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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Sowing into good soil

October 30th, 2014

Over the past few years I have increasingly felt the need to sow into good soil – that is ministries who are making a real difference in the world.

Some of my favourite are Compassion, Bible League and Vision FM. Each of these send regular updates of the real difference in the lives of those they help.

For as little as A$48 a month we sponsor a child in Tanzania. We have done this for years. Reading her letters every few months shows the difference we are making to her life and the lives of her family.

Another one we have recently started supporting is Bible League. For as little as A$10 a month they can give away five Bibles and Bible study materials to people who would have no chance of affording to buy one for themselves.

It is a great feeling to support things like Compassion, Vision FM and the Bible League. I can’t do much in person for the people, but by using our money with a Kingdom focus we can help them make a huge difference.

God Bless,
Dave

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The five leadership functions of Jesus

October 28th, 2014

I just read a really good post from Floyd McClung on the five leadership functions of Jesus. Floyd is one of the authors of one of my favourite books “Starting a House Church”.

I have put the five points below, but I would encourage you to read the whole article. It has a lot of good thoughts in there.

Here are the five points…

1. Jesus encouraged the heart

2. Jesus inspired a shared vision

3. Jesus challenged the status quo

4. Jesus empowered others to act

5. Jesus modeled the way to lead others

You can find the full post on Floyd’s blog here.

God Bless,
Dave

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Lessons from Psalm 139

October 26th, 2014

I was reading Psalm 139 this morning. As I read four things really stood out to me. If I was preaching today this would be the main points of my message.

1. God really knows us

“You have searched me, Lord, and you know me. You know when I sit and when I rise; you perceive my thoughts from afar.” (v1-2)

Verses 1-6 tells us that God really knows us inside out. He knows our thoughts and our daily actions. He knows all about us like no one else. He knows us better than our parents or our spouses. And He loves deeply. He cares for us deeply… even though He knows all!

2. God is always with us

“Where can I go from your Spirit? Where can I flee from your presence?” (v7)

Verses 7-11 tell us that God is always with us. There is nowhere in all creation that God is not present with us. There is no place we can flee to escape His presence. This gives me great comfort knowing God is always there.

3. God made us wonderful

“For you created my inmost being; you knit me together in my mother’s womb.  I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; your works are wonderful, I know that full well.” (13-14)

Verses 13-18 tells us that God made us. He knitted us together in our mothers womb. He was right there at the beginning. He created exactly as He needs us to be… and it is flawless. We are fearfully and wonderfully made.

4. We need God to search our hearts

“Search me, God, and know my heart; test me and know my anxious thoughts. See if there is any offensive way in me, and lead me in the way everlasting.” (v23-24)

In the last section of verses 19-24 we see that David wanted God to search his heart. He didn’t want any wrong attitude or thought to be in his mind. He didn’t want his hatred for his enemies to blind him or be something between him and God. He wanted a clean and pure heart. We need to ask God to search our hearts too.

Conclusion

God knows us inside out and He still loves us. God is always with us wherever we go in this world. God the Master craftsman, created us wonderful. We need God to examine and pinpoint any offensive ways in us so we can confess and walk in purity.

God Bless,
Dave

 

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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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