Welcome to The PASSION Blog

August 4th, 2006

The PASSION Blog is a place where I share the things that I have been thinking about. Being a Christian they revolve around my faith, family, church and the things that I have learned in my Bible studies.

From time to time I will also share what’s been going at PASSIONAustralia.org or post on sport, weight training and fitness, vegan eating and/or our homeschooling journey.

God Bless,
Dave Quinn

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What does abundant life mean to me?

October 25th, 2014

I was talking recently with a friend about Jesus’ words in John 10:10. The ones where He says that He came to give us abundant life. It was an interesting conversation. Today I thought I would share what abundant life means to me.

1. Salvation – I like knowing that I am going to heaven because of what Jesus has done for me on the cross. There is something life changing about knowing your eternal destiny is sorted. You live differently knowing your sins are forgiven and you are right with God.

2. Security – I like knowing that I am held is the palm of Jesus’ hand and no-one can snatch me out. I am His and He is always with me gives me great comfort.

3. Acceptance – I like knowing that I am fully accepted by God. That when the Father looks at me He looks at me through the lens of Christ. As I know I am accepted by God it helps me to fully accept myself as I am.

4. Mission – I like knowing that God made me a certain way to do certain things. I like that He chose for me to be born at this time in history or His-story. God wanted me here and now to do His work.

5. Provision – I like knowing that God will provide all my needs as I put Him and His Kingdom first. I don’t have to worry about money, food or clothing, I just have to follow Him and all things will be added.

6. Peace – I like knowing that in the midst of terrorism and other terrible world events that God is in control. He is on the throne and His plans will all come to pass. This gives me peace in the midst of the storms of life.

These are some of the things that I have found since coming to know Jesus in 1989. Before Christ or BC I did not know any of them and life was a constant struggle to makes sense of things.

Now I know Jesus, I know peace. To me this is abundant life (NIV) or a rich and satisfying life that the NLT talks about.

God Bless,
Dave

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The Radical Disciple by John Stott

October 20th, 2014

One of the books I read in the last year is The Radical Disciple by John Stott. I really enjoyed it and got a lot out of it.

One of the things I liked about the book was knowing it was the last one he wrote while in hospital. It was his farewell to writing and I had a sense it was something he wanted to leave the world.

In many ways it is a collection of the key things he held true about being a true disciple of Christ. For me it is the things that help you move on from just being a Christian to being a dedicated follower of Jesus.

Here is a section of the description…

“What is a life of radical discipleship? At the root, it means we let Jesus set the agenda of our lives. We aren’t selective. We don’t pick and choose what is congenial and stay away from what is costly. No. He is Lord of all of life. In the last book by the leading evangelical churchman of the twentieth century, John Stott opens up what it means to truly be a follower of Jesus. In a refreshing and accesible style, he explores eight aspects of Christian discipleship which are too often neglected and yet deserve to be taken seriously: non-conformity, Christ-likeness, maturity, creation-care, simplicity, balance, dependence and death. Here, including the last public sermon he ever preached, Stott offers wisdom gained from a lifetime of consistent Christian commitment. In addition, he poignantly reflects on his last years of life and ministry. The message is simple, classic and personal: Jesus is Lord. He calls. We follow.”

If you are interested you can find it here at Koorong.

God Bless,
Dave

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David and Goliath

October 19th, 2014

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Caring friends with truthful words

October 18th, 2014

Today’s verse of the day on my Bible app is Proverbs 27:5-6. It says, “An open rebuke is better than hidden love! Wounds from a sincere friend are better than many kisses from an enemy”.

Over the years I have a few friends or Pastors who cared enough to give me an open rebuke in season. It was hard for them to say, but it was what I needed to hear to snap me out of a rut or take me on to the next things.

Often at first I didn’t take it well. I didn’t think it was a word from God, nor did I think it was a word in season and it hurt. In time though, once I had calmed down, I realised it was what I needed to hear.

An open rebuke from a friend can be like that. It can hurt deeply, especially from someone who we really respect and have let into the inner circle of our lives. But I think it is something we all need sometimes.

As today’s verse says, the wounds of a sincere friend are better that many kisses from an enemy. It is better to hear the truth from a friend that takes us to new levels in God and His will, than receive false encouragement that keeps us where we are.

God Bless,
Dave

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Better diet improves hayfever suffering

October 17th, 2014

I was just reading an interesting article on the Daily Mail Australia website after searching for hayfever information on Google. It was titled, “How a better diet could beat the suffering of hayfever“.

The article talks about many of the changes I have made to my diet recently and echoes the results I have found.

Normally I suffer chronic hayfever for most of spring and until mid summer. In less than two weeks all of my hayfever symptoms are gone and I am off medication. For me that is a miracle!

Two key points of the article include cutting out some foods and including some foods. Here is a snippet…

‘Eliminate mucus-forming foods such as milk products, sugar and excessive starch,’ says Mr Newman Turner. ‘This will reduce catarrh and the worst of the streaming.

‘A predominantly raw-food diet (fruit and vegetables) helps to reduce the inflammatory tendency and patients also do well on cleansing diets or even short fasts, under professional supervision.’

Linda Lazarides adds: ‘You need to reduce the tendency for the body to form histamine by boosting your diet with foods rich in calcium, magnesium, methionine and flavonoids. Have loads of nuts, sunflower seeds, onions, cabbage, blackberries and apples, including their peel.

Normally this time of year I am dosed up with hayfever medication, have all the doors and windows closed and wear a mask if I mow the lawn. As a result to changes in my diet I am symptom free.

Not only has the vegan diet helped me to feel better and have more energy, it has removed my hayfever symptoms altogether.

God Bless,
Dave

 

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