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Encouraged by donations

May 25th, 2016

imageEvery Tuesday a friend and I run a food outreach on behalf of the local churches. Last Tuesday when we arrived we did not have much stored food to distribute.

Over the next two hours a number of people came in with donations. It was from the local churches and individual Christians who God placed it on their hearts to give.

It was amazing to see our empty shelves fill up. We were wondering if we would have to turn people away due to our lack, but as it turned out we had more than enough.

I was really encouraged to see the donations come in. And I was really encouraged by how the churches and individual Christians wanted to help.

God Bless,
Dave

40 Days of Community devotional

May 22nd, 2016

I am currently reading a devotional by Pastor Rick Warren. It is titled, “40 Days of Community”.  Here is some information about the devotional…

“40 Days of Community Devotional is a dynamic individual or small-group devotional journal that will help you learn how to fulfill God’s five purposes for your life. It includes the biblical support behind each purpose, the ways it applies to you and your circle of influence, and how you can use this knowledge to benefit God’s kingdom.

According to Warren, from the beginning, God planned for Christians to fulfill his purposes in community with each other in our church families, small groups, and in the world as a whole. Why did God plan it this way? Because we’re better together!

This 40 Days of Community Devotional will deepen your understanding of how God uses community for your own good and growth, as well as help you cultivate deeper relationships with those around you. Learn to fulfill God’s purposes … discover how we are better together. ”

So far I am really enjoying it and it is reminding me the importance of living in community with others who follow Jesus. It is using the “one another” verses from the Bible to make the points.

If you are interested in reading it, you can find it at the Koorong here.

God Bless,
Dave

Why do I do prayer walks?

May 16th, 2016


Above is a picture I took on my weekly prayer walk today. It is about half way up Merredin Peak.

I like to walk and pray as it helps me to keep in tune with God. The walk itself is about 3 kilometres (2 miles) and it takes about an hour.

It is a time to recalibrate and check in with God. I take the things I am thinking about or planning to do and I leave plenty of time open for Him to speak to me.

For me it is a highlight of my week.

God Bless,

Dave

Love and actions

May 9th, 2016

“Dear children, let’s not merely say that we love each other; let us show the truth by our actions. Our actions will show that we belong to the truth, so we will be confident when we stand before God.” 1 John‬ ‭3:18-19‬ ‭NLT

‬‬The older I get and the longer I have been following Christ, the more I realised loving others is a key to the Christian walk.

In the verses above we see that loving others requires actions too. I have found it is so easy to say I love others and not really do anything about it in a practical sense.

Recently I have been serving in a food parcel outreach in our town. People who are in need can come in to our local Christian Bookstore and they can grab a bag of food to help them through.

Giving out food parcels to those in need is a real practical way to show our love and that we care for those in our town who are doing it tough at the moment.

It has been a long time since I have been involved in something like this. Not only is it a help to those who need food, but it has helped me to put actions to my love. 

How about you? What sort of things do you do that shows your love in action?

God Bless, 

Dave

The Amazing Faith of the Centurion sermon

May 2nd, 2016

I spoke at Bruce Rock Church of Christ again last night. Love speaking in country churches.

The title of the message was The Amazing Faith of the Centurion. You can find it here on my main website.

God Bless,
Dave

 

Inviting people to church

April 20th, 2016

I have been thinking about ways we share our faith in Christ with others. One great way is  to invite people to go to church with us.

When we invite people to church three things can happen to them. They all start with the letter P.

1. Presence – God’s presence can touch them and draw them into the eternal realities of God.

2. People – God’s people can love, encourage and accept them into their church community.

3. Preaching – God can speak to them through the annointed preaching of His Word.

Inviting people to go to church with us can be a great way to share our faith. Why not invite someone this Sunday or your next service?

God Bless,
Dave

Healing and restoration of the Leper sermon

April 11th, 2016

Yesterday I had the privilege to speak at the Church of Christ in Bruce Rock. This is a town about 50 kilometres from our town.

If you are interested in reading the text of the message, you can find it here.

God Bless,
Dave