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When things dont go the way you thought they would !?

I am 56 years of age, and have lived a pretty good life, mostly. I have made so many mistakes in my life that I cant count them all... at times,  I think I remember every single sin I have ever committed.

I have also had my fair share of victories and sometimes I can also remember those.

There have been times in my life when I have been in complete despair over my own stupid actions, and then there have been times when I have felt elated over a situation or circumstance.

As I sit here and reflect on all this, this early Christmas morning 2016, I have just received a SMS message thanking me for my contribution in another persons life.  I thought the message was a mistake seeing as though I didn't recognize who it was that sent it, and have had no ministry contact in more than 12 months with this person.  I feel like I have had little impact on anyone else's life this year... actually, so it was a bit of a surprise to me to receive the SMS.

Anyway it caused me to just sit and po…

An " Anaemic " blog...

These past few weeks has seen a few episodes of unsettling articles blogged and reported in social media.  I am not against social media, in fact I think these days it is a valuable and helpful way of communicating to the current world.   I am a blogger afterall. I am active on facebook. I tried instagram, but struggled... also twitter. ( struggled there too).

Last week there was this blog written that was not that complimentary of TSA. There had been a previous article which slammed us, and after some horrid weeks and some adjustments, TSA modified its wording, which whether you loved it or hated it, was a little more aligned with our positional statements. Well anyway, this blog had another go.  I felt enough was enough, so I challenged it and my first challenge was published. And then shot down. Actually the writer called me in subsequent blogs, "a biblical anaemic Christian" which of course messed with my head.

What I think is sad, is that I responded to these allegation…

What comes First ? (this is important right now)

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Stuck in a rut !!! Choose to get out !!!

I have done it and so have you ...and so has everyone else around you, even if they wont admit it they have,we all have. Its stupid and we feel stupid afterwards, at times we are embarrassed and ashamed, even disgusted in ourselves, and sometimes we feel trapped by it as well. But..you can bet your bottom dollar that every single person on the planet has at one time or the other made a silly choice and stupid decision.

Whether it was the first drink of booze, and now you are an alcoholic, whether it was the first look at porn and now you are addicted to it, whether it was a silly relationship choice, or perhaps a wrong career path, maybe even you took something that didn't belong to you, and suffer the consequences of that choice...at one point in your life and certainly mine, we have all made a stupid mistake and now suffer the consequences of that choice.

You can be certain that every choice has a consequence... it always does, one way or the other.

There are a couple of other …

When God whispers into your ear !

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Earlier this week I attended a discipleship practicum in Harrington NSW, led by some Officers from Sydney, it was a good time, meeting Salvo Officers from QLD and NSW and spending some time with our Territorial Mission Resource Secretary (Major Graham Roberts -a great man of God) from Melbourne.

After a tumultous journey out of Melbourne and into Port Macquarie, what should have taken us 3 hours to get there, took us basically 12 hours.  So before we even started I was exhausted.

Anyway all that to just put into context the few days we had together in Harrington, culminating with a prayer and ministry time together on Tuesday night where words of Prophecy were spoken for various people in the room as well as very personal and meaningful prayer.

So what does one do when God speaks to you, deeply, intimately and timely through the words of prophecy ?  Well I think the first thing you do is pay attention . The second thing you do is work out what it means and how it applies to your pres…

This one will no doubt get me into trouble !!! Sorry !

As the title suggest this blog entry may get me into trouble, and I don't want to be in trouble, but was so challenged last week by what I observed and felt in my spirit that I sensed I just needed to write it out really.

So a few disclaimers.

It's not about you personally.... And it's not about my girls....it is a generalization,  and if the truth of it affects you, then please deal with it somehow yes, but don't be angry at me for sensing what God is saying to me.  If I were to be truthful, the best way to describe this blog, is.... It's about me, and my relationships with my parents.

So here goes......

This blog is about my thoughts on abandoned kids. (in ministry and beyond)

I guess it never really happened to me so much, as I was too young, my parents were officers also when I was very young..... but what does a kid do when their parents abandon them ? Or move away from them ? Or in ministry they are removed from the church where everyone seemingly is happy  a…

Soul ..... !!! So what ?

I have started reading the book " Soul Keeping " by John Ortberg and it is having a fairly significant impact on the way I am thinking about myself.

I am unsure that I have ever really thought about my soul too much. Other than giving my heart to Jesus when I was way younger and doing my best to live my life for Jesus ever since... I have found out a few home truths which are challenging me and also encouraging me.

My blog entries are mostly about my thoughts about what God is doing in and around me, but this particular blog entry is more about what He is doing deeply inside me right now. And it's been very good so far.

I am loving it, I really like what I am learning.

Can I ask you, when was the last time you did some deep soul searching and soul surgery and knew that it was just good ?  Well that's what is happening inside me.

Ortbergs book is laced with quotes from Dallas Willard and it's very helpful.

One such quote: " it's more important who you bec…

The hot girl on the highway ....

I guess this blog has been brewing in me for a few weeks, if not a few years, or maybe my whole life ..I am not sure, hopefully it will make sense ...hopefully it won't offend too many people, hopefully it will cause a few readers to consider the direction that their life is currently taking.

 Firstly, I am not a perfect Christian, I never have been and probably never will be, so don't think I write from some kind of self righteous , pious position of thinking I am better than anyone else.

I don't think that at all, in fact I may very well be worse than anyone else.

 Secondly...and before I get into the meat of this blog entry, if you are " not interested" in my writing and blogs then check out now, don't bother reading any further...

 If you are still curious as to what the blog is going to be about then keep reading, you never know it might just be the best thing you read today.  ( of course it might not be as well... But it is the truth )

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Go do it to them. ( you know you want to !!!!)

In the past days I have heard of a few people who have been hurt by the circumstances that they have found themselves in.

 I don't know how you feel when you get hurt, but often we want revenge, we want retribution to those who have hurt us, treated us unfairly ...

Usually it is because we feel that we didnt deserve what we got.    or...we deserved something we didn't get.  

 I think it could be human nature, at times, to want to see others get "what they deserve".  

 But when they get what they don't deserve, you know, the accolades, the recognition for something they didn't do, we get rather annoyed by that, and I think it might be even worse when someone gets the rewards for something that you did. It's just not fair.

 How many times have we seen it ?  I wonder whether it's ever happened to you ?

 There are a couple of my blog readers who this has happened to and in some ways this blog is about them, for them and to recognize them, and …

My journey with Amy, taught me a few things.

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In the general scheme of things, I reckon I am just an ordinary kind of bloke, a get the job done, kind of person, who is mostly reliable and authentic.

There have been times however when I have felt fairly obscure and of no great value to anyone or anything. I think I wouldn't be alone in this, even if most would not want to admit it. But to be unrecognised, unknown and even inconspicuous, may for some, just be too much to bare, especially for  those who desire fame or status, who might be on that journey.

I will also confess there have also been times when I have felt like I have something to offer and have some level of significance or value to the organisation I minister within.

Who is it that determines whether you are obscure ? or whether you are significant ?

It got me thinking, why do we search for significance ? Why do we want to be noticed ? Why do we need others to recognise us ? What are we trying to achieve ? One of the key things I have learned  whilst on my journey wi…

What I have learned in the last 6 weeks.

Do you ever sit back and wonder what just happened ? 
Sometimes I do... these past 6 weeks have been a bit of a blur for me as an Officer in The Salvation Army, and in this blog I am going to attempt to share my feelings and thoughts about the events of the past few weeks.
Over my 20 years of Officer ministry, it feels a little like each year has given me challenges that have characterized the year... I am not going to list them out here, but suffice to say, I have been through some pretty hairy stuff in the past 20 years.
I have been through various significant events that have affected me and changed me and I will never be the same again as result of those specific events in those years.
This year it was a young girl from UK and her most amazing family.
I received an email message from an Officer friend in UK, asking me to go and visit her and her boyfriend at the hospital.  She had been in an horrific accident and was in ICU and needed support. 
As did her boyfriend.  And her family…

A Mountain of truth - Commit to the Mountain

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A few weeks ago I started reading this book, and I must say it has spoken deeply into my spirit and God has used it to help me in  many ways. Mostly very deep and personal.
I have discovered that there some (not many) Salvos who are not that impressed by the founding Pastor of the Hillsong church. I find that sad... really sad, actually it makes me down right angry when the church ..any church, criticises another church or pastor or leader. I think some have forgotten that in heaven we will share the space together...  None of us who love Jesus and serve Him will miss out on that, and we are brothers and sisters through our inheritance in Jesus Christ.
This book is insightful about him (Brian Houston) and what makes him tick and what makes that church tick, but more than that, there is a mountain of truth in this book and that is what I wanted to blog about today.
It was this morning in my devo's that I read chapter 17, and God really spoke to me through these words..some of whi…