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The Finish Line

Recently I’ve been dwelling on the words of one of my favourite passages in the Bible: Revelation 21:1-5. These verses have always been a great encouragement to me, and I am looking forward to preaching on them in a few weeks. This passage stands out from the surrounding chapters of Revelation because it is one of the few parts of this enigmatic book that is comparatively clear and easy to understand. There are no dragons, cups of wrath, or symbolic gems to try and interpret. I mentioned these verses in a recent message I gave at the Genesis Christian College Middle School Chapel. In the message I spoke on perseverance—and these verses are what my mind turns to when I think of the end point of the race we are running, the finish line. Because as broken and challenging as this world is, our existence will not always be like this—we...
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What a Watchmaker Can Teach Us About Work

What did you want to ‘be’ when you grew up? I love asking my children what they want to be. Over the years they’ve wanted to be superheroes, postmen, policemen, and more. Once my youngest son told me he wanted to be a car-robber, so he could drive really fast – that was an interesting teaching moment about stealing and making right choices! When we become adults and actually start working, the anticipated joy and fun of working we had as children quickly fades! But of course, work is a blessing, isn’t it? In his book ‘Called to Create’, author Jordan Raynor talks about work being used in powerful ways to glorify God, love others, and make disciples of Jesus Christ. He uses Casper ten Boom as an excellent example of how everyday work can be used to accomplish God’s will. He writes: In a fallen world, it can be difficult...
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This Little Light of Mine

We remember singing a song as children titled "This Little Light of Mine." As we sang we held up our index fingers and twirled them around. The second verse is "Hide it under a bushel, No! I'm gonna let it shine." The next verse is titled "Don't let Satan blow it out" and the last verse is "Shine my light 'til Jesus comes!" We are sure you can imagine the hand motions for each verse. (I just looked it up; you can find a Veggie Tales version of the song on YouTube) It was a fun song to sing, but neither of us remember any Sunday school teacher of ours stopping to talk to us about what the song actually means.  We encourage you to go on YouTube and play the song for your kids if you don't already know it. What do your kids think their "light" is?  If you...
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Personal message to my church family…

Last Sunday I announced to the church that at the end of March 2018, I will retire as Snr Pastor. 31 March 2018 will be my last official day in the office as I will be taking some leave. My decision to do this comes about because of continuing health challenges which prevent me from functioning as effectively as I need to in this role. I assure you, my decision has involved much prayer, medical advice, and wise counsel. Carla and I are not leaving – we will continue to worship and serve here in our church family. We love BPCC! Church Council have been very supportive as I’ve wrestled with this decision. We have also been working for many months on the succession plan of my replacement, which is the recommendation that Adam Schoenmaker become Snr Pastor to continue leading our church and wonderfully gifted ministry leadership team. We have...
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Committed to Growth

Growth doesn’t happen automatically. Ask anyone or anything. To grow tall and strong, trees need sunlight, water, carbon dioxide, and nutrients from the soil. A baby needs love, sleep, and lots and lots of milk. There are certain elements required for all organisms to grow. It is the same when it comes to our relationship with God. Our growth in Christ-likeness doesn’t happen automatically with the passing of time. The writer of Hebrews once said to a group of Christians: “...though by this time you ought to be teachers, you need someone to teach you the elementary truths of God’s word all over again.” (Heb. 5:12). These Christians grew older, but they did not grow up. The truth is that spiritual growth requires a commitment to grow. The Apostle Paul writes in Philippians 2:12-13: “12 Therefore, my beloved, as you have always obeyed, so now, not only as in my presence...
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