Worship: is it about Him, or about us. ???

A brief Blog entry today :

I am facing some interesting challenges these days, some of it is not my own doing, some of it is, I guess, and some of it, is because of my current position in ministry.

Nevertheless, the challenges come and go, for us all. Regardless of what choices we have personally made along the way, we will all have our challenges from time to time.

Presently I have a few challenges. Health. Ministry. Life.

On my FB page I have posted a song, its one of the latest Hillsong, songs, “ Who You Say I am
And its a great song that has been speaking into my heart and mind.

It occurred to me this morning as I prayed, that whilst worship isnt about me, and is about the Lord, in many of our churches worship has become more about us than Him.
But in line with that, for me, as I considered that again today, I recognized afresh that when we worship Him, we ourselves are helped and lifted.

One of the lines in that song, says this...” In my Fathers house, there’s a place for me, I …

My Thoughts on The Salvation Army in Australia right now

These are very interesting days in The Salvation Army in Australia. 
Some, I have heard, are struggling with the changes, and whilst I get that, because change isn't at all easy for any of us at times, it nevertheless is critical to our ongoing viability as a movement of God.
As soon as I start writing my thoughts and feelings here, one way or the other, I know that it will alienate a group of people, and that isn't my intent.  So if that is you, I apologise, but would you please just read on and try and see what I am getting at.

I have been a Salvo all my life, I was born into it...I am currently 57 years of age, so that means I have been a Salvo for 57 years.  When I was around 15 years I became a Soldier to go into uniform and play in the band at Perth Fortress. A lot of us did that, and it was a ritual for some of us, a means to an end.  A way of conformity if you like.  As my life went through my teen years, I was involved in the same way as many others, not particularly…

A Balm in Gilead.

There is a balm in Gilead,To make the wounded whole;There is a balm in Gilead,To heal the sin-sick soul.Some times I feel discouraged,And think my work’s in vain,But then the Holy SpiritRevives my hope again.(Chorus) If you can’t preach like Peter,If you can’t pray like Paul,Just tell the love of Jesus,And say He died for all.(Chorus) Don't ever feel discouraged,'Cause Jesus is your friend,And if you lack for knowledge,He'll never fail to lend.
This morning in my quiet time I was reading Joshua 13, and Gilead was mentioned, and straight away I was drawn back many years of my when I was young and playing in the Perth Fortress Band...and the arrangement was put on the stand of this beautiful old hymn.  I am ever so grateful for my heritage and history at Perth Fortress, for the people there that shaped my life and introduced me to Jesus.
Sometimes I do feel discouraged, and sometimes I am aware of my sin sick soul... and sometimes I am aware that Jesus is my hope in the…

Living in the Past.

Today in my quiet time, I was taken back by a verse of scripture which spoke directly into my mind, from an event that happened around 20 years ago.  It was a powerful verse and a powerful time in my life where supernatural activity occurred and changed me...hugely. The event now isnt that important to speak of, and I wont write about it, for its not a thing you write about in a blog, its a thing you treasure in your heart and sometimes speak about if the timing is right, however, this verse from Hebrews 1, just caused me to stop in my tracks and reflect on my life and where I am at these days. Also, where I want to be at.
I don’t know about you, but for me...I dont really want to be a Christian who lives in the past.
Our lives, are shaped by events in our lives, things happen to us, around us, through us..that affect who we are. Some of these events literally change the course of where we are headed. That is sometimes a good thing, and sometimes it isnt.
For instance, …

Another year nearly over...

I am not sure its been my best year, 2017, but I am not sure it has been my worst either.

Do you ever reflect on the year just gone and wish you had done some things and hadn’t done some things ?   Well, it’s like that for me.  There are many things I wish I hadn’t done, and there a number of things I wish I had.

You can’t go back and change it.... but we can make choices that change what a new year looks like.

I am hopeful for that, for myself. I haven’t blogged much in 2017, and I noticed the last entry was in August..a bit slack of me really.

For 2018 things will be hugely different for me ( and Jules), we have moved house, and will work from home in a new role for TSA in Australia. It’s exciting, but also a bit daunting as we try and discover what the role truly means.

Here are a few things, my top 10, I hope to achieve in 2018 for my life personally. No particular order, and dont read between the lines, coz there isnt anything to read there.

1.   Balance up work and personal lif…

My Story !!!

Over the past few weeks I have been thinking a lot about my story...what makes up my life, my experiences, my interactions and my relationships.

We all have a story, there isnt one person on this planet who does not have some kind of story or the other. And I guess that's what I wanted to blog about today...  it's how our stories impact each other, how our worlds collide, bless or even touch others. ( an hopefully not harm others)
Its not meant to be a preach this blog, but more of some insights I have gained as my story has unfolded, and especially this year 2017....
I believe that our story, our unique individual story that is " me" that is "you", are very important to us, after all, I am the only one that can live out my life and you yours, but from time to time, when we meet new people the stories of our lives are impacted.  Either for good, or not so good.
My life has been touched by so many people and in so many ways, over my life time, and some of t…

What an opportunity exists !!!

If ever there was a time in Australia right now for the Christian church to stand up and make a difference, now is that time.  It's perfect. 

 Yet here is the serious dilemma.
We most likely will stay silent, and do nothing.

I often wonder about myself and others when I consider these kinds of opportunities and pose a few questions of my own. Maybe its an internal struggle, maybe its apathy, maybe its lethargy, but it could also be likely that it is because we are too concerned about our reputation or image and we simply dont want to confront sin anymore or confront sinners and get conflict. Is it possible that we have simply opted for the easy way, the comfortable and non confrontational approach to ministry and mission and are awaiting people to come to us, rather than us go to them, ?
Recently there was an article published in the Australian Newspaper that says it all way more clearly than I can say, you can find the link for that article on my Facebook page, but suffice to say how…