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Road closed

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The road that is closed is potentially as important to you as the roads that are open.

Even if you can’t see why… there is a reason why a road is closed to you.

It certainly isn’t closed to you primarily for your inconvenience.

The ‘powers that be’, knowing what they know, have planned and decided ahead of time that it’s best that you don’t go that way FOR your sake and for the sake of others.

The work that’s going on is ultimately for your benefit (eg. upgrades and advancements) and any inconvenience is only temporary.

The road closed is also for your safety.
God has a better way :)

 
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Posted by on June 29, 2011 in LIFE, LIFESTYLE, STUFF

 

Fruit Juice

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“The rain fell, the flood came, and the winds beat against that house, but it did not collapse because it had been founded on rock.”
Matthew 7:25

Storms test the integrity of a house. The wind and rain challenge its’ design, structure and foundation.

Likewise, ‘life-storms’ test what we’re made of.
When we are ‘squeezed’, we find out what’s really on the inside.

Will it be ‘good fruit’ juice, or something else …?

 
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Posted by on June 28, 2011 in Uncategorized

 

Look to the Son

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“when you look at the sun, the shadows always fall behind you”

Shadows are the only tools the devil has, and where there is light … Darkness cannot remain.

The greatest way to circumnavigate the shadows of worry, fear and uncertainty is to keep your eyes on the light. Then the shadows always fall behind you, where they are unseen and ‘ineffective’.

We must always look to Jesus, the light of the world.

 
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Posted by on June 27, 2011 in LIFE, LIFESTYLE

 

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What type of bird are you?

God wants us to soar like EAGLES … to rise above the storms and not remain ‘under the circumstances’.

He certainly doesn’t want us scratching around like CHICKENS all our lives, or acting like a TURKEY … or proving to the world that you don’t need a long neck to be a GOOSE :)

Behaving like an old DUCK, rather than display EAGLE-like qualities, points to an IDENTITY CRISIS.

Knowing who we are in CHRIST ensures we don’t suffer an identity crisis.

We are overcomers and redeemed in HIM. We are sons and daughters of God, MADE IN HIS LIKENESS.

The eagle represents DIVINITY and AUTHORITY. And God has poured His very nature and essence into us by His grace and through His Holy Spirit.

2 Peter 1:3
“I can pray this because his divine power has bestowed on us EVERYTHING necessary for life and godliness through the rich knowledge of the one who called us by his own glory and excellence.
Through these things he has bestowed on us his precious and most magnificent promises, so that by means of what was promised you may become PARTAKERS of the divine nature, after escaping the worldly corruption that is produced by evil desire.”

In Him we are the head and not the tail, above and not beneath. Be blessed in Him today.

(this message was adapted from a message preached by Pastor Patrick Humberstone @ Oceans Church, June 2011 :)
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Posted by on June 27, 2011 in LIFE, LIFESTYLE

 

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The boy was just like me

Leaders lead most by example.

Discipleship is more often ‘caught’ than taught

1 Corinthians 4:15-20
“For though you may have ten thousand guardians in Christ, you do not have many fathers, because I became your father in Christ Jesus through the gospel.
I encourage you, then, be imitators of me.
For this reason, I have sent Timothy to you, who is my dear and faithful son in the Lord. He will remind you of my ways in Christ, as I teach them everywhere in every church.
Some have become arrogant, as if I were not coming to you.
But I will come to you soon, if the Lord is willing, and I will find out not only the talk of these arrogant people, but also their power.
For the kingdom of God is demonstrated not in idle talk but with power.”

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Posted by on June 25, 2011 in LIFE, LIFESTYLE

 

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Pastoral / Prophetic Worship

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RISE (listen)

There are 2 aspects of leading worship that are good

to operate in, in a healthy balance

-pastoral & prophetic worship.

PASTORAL:

Looking to include the congregation / Accessible ‘forms’ of worship / An awareness of ‘where the people are at’.

(condition of the flock – David) PSALM 78:65-72
A GOOD SHEPHERD OF PEOPLE / GUIDING THEM WISELY & WELL (NIV = “INTEGRITY OF HEART; WITH SKILLFUL HANDS HE LED THEM)

Pastoring / SHEPHERDING the people you serve in some way. Pastoral care & service.

PROPHETIC:

Exploring musical territory / Singing new songs / Declaration & Proclamation / Prophecy in song, word, scripture.

The balance:

To just be prophetic = No point singing spontaneous & prophetic songs for 45 minutes with no-one joining in

To just be pastoral = everyone together, but not going deep into the operation of the gifts of the Spirit, High praise & worship

(either ‘way’ = not man pleasing – remember, seek what God wants)

Pastoral & prophetic = Leading a congregation together on a journey, into a deeper appreciation of & response to who God is.


 
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Posted by on June 25, 2011 in Worship LEADERSHIP

 

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Worship is …

Worship is …

… Putting toothpaste on your wife’s toothbrush

… Letting people into traffic

… Offering the last Tim Tam to others

… Giving God first place – with your time, finances & passion

… Trusting God with the details of your life

(from the major to the the seemingly ‘minor’)

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Posted by on June 24, 2011 in LIFE, LIFESTYLE

 

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