Let’s Not Get Too Distracted

There’s been some big news in the Christian world over the past week or so. It’s been difficult to digest at times and the knock-on effect for many will continue for a long time.

But here’s the shocking news!! Most average people don’t know who Todd Bentley & Mike Guglielmucci are.

Even more shocking news!! They probably don’t care about what’s happened to them either.

Maybe that belittles the whole thing for you but outside of the Christian world these names mean very little, unless you live near. Most people are too focused on their own worlds and what’s going on with them. Is that too simplistic? Is it naive?

Let’s not get too distracted from keeping our hearts right, making sure that we keep the main thing the main thing, building the local church and making the name of Jesus famous where we live.

Check out the thoughts of Brian Houston. As I said before, my relationship with God is not based on what any man has done for me but on what God has done for me.

Book Review: For This Cause I Was Born

This is Brian Houstons latest offering. You could say that this stuff is what he is famous for – helping people discover the greatest cause that any individual can live for. Vision is great but a cause has more power.

This is an incredibly easy read. However, that does not mean that the content is easy too. As you read you catch a glimpse of Brians heart for people, his heart for seeing people fulfill their God-given destiny.

3 things that stuck out for me:
1. ‘Vision generates excitement and enthusiasm but the cause of Christ generates power.’ Love that truth. Vision unattached to a greater cause is just a list of personal goals. Nothing wrong with setting goals but they are easily forgotten, changed or defeated. A cause doesn’t allow for options – it just stays with you all the time.

2. A Holy Calling is not some mystical thing, only reached through retreating from the world and seeking God in solitude. “There are things in your heart that the Lord has deposited there, and as you begin to step out in faith, keeping God central, He will begin to reveal, refine, and release you in your holy calling” I love that it is that simple. We over complicate it sometimes when its just about us living out the things we do each day with God smack bang at the centre of it all.

3. “A heart surrendered to God recognises the need to live beyond personal desires and surrender self to God’s will” I pray that I would be this kind of person. It is not about me but too often I make it about me. To really live for the cause is to lay down my own ambitions and trust God to put even better ones in my way.

A recommended read – definitely makes you think about the vision you should have for your life. An especially good read for new Christians. Get your copy here

A Change of Season

Well this is my 100th post. Wow – never knew I had so much to say. Here is where I am at right now…

1. Just finished reading the Bible through for the year. For the past 5 years I have endeavoured to read the Bible in the first 6 months. It is an exercise in focus for me and getting the Word of God in to my life. I really enjoy it and every year is different. Verses hit me round the head, stuff to meditate on.

2. So the season changes…although I still keep reading the Word (a little everyday plus study for preaching), gone back to the Gospels, I now spend time reading a selection of books I have bought during the past 6-12 months…so here goes with the list:

No Perfect People Allowed by John Burke
Can We Do That? by Andy Stanley & Ed Young
Vintage Jesus by Mark Driscoll
Boundaries by Henry Cloud
They Like Jesus But Not The Church by Dan Kimball
For This I Was Born by Brian Houston
Simple Church by Rainer & Geiger
Preaching the Cross by Dever, Duncan, Mohler & Mahaney
Starving Jesus by Craig Gross & J.R. Mahon
Holy Discontent by Bill Hybels
Meatball Sundae by Seth Godin
Moving in the Spirit by Phil Pringle
Quiet Leadership by David Rock
Chazown by Craig Groeschel
Axiom by Bill Hybels
It by Craig Groeschel
Today Matters by John Maxwell
UnChristian by David Kinnaman
The Magic of Thinking Big by David Schwartz

Why read so much I hear you cry? To find inspiration, to be challenged, to learn and because I love too read. May not get through them all but better to aim higher.

3. Started a Life Coaching Course too. I have until 31 December 2008 to complete it.

4. Still praying..but if I’m honest the early mornings have drifted. Mostly because the kids are off school and I have let the discipline slip. I recognised today that letting that happen has effected my focus and thought patterns.

5. Thinking about vision all the time. I am not preaching until September 7th which is the launch of our Church year. We will be talking vision for a while so I am focused on that right now. I have some big dreams which no doubt I will unfold on here.

6. Wondering…where have all the comments gone. Don’t just read – share your thoughts too. I love to hear what others are thinking about, reading, journeying through. I find inspiration from everywhere – nothing more encouraging to my faith than hearing about what God is teaching you, leading you through or the victory He has brought.

[Lets hear some stuff]