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God knows everything we do

July 25th, 2016

A little verse tucked away in Psalm 139 gives me comfort. Verse 3 says, “You see me when I travel and when I rest at home. You know everything I do.”

Some would find this disconcerting and see it from the perspective that God sees all the bad things we do. However, it gives me comfort.

I like that God knows all I do. I like knowing that He knows when I am travelling or when I am at home resting.

It gives me a sense of peace knowing that His eyes are always on me. After all He knows when my last breath will be and the number of hairs on my head.

Let us take comfort today in the knowledge that God is with us wherever we go and He knows everything we do.

God Bless,
Dave

Sermon from Bruce Rock today

July 24th, 2016

Hi all,

Here is a copy of my message from Bruce Rock today. It is a variation of a message I had done in Merredin previously.

It is titled, “The father, the Pharisees and the two lost sons”. You can find the text here.

God Bless,
Dave

I will rescue you says the Lord

July 23rd, 2016

Here is a devotion I read today. Please enjoy…

Then call on me when you are in trouble, and I will rescue you, and you will give me glory. Psalm 50:15

Who do you run to when you are in trouble? Perhaps your spouse, parents, or a good friend?

The problem with these people is they are human and can’t always rescue you or know what is best for you.

God says he will rescue you… not maybe, not perhaps, but He WILL rescue you. How comforting it is to know God has your back.

It’s only fitting we respond with thankfulness and give God the honor He deserves.

Are you in trouble? Then call on the Lord, He will be there.

Country church youth groups

July 16th, 2016

When you live in a small country town it is important to be a part of the community. There are lots of groups which help you to do this. They range from gardening and craft groups through to sporting clubs like tennis, footy and darts.

In Merredin one of the key groups for young people is the church youth group. Teenagers from the churches and the local school attend most Friday nights. Like any group there are core people who go each week and others who float in and out.

Our church youth group allows the kids to meet together, play games, be encouraged, make friendships and hear positive messages about faith and life. It is a place where they can feel safe, have fun and have people who care for them.

Another key part of country town church youth groups are the camps. Two that I have been impressed with are the State Youth Games in Bunbury and our Perth Winter Camp.

The first one was about sport and competing against other churches and the winter camp is about allowing the kids to do things we don’t have in Merredin. They go ice skating, go trampolining, go to the movies, ten pin bowling and more.

Not only do the kids get to things we don’t have in Merredin, but they get to be encouraged and bond with each other. All of which are super important in a country town.

I am so glad we have a church youth group that is so good for our young people in town. The youth leaders are all in their 20s and are passionate about our youth. They genuinely love and care for all the kids and want what is best for them.

Our church youth group is a vital part of our town. We need to encourage and pray for the leaders and support them in their work.

God Bless,
Dave

Love and pray for your enemies

July 12th, 2016

I was reminded from the red letters of the Bible the importance of loving and praying for our enemies. In Matthew 5:44 Jesus said this…

“But I say, love your enemies! Pray for those who persecute you!”

Imagine how different the world would be if we loved and prayed for our enemies instead of going to war or plotting how we culd get them back. Imagine if love was our focus rather than revenge.

Over the years I have had times when people didn’t like me or persecuted me at work. They were not enemies in the war sense, but they made my life very difficult for a time.

The times when things worked out best was when I committed to pray for them and asked God to soften my heart towards them. I asked to be an encouragement to them.

I found that if I had a good attitude towards them when theirs was bad towards me things would turn around. I would look for ways to encourage them, to compliment them or help them in some task. In time their barriers came down.

In some cases we worked together well and in others we became friends. Sometimes it was because of a misunderstanding and others it was because they had had a bad experience with Christians.

If you are having a hard time with someone who feels like an enemy towards you, try following Jesus’ advice. Love and pray for them and see how things change.

God Bless,
Dave