Two weeks about Jesus plan

Here is a two week Bible reading plan on the life and teachings of Jesus. It includes all references and links. Please enjoy…

Day 1 – Luke 1:1-80 – Preparing for Jesus’ arrival
Day 2 – Luke 2:1-52 – The story of Jesus’ birth
Day 3 – Mark 1:1-45 – The beginning of Jesus ministry
Day 4 – Mark 9:1-50 – A day in the life of Jesus
Day 5 – Matthew 5:1-48 – The Sermon on the Mount
Day 6 – Matthew 6:1-34 – The Sermon on the Mount
Day 7 – Luke 15:1-32 – Parables of Jesus
Day 8 – John 3:1-36 – A conversation with Jesus
Day 9 – John 14:1-31 – Jesus’ final instructions
Day 10 – John 17:1-26 – Jesus’ prayer for His disciples
Day 11 – Matthew 26:1-75 – Betrayal and arrest
Day 12 – Matthew 27:1-66 – Jesus’ execution on a cross
Day 13 – John 20:1-30 – Resurrection
Day 14 – Luke 24:1-53 – Jesus’ appearance after resurrection

Blessings,

Dave

Mini Bible Lessons

I have added a new link to my links page today. It is for minibiblelessons.com. This website has a lot of simple Bible studies on books of the Bible, characters and topics.

I have used it before for our youth Bible study at my last church. I found them to be useful and a good discussion starting point for our weekly studies.

Here is some information from the website…

“MiniBibleLessons.com is a compilation of compact, yet comprehensive lessons that include doctrinal studies, practical issues, and biblical exposition. These lessons are intended to increase your understanding of God’s Word, while considering the implications of what God has revealed about us, Himself, and the world around us.

Each lesson is offered in an easy-to-use format making it convenient for a variety of purposes, from personal Bible studies right from your computer screen, to printable copies that will meet the needs of a group. The lessons can be studied independently or used as a starting point for further exploration or group discussion. The foundation and purpose for each lesson is to offer a simple, clear, and concise explanation of the content covered, while thoroughly discussing the significant aspects and most pertinent details of each topic.”

You can find our links page here, or you can visit the minibiblelessons.com website here.

Blessings,
Dave

Discipleship booklet used by churches

Each month I receive requests for churches or groups to use our free discipleship booklet for their new Christians.

Some churches use it for their welcome pack for new Christians, some use it train their team to disciple others and some use it for their youth group Bible studies.

It is a great feeling to get the emails. It is great to know something you originally wrote for your own kids is being used around the world to bless others in their faith.

One question I am often asked is “Why do I give it away for free?”. The answer is I want to bless people and make an impact for God’s Kingdom, more than I want money.

The other things people say about the booklet is they love how simple it is, that it covers the main things they want people to know and how it has Bible memory verses.

If you would like to download the booklet you can find it here. 

If you have the chance, I would appreciate if you could share this post on social media or like it on WordPress. That would be a great help.

Blessings,
Dave

Website updates

Hi all, I have made some updates to my main website in the last week or so. If you would like to check them out, you can find them here at www.PASSIONAustralia.org.

Some of the things you might like to check out are below.

We really hope you are blessed by these resources. Our heartbeat is to bless and encourage you on your journey of faith and life in Christ.

Blessings,
Dave

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