You know the feeling. The ache. The sorrow. The grief. You feel compassion rising up, and you’re caught. You can’t unfeel something. You can’t unsee injustice… You can’t rub away the blackness. The empathy. The dark realisation… During my lunch-time at work I walk around the streets of Sydney’s Surry Hills. It’s a hub for brothels, and my heart breaks when I see… Continue reading Caught in compassion
http://bible.com/59/pro.16.9.ESV What plans and dreams and visions are formulating in your mind at the moment? Which direction would you like the ‘boat’ of your life to head? I find it so reassuring to know that although God gives me choices, and there are consequences of those choices, he is ultimately steering the ship. Even if… Continue reading God is steering the ship
When asked if they are creative, I think most people would say yes. You might not consider yourself an arty type that goes to the theatre, strums on a guitar, and takes photographs of sunsets, but I can almost guarantee there’s something you love doing that involves a creative process of some kind. You know… that… Continue reading Are you a creative person?
http://bible.com/59/jhn.14.21.ESV A relationship with God is not just about feelings and emotions. Its authenticity is shown in a life devoted to someone and something other than ourselves. The Christian life is one of complete surrender, joyful obedience, and willing sacrifice. Christians obey their loving, generous Father knowing there are far greater things ahead than those… Continue reading The freedom to obey
http://bible.com/111/rom.12.2.NIV How will you allow God to renew your mind today, instead of following the pattern of this world and all its distractions? – Will you open up the Bible and allow God’s words to impart life, and hope, and conviction? – Will you make time just for God, with no distractions? How do you… Continue reading Be transformed, not conformed
http://bible.com/111/psa.84.10.NIV Do we long to be in the presence of God? Do we desire to gaze upon his beauty and glory? Do we seek to hear his voice and follow his ways? Do we plan to spend time in his ‘courts’? May our hearts be drawn to God, and away from those things that don’t… Continue reading Better than anything
http://bible.com/111/eph.6.11.NIV How savvy are you to the devil’s schemes against your spiritual growth? Have you thought about the fact you have a spiritual enemy who wars against you? Not that we need to fear, or obsess over this enemy – but we do need to wage war in return, simply by drawing close to God,… Continue reading Take your stand