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Nicky Gumbel from the Alpha Course shares a story about Barbara Clapham who came to live in London. At the age of 33, she decided she was going to look for a church. One Sunday she arrived at Holy Trinity Brompton. The young woman who was welcoming people at the door smiled at her and asked her name. Because of that smile Barbara came back the following week. When she walked in the next Sunday, the same person said, “Hello Barbara”. Because that person on the door remembered her name. She decided that she was going to come back every Sunday. That was 1947.
From then on Barbara came almost every Sunday until she died, soon after celebrating her 100th Birthday. She made a huge impact on the life of Holy Trinity Brompton, including running the finances of the church for years. I wonder if the young woman on the door had any idea on the impact she made by remembering Barbara’s name. There is great power in a name. Names are significant. This is true today, but it was even more true in the Hebrew culture that we read about in the Bible. A Hebrew name is no mere label. The name of the Lord reveals who he is. I wonder who’s name you can remember and how you can impact their life? You never know. You might just smile and impact someone, just like Barbara
Max Lucado tells the story about the man who wanted to learn to dance. He bought a book about dancing and went home and started to research it. Once he thought he’d finally got the knack, he asked his wife into the lounge room to show her what he’d learnt. He followed the instructions clearly in the book. Lean with your right shoulder. Step with your right foot. Slowly turn to the left. He moved around like a robot and said to his wife, “What do you think?” She said, “Ah, that’s great honey, but where’s the music?” “Music? I never though about music. I was just following what it said in the book.” “Lets do it again and put some music on”, she said. “This time, don’t just worry about the steps, just follow the music”, and next thing you know he was dancing like never before.
You know as Christians, we can follow the book while ignoring the music. We can master the doctrine, the bible verses, the outline, the chapters. We can follow the rules and the law and stiffly step onto the dance floor without any music in our hearts. We can measure each step and follow the rules. But, we can be exhausted at the end of every day trying to dance according to the book. Dancing with no music is tough stuff. Hebrews 4:12 says:
“For the word of God is alive and active. Sharper than any double-edged sword.”
Let’s not just read the scriptures and try and follow it all with our heads, let’s let the music of God’s Spirit come into our hearts and dance to the music of the rhythm of heaven. Christianity is about a relationship with God, not just a bunch of rules and laws. Maybe it’s time for you to start dancing today.
With the ball tampering scandal and all the drama surrounding international cricket, it’s easy to be disillusioned. For one cricketer who is a man of faith who is Marnus Labuschagne who plays for Queensland as well as the Brisbane Heat. On the bottom of his cricket bat he has the verse Isaiah 40:31, which says “But those who hope in the Lord will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint.” A great verse for any cricketer. Marnus that playing elite cricket as a christian can be challenging. He says that the environment that you’re surrounded with isn’t really ideal at times. And you tend to be away from home a lot, but God has used him in many ways to shine a light on the cricket field. Including opportunities to pray for the team before they go out on the field. He’s also part of a WhatsApp group called Front Foot Faith which has got about 30 professional cricketers around the world who share the christian faith. He said that it’s important that cricket doesn’t become the centre of your life. That you’re not putting anything ahead of God. And he knows that his talent is a blessing from God and his relationship with God should always come first. With that kind of attitude I think that he’ll go a long way. Lets pray for cricketers like Marnus and other faith based sporting heroes to be an example to the next generation.
Sam Humphrey is a New Zealand born actor who’s best know for playing General Tom Thumb in the film The Greatest Showman. He’s also been featured on the TV show Neighbours. He was born with a rare genetic disorder. A common form of dwarfism. As a child he was also diagnosed with the inflammatory bowel condition Crohn’s disease and spent a lot of time visiting hospitals and doctors. He attempted suicide several times, but with the support of his family, his faith and his resilience, he was able to overcome his challenges and pursue his dream of becoming an actor. He said that as a teenager his self-confidence and self-esteem was plummeting and he was bullied as a teenager. He said that because he had God in his life he was given that snap transformation from depression into becoming an overcomer in Christ. You know the Bible says in 2 Corinthians 5:17, “If anyone is in Christ, the new creation has come: The old has gone, the new is here!” No matter what we’re going through in life, no matter how bad the circumstances are, lets not look to the circumstances, let us look to the one who can save us in the midst of our circumstances. Sam Humphrey has now been a youth leader and he’s now sharing a message of hope all over the world. Because of the platform God gave him through the film “The Greatest Showman”. You know the Bible tells us that God can bring beauty out of ashes. No matter what you’re going through today, just remember, God has a plan and a purpose for your life.
Eddie Woo is the high school maths teacher and internet sensation who won the Australia Day Local Hero Award in 2018. After one student couldn’t make it to class, he decided to film his maths classes and put them on YouTube. Now he’s reached millions of people all around the world with his Wootube channel. When he was in grade 9 at school, he began to fully trust Christ. He noticed some Christians at school who had a genuine faith. He said their faith changed their character and the decisions they made day-to-day. And for many of them it changed the whole trajectory of their lives, which was a revelation. And he had some great Christian teachers at the public school he was at, who showed him a glimpse of how people can live out their faith in a secular context, by demonstrating their faith in a way that makes a difference in people’s lives. Eddie Woo is a great example of a believer who’s living out his faith in everyday life. Using the platform that God has given him to teach about Maths, but also to teach about the designer of all mathematics.
Eddie Woo is the high school maths teacher and internet sensation who won the Australia Day Local Hero award in 2018. After one student couldn’t make it to class, he decided to film his maths classes and put them on YouTube. Now he’s reached millions of people all around the world with his Wootube channel. He says he’s not a teacher who’s a Christian, he a Christian who’s a teacher. He said my understanding of the reason people are given the gifts they have is to server those around them, both in the Christian context and in the world today. he says that you only have to scratch a little beneath the surface of any subject to find the design of God in it. But with mathematics, it’s so obvious. We talk about the fact that the universe is designed in this way and you can find all of these patterns. Do you thing that’s a coincidence? One of the things he loves to point out is that we call the universe the Cosmos. Which means ordered and structured and designed as opposed to Chaos. And the reason that we find these mathematical principals, is because there was a designer. We didn’t just spring into being. It has immense beauty. Why on earth should the equations of earth be beautiful? The answer is because we have a beautiful designer, who designs things beautifully.
One of the most popular Christian songs ever is “I Can Only Imagine” by MercyMe. The song was written by Bart Millard after a tough time in life. In the movie of the same name, “I Can Only Imagine”, it tells the story of how Bart was abused as a young man. His mother abandoned him and his father beat him up regularly. After graduating from high school, he left and ended up joining a Christian band, MercyMe. After a few years on the road, he really struggled to connect with audiences and was challenged to really search his heart as to why he wasn’t connecting. After travelling home to visit his father, he realized that his father had changed. His father had started reading the Bible and praying, and really was transformed. Bart had to find it in his heart to forgive his father. Bart Millard had a father wound that needed to be healed. He then found out that his father had a terminal illness, and was able to spend the last days of his father’s life caring for him. And it was out of that time of healing and restoration that he ended up writing the song “I Can Only Imagine”. What a great story of redemption and tranformation for Bart’s family, knowing that his father would be in heaven forever, with a new body. Walking by the side of his Saviour. That’s how the song “I Can Only Imagine” came about.
In 1857, in New York City, Jeremy Lanphier started a lunchtime prayer meeting, praying for revival in his nation. And after advertising the prayer meeting widely, only six people turned up. After three weeks of faithfully gathering, his prayer meeting had 40 people joining in on daily meetings. On October 10 that year, the stock market crashed. Suddenly, people were flocking to the prayer meetings. Within six months, 10,000 people were gathered daily for prayer in New York City alone. Other cities experienced an increased interest in prayer too. Chicago had 2,000 people praying. Louisville had several thousand people praying. And in 1858 the New York Tribune devoted an entire issue to news of this revival. Prayer rather than preaching was the main focus. Meetings were informal. Anyone could pray, speak, lead a song or give a word of testimony with a five minute limit placed on each speaker. This led to the third great awakening in US history. It then spread to Ireland, Scotland, Wales, England, Europe, South Africa, India, Australia and the Pacific Islands. Many people were saved. Backsliders returned, conversions increased, families established daily devotions and entire communities underwent a noticeable change in morals. Many preachers returned to the truths of the Gospel and Christ and His cross. All because one man saw the trouble his nation was in, and decided to get on his knees and pray. Are you willing to get on your knees and pray for your nation today?
A recent survey showed that 85% of US Christians only prayed for themselves and their families. Only 15% prayed for the world around them, yet the Bible tells us in 1 Timothy 2 that we must pray with supplications, prayers, intercessions and giving of thanks for all men, for kings and for all who are in authority. One definition of prayer is that it’s an activity of God that requires the cooperation of man in order to see God’s desires fulfilled. Prayer is the conduit of power that flows through the Christian. Have you ever spent a night at home in the middle of a blackout? There’s no power for your TV. No power for your clock radio. No power to charge your phone. Sadly main Christians are living in the middle of a spiritual blackout. They’re not receiving the power from on high. God is calling us to be a people of prayer. And prayer, not just for ourseleves, but for the world around us. Prayer for our leaders. Prayer for our churches. Prayer for the persecuted church. If you’re feeling a little dry in your prayer life, get back into God’s Word – the Bible and study what it says about being a people of prayer.
A man went to a barber shop to have his hair cut and hist beard trimmed. As the barber began to work, they began to have a good conversation. They talked about so many things on various subjects, when they eventually touched on the subject of God. The barber said, “I don’t believe that God exists.” “Why do you say that?”, asked the customer. “Well, you just have to go out in the streets to realise that God doesn’t exists. Tell me, if God exists, why would their be so many sick people. Would there be abandoned children? If God existed, there would be neither suffering, nor pain. I can’t imagine loving a God who would allow all these things.” The customer thought for a moment, but didn’t respond, because he didn’t want to start an argument. The barber finished his job and the customer left the shop. Just after he left the barber shop, he saw a man in the street with long stringy, dirty hair and an untrimmed beard. He looked dirty and unkept. And the customer turned back and entered the barber shop again and said to the barber, “You know what? Barbers don’t exist.” “How can you say that?”, asked the surprised barber. “I’m here and I’m a barber, and I just worked on you.” “No! The customer exclaimed. “Barbers don’t exist, because if they did there would be no people with dirty long hair and untrimmed beards like that man outside.” “Ah, but barbers do exist. What happens is, people do not come to me.” “Exactly!”, affirmed the customer. “That’s the point! God too, does exist. What happens is, people don’t go to him.” Jesus Christ said, “Come to me all you who are weary and heavy laden and I will give you rest.” Every day Jesus Christ is inviting you to come to him, and he’s not offering you a haircut, he’s offering you eternal life. Why don’t you come to him today?
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