2405, 2024

My Refuge

By |May 24th, 2024|

My Refuge  Toowoomba is a beautiful place, but bitterly cold in winter. I remember spending a week there with family a number of years ago now when our kids were small. It was quite warm when we arrived, but the temperature fell very quickly. On one of the mornings, it was decided that the small children had been cooped up long enough and we needed to get out for a bit. So we headed off, with morning tea in hand, in search of a playground. Not long after arriving at the park at Picnic Point, we realized what a crazy idea it was. It was freezing! OK, maybe not freezing, but the temperature was definitely in single figures. And being up on top of the Range, there was also a healthy

1605, 2024

Five Common Misconceptions about the Holy Spirit

By |May 16th, 2024|

Five Common Misconceptions about the Holy Spirit  This Sunday (19th May) is Pentecost Sunday. It’s the day in the church calendar where we give thanks for the outpouring of the Holy Spirit upon the people of God. You can read all about it in Acts 2 or listen to a sermon on it here.  Last year for Pentecost Sunday I wrote about ‘How the Holy Spirit Helps Us’. This year, I’d like to share five of the most common misconceptions about the person and work of the Holy Spirit. It would seem to me that the Holy Spirit is not only the ‘shy member of the Trinity’ (Frederick Dale Bruner), but also the most misunderstood.  The following extract from the book ‘You Are a Theologian’ by JT English and

305, 2024

My Stroke Journey

By |May 3rd, 2024|

My Stroke Journey “And we know that all things work together for good to those who love God, to those who are the called according to his purpose.” (Romans 8:28) This precious promise is all-encompassing for those who love God. All things are from God—mercy, affliction, personal, and public. All things are good from all aspects—temporal, spiritual, and eternal. All benefit us—inclining us towards good, breaking us off from sin, bringing us nearer to God, weaning us from the world, fitting us for heaven. The prophet Jeremiah endured many afflictions, acknowledging that God was the ultimate author of those afflictions (Lamentations 3:1). Nevertheless, he also said, “Through the Lord’s mercies we are not consumed, because his compassions fail not. They are new every morning; great is your faithfulness” (Lamentations

2604, 2024

Do You Live To Pray? Or Pray To Live?

By |April 26th, 2024|

Do You Live To Pray? Or Pray To Live?  “Prayer is often represented as the great means of the Christian life. But it is no mere means, it is the great end of that life. It is, of course, not untrue to call it a means. It is so, especially at first. But at last it is truer to say that we live the Christian life in order to pray than that we pray in order to live the Christian life.”  ~ P.T. Forsyth (The Soul of Prayer) ~  How does prayer impact your life? Or, rather, how does your life impact how you pray? Do you treat prayer as just a means to an end? Or is there more to it?   In reflecting on this, I think it

2803, 2024

Just How Good Is The Good News of the Gospel?

By |March 28th, 2024|

Just How Good Is The Good News of the Gospel?  If you’re taking the time to read this, then you probably won’t mind taking the time to dwell on this question for a moment or two.   Just how good is the good news of the gospel? Just how good is the good news of Jesus’ life, death, and resurrection?  You might be thinking, “What kind of a question is that?! The good news of Jesus is VERY good news!”  And you’d be right. It is!  It is the best news that anyone could ever hear.  But do we treat it like it is?  Think of the joy and excitement a person has when the team they’ve been supporting for years..even decades…finally wins a premiership or tournament!   How do they

2203, 2024

Easter devotions to prepare our hearts, our families, and our Church

By |March 22nd, 2024|

Easter devotions to prepare our hearts, our families, and our Church  What does your preparation for Easter usually look like? Perhaps it’s making sure you’ve purchased your favourite easter eggs, organising family catch ups, or making lists of jobs to do over the long weekend.... What about preparing your heart for Easter, what does that look like for you?  While our culture often misses the point of Easter, I think it’s wonderful that it’s still celebrated. Rows and rows of Easter eggs line supermarket stores. Hot Cross buns have been on sale since Boxing Day! Let us not get lost in sultana-filled rolls and foil-covered chocolate eggs. Let’s be intentional in preparing our hearts to celebrate the true meaning of Easter this coming week.   A few years ago, we

1403, 2024

Are You Listening?

By |March 14th, 2024|

I don’t know about you but I’ve never heard God speak in an audible voice. I have however on a number of occasions known that He had something to say to me.   Maybe you’ve had a similar experience. The scripture passage that you read in your morning devotion is shared later that day on the radio. A ‘random’ podcast you choose to listen to on your drive to work touches on a theological topic you were just discussing recently with a friend. The ‘non-sermon-based’ Bible study group you are part of works through the same book of the Bible as the current church sermon series. You’d be surprised how many times this has happened over the years in our KYB (Know Your Bible) studies.  For me, the teaching that

503, 2024

What is Happening in Heaven Right Now?

By |March 5th, 2024|

“After this I looked, and there before me was a door standing open in heaven.” (Revelation 4:1)  What is happening in heaven right now? It might seem like an odd question, maybe even an irrelevant question.   Heaven seems so far away, so disconnected from our on-the-ground, flesh-and-blood lives in the real world. It’s almost like asking: What is happening on the moon right now? Does it really matter?   Interestingly, when we turn to the book of Revelation, the final book of the Bible, after hearing the seven letters to the churches (chs. 2–3), and before being shown what will soon take place in the future, John is given a glimpse into what is happening in heaven right now (Rev. 4:1-11). Why? Because this heavenly vision will ground John and