Affluenza

•30/12/2011 • Leave a Comment

Well, its been a year and half since I wrote my last post… how crazy is that!I’ve been doing plenty on Twitter though…

I just wanted to share some exerts from a book I have just picked up: Affluenza by Clive Hamilton and Richard Denniss:

“Materialistic values of wealth, status and image work against close interpersonal relationships and connection to others, two hallmarks of psychological health and high quality of life.” (pg 14)

“… the more materialistic we are the less free we are. Why? Because we must commit more of our lives to pay for our material desires. And the more acquisitive we are the more our desires and the means of satisfying them are determined by others. Acquisitive people derive their sense of identity and their imagined place in society from the things they own, yet the symbols that confer their self-worth and status are the whim of external forces – of fashion.Materialism thus robs us of autonomy.” (pg 15)

What great insight into the crazy way we choose to live.

 

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Signs That Your Church Needs Help!

•05/07/2010 • 2 Comments

I saw a great article on the 15 signs that your business might suck. Click HERE to check it out.

It sparked off a few ideas in my head about the church and leadership… so here is me giving it a go.

1. You can’t remember when the last salvation response was made.

Jesus said His mission was to seek and save the lost. He left us with a mandate to win the world by making disciples. Enough said.

2. Your baptismal font is dusty and hasn’t seen water for a long time.

Dito from the above.

3. If you’re not there things fall to pieces in the service.

This is a sign of no or weak delegation. We become leaders by doing. But as we rise in leadership we need to empower others to do the work of ministry. (Eph 4:11-12)

4. Its Kumbaya Town

Its easy for a church to turn inward and become a holy huddle. But we need to be reaching out. A rule of thumb for a growing church is that you need a minimum of 5 guests out of 100 in the service.

5. There is no process.

What is the next step you want people to take. If you haven’t figured this out, how can you expect your people to have it figured out?

6. Your service is… (yawn)… predictable.

Every church ends up with liturgy. Liturgy is not in and of itself a bad thing. The problem arises when the liturgy is so predictable, boring and lifeless!  There should be a sense of life and expectation in your service. Are there ever any unexpected moments? This takes time to prepare (this may sound contradictory)!

7. ‘The church…’ and not ‘My church…’

You can tell people’s ownership in a church by how they speak about it. Do people talk about their church? Listen to people’s language… it’s quite revealing!

Those were a few of my thoughts. I’d love to hear some of yours! Please leave a comment and share yours!

One Liners From The NLT Tour

•21/06/2010 • Leave a Comment

Last week I had a real treat to go along to our ACTS Churches National Leadership Tour. We had some of the finest leaders that New Zealand has to offer. Here are a few one liners from the 6 sessions:

“When the car’s oil light comes on, it’s no good getting a car-wash. Deal with the heart issues, not with the outside plastic (appearance) stuff.”       Ps Bruce Monk

“When you are in the ‘wilderness’… there is no cellphone reception.”      Ps Bruce Monk

“Every new level in God requires new levels of sacrifice.”      Ps Lyle Penisula

“God doesn’t lead you with a guarantee but with a promise.”       Ps Lyle Penisula

“A costless Christianity is a powerless Christianity.”      Ps Sam Monk

“What your strength won’t budge your consistency will outlast.      Ps Sam Monk

“Our call is never to a position but to a place of service.”      Ps Sam Monk

“There is no church too small for teams.”      Ps Paul Bennett.

Hope you enjoyed that. Even in the one-liners there is so much depth to be explored.

Leave a comment and share some of your favorite one-liners.


•17/06/2010 • Leave a Comment

I love this VIDEO.

Watch it and then come back and answer these questions:

“What are your daily (usually subconscious) affirmations that you tell yourself?”

“Would your daily affirmations horrify you if your children were to repeat them?”

“How do you need to align your affirmations with what the Word of God says about you?”

I don’t know about you… but I’m challenged!

Leave a comment and share your thoughts.

Stuck In A Rut

•14/06/2010 • Leave a Comment

Are you living in the present… or in the past?

“The man who has no vision for the future will always return to his past.”

If you took stock right now and were really honest… are you repeating your past or are you trying things that you have never done before?

In your marriage… in your relationships… in your work life… in your service at church and in the community… are you rehashing what you’ve always done?

After Jesus crucifixion… and the dashing of the disciples dreams of the future… Peter returned to his past of fishing for fish. (remember Jesus called Peter to become a fisher of men – Matt 4:19)

John 21:1-7

1Afterward Jesus appeared again to his disciples, by the Sea of Tiberias.[a]It happened this way: 2Simon Peter, Thomas (called Didymus), Nathanael from Cana in Galilee, the sons of Zebedee, and two other disciples were together. 3“I’m going out to fish,” Simon Peter told them, and they said, “We’ll go with you.” So they went out and got into the boat, but that night they caught nothing.

4Early in the morning, Jesus stood on the shore, but the disciples did not realize that it was Jesus.

5He called out to them, “Friends, haven’t you any fish?”
“No,” they answered.

6He said, “Throw your net on the right side of the boat and you will find some.” When they did, they were unable to haul the net in because of the large number of fish.

7Then the disciple whom Jesus loved said to Peter, “It is the Lord!” As soon as Simon Peter heard him say, “It is the Lord,” he wrapped his outer garment around him (for he had taken it off) and jumped into the water.

Have you gone back to fishing for fish?

Today, will you make a decision to come to Jesus and ask Him to give you a vision for what could be and should be.

Pursue it with all your heart… and you’ll be amazed at how fulfilling your life will be!

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Senses vs Imagination

•07/04/2010 • 1 Comment

Just a thought…

The human body has around 100 000 000 (million) sensory receptors that enable us to see, hear, taste, touch and smell.

The human body has around 100 000 000 000 000 (trillion) synaptic connections that crisscross through our brain.

Mathematically speaking, our imagination is a million times more powerful than our 5 senses put together!

Eph 3:20-21

20Now to him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us, 21to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, for ever and ever! Amen.

What a challenging thought!

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Science Declares God’s Glory!

•05/04/2010 • 2 Comments

Happy Easter everyone!

I have been blown away lately as I consider Jesus.

One such pondering has been over Jesus and the over 300 prophecies that were fulfilled during his birth, life, death and resurrection. Professor Stoner looked at the statistical likelihood of a man fulfilling just 8 of the prophecies and found that there is a 1 in 100 000 000 000 000 000 chance! To help you visualize that, picture yourself marking a NZ$2 coin, tossing it into a mixer with 100’s of 1000’s of $2 coins… then mixing it all up and pouring it over NZ’s North and South islands 5 foot deep. Then blindfolding someone, allowing them to walk randomly to a spot and then picking up the marked coin first time.

Yea Right!

To get the full low down click HERE.

Everywhere I look, I see Jesus… and am amazed!

What about you? What has been stiring awe and wonder in your life of late?

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