Aug 312010

Like it or not the world tries to steer us in certain direction. What TV show to watch, what TV to buy, where to go on our holiday, what clothes to wear, how we should treat others, how we need to treat ourselves, facebook or twitter, eat meat or avoid meat, what we should or should not believe in, how much money we should be aiming to have and how we should give it away…… and the list goes on and on. It gets confusing at times and frustrating because we are not so sure what is the right way and what is the wrong way and we can find ourselves asking, “Where in fact am I going in this life”.
Some 20 years ago I felt as though I was getting pulled in all sorts of directions but never feeling I was heading the right way, everything the world was tossing up that looked pretty good to start with ended up making me feel empty. I found myself heading in different directions all the time. Then one direction I eventually headed down was exploring the life of Christianity and I came across a verse in the bible that said this (these are the words of Jesus), “I am the WAY the TRUTH and the LIFE”(John 14:6). I liked the sound of that verse and the more I looked into Christianity the more I began to realise that unlike the world and all it’s different (and dead end) directions, following the direction of Christ was a life giving direction. Having been following the way of Jesus for over 20 years has not always been easy but I can assure you it is no dead end!

Enjoy the video:
2 steering wheels

Aug 232010
I read early this morning the thoughts of Mark Conner (Pastor at City Life Church in Wantirna South, Victoria) concerning the outcome of last weekends election. I agree with what he has said and felt it would be good to share them with you.
The voting is over and the 2010 Australian federal election has turned out to be the closest election result in our short history as a nation. No out-right leader has emerged yet and we may end up with a hung parliament.

A few observations are clear:

1. The Labor Party has had a large swing against them right across the nation, with many seats falling to the Liberals. Maybe the de-throning of Kevin Rudd has come back to haunt them after all. Julia Gillard looks a little shaken, to say the least.

2. The Liberal Party has made a remarkable comeback, after losing the nation’s leadership a few years ago. Who would have thought that this would have occurred so quickly after Kevin Rudd’s historic win over John Howard and his resultant high popularity rating even up to just twelve months ago. Tony Abbott has pulled off quite an achievement.

3. Like it or not, the Greens Party have emerged as a legitimate third party in our nation. They will hold the balance of power in the Senate and will be a force to be reckoned with in the years to come. Their appeal to the younger generation and to swinging voters disillusioned with the major parties is only growing.

4. If a government can be formed, there will only be a slight majority. Maybe this isn’t such a bad result after all, as governing will require a greater degree of partnership and collaboration OR maybe it will just be difficult to get much done at all. Only time will tell.

5. Finally, at times like these, it is good to remind ourselves that God rules in the daily aspects of our human lives, including politics. He puts one leader up and takes another one down. Everything and every one is under his ultimate authority and power. His will will be done. I can sleep on that.

Aug 172010

Christians at times can fall into the trap of believing that we live in a huge universe and have faith in a small God who can do a few things but He is limited. It is the other way around- we live in a small universe and a God we believe in who is a mighty and powerful God. The reality the bible describes is a great big God with a tiny little universe.
Last Sunday at KSBC I spoke about prayer and in particular that the living God we pray to is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine (Ephesians 3:20). So knowing this we should have great confidence when we pray knowing God is able.
Able to do what you might ask?
Able to do whatever needs to be done in this world and in your life.
No problem can stop Him.
No obstacle can thwart Him.
No circumstance can worry Him.
No outcome can confuse Him.

Throughout the bible we are given a glimpse of what God can do:
He is able to make the walls of Jericho come tumbling down.
He is able to make a boy named David defeat a giant named Goliath.
He is able to make a drought.
He is able to make a flood.
He is able to make a rainbow as a reminder of His promise.
He is able to deliver Daniel from a lion’s den.
He is able to deliver Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego from a fiery furnace.
He is able to deliver a boy named Joseph from Pharaoh’s prison.
He is able to protect a boy named David from Saul’s anger.
He is able to deliver Israel from Egyptian slavery.
He is able to release Paul from a Philippian jail.
He is able to give manna to feed His people every day for 40 years.
He is able to bring water out of a dry rock.
He is able to order ravens to bring food to a man named Elijah by a little brook.
He is able to take two fish and five loaves and feed 5,000 people, and have 12 baskets left over.
He is able to strengthen the frightened heart of a man named Gideon to defend His people.

He is able to forgive sin.
He is able to change the hearts of men and women.
He is able to bring deliverance from what we think are impossible situations.
He is able to heal brokenness.
He is able to reconcile relationships.
He is able to give wisdom.
He is able to provide meaning.
He is able to breathe hope.
He is able to raise Jesus Christ from the dead and promise a resurrection to this sorry, dark, dying world.

There is nothing that is logically possible and consistent with God’s character that our God cannot do.

Can I encourage to pray (Pray Continually – 1 Thessalonians 5:17 says!), there is no special code you need to be allowed to pray or any special language needed but speak to God knowing he is able. Does God answer our prayers yes, does he answer them how we would like, no not all the time but he hears your prayers and longs to answer them in his perfect way.

“Now to Him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine…to Him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus…for ever and ever! Amen.”  (Ephesians 3:20-21)

Aug 112010

Over time I am asked to promote events, attend events or even take part in certain seminars due to the fact I am a pastor of a church. It is impossible to be at everything or accept all the invitations but one invitation I did accept a number of years ago to attend, lead and promote was an organsation that was starting up called LIVING LIFE. Looking back I am so glad I did, through LIVING LIFE so many people’s lives have been helped, amazing support given and relationships strengthened.
LIVING LIFE run seminars that deal with issues such as: understanding anxiety, anger management, building healthy relationship and building families that can grow together. LIVING LIFE also has support groups for those living with Myalgic Encephalomyelitis/Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (CFS) or Fibromyalgia.

Here is an overview that those who run LIVING LIFE give:
The goal of LIVING LIFE Groups and Workshops is to enable you to live life to the best of your ability. We believe that education is empowerment, and so we are passionate about providing you with knowledge, understanding, skills and support to help you reach this goal. Our workshops are interactive, practical and informative, with time for discussion and time to practise the skills you are learning. We aim not just to provide you with ‘head knowledge’ but to provide you with the tools that can help you learn, grow and make real changes in the way you live your life every day. Our greatest reward is seeing people get ‘unstuck’ from difficult and painful situations, and develop the skills to make changes and unlock a new future.

Feel free to log onto the LIVING LIFE website to learn more.

Aug 102010

In listening to people share their testimony before they were baptised last Sunday a general theme came out…. I am NOT perfect yet amazingly God loves me and wants to use me.
Out of these testimony’s I was sent an email by a friend who was at the service pointing out that throughout the bible God chose people to share the message of hope that is in the living God who were anything but perfect. Heres the email:

Noah was a drunk
Abraham was too old
Isaac was a daydreamer
Jacob was a liar
Leah was ugly
Joseph was abused
Moses had a stuttering problem
Gideon was afraid
Samson had long hair and was a womanizer
Rahab was a prostitute
Jeremiah and Timothy were too young
David had an affair and was a murderer
Elijah was suicidal
Isaiah preached naked
Jonah ran from God
Naomi was a widow
Job went bankrupt
Peter denied Christ
The Disciples fell asleep while praying
Martha worried about everything
The Samaritan woman was divorced, more than once
Zaccheus was too small
Paul was too religious
Timothy had an ulcer..AND
Lazarus was dead!

Now! No more excuses!
God can use you to your full potential.
Besides you aren’t the message, you are just the messenger.

Aug 102010

Last Sunday was an amazing morning at Kilsyth South Baptist Church (KSBC) with 6 people publicly declaring their faith in Jesus Christ. Leading up to the baptism Richard Gordon (Youth Pastor @ KSBC) shared a few thoughts on baptism – some of the practicalities of baptism and some of the barriers that stop people from being baptised. Here are a few of his points:

(1) Baptism Practicalities
Water – It is filled with just normal tap water and is nice and warm.
There is nothing special about the Water BUT something Very Special about the Event.
When you witness a baptism in a Baptist church… the person being baptised are fully immersed in the water.
Because the Word Baptize in the original Greek simply means to immerse.
They are qualified to be Baptised because all 6 have made a decision in their life to have a personal relationship with Jesus. For some that was a while a go and for others it was more recent.

That is why it is known as ‘Believers Baptism’

Baptism is a SYMBOLIC act and I like the way this book called ‘Baptism in Water & Spirit’ puts it:
‘Baptism is an enactment of the death and resurrection that took place in us when we were converted – our old life died and was buried, and a brand new life in Christ has begun.’

This idea is backed up through the bible… here’s an example from Colossians 2:12
‘You were buried with Christ when you were baptized. And with him you were raised to a new life because you trusted the mighty power of God, who raised Christ from the dead.’ (NLT)

Here’s a question I’ve heard asked ‘If Gods word says Believe and be Baptised, why are there believers who are not Baptised?’

That’s a good question and all I can say is there can be many (2) Barriers for people… Here’s a couple:

1. Some people think they need to know a certain amount about God or be a better person first.

There will always be more to know AND Gods word tells us that none of us are perfect, we are all going to fail at keeping with Gods principles for life at times…

If you know Jesus and your motivation is you want to keep growing in Him then Baptism is an option I would encourage you to consider.

Quote from Baptism in Water and Spirit:
Baptism in water is an act of Worship and Submission unto the Lord, not a statement of how much a person knows.

2. Some people think they’ve missed their opportunity

Maybe you’ve accepted Jesus a long time ago and to be baptised now you may feel awkward or a bit embarrassed.
God is concerned far more about OBEDIENCE to Him than the timing of it.

Aug 042010

I am one who likes reading blogs from time to time, I have found there are certain blogs that I read once and I bookmark them straight away and they then become ones that I consistently go back to and read. There are the blogs I read and I then go back and read them every once in a while and then there are those I read once and never visit again.
I hope that you find my blog as one you can bookmark and come back to often. I won’t be updating everyday but my hope is to blog at least once a week. As for the aim of my blog it is to encourage you, give you a few laughs and hopefully point you towards the Living Christ who offers life and life to the full for all those who believe in him.
Looking forward to blogging and having you on board to read my blogs!!! Tim