that’s not it at all. The subject of this text is not Paul’s strength but God’s strength in light of Pau ...

Is it a Cult?

What is a Cult?As a Christian, I’ve heard that word thrown around a good deal. What is a Cult? To many atheists and agnostic any form of the Church seems to be a Cult, to others, a cult seems to be anything that differs from their own religious beliefs. It’s a question worth asking, and it’s a questions worth asking because the world is asking it. This is made very noticeable b ...

Knowing peace: 7 day devotional

Day 1   1 Peter 5:6-10The peace that God is talking about does not come from ourselves. It is a supernatural peace that is only found in Christ. It is his peace, which is a peace that surpasses all of our understanding. Our task is to rest in him in faith, believing that he can and will do what he will to make us stand strong. Peter recognizes however that this is not a guarant ...

God's Good news: 7 day devvotional

1: Colossians 1:13-23The good news is about what Jesus did for us in order to reconcile us to God. It is the good news of salvation. You see, we were once his enemies, because of our sin. God is just and as a just God he hates sin. Because God is good and loving, he cannot stand those things that are evil and unloving. So there is punishment for sin. As according to Romans 6:23 ...

Transformed Thinking

1: Matthew 20:20-28So much of our popular culture is centred on the self. It’s all about self awareness and self fulfilment. We live in a culture that allows us to get what we want cheaply and quickly and we have the mantra played over and over again that we deserve it. Entitlement is something that my generation and those younger have been known for. The image of Christ is som ...

Transformed Image: A 7 day devotional

Changing our image. 1: 2 Corinthians 3:7-18The ministry of death is how Paul was referring to the Old covenant law which said that we could try to be reconciled to God by works (By obeying the law, performing certain ceremonies, and doing the prescribed sacrifices). But Paul talks about the ministry of the Spirit, which gives us freedom. The ministry of the law, according to Pa ...

Do Good People Go to Heaven?

Do Christians believe that Good people go to heaven? So, if anyone has tuned in recently to the TV show “the Good place” you might get the feeling, as many people have in the past, that heaven is the place where Good people go and that bad people go to the Hell. (BTW “the Good place” is based on a play by existentialist Jean Paul Sartre and has nothing to do with the Christian ...

Gossip in the Church

The following is a bit of sermon that I cut out of a sermon that I’m not actually going to give, so I thought I’d share it here. It’s a bit of an expanded version of what I wrote a couple weeks ago. Some of the most surprising things I have learned about myself have come from gossip. I have been very surprised to be told from people who don’t really know me, what I am for and w ...

Joy in Uncertianty

Joy in Uncertainty:Yes, I said that right, there can be joy in uncertainty. Actually, as simple as that sounds the reality is, there is joy in uncertainty, in certainty, in poverty, in trials, in everything, so long as you have the promise of eternal life in God through Jesus Christ, you have a reason for Joy. In fact, John 16:22 says that no one can take your joy from you “22 ...

Finding Peace in Jesus

Finding Peace in JesusYesterday we had a bit of a rain shower and I found myself just standing at the window staring out into the yard, watching the rain drip down from the roof and onto the dirt below. I sat and listened to the rhythm and smelled the sweet air. In that moment, despite all that were going on around me, I couldn’t help but just sit and stare. Some of us have exp ...

Reading the Bible

Ok, so awhile ago someone asked me about the different versions of the Bible. Does it really matter? If you can read NT Greek and Hebrew then, fantastic, your all set, but for most of us (including myself despite four years of taking Greek and Hebrew) this isn't an option. so we rely on modern translations, whether it's the King James, the NIV, the RSV, etc, but does it matter? ...

Why do Christians go to Church?

Why do Christians go to Church on Sunday? First off, this is a bit of a loaded question. In order to understand this you have to understand what Church is. So the Bible in 1 Corinthians tells us that when we become a Christian we become part of THE church. The Bible talks about lots of people who meet in different places but ultimately according to the Bible they all part of t ...

The local Church Matters

The Local Church matters.Across Australia (and just about every other western nation) our landscape is dotted by Church spires and bell towers. While these buildings are not the thing itself what they represent is the body of Christ within each community. In each local Church there is a story. It is a story of how God has acted in that community. It’s the story of lives changed ...

Radical Grace

I was watching a documentary on Substance abuse last night and the people were advocating for help rather than punishment for drug users. It got me thinking about grace, and wondering what it would look like if the world (or even just the Church) lived with radical grace. Radical grace is the kind we read about in the Bible. It’s the kind of grace that would cause God to come a ...

Image

I get caught up in worrying about my image. That may be a surprise to people who have known me for a long time, but it’s true. As a Christian and more so as a pastor/minister this gets worse. I really want to be what Paul says “all things to all people” at least I want to be like what I think that means. The problem is…I’m not. I was looking back on some of my sermons the other ...

Dangerous Doctrine: Sepratism

Dangerous Doctrine #2: Separatism and seclusionism: “It’s just me and God and that’s all that matters”. Ok so this one is a fair bit shorter than my last instalment and a bit less formal and academic. This is because this is something that to me get’s a bit more personal, as the Christians around me don’t generally fall into the trap of Shepherding or being overly controlled, ...

Maybe you can't do it, and that is OK!

I remember in 1996 watching the Olympics and seeing Kerri Strugg as she finished her routine with an injured ankle and hearing her coach shout “You can do it”. For the following year or so it became fodder for everything teacher trying to inspire us High Schoolers at the time, so I remember hearing that story quite often, and then watching the video every time a teacher or guid ...

Dangerous Doctrine: Shepherding

Dangerous Doctrines: Shepherding.I want to do a series on Dangerous doctrines. It may take a while between blogs as this one has taken me a month to write.. This isn’t to bash churches with different worship styles or even those that disagree on theological subjects. Jesus’ warning in Matthew 7 is about the danger of deception. While there are times when people get things wrong ...

Christian Soldier, Who are you Fighting?

A few days ago a man went on shooting spree at an abortion clinic in the U.S. In the past few days I've seen Christians try to distance themselves and to minimise the responsibility of the Church. It's easy, this fella was well known for having social and psychological issues and he had no apparent connections with a Christian Church. But at the same time, when I heard about th ...

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