Bald to Bold

A couple of friends decided to help the Leukaemia Foundation by shaving their hair off for money. heres the video (edited and the original is 49 mins long!):

 

and some photos:

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And they raised $1838. You can add your bit here at the Worlds Greatest Shave

Seeking God in a Crisis

James 1:2-4 states

2 Consider it all joy, my brethren, when you encounter various trials,

3 knowing that the testing of your faith produces endurance.

4 And let endurance have its perfect result, so that you may be perfect and complete, lacking in nothing.

A challenging statement and far easier to read that to go through.
Isaiah 64:8 states

8 But now, O Lord, You are our Father,

We are the clay, and You our potter;

And all of us are the work of Your hand.

How wonderful to know that we are the work of the creator of the universe!
Russ shared with us the “crisis” he went through with God (available here) and here are some of the revelations:

 

  • In order for a resurrection there must be a death.
  • When God speaks, your situation doesn’t necessarily change, but you change.
  • When God speaks, life is released.
  • Prov 17:22 A joyful heart is good medicine, But a broken spirit dries up the bones.
  • Even in the midst of a crisis you can still have intimacy with God. Jesus said (in Matt 28:20) that he will be with us “even to the end of the age”
  • You have to build your relationship with God yourself. You can receive an impartition from others, but you cannot receive someone else’s experience of a relationship. God walked with Adam and Eve in the garden in the cool of the day, so he wants to walk with you, be with you.
  • Give God time to respond. A relationship is a two-way thing, Ps 34 “I sought the Lord and he answered me.”
  • Share what you are going through with your spouce/ best friend
  • You are not abandoned, God is with you in the fire Ps 23 “Even though I walk through the valley of death, I fear no evil, for you are with me’.

“Great faith is a product of great fights” – Smith Wigglesworth.

Phil 1:6 For I am confident of this very thing, that He who began a good work in you will perfect it until the day of Christ Jesus.

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.

What are you waiting for?

Here are some thoughts on Russ Kay-Hards sermon available here. Some questions… are you waiting for God to do something, waiting for a break through, for a sign, a miracle, for God to say "GO"? And do you think that this waiting is taking a long time, are you becoming impatient for God to do SOMETHING!

Have you thought that God might just be waiting for you to do something, so he can work through You? Jesus commissioned us to "heal the sick, raise the dead, cleanse lepers, cast out demons". Thats not praying for healing, that is going out and healing the sick. When you were born again, you received the same power that raised Jesus from the grave, this same power is used to heal the sick. When Peter and John where heading to the temple and saw the lame man, he didn’t say "so, whats wrong, do you have some pain in your hips? Will you let me pray for you?" NO, Peter said "… In the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, rise up and walk!" See, quite straight forward really. Question, do you think God wants people to suffer with illnesses and pain? No, I didn’t think so. Is God faithful? Yes. So if you see someone suffering, are you going to do what Jesus asked of you? Are you going to lay hands on and command healing into their life, to command the illness to go. You can you know.

Now don’t get me wrong, I’m not saying don’t pray, Jesus taught us how to pray, "… Your kingdom come, you will be done on earth as it is in heaven…". In heaven there is no illness, no tears, no pain. This is what we are asking for here on earth, no more tears, no more pain, for the kingdom of heaven to be here on earth. Are you going to be part of the solution in Gods plan? Are you going to make yourself available for God to work through? Are you going to be obedient?

This has really challenged me. I am now asking God for opportunities to heal the sick and to pray for people. I don’t see many dead people where I am, or lepers, but the deaf and the blind there are, and for opportunities to speak the gospel into peoples lives, to share what God has done and is doing in my life. I want to make a difference, I want to do what God is blessing and that is to "heal the sick, raise the dead, cleanse lepers, cast out demons" Freely I have been give, freely I will give.

Mondays Thoughts

Possibly the start of a new series detailing some random thoughts about the weekend just past…

This Monday my thoughts are about “day and night” or should it be “evening and morning”? Tom Sumner’s sermon on this is well worth listening to at New Gen City Church. In Genesis it is written about how God created the heaven and the earth, and there the order is evening and morning (Gen 1:5, 8, 13,19, 23, 31). This is an interesting order of things in that the start of the ‘day’ is actually the evening before! The psalmists wrote some beautiful poetry but in there are also some amazing truths, “I will bless the Lord who has counseled me, indeed, my mind instructs me in the night” (Ps 16,7) so here God counsels David while he sleeps!

“It is in vain that you rise early and also go late to rest, eating the bread of anxious toil for he gives to his beloved sleep” (Ps 127:2) meaning sleep is a gift from God.

All this says that at night while we sleep God counsels and instructs and prepares us for the day ahead. Sleeping isn’t for the recouping of the day just gone but for preparation for the morning to come.