Monday, June 30, 2008

Signs 1/2 - Standing in the Need of Prayer

At times I winge about struggling to find genuine community here in NZ. But in the last week, as we have shared some of our troubles with friends and collegues around the world, we have received an outpouring of love, prayer and encouragement. This international expression of the messianic community is a sure sign of the Kingdom.

Sunday, June 29, 2008

Signs Recap - Shalom

The idea with this signs series is 5 days of post, one day off and one day recap. One of the recap questions is :

Are we seeing evidence of God’s healing, forgiving, reconciling, and creating work to go on? Is there evidence of God’s desire for shalom.

This week has been one of most difficult of my life (hence no posts on day 4&5). Yet the solitude I wrote of on day 2 has given me a peace in God's presence (most of the time:-)

My wife was rushed to hospital Thursday night, but the acute situation resolved itself and we continue to look for healing and restoration.

Reconciliation and forgiveness are also key themes as we look to help child no.1 face some serious issues at school.

I desire for shalom, in it's complete sense. May Your Kingdom come...

Wednesday, June 25, 2008

Signs - Day Three

Looking for a sign.
Cool idea came to my wife in the middle off the night, helped us outwit our 13 year old/ Must be God :-)

Tuesday, June 24, 2008

Signs - Day Two

God is in the quietness of my house. I'm not really praying, but I can sense His nearness. Solitude is a spiritual discipline that I need to practise more.

The rain comes and goes, beating it's weary path against the solid roof.
It cannot enter, but it never gives up hope.
Trying yet again.
Knowing that one day it will succeed.
Even if it's in a hundred years.

Monday, June 23, 2008

Signs - Day One

Bingham Academy

When I look back over the day I see God at work in the ordinary NZers that do extra-ordinary things in his strength. We had the priviledge to get to know one such couple over lunch today and hear how a farm raised lad turned principal and a physiotherapist have turned around an international school in Ethiopia. As I heard their story, I realize the priviledged position we are in to see glimpses of God in action around the world.

Sunday, June 22, 2008

Looking for Kingdom Signs

Steve Taylor is encouraging people to look for signs of God's Kingdom in their daily lives and blog it.

The idea is to
a) look for the Kingdom in your life
b) write a paragraph 5 days in 7
c) reflect on those 5 days once a week
d) make that public

After an awful week last week I need to be looking for God and seeing what he is doing, so I'm gonna give it a go starting tommorrow (Monday).

Join us.

Introduction here, instructions here and here

Friday, June 20, 2008

Stuff Christians like

This website is hilarious: stuff christians like.

If you've ever been a sound girl/guy you will appreciate this one

We've got a new song
We all forgot to tell you
Until our service more

I also enjoyed: Powerpointing for the Lord