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Browsing articles from "January, 2015"

Maths Story [Godspot]

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I heard a great story about what it means to have a relationship with God. The story is told about a first year Mathematics student that had an exam. He asked his professor “If you could take an A4 piece of paper as a cheatsheet into the exam. The professor agreed and told all the students they could take in an A4 sheet of paper and whatever they could fit on the paper. They could take into the exam. The next day the cheeky first year maths student was sitting in the exam. And standing next to him was a 4th year mathematics genius. He was ready to lean down and whisper that answers throughout the exam. The professor said, “You can’t bring someone in. That’s cheating!” He said, “But hang on… You said that whatever I can fit on the A4 sheet of paper I could bring into the exam.” He pointed to the ground and the 4th year student was standing on the sheet of paper. The point is you could do much better with a person helping you than with just some notes on the paper. With christianity many people just read the Bible and the laws and the principles and try and live a religious life. The truth is Christianity is about a relationship with the wizzard, the Lord Jesus Christ. He’s seated at the right hand of the Father and is leaning down 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, whispering, saying “This is the way, walk in it.” Maybe today’s the day for you to consider a relationship with Jesus Christ.


Goliath [Godspot]

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We’ve all heard the phrase, “It’s like a battle between David and Goliath.” This biblical term has stayed in our vocabulary for years. It’s often used when the small guy takes on the big guy. When I hear that phrase used, it reminds me to my visit to the Valley of Elah in Israel. The actual place where David took on the actual Goliath. You think about the courage it took for young David to take on a giant. The story in 1 Samuel 17 shares how David said, “Who are you to defy the armies of the living God?” I guess there’s two ways to look at it isn’t there? You can look at Goliath and think he’s so big, he’s going to kill me, or you could look at Goliath and think, he’s so big, I can’t miss him. It’s all a matter of perspective. Many of us look at the Goliaths in our lives and think, “It’s so big, it’s going to kill me.” We need to have a paradigm shift in our thinking. Instead we need to look at our God and think how big our God is compared to our Goliath. The Bible says “Nothing is impossible for those who believe.” Maybe you’ve got a financial Goliath right now. Maybe you’ve got a Goliath in your health. Maybe unemployment is a Goliath for you. Don’t look at how big Goliath is, look at how big our God is. And remember all things are possible to those who believe.


Golgotha [Godspot]

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One of the most amazing and life changing experiences for me has been visiting the holy land in Israel. Walking on the same streets that Jesus and the Disciples walked. Visiting Jerusalem where King David and King Solomon ruled. Sailing on a boat on the Sea of Galilee. Visiting the valley where David slew Goliath. The most impacting place for me, was a place called Golgotha. It’s a cliff right in the middle of Jerusalem called the place of the skull. And you can actually see the outline of a skull in the side of the wall. It’s believed that that’s the place where Jesus was crucified. Nearby they have a garden too. Now they can’t prove that it’s the actual place where Jesus was buried, but it’s around the same area. As you walk in you see a sign that’s nailed to the wall. It says “He is not here, for he is risen.” Every easter we celebrate the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ, but I believe we should celebrate it every single day. It’s the one thing that separates Christianity from every other religion. We believe that Jesus is the Son of God and he is risen. And he’s seated at the right hand of the Father in Heaven. Christian author C.S. Lewis says that “When you read the teaching of Jesus, you have to determine he’s one of three things. He’s either Lord and who he says he is. He’s a liar, or he’s a lunatic. After seeing all the evidence in Jerusalem. Spending time in the holy land. I’m convinced he is not there, he is risen indeed and he wants a relationship with all those who call on him today. Jesus said, “I am The Way, The Truth and The Life. And no man comes to the Father, but through me. Maybe today’s the day for you to consider Christ as Lord of your life.


Asylum [Godspot]

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As a pastor, one of the most moving experiences in ministry for me, has been to visit some of the asylum seekers at one of the detention centres. Sitting and talking with these refugees from Iran, Somalia, Myanmar. Many have come on boats, seeking a better life. Fleeing the persecution from their countries. Regardless of where you stand politically on the matter, your hearts got to break for those that are fleeing from such persecution. The Bible tells us in James 1:27, what God the Father considers to be pure and genuine religion is this. “Take care of orphans and widows in their suffering and to keep ones self from being corrupted by the world.” In a secular age when many religious people are persecuted, I think one of the best Christian witnesses we can provide is caring for those that are fleeing persecution. Caring for orphans and widows. Caring for the fatherless. And not just in our detention centres. They’re in our neighbourhoods. They’re in our schools. They’re even in our workplaces. The Bible tells us to make the most of every opportunity. And let our conversations always be seasoned and full of grace. Maybe you can take some time to volunteer, reach out. Try and give someone a hand rather than just a hand out. Sometimes the time you give to sit with people is the most important thing you can give. Have a look around your local community and see where you can connect with someone.


Vision [Godspot]

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I heard a story about the importance of having a vision and having dreams for your life. There was a young guy who didn’t have much confidence in life. He didn’t brush his hair. He didn’t wear deodorant. He walked around dragging his feet. And didn’t have a dream or a goal for his life. His parents would always lay down the law and tell him “Brush your hair!”, “Put on deodorant”, “Put a smile on your face”, “Get a spring in your step”. But he didn’t have a teachable heart. And he didn’t listen to what they had to say. One day the boy walked into the family home. His hair was slick back. He smelt good. He had a spring in his step and a smile on his face like they’d never seen before. Something had changed on the inside and it was showing on the outside. You know what happened? He saw a UFO. An Unidentified Female Object. This young boy had fallen in love and realised if he was going to get the girl he had to change his life. Something on the inside changed, and everything on the outside changed too. You know the book of proverbs says, “Without vision people perish”. We all need to have a vision, a dream, a goal in life. Whether it’s a girl, whether it’s a job, whether it’s a calling we’ve got in life. When we’ve got a vision, we should write it down. Make it plain, so that those that read it might run with it. When you’ve got a vision in life, you want to get out of bed everyday and make the most of the day. You want to do everything you can to achieve that goal or impress the girl. What’s the vision that’s on your heart? What’s your dream? Why don’t you write it down today?


Twins [Godspot]

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There’s a well known story about twin brothers who’s father was the town drunk. One of them grew up to be a successful business man. The other grew up to be the town drunk. When either of them were asked how they ended up the way they did, both of them said “Well, with my father that way, how else would you expect me to turn out?” The truth is we all have choices. We can either learn from the past and become successful or let our choices take us down the wrong path. The Bible says, “Choose you this day who will you serve.” Don’t let any sins of the past lead you down the wrong path. Every day we have choices and the Bible says that his word is a light unto our path and a lamp unto our feet. Let God’s word guide you to make the right choices today.


Angels [Godspot]

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I remember when I first heard the song by “Amy Grant” called “Angel’s Watching Over Me”. I was only a new Christian, and it really got me thinking about the spiritual world. All you have to do is look at the movies coming out of Hollywood and the latest TV shows. The world has a fascination with the supernatural. And I think one of the problems we have in the west is we don’t realise what’s happening in the spiritual world. You often hear stories in Papua New Guinea or Africa of supernatural encounters. But it’s always been a part of the culture in those kinds of nations. In the west we’re often taught that if we can’t see it or touch it, then it mightn’t exist. But the Bible tells us in Ephesians 6:12 “For we are not fighting against flesh-and-blood enemies, but against evil rulers and authorities of the unseen world, against mighty powers in this dark world, and against evil spirits in the heavenly places.” There are a number of times in the Bible when God opened people’s spiritual lives to see what was happening in the supernatural world. Imagine if for one day God opened our eyes to see what was really happening in the spiritual world. You don’t just have to see it to believe it. I guess the most important thing is that we are a people of prayer who are dressed in the armour of God as outlined in Ephesians 6. And as the Bible says, let’s not give the devil a foothold.


Creativity [Godspot]

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According to the dictionary the definition of creativity is the ability to transcend traditional ideas and to create meaningful new ideas, forms and methods using your imagination. And its the process by which one utilises creative ability. The problem with our busy lives today is that many of us don’t stop to actually be creative. We’ve got deadlines and budgets and busyness and we don’t stop to think. We don’t stop to create. I believe that God’s created every one of us to be creative. Maybe you should take some time today to write a song, write a poem, maybe you should sign up to do some classes, join the worship team at your church, maybe do some painting or some dancing. They say that everyone is a ten out of ten at something. What’s your creative ability that God’s given you? Are you using it to the best of your ability? Take some time to be creative today.

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