Deep roots

Several years ago I took a group of teens through my discipleship booklet. In the first lesson I quoted Colossians 2:6-7 and used it as a foundation for our studies.

I explained to them the importance of building a firm foundation for our lives in Christ. I am excited to say the message and the discipleship booklet studies we did really sunk in and deep roots were formed.

If you would like to use the free booklet you can find it here – https://passionaustralia.org/DiscipleshipBooklet.pdf.

Blessings,
Dave

Rescue the poor and helpless

Psalm 82:3-4 NLT – “Give justice to the poor and the orphan; uphold the rights of the oppressed and the destitute. [4] Rescue the poor and helpless; deliver them from the grasp of evil people.

God wants us to look after and protect the most vulnerable members of society. He wants us to look after the poor, the helpless, the orphans and widows. These are people that are easily taken advantage of by evil people.

What can you do to help the poor, the orphan, the helpless and the widow today?

Here are some organisations that my wife and I have supported over the years…

Compassion – http://www.compassion.com.au
Destiny Rescue – http://www.destinyrescue.org.au
Leprosy Mission – http://www.leoprosymission.org.au
CBM – http://www.cbm.org.au

All of these organisations help the most venerable in our world.

God Bless,
Dave

Crazy Love by Francis Chan

I have just finished reading / listening to Francis Chan’s book Crazy Love. My wife had read it and recommended it to me. (Thanks Larissa!)

Now before I go on I want to explain read / listened to. My wife had a paper back copy which she read, and I bought the audio version. So I listened to Francis read and I followed along.

Now this book gave me lots of mixed emotions. At times I loved it. At other time I am not sure if I agreed with him. And other times I felt convicted. However, in the end I would say I loved it.

For me personally I would say this book effected me in four ways.

1. It reminded me – in the first few chapters it reminded me about God and myself. The first few chapters (1-3) Stop Praying, You might not finish this chapter and Crazy love reminded me of an amazing God who loves me and holds my life and eternity in His hands. It reminded me that my life is not just about me, but about God and my neighbour.

2. It convicted me – the next chapters (4-7) looked at a profile of the lukewarm and offering leftovers to God and more. This had lots of Scripture that really hit the bone. We all have lukewarm areas in our lives and this section pinpointed some for me. It finished with a call to remember our best life will come later after this life.

3. It inspired me – chapters 8 and 9 looked at profiles of people who were obsessed with God and it shared stories of real life people who gave God their all. The stories of famous and not so famous people inspired to live a sold out life for God. I was in tears at their stories and commitment to God and their obedience to the call on their lives.

4. It left me wondering – the final chapter The Crux of the Matter left me wondering what to do next. It reminded me afresh that we all have to give account to God for our lives, including me! I will stand before God one day and let Him know what I did with my knowledge of Jesus. Did I love God with all of my heart? Did I love my neighbour? Did I make disciples? Did I help the poor? How did I spend my time?

For me, this book is a call to action. It is a call to make sure I am living the life God created me for. It is a call to throw off all the shackles and worldly ways and wholeheartedly follow my Lord and Saviour.

I would encourage you to read or listen to this book. But a word of caution – don’t do it if you don’t want to be reminded of God’s great love, be convicted of lukewarm areas in your life, be inspired to greater things or challenged to live life in greater service to God.

You can find it here on Koorong if you are interested.

God Bless,
Dave

Why Charismatic churches are growing

I just read an interesting article on OutReach.com. Here is a few paragraphs and the link to the rest of the article…

If you look at almost any growing church led by younger leaders, it definitely tends toward the charismatic—expressive worship, more emotional delivery in preaching, an openness to the work and activity of the Holy Spirit, and generally a warmer, more enthusiastic and expressive gathering.

And a lot of the churches that lean toward a more charismatic expression of their faith are filled with young adults and millennial’s.

Meanwhile, many leaders in attractional churches are finding it harder and harder to reach new people over the last few years. While not universally true, some have stopped growing, or at least seen a slower growth rate than say five or 10 years ago.

Please hear me. This is not “We’re right, you’re wrong”. This is a learning together post. Actually, both the charismatic and attractional movements have contributed massively to reaching millions of people. There is much to learn from each other.

The article goes on to list five reasons why charismatic churches are growing. It seems churches that include learning about God and an experience of God are growing. You can find the rest of the article here.

God Bless,
Dave

Free discipleship Bible study booklet

I just wanted to share a discipleship Bible study booklet I wrote a few years ago. I wrote this because in my ministry work a lot of people were coming to Christ and I wanted to give them a good foundation to begin on.

This simple booklet was designed to take people through one on one or in a small group. It has 10 studies using Bible verses that look at assurance of salvation, the Bible, prayer, church, serving God, sharing your faith, Jesus, the Holy Spirit and what God wants you to do with your life.

I have taken indiduals through it, small groups and preached it in church as a series. Although a lot of people have downloaded it from my website and used it alone, it works best when you can take people through and answer questions they may have.

If you are interested you can find it here for free.

God Bless,

Dave

Diet and Rheumatoid Arthritis

Nutritionfacts.org is a great resource for information about nutrition and the way it interacts with sickness and disease.

In this video it talks about the crucial role diet plays in Rheumatoid Arthritis and how is can lessen symptoms. This is something that I have experienced in my own life.

For more information about nutritionfacts.org see below…

Michael Greger is an American physician, author, and professional speaker on public health issues, particularly the benefits of a whole-food, plant-based diet and the harms of eating animal products. He is a vegan and the creator of NutritionFacts.org.

Being a Jesus focused Christian sermon

Hello all, our sermon is now online. The title was “Being a Jesus focused Christian”.

Today we looked at three passages about being Christ focused Christians. We saw many truths about Christ – who He is and what He has done.

From John 1 we saw…

  • Jesus is the eternal expression of God
  • Jesus is the creator and sustainer of the world
  • Jesus is the light who came into the world to save us

From Colossians 1 we saw…

  • Jesus is the visible image of the invisible God
  • Jesus is the creator of all things seen and unseen
  • Jesus is the head of the church

From Hebrews 7 we saw…

  • Jesus is our great eternal high priest
  • Jesus saved us and ever lives to intercede for us

So, let us be Christ focused Christians. Let us be a Christ focused church.

You can find the full text here, or the audio here.

God Bless,
Dave

 

Believed and accepted

“But to all who believed him and accepted him, he gave the right to become children of God.” ‭‭John‬ ‭1:12‬ ‭NLT‬‬

Believed and accepted. Two key words for salvation. We need to believe that Jesus is the Son of God, that He died on the cross to pay the price for our sin and He rose to life again. Then we need to accept Him as our Lord and Saviour. This means He is our King and Ruler and we follow Him.

When we do these two things, we have the right to become God’s children. We are adopted into His eternal family. We live our lives now for Christ and when we die we spend eternity with God.

If you would like to believe in and accpet Christ now, you can pray this prayer.

Dear Lord Jesus, I want to believe and accept You now. I believe You are the Son of God. I believe You died on the cross to pay the price for my sin. Please forgive my sin. Right now I accept You as my Lord and Saviour. I want You to be my ruler and king. I give the rest of my life to You today. Please help me to live for you from this day forward. Amen.

If you have just prayed this prayer, you are now right with God. Your sins are forgiven and Jesus is your Lord, Saviour and King.

I would encourage you to visit my “new Christians” page to find some resources to help you in your new life in Christ. You can find it here.

God Bless,
Dave