Everything listed under: Jesus

  • Audience of One

    "I come on my knees,To lay down before you.Bringing all that I am,Longing only to know you.Seeking your face,And not only your hand.I find you embracing me,Just as I am."These are some of the lyrics to one of my all time favourite songs.  It is called 'Audience of One' by the Christian band Big Daddy Weave.For me, this song reminds me that above everything else in this world, Jesus and my relationship with Him is all that matters.  It reminds me that my ultimate prior...  Read More...

  • Costly Grace. Extravagant Love.

    Costly Grace. Extravagant Love.Growing up as a young kid and as a teenager, I didn’t view Good Friday as being a special day. You could probably say that I had a bit of a problem with Good Friday.   Read More...

  • Just One New Year's Resolution...

    I came across this devotional from Rick Warren some time ago and thought that it would be appropriate to share as we approach 2017. So here it is, courtesy of Rick Warren: “For I resolved to know nothing while I was with you except Jesus Christ and him crucified.” (1 Corinthians 2:2 NIV)If the Apostle Paul made New Year’s resolutions, my thought is he only had one resolution on his list: “[This year] I resolve to know nothing but Christ and him crucified” (1 Co...  Read More...

  • A 1 Corinthians 13 Christmas

    I came across this variation of the well-known 'Love' chapter: 1 Corinthians 13, that relates to this special time of the year. No, it's not Scripture, but it does contain Truth and maybe there is something there for all of us to learn from. I hope you enjoy!If I decorate my house perfectly with plaid bows, strands of twinkling lights and shiny balls, but do not show love to my family, I'm just another decorator.If I slave away in the kitchen, baking dozens of Christmas cookies, ...  Read More...

  • What do you Believe?

    The Apostle Peter - it seems he is one who generates strong opinions. He is the one who declared that Jesus is the Christ and then later on denied knowing Jesus.I was reading Matthew 26, which includes the passage of Peter's denial of Jesus and it caused me to ponder the life of this early leader of the church.Peter's life is something of a paradox - great highs and great lows. He is the only person apart from Jesus who has ever walked on water and he delivered the Sermon on the Day of Pentecost...  Read More...

  • Isaiah 53

    I love reading through the OId Testament. Laura and I are having a really rich and wonderful time with our Lifegroup as we continue to work our way through the Old Testament, as we study God's Story - His big plan for all of His creation.When we were preparing for our study the other night, I came across this incredible passage in Isaiah 53 once again. Have you ever read it before?   Read More...

  • My All in All

    "You are my life, You are my love.You are my reason.You are my hope, You are my joy,You are my passion.My All In All, Jesus My All In All."I came across this new tune from Phil Wickham the other day and was taken aback by the beauty of this song.What powerful words are contained within this song! The words of the Chorus for me are particularly inspiring: "Jesus our life, our love, our reason. Jesus our hope, our joy, our passion.   Read More...

  • It is Well With My Soul

    "When peace, like a river, attendeth my wayWhen sorrows like sea billows roll;Whatever my lot, thou hast taught me to say,It is well, it is well with my soul."Are you familiar with the above words? I'm sure you are. These words are taken from one of the most familiar and loved hymns of all time.Do you know the back story behind this powerful hymn?   Read More...

  • Restored in His Presence

    Last Sunday I preached a message around the topic of rest. Here is a snippet from Sunday's message:  "I don’t know about you, but so often I can find myself caught up in ‘doing’ lots and lots of things for God, at the expense of simply ‘being’ with God and finding rest in Him. We live in a society where the understanding of what it actually means to rest is largely lost."   Is that your experience of rest?   Read More...

  • It's Christmas day... why is my Pastor posting this?

    Wooohooooo! It’s Christmas day and I am excited! Today, here is a very short devotional for you to reflect on so that this day doesn’t just pass you by, but that you may take in it’s full meaning.   Read More...

  • Who Will You Bless ‘Not So Randomly’ This Christmas?

    About 5 years ago, I decided that at Christmas I would buy one extra Christmas present for someone that God lets me know really needs a blessing on Christmas day. I have had some sensational opportunities with people as I see them in the street on Christmas morning and hand the gift over to them. A few years ago, I went for a walk as I normally do each Christmas morning to find that person God wants me to bless and as I was walking out of my driveway there was a woman walking her dog.   Read More...

  • Put Down the Sword and Pick up the Towel

    “3 Jesus knew that the Father had put all things under his power, and that he had come from God and was returning to God; 4 so he got up from the meal, took off his outer clothing, and wrapped a towel around his waist. 5 After that, he poured water into a basin and began to wash his disciples’ feet, drying them with the towel that was wrapped around him.” John 13: 3 – 5 In a time when power meant everything and status was marked as something important, a m...  Read More...

  • Is Jesus Coming Back Now?

    I have had many conversations about the Paris attacks, particularly around the questions, “Is Jesus coming back now? Does this mean that Jesus is coming back soon? Are these signs of Jesus coming back?” The truth is, Jesus is coming back ‘soon’, but the word ‘soon’ in the Bible means, ‘It will happen but we don’t know when.’ We are not to fear what is happening in the world, but we are to get ready for Jesus’ return.   Read More...

  • What Am I Here For?

    Have you ever asked the question, “what am I here for, why do I exist?” Increasingly, it seems that more people are wrestling with this very question. And many people are coming up empty. I was once on a plane going to Sydney and I sat next to a lady who said she was going to a “Theocity Group”.   Read More...

  • Jesus is a Well!

    This week has been one that has had reoccurring themes through it. The themes have been: ‘going deeper with God’, ‘encountering God’ and what does it look like to develop deep relational disciplines in relationship with our King Jesus? It is so easy in this day and age to only skim the surface of who Jesus is.   Read More...