A Memo from God

I am God. Today (as always) I will be handling all of your problems. Please remember that I do not need your help. If life happens to deliver a situation that you cannot handle, do not attempt to resolve it. Kindly put it in the SFGTD (Something For God To Do) box. All situations will…

Stand Firm

Jesus’ disciples said to Him that they could and would not consider turning away from following Him, because He alone has the words of eternal life – which means everlasting life, but also fullness of life now (Jn 6:68). Jesus also said that we live – are truly, fully alive – as human beings, by…

God, Not Gold

I was talking this week with a colleague from one of the congregations of the UAICC (United Aboriginal and Islander Christian Congress). They stand opposed to the recent decision of the Uniting Church Assembly to endorse same-sex marriage. They oppose this because it is against God’s word in the Bible, and therefore they believe that…

The Agony and the Ecstasy!

A politician once said, “Life wasn’t mean to be easy”! It can’t be disputed that, at many points, life is hard. What is also true is that for the Christian it’s harder! (…sorry to give you all this “good news” straight up!!) Jesus Christ is the way, the truth and the life. He has promised…

Walk On Water

What are our impossible situations?…. Sometimes we have no shortage of them! They can come like an avalanche – one hard thing after another. We can be filled with doubt that we can even keep going on each day. Our hearts cry out to God that it’s too hard!… But then, really, even at the…

The Puzzle, and the Mystery

We are met with many puzzles in life. These can range from the light and amusing – i.e., the jigsaw puzzle with that ‘blessed’ missing piece, to the very major and serious – i.e., the life circumstance, or illness, that threatens to overcome us! We find ourselves better, or less, equipped for these challenges, and…

Hearts Too Full

South Australian Anglican Minister, preacher and evangelist, Geoffrey Bingham, said “evangelism is a heart too full of the love of God to contain it”. He was really just quoting Jesus Christ when he said this (Mt 12:34b-35a). When I first became a Christian, I was “blown away” by the incredible love and mercy of God…

Patience

I have a confession. I am prone to impatience. I find it frustrating when golfers ahead of me just dawdle along between holes. I don’t like red stop signs or long queues. I would prefer running to catch a bus than waiting for the next one. I remind myself that a bad habit should be…

Holy anger

Jesus Christ was violently angry when God’s people had allowed a concern for money to become more important to them than their love for God their Father (Mt 21:12-17). They had set up financial gain alongside their worship of God in the temple, and Jesus had seen that their love for money was actually greater.…

King Jesus

We love our Kings! Prince William is not King yet of course, but we want him to be, and long for the day when he will be – so much so that we kind of imagine him as such already. How many millions of people around the world watched his marriage to Kate? We have…