Anzac Day

threecrosses-cropI was given a photocopy of a newspaper article when I was in New Zealand some years ago and I found it today – Anzac Day – so I thought I’d share it with you.
Its titled “Poem to God in the heat of battle”
A book restorer was moved to tears when he read this poem by a young soldier. The poem was found on the soldier’s body after he was killed in action during World War 1. He discovered it in an old army book he was restoring for a customer and made a copy of it. “I haveĀ  copy of it on my wall and read it often. It still has the same impact each time.

A Soldier’s Prayer
Look, God, I have never spoken to you before,
But now I want to say: “How do you do.”
You see God, they told me you didn’t exist,
And like a fool, I believed all this.
Last night from a shell hole I saw your sky,
I figured right then they had told me a lie.
Had I taken the time to see things you made,
I’d have known they weren’t calling a spade a spade.
I wonder God if you’d shake my hand,
Somehow I feel that you will understand.
Funny I had to come to this hellish place,
Before I had time to see your face.
Well, I guess there isn’t much more to say,
But I am sure, God, I met you today.
I guess the zero hour will soon be here.
The signal! Well, God, I’ll have to go,
I like you lots, this I want you to know.
Look now, this will be a horrible fight,
Who knows, I may come to your house tonight.
Though I wasn’t friendly to you before,
I wonder, God, if you’d wait at your door.
Look, I’m crying! Me shedding tears!
I wish I had known you these many years.
Well! I have to go now, God, goodbye.
Since I met you, I’m not afraid to die.

Orphaned – Not Any More!

Spurgeon orphanage 1860

Spurgeon orphanage 1860

When I was 14 years old my father died. Growing up without a father in your life is like growing up with something big missing. You don’t get the “well done son!” when you do something well, or “Come on lad, lets go fishing!”. There isn’t the wise council of dad, or to ask the really important questions like “what colour should my first car be?”. You manage to adapt, and move on. A few years ago at the age of 41 my mother died and I was orphaned. Can you believe it, orphaned at 41! I was alone! And so were my two brothers. We were alone. We moved on. The other day I was fascinated by my own reaction to a bad dream. I remember when as a child if I had a bad dream I would go to my mother for comfort. On Monday morning I had a bad dream and was reminded that I didn’t have a mother to go to for comfort, so I prayed to God, who is my Father in heaven, and lo and behold, He comforted me, the God who created the universe comforted me! It was a wonderful moment because at that moment I realised that actually I’m not an orphan and that I have been adopted into God’s family, I didn’t feel alone. Romans 8:15-16 “For you have not recieved the spirit of slavery leading to fear again, but you have received a spirit of adoption as sons by which we cry out, “Abba! father!” The Spirit Himself testifies with our spirit that we are children of God…”

Destroying Stronholds

A really powerful sermon on demolishing strongholds by Anthony here at New Gen. Anthony spoke about status symbols, the way we think – a life long battle to correct. Paul writes about how we have powerful weapons to pull down these strongholds. Here are five major strongholds for the church generally. Here when I refer to the church I’m not talking about the institutions but about the people of God who collectively are the church. so the five:

1. The willingness to live off 2nd hand revelation and experiences. We read books and watch video off the internet and are willing to take that as God moving and doing his work. But what about here and you? Don’t you want God in your life, to tell others about how God worked in your life and those around you?

2. Jesus could do all these things because he was God. Wrong. In Luke 4 it is written “And Jesus full of the Holy Spirit”. Jesus was born man, but to do all the wonderful miracles he also needed the Holy Spirit, to be anointed. It was God who raised Jesus in the tomb. The same Holy Spirit that raised Jesus is the same Holy Spirit that saved you, that fills you!

3. The apostles did what they did because they were called to do it and its not for today – wrong! In Act 8 Philip saved, healed and cast out demons and he wasn’t an apostle.

4. Day of miracles is over – rubbish! John14:12-14
ESV: John Chapter 14

[12] “Truly, truly, I say to you, whoever believes in me will also do the works that I do; and greater works than these will he do, because I am going to the Father.
[13] Whatever you ask in my name, this I will do, that the Father may be glorified in the Son.
[14] If you ask me anything in my name, I will do it.

We can’t pick and choose.