People frequently say, "Its a young person's world" and it many ways it is. Youth culture dominates our world and especially the entertainment industry. Yet, the largest and fastest growing demographic in many parts of our world is the elderly. With life expectancy continuing to grow, we will continue to see more and more seniors as part of our communities.… Read the rest
As we read through the story of Jesus as recorded in the Gospel of Matthew we see that: Jesus shares his Messianic message about the kingdom of God (Mt.5-7), he engages in a ministry of miracles and signs (Mt.8-9), and he commissions his disciples to participate in his mission (Mt.10).… Read the rest
The UK government intends to block all internet porn in an aim to combat the early sexualisation of children. Parents would have to request to access pornography. What an excellent move this is! As you know, if you have ever stayed in a hotel, porn is on tap and you have to request to turn it off.… Read the rest
1. Make time for thinking creatively
Set aside regular time for “brainstorming” – by yourself and, better still, with other people and especially with any teams you are a part of.… Read the rest
- "Everything that can be invented has been invented." [Charles H. Duell, Director of the American Patent Office in 1899]
- "Sensible and responsible women do not want to vote." [Grover Cleveland, 1905]
- "Who the hell wants to hear actors talk?" [Harry M.
A few quotes:
1. “In a period of rapid change, the only ones who survive are those who innovate and create change.” [Peter Drucker – Father of Modern Management in Management, p.357]
Change is the only certain in today’s fast paced environment.… Read the rest
1. God is a Creative God
God invented creativity. He thought it up. It was his idea. Creativity is part of who God is. The fifth word in the Bible is ‘created’ – “In the beginning God created … (Gen.1:1)” God started the creative ball rolling and it has been rolling ever since.… Read the rest
I pretty much grew up in church. When I was a kid our family went to church three times every Sunday – Sunday morning, Sunday afternoon and Sunday night. When I was nine years of age (back in 1970), my family travelled to America where my dad was one of the speakers for multiple church conventions and camps up and down the West Coast.… Read the rest
Many individuals, groups and churches begin the year with a season of prayer. I think it is a great idea. Our church begins a 14 day period of prayer beginning today. We are encouraging everyone to take some additional time aside to pray – personally, with their family or in their small group.
We are also having 30 minutes of prayer before each weekend church gathering during the month of February and we are opening a room at the church each midweek day for people to drop by and have some prayer.
Why not engage in something similar yourself, if you aren't already doing so.
Attached is an outline of a simple prayer guide we have put together.
Here are a few Scriptures to encourage you in your prayer:
The earnest prayer of a righteous person has great power and wonderful results.… Read the rest
This weekend we took time as a church community to thank God for His blessing and favour, especially over the last 8 years in which we have been working towards our Vision 2010 statement. We want to be like the Samaritan leper who took time to return to Jesus and express his gratitude for the healing he received (Luke 17:11-18), not like the nine, who were obviously pleased to be healed, but who took no time to thank Jesus.
Here are a few random thoughts and quotes on the power of gratitude:
- There is an old story about two angels who were sent to earth to gather up the prayers of people.
We have four unusual dates:
Then for something really different …
1. Take the last two digits of the year you were born …
2.… Read the rest