WILL WE MAKE ROOM FOR JESUS?

January 6, 2019

Have you ever been on the road and looking for a place to stay and the only motel in town has a “NO Vacancy” sign lit up out the front?  Maybe, it’s not so hard for us to imagine Mary and Joseph fronting up to the innkeeper, only to be told there’s no rooms left in the inn.
 
We can be a little harsh on the innkeeper in the Christmas story.  We’d like to think if it were us we’d have something better where the “Saviour of the world” would be born.
But, truth is, even today we do it, our culture does it.  We don’t make room for Jesus.
 
Of course, we have our reasons: we don’t pay attention, or we crowd our lives with other things, or we don’t think we need to make room.  But we do!  We need to know our creator and saviour and we need the life of purpose and peace he gifts to us.
 
My prayer for you is that you will open up to God this Christmas and keep nothing back; that you will make room for Jesus.

GOD IS WITH US ON THE JOURNEY

January 6, 2019

A young woman's life journey with God from an Ethiopian orphanage via Alaska to Bondi Junction.

THE WAY FORWARD

January 6, 2019

God wants us to establish His kingdom here on earth as it is in heaven. What does that look like?

RADICAL LOVE

January 6, 2019

It’s the most famous verse in the Bible – John 3:16.  “This is how much God loved the world: He gave his Son, his one and only Son.  And this is why: so that no one need be destroyed; by believing in him anyone can have a whole and lasting life“ (The Message).
 
John 3:16 explains the reason for Christmas; it explains the Bible in a sentence – the greatest love, the greatest sacrifice, the greatest offer and the greatest gift.
 
The reason we celebrate Christmas and give gifts at Christmas is because “God so loved the world that he gave.”

EARNING & DESERVING

December 16, 2018

Much of our lives are built on earning & deserving - e.g. earning a wage or deserving respect and admiration. Jesus destroys all of that in the story of the Prodigal Son by giving the Prodigal Son what he hasn't earnt and doesn't deserve. Join Brodie this Sunday as he unpacks Luke 15. 

JESUS CAME TO LIGHT UP OUR LIVES

December 9, 2018

Around the world, wherever Christmas is celebrated, lights are often part of decorations in our homes and on streets and in shops.  Sometimes the “light shows” are spectacular.

“Light” is, of course, a common theme in the Bible.  The first particular act of God’s creation is “let there be light”.  Jesus describes himself as the “light of the world”.  And light plays a part in the Christmas story – the “glory of the Lord” shining around shepherds and “wise men” following stars. 
 
The gospel writer John says of Jesus, whose birth we celebrate at Christmas, “… his life is the light, that shines through the darkness, and the darkness can never extinguish it”. 
 John 1:4-5   
 
I pray over the next few weeks, that knowing Jesus (God’s Christmas gift to you), will light up your life.

WHAT DESTROYS RELATIONSHIPS & WHAT BUILDS THEM

November 25, 2018

Scripture gives us a lot (around 100) “one another” instructions; things we should all do on behalf of our family in Christ.  About a third of these instructions deal with Christians getting along while another third are specifically about the church getting along.  Our “connectedness” in Christ is clearly something of significance.  Paul writing to the church in Rome puts it this way - “Christ makes us one body, and individuals who are connected, to each other” (Romans 12:5).
 
Of course, our experience is that it’s often easy for us to get “disconnected” in our relationships; our relationships within the church and in the wider community.  The Bible points to selfishness, pride, insecurity and resentment as four attitudes that cause significant damage to our relationships.  Selflessness, humility, love and forgiveness are described as relationship builders.
 
May God bless us as we seek to grow our “one another” relationships. 

TAKE UP THY BED

November 19, 2018

In Luke 5:17 some men carry their paralysed friend and lower him through the roof in the middle of a meeting that Jesus is conducting. Jesus’ response is one that is amazing and transforming. There are four things found in this story that we should always hold onto.   

HOW WE HELP EACH OTHER GROW

November 4, 2018

One of our life’s purposes is to become like Jesus; to grow in character and to grow spiritually. Paul, writing to the church in Rome said it this way – “From the very beginning, God decided that those who came to Him … should become like His son.”

But, we can’t grow on our own. We have to have other people in our lives who will help us to grow; other people who will encourage us and build us up. It’s another reason why, as a church community we’re “better together”.

The Bible gives us many tools for helping us grow together. They include:
• affirming each other’s worth (with acceptance, attention, affection and appreciation)
• praying for one another
• admitting our own mistakes, and
• encouraging each other’s commitment

REACHING OUT TOGETHER

October 21, 2018

The Bible says we’re “better together” and often speaks about how we relate with “one another”.  So, it’s important for us to build stronger relationships.  Stronger relationships within the church and with the community around us.
 
One purpose of our Christian life is to build relationships by sharing God’s love with other people - with our friends and family, the people we regularly connect with and those who don’t know Jesus yet; those who aren’t in God’s family.  Paul writing to the Philippians says - “You are standing together, side by side with one strong purpose – to tell the Good News” (Philippians 1:27b)
 
We can partner with one another to share that “good news”.  We can faithfully pray together, reach out in love, nurture friendships and represent Christ with our lives.