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Heart Surgery ( A MUST READ a bit personal this one)

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Yesterday I visited a good friend of mine who has just had open heart surgery, a quadruple bypass actually, a big deal. He has come through really well and I hope he doesn't mind me mentioning him here but it was a good time together in the hospital as we just chatted. What I wanted to say about this was that he is all hooked up to the monitors and tubes and stuff, and it is gently ticking over his heart rate speeds etc, but when we started to pray the monitor went off the charts , bells started ringing, the nurse came running in, I kept on praying, and it all settled, the bells went off, but it occurred to me thats what should happen in our hearts when we start talking with Jesus... our heart should leap !Jesus is our destiny, He is our hope, He is our reason for our everything...........................................................I have been going through a pretty rough time recently, personally, a number of worries and burdens and issues and it has taken me close to the …

Public ministry vs Private ministry

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This blog entry is ( please note, just my opinion and thoughts) but if it helps my ministry friends, who find themselves on the platform week after week...then take it and do with it what you will. I havent written it to have a crack at anyone... neither have I shared it as a "preach"... its just that for me, I find life can get tough and sometimes by putting it out there I find strength from others who feel the same, and sometimes by sharing these things, we can help each other on the journey. Maybe thats why I am sharing it. And for those at Ringwood who think I am having a crack at them ? Nope !!! dont even go there. Actually I am not having a go at anyone... I am just sharing a thought that came to me in my quiet time this morning as I prayed..........................................................................................................................................................................“Whoever dwells in the shelter of the Most High will rest in…

Reality !

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I chose deliberatly to come and sit in MacDonalds today to think about life, do some prep and be in touch with reality. You know be where the people are.People munching on burgers and fries and hash browns... sipping coffee, chatting, and escaping a cold wet day in Melbourne.2 ladies sit in front of me, both are on their mobile phones texting... someone somewhere, but not really engaging each other in conversation too much. what an interesting world it has become... what really is reality in this world these days ?we are all so busy rushing around here and there.... so much to do, and we all carry our burdens and worries and fears... we also carry hope and dreams and sometimes those dreams are shattered in the harsh reality of what life has become.One such incident occurred at Ringwood yesterday... it was nothing short of a miracle ...or something crazy.We had arrived for work and were just settling into the office when there was a commotion in the foyer... a man had entered into ou…

I want to see.....

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Last night in our Prayer and Praise meeting I got this thought... I want to build on it here in my blog.The miraculous activity of God that I read in my bible is a very different reality to what I see in my Christian life these days, and I often ponder and wonder why that is.Dont you ?My God is a powerful, almighty and amazing God... His power and ability blows me away and I have seen some of that, with supernatural activity in my life at various times. But I dont see it all the time.Is it because He doesn't do stuff all the time ? or is it because I have sin in my life or some barrier that stops Him from moving in such ways ? or is it that I havent prayed right ? or havent prayed full stop ? Is it because of lack of faith ? is it because God doesn't feel like doing this or that ?Dunno !!!!!!!Let me remind you and myself, of some of what He has done...He split the sea apart so the Israelites could escape through the water...He poured down fire from heaven and burnt up the al…

Why are some people so unkind ?

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I reckon I have pretty much seen it all, people who treat others with contempt and abuse, and hurt... and I have seen people who ignore others, disown them, try to push them aside, dont even ackowledge them.I dont know why people treat others like that, especially so when they claim faith.You know, claim to belong to Christ.Christians can never treat others like that and never should...ever... in no circumstances ever, yet it happens and we have all been on the receiving end of it. I hate it when I see it happen to others, and of course I hate it when it happens to me personally.And I hope I have never done that to anyone, but I guess I am as guilty as the next guy with this and if I have ever done that to you, I apologise now for it (to you). sorry. truly I am.I have met some amazing people and I have met some nasty ones too. I dont understand though how anyone can behave the way they do when they claim to know Jesus.Maybe thats the issue.... do we really know Jesus, or do we only …

Life is pretty interesting right now !!!!

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Sometimes I feel like everything I have aspired to, is just passing me by.Sometimes I feel like I have missed out on what God had planned for my life, due to my shortcomings, failures and the circumstances of my life.When I became an Officer I was idealistic, I had great dreams and high hopes for my future, and tonight as I sit here and write this blog I feel like somehow I have missed it. That somehow, I have missed out on what I had dreamt of, and what I still dream of.Its true I am facing some fairly big challenges right now in my life, and I guess I just wonder and ponder that maybe I have run my race and this is it, and this is all there is. Maybe for me, this was all there was ever going to be.I look at some close friends around me, making a huge difference to the World and for TSA and I am so proud of them, and secretly wish I was them, or with them. I am not envious or covetous of them, just proud of them living it out at the highest degree, impacting the world in signific…

The BIG pretender

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http://youtu.be/cU4amLJYGGsthe Platters ( Music group ) made this song a huge hit many years ago, and as I think about this entry on my blog the words ( well some of them) have spoken to me. Have you ever been caught by a pretender ?There are a lot of scammers out there today,preteding to be something they are not, I heard the other day of someone who got tricked by one of these pretenders and lost $10,000 online. (sigh)well there's more isnt there ?someone said they loved you ...only to dump you ?something wasnt what it seemed ? it was fake ..?I am sure you get the drift of that question, but think about it for a moment... we have all heard the line,"Fake it until you make it "...... hmmm, not sure about it, well I guess in some ways its ok, as we learn a new skill or sport or hobby... but it isnt ok in the Christian sense.and most likely many of us along our journey, have faked it at times, pretending to be something or someone we are not.Its not a good idea though …

J15 - Research project.

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“I am the true vine, and my Father is the gardener. He cuts off every branch in me that bears no fruit, while every branch that does bear fruit he prunes so that it will be even more fruitful. You are already clean because of the word I have spoken to you. Remain in me, as I also remain in you. No branch can bear fruit by itself; it must remain in the vine. Neither can you bear fruit unless you remain in me. “I am the vine; you are the branches. If you remain in me and I in you, you will bear much fruit; apart from me you can do nothing. If you do not remain in me, you are like a branch that is thrown away and withers; such branches are picked up, thrown into the fire and burned. If you remain in me and my words remain in you, ask whatever you wish, and it will be done for you. This is to my Father’s glory, that you bear much fruit, showing yourselves to be my disciples. “As the Father has loved me, so have I loved you. Now remain in my love. If you keep my commands, you will remain …

Bruised in the Battle

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When I became an Officer in the Salvation Army I never really understood the extents that the enemy would go to ...to beat me up and try and cause me to give up.Let me go back, I remember well, sitting in the seats of the old Perth Fortress and listening week in and week out to the truth of the gospel. Many times I found myself responding to God in surrender, repentance and confession, and many times I was forgiven and restored, still am. I will always be grateful for faithful and courageous Officers and Leaders who inspired me, challenged me and showed me what it meant to be true to Jesus.One day, in those days, that seems like, " forever ago...", I distinctly heard my name being called to go into ministry as an Officer in TSA and I said yes and have given it my best shot for 20 years now.But if you had told me that I would be constantly beat up by the devils attempts at my life, by the temptations and criticisms, and complaints and "stuff" that an Officer must f…

Go Home and Bake !!!!

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This is the basic transcript of todays Message at Ringwood Salvos 10am service. It would appear as though we didnt actually podcast this one, so if it will help someone you know to take a read, can I encourage you to pass it on... May the Lord God bless you in your situation. ( Gary )
Words of Hope.. Words of healing.. Words of helpMartin Luther Quote: 2 most important days in your life.." My today, and That Day "...I am pretty sure that Luther was reminding us that the 2 most important days in our lives, are today, the choices we are making today, the decisions, the actions, which all lead us towards that final day when we leave this planet and face our Father in heaven, all of us here today are in the same boat... none of us are exempt from facing these 2 days... so today lets be listening out for the still small voice of God as He whispers in your ear...................................the other morning in my quiet time I was reflecting on my life circumstances. I got t…

ON the Edge !!!

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I feel like I am on the edge.Not the edge of a cliff, or tall building about to fall off, but on the edge of something bigger and better in my life .It's not the best feeling, because its neither here nor there.Have you ever felt it ? You know the feeling that if something doesnt happen you could fail or fall, or worse still, start living in a rut of mundane-ness ? and yet, if something does happen, you may or may not be able to handle it, but it sure looks better than what you currently are doing.Well I feel like I am on the edge of something better than what I personally experience right now. It's a kind of spiritual thing, but also a deeply personal thing. Its a sense that I cannot remain in the situation I am in, but also that I have no control ( In some ways) about what should or could happen next.I want to get off the edge and into the "new thing", but there is still this nagging doubt, this feeling of the fear of the unknown, a fear of failure, a fear of th…

Self View ?

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I havent blogged for some time, actually since ICO finished, so it's time again to share my opinions and feelings and beliefs about life and what is going on myself and around me these days.I have discovered a lot of new things about myself over the past weeks and months, some of which is quite challenging... these things include these 3 hot topics in my life right now:1. My own personal self view.... how I view myself, and sometimes how I compare myself with others. (which is not a good thing to do by the way) But I am pretty sure we have all been guilty of that at one time or another. So, here are some of the things I have learned about myself: (a) sometimes I view myself as inferior to others, you know, worse than, or less smart or less attractive (lol) or other things... (b) I have also worked out that sometimes I am wrong and right in my own self estimation. (c) OK, I am not the smartest, most best looking bloke that ever walked the planet, but I am fearfully and wonderfuu…

ICO 8 - The Lessons of ICO ( Final)

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It's all over, ( well nearly )..... just a bible study and the final ceremonies...and that is it for session 224.I can barely believe it. AND actually in some ways I am quite sad.Now before I get too far into this blog, I am happy to be catching up with Jules and being reunited and then travelling home, I love my family and miss them more than words can express. So..let's be clear about that, but I am going to miss this experience and the new friendships I have formed.every night at the end of our ICO progran we would share in what we called the "Tunnocks Lounge", these were amazing nights of bonding and chatting and recounting the days activities, laughing often til we could laugh no more.... eating Tunnocks chocolates, drinking coffee, and just being around each other. This was very very good. and I will miss it. (more than words can say)Lesson 1: I havent laughed as much as this in years, perhaps I had forgotten how to laugh ? Maybe... it certainly feels l…

ICO 7 - Vulnerability and Opposition

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There is nothing like being away from home and your Ministry appointment to gain perspective and insight. I know God called me, its just that He never told me just how difficult ministry would actually be, especially when opposition comes to the cause that God called you to. - And to the way in which He hardwired me and created me. You know, my inner most thoughts and ideas and ways, and dreams and hopes and vision.Now in fairness to Him, if we all knew just how tough it could become, there's a pretty good chance many of us would never have signed up in the first place. Truth be known, I may not have. It raises many questions in my mind.... some of which have no answers really. Opposition from within the movement vs opposition from outside of the movement ?Being true to the Call, true to yourself even if there are some terrified of you and the way you lead and the character you have ?Is it fair ? No. Is it true ? Yes.One of my key goals is being addressed in these last couple of …

ICO 6 - Listening, My very public confession.

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Today we were taken on this very short journey by Major Widiawati Tampai (ICO Staff Officer) all about listening prayer. Now I know about listening to God, I try to do that. And before you cast judgement on this blog, - do you personally listen to God enough ? NO.. do You ?So....Here's a confession, I dont listen to God enough. I am choosing to change that right now !As we sat and contemplated the words of Widi today, good solid words, that one might expect to hear in a place like this, I became aware again of Gods voice speaking into my spirit. Now line that up with the book I am currently reading "Simplify" by Bill Hybels, and a few things are screaming at me about my private spiritual and personal life.I get it !!!! and feel like saying to God you dont have to yell.... but then some of us yell at Him all the time when we are praying dont we ?when things dont go our way ?when we dont get what we want ?I think sometimes I have been guilty of thinking God must be …

ICO 5 - Something is up !!!!

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I cant help but wonder, what is next in my life. I sense something, but am unsure exactly what. I am unsure whether its a new call, a revived one, or that God is laying before me the possibilities of His (new) plans for my life. But something is happening deeply inside me.I am not alone, other delegates are also expressing similar thoughts.It's obscure I know... and I can't actually articulate it, very well...but something is going on, something is up in my spirit.I am excited by what I feel, please remember this blog is just an opportunity for me to get my thoughts out and feelings out in some kind of blog-o-sphere, so that I can vent for myself... and not think too deeply about what is going on in my world. ( which mind you there is a fair bit right now)Let me try and express it...It started yesterday when we were discussing world evangelization and where the Army is and isnt in the world, and where it could be started.Today it continued with Servant Leadership discussions …