Mark’s BLOG Update

TypingI entered the world of blogging on August 16th, 2007.

It’s been quite a journey and I’ve enjoyed sharing a few thoughts on most days, as well as interacting with people’s opinions on a variety of topics.

Here are some statistics for your interest (as of Dec.25th, 2007):

  1. Total blog posts – 147
  2. Total page views since launch – 57,357
  3. Average page views per day – just over 441
  4. Total comments – 515 (an average of 3.5 per post)

Feel free to give any constructive feedback about the blog, including content, frequency of posts, length of posts, and topics covered so far.… Read the rest

Our Greatest Need

Christmas_giftIf our greatest need had been information, God would have sent an educator.

If our greatest need had been technology, God would have sent us a scientist.

If our greatest need had been money, God would have sent us an economist.Read the rest

Merry Christmas!

ChristmasMerry Christmas!

Today, we celebrate the birth of Jesus Christ, the Son of God. Although, his birth probably took place in October rather than December, we take this opportunity to honour and worship Him.

Obviously, the Christmas story has accumulated a lot of extra trimmings over the years, with the addition of things like Santa Claus, Christmas trees, cards and holidays.Read the rest

Peace on Earth

Peace“Peace on Earth” – now there’s something I’m sure we’d all like to see more of, especially in an age of increasing conflict and tension. According to the Gospel of Luke that’s the message that the choir of angels gave when they announced the birth of Jesus Christ: “Glory to God in the highest, peace on earth and goodwill toward men!” 

When you hear the word “peace” you think of things such as harmony, rest, tranquillity and quietness.… Read the rest

Christmas Humour

Red_wagon Little Johnny desperately wanted a bright red wagon for Christmas. His friends were writing letters to Santa Claus, but Johnny decided to go one better.

"Dear Jesus", he wrote. "If I get a red wagon for Christmas, I won’t fight with my brother Peter for a year." Then Johnny thought, "Oh, no, Peter is such a brat, I could never, ever keep that promise." So Johnny threw away the letter and started again.… Read the rest

An Amazing Oma

Renata1Nicole’s mother, Renate Meyer (affectionately known as ‘Oma’, which is German for grandmother), passed away earlier this week, after an intense battle with cancer. Yesterday we held a thanksgiving service for her life.

We sang a few of her favorite songs – What a Friend We Have in Jesus, Praise the Name of Jesus, and Amazing Grace.… Read the rest

Life Planning (Conclusion)

Road_winding_16We’ve just spent the last 14 days doing some Life Planning exercises. Over this time we have looked at six steps for leading your own life. Each of these six simple steps can also be applied to your church, your ministry, your organisation or business, your family, as well as your career.Read the rest

Life Planning [Day 14]

Road_winding_15Our final step in Life Planning is …

STEP 6 – Evaluate.

Effective life leadership requires that we take time to evaluate our lives and our progress. Every Christian needs to periodically take a spiritual “stocktake”. We need to bring ourselves to account, to see how we are really doing.… Read the rest

Life Planning [Day 13]

Road_windingLet’s move on to the next step in Life Planning …

STEP 5 – Do God’s Will

Paul’s instructions to the believers at Ephesus were action-orientated (Eph.5-6). He gave them things he wanted them to do. They were to take action, which meant to start doing things they weren’t already doing or to stop doing things that should not be done.Read the rest

Life Planning [Day 11]

Road_winding_2Step 1 of Life Planning was Understand Your Mission. Step 2 was Identify Your Roles.  Let’s now move on to Step 3.

STEP 3 – Establish Goals. As Paul identified each role, he gave some specific instructions or goals for the believers at the church of Ephesus to work on.… Read the rest

Life Planning [Day 10]

Road_winding
STEP 1 in Life Planning is to Understand Your Mission. We have considered a number of things to help us get a better handle on our mission: a mission statement, core values, personal vision, prophetic directives, our unique SHAPE, a SWOT analysis, and some personal shifts.… Read the rest

Life Planning [Day 9]

Road_winding_3In moving towards God’s Mission for your life, there will be changes you need to make. God leads us day by day, step by step, level by level, and season by season.

Another helpful analogy is shifting gears. There are times when God wants us to transition to a new gear, so we can move faster on less energy.… Read the rest

Life Planning [Day 8]

Road_winding_6Another simple tool to help you as you continue to think through your Mission is a SWOT analysis.

SWOT stands for:

  1. Strengths – what are you good at? When do you feel strong?
  2. Weaknesses – what do you find difficult?
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Life Planning [Day 7]

Road_winding_5Another helpful thing to consider when reflecting on your Mission is your personal SHAPE.

SHAPE is a concept developed by Rick Warren and it includes consideration of five things:

  1. Spiritual Gifts – what spiritual gifts has God given to you?
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