Monthly Archives: August 2008

Living: Worship


As promised, here is the post following my opportunity to speak (preach) at the church I serve at. It was a really good service, Michelle and I worked closely to make sure that the entire service honoured God and worked towards the message He had given me to present.  

It was the first time I wasn’t really nervous about speaking, and in retrospect it was all because of God. I knew that the message was what God wanted us as a church to hear that day and I’m so blessed and humbled that He used me to share His message. We provided an opportunity for people to respond to God at the end of the message and people came forward, in obedience to God, to offer themselves to Him. It was such a privilege to be there amongst them, praying together and offer our lives to God.

Its been an exciting week since then… God is really starting to stir things up at our church. I’ve had people speak to me about how God is working in their lives as a result of Sunday and we are beginning to see God reveal His will to us as the same ideas and direction are coming from so many different sources… it’s totally mind blowing!! I’m really excited to see what God has planned for us over the coming weeks and months.

I’ve included an mp3 of the message for anyone interested in listening to it and I’d love to hear your thoughts after you’ve listened. (tip: right click and download the mp3 file if you’re having trouble streaming it)

I want to take this opportunity to make it clear that in no way do I take the credit for this message or for what God is doing. My sole purpose is to honour God and give Him the glory, and I’m humbled and privileged to think that God would choose to use a messed up guy like me…

Thank You God for Your amazing love and unending grace!

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What the…?

Ok… so I found this in my can of soup I had for lunch on Monday. The bottom part is actually potato but what is the stalk like thing, and HOW did it end up in my soup can!

Yes it is attached and yes you could pick it up by the ‘stalk’… No I didn’t eat it, I ate the rest of the soup though… I was hungry!! :o)

(sorry about the blurry pics, courtesy of the camera on my phone…)

Ok lemme have it, what’s your best guess (serious or not) as to what this is?

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Home Alone

Well not quite like the movie, although I’ve been know to act like a kid on more than one occasion ;o)

Sam and Anabelle went for a trip up to Gympie in Queensland to visit Grandma and Grandpa Adams and to meet Anabelle’s great Nanna, Thelma who at 91 wasn’t able to travel down when Anabelle was born. They left on Tuesday and they get back today (Sat) and I’ve missed them! As you can imagine having not been apart since Anabelle’s birth the house is VERY quiet!

Sam said that Anabelle was a dream on the flight up, she slept for the entire hour and a bit. It’s nearly a 2 hour drive then from the Brisbane airport up to Gympie and Anabelle was a bit fussy but bearable by all accounts. Sam’s a little worried about the flight home. The 2 hour drive and then the flight might not be the best thing for Anabelle… at least at the end of it all she’ll be home and it always feels great to be home.

So what have I been doing at home alone? Surprisingly very little. I’ve been at work during the days and at night I’ve been watching the Olympics and working on my sermon for this weekend. I’ve also been cleaning the house… so yeah not much at all really!

I cant wait to pick them up from the airport tonight… I’m going to give them a huge hug and kiss, can’t wait!!!

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Torn…

Ever been torn about something, a decision you need to make or not make? 

I feel like that at the moment about work. Earlier I posted about the changes happening and that I feel like its time to change. Today I had a chat with my boss and I dont know how I feel about it now… its the old ‘grass is greener or is it?’ kind of deal. My new area of work sounds interesting IF it works the way its supposed to, which is yet to be seen. Plus they will promote me (which was part of the reason for wanting to move on, not being kept at higher duties)

It’s such a tough decision to make. I’m struggling to find out what my true motives are for the percieved want to move. Is it because its time to or is it because I want convienence or I dont want the extra responsibility when you are no longer ‘new’ and expected to know stuff…

What do you do? How do you figure out what your bottom line motives are for a decision you need/don’t need to make? Would love to hear your thoughts…

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Asking Questions

I don’t like tradition for tradition’s sake. It’s as simple as that. Don’t get me wrong I’m all for carrying on something that has been done for ages if it’s relevant and has purpose. I don’t like the phrase “this is how its always been done” one little bit.

I think it’s healthy to ask the question “why?”. Being someone who plans and believes that we need to know where we are headed so we can make the best use of our resources, it pains me that in some circles asking “why” is almost taboo.

The article below came to my in-box this morning and it made me think. I believe that planning is a very biblical concept, that having a vision and setting goals enables us to seek God for His will and direction and to achieve His will for our lives. Sadly many Christians and churches today don’t believe in the need to plan and set goals. They don’t think the question “why” applies to their ministries, their ideas and their traditions. They believe that they can sit back and let God sort it out, He’s in control after all isn’t He? Sadly when you start asking the question “why” you’re deemed to be a trouble maker, a pot stirrer, because people just don’t want to have to question the reasons behind what they do because they are afraid that it may be time for change… and change is the enemy isn’t it? Surely God doesn’t want me to change… uuuhhh that’s not what my Bible says…

Have a read of the article below and tell me what you think. My good friend Michelle has also blogged this article you can read it here.

Should we be asking the question “Why”?

 
by Neil Anderson

August 19

ASKING “WHY?”

Luke 5:36
No one tears a piece from a new garment and puts it on an old garment; otherwise he will both tear the new, and the piece from the new will not match the old

Determining the purpose of a Christian practice, and whether it is appropriate, requires an answer to the question, “Why?” “We have always done it this way before” is unacceptable. Christian practices continue for years, often outliving their purpose, until someone asks, “Why do we do that?” Characteristically, the defenses come up as though you were challenging what they believe!For instance, having three church services a week is generally practiced by evangelical Christians, but few know why. Originally, Sunday morning was for instruction and worship, Sunday evening was for evangelism, and the Wednesday service was for prayer. Today few churches have three services for those same purposes. In many churches, evangelism has switched to Sunday morning (if there is an evangelistic service). Sunday evenings range from body life gatherings to an informal repeat of the morning service. Wednesday stopped being a prayer meeting years ago in most churches.

Few people can say why they have an adult fellowship group and, consequently, most never fulfill the greatest purpose for which they exist. Without a clear purpose, planning dribbles down to who is going to be the teacher and what is the next monthly social! The purpose of fellowship groups is to provide a base for incorporating new people into the church, going after those who stray, and meeting the needs of one another. Routine activities that lack purpose produce mindless participation. How is God going to guide such a group?

The greatest avenue for productive change is to clarify the purpose of any existing ministry or group. I sat with the leaders of an adult group and helped them hammer out a purpose statement. Some major changes took place in their class. Within two years they had doubled. Asking “Why?” forced them to evaluate their purpose and ministry, and necessary changes came.

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Life Coaching 101

I promised about a week ago that I’d do a short post on what Life Coaching actually is. As you can appreciate I’ve been a little busy with work and Anabelle (just can’t keep away from that little cutie ;o) but I’ve found some time tonight while Sam watches So You Think You Can Dance and I’ve had just about enough of channel 7’s bias towards showing the Olympic Swimming events over anything else… I mean c’mon there is more to the OLYMPIC GAMES than swimming people!

Anyway I digress…

Life Coaching is all about helping people to achieve something they want. It’s about helping people think about what it is they really want out of life and helping them to realise their Vision and then helping them to set realistic goals that will lead them to achieving that Vision. It can be as little or as large as you like, the key of a Life Coach is to provide ‘coaching’ and support as you make your way towards your goals.

Why would I need a Life Coach?… That is an excellent question! Have you ever tried to make a change in your life, have it go great for 3-6 weeks and then the old habits come back and you dump the whole thing? This is where a Life Coach does their thing… we come along side you to encourage you and keep you acountable for reaching your goals. We can also help you to redefine your goals as your situation changes, life rarely goes to plan we all need to be flexible.

Ever had that feeling that something is just not right, but can never figure out what you need to do to fix it? That’s where a Life Coach can help you to identify the area(s) that’s bugging you and help you to grow as a person. Life is what we make of it! Sure we can sit around and let life happen to us or we can get out there and do what we want in life, achieve what we desire and get the most out of life that we can. A Life Coach’s job is to help you live a kick butt life, a life that you can be proud of!

Life Coaches are here to help you get that promotion, better that relationship, be a better person, lose those extra kilos or figure out what you want to do with your life. Life Coaches are here to support and encourage, our job is to help you SUCCEED!

As I mentioned in an eariler post, i’m working towards my own Life Coaching business. I’d love to hear from anyone who is a Life Coach or would like more info on being coached or just wants to have their 2 cents ;o) Fire away!

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Feeling old…

Have you ever had the feeling that you’re getting on a bit in years?

You tell yourself “I can still do that, I’m not that old, how hard can it be?” And then you realise that you ARE that old and maybe next time I better think twice before I participate?

I felt like that this week!

Last Saturday I thought that going to play paintball with some of the younger guys (and girls) I know was a great idea, and on Saturday IT WAS a great idea… it was on Sunday… Monday…Tuesday and even today that it wasn’t such a good idea!

If you’ve ever been paintballing its awesome fun, yeah you get bruised but that’s all part of being man isnt it, a few bruises give you status. I got some beauties, the best of which I’ve posted below. It was my quads that let me know first thing Sunday morning that at 29, there really is a big gap between me and the 18-20 year old guys (maybe I already knew that and was trying to prove a point ;o). I’ve only just started to walk like a normal person again and not some weird human/duck hybrid.

It was great fun, but I told my wife that maybe when I’m 30 I’ll be a bit old for paintball ;o)

Here’s my bruise, I figure its so ‘cool’ looking because it hit a particulary ‘fleshy’ part of my body… extra padding didnt do me much good ;o) 

 

Have you had a similar experience, feeling old well before your time?

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