712, 2018

Watching and Waiting

By |December 7th, 2018|

Watching and Waiting It felt like forever. In reality, it was closer to two hours. But my overwhelming excitement and anticipation at all that was to come seemed to distort my sense of time. We weren’t allowed to open our presents until our parents were awake, and we weren’t allowed to wake them until 6am. So, there we were, early on Christmas morning, sitting before the Christmas tree with the sun still hidden and the bounty of presents still nestled safely ensconced in wrapping paper. Watching and waiting. In many ways, my experience of Christmas as a child—watching and waiting—is exactly what the Christmas season is meant to stir in us as believers. A sense of expectation, anticipation, and longing. Not for presents under the tree, but for the

2911, 2018

What’s It All About?

By |November 29th, 2018|

What’s It All About? What is Christianity really all about? Is it a philosophy? A worldview? A moral system? A solution for our problems? A set of doctrines and beliefs? A religion? What is it really? I don’t know about you, but when I was first introduced to Christianity I remember hearing people tell me time and time again that Christianity is first and foremost a relationship. I think I heard it so many times that it almost became a cliché in my mind. It became something so basic to me that I found it a little trite, if I’m honest. In the end though, it turns out that I’m the basic one! Because time and time again, I find myself busy doing Christian things but forgetting that those

2311, 2018

Doing Good

By |November 23rd, 2018|

Doing Good Have you ever been called a “do-gooder”? I have. It doesn’t feel very nice. Although, when you think about it, it should. It should be a compliment. Doing ‘good’ is actually a positive thing. How can it not be? And as Christians we are called by God to do ‘good’ in this world. Ephesians 2:10 tells us, “For we are God’s handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do.” Hebrews 13:16 says “And do not forget to do good and to share with others, for with such sacrifices God is pleased.” The question is, what sort of ‘good’ should we be doing? Or more specifically, to whom should we be doing ‘good’? The answer of the Bible to this question

1511, 2018

Get Off the Rocking Chair

By |November 15th, 2018|

Get Off the Rocking Chair I’ll be honest with you all. This time of the year I feel like I am being pulled in every direction. There are end-of-year celebrations, Carols and Christmas services to plan for, family get togethers, work commitments, Christmas planning and gift buying—not to mention feeding the children who have bottom-less stomachs! Don’t get me wrong, I appreciate that all these things are wonderful blessings in my life. But there are moments when it can seem a little overwhelming. Jesus said, “…I tell you, do not be anxious about your life, what you will eat or what you will drink, nor about what you will put on. Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothing? …which of you by being anxious

911, 2018

Books I Enjoyed in 2018

By |November 9th, 2018|

Books I Enjoyed in 2018 Erasmus, a Dutch theologian from the 1500’s, reportedly said: “When I have a little money, I buy books; and if I have any left, I buy food and clothes.” Though I’m sure he was exaggerating, I’m not sure by how much. The truth is, I can relate (ask my poor wife). I love to read. And I love to read for many different reasons, not least of which because it is one way for me to learn from the knowledge and experience of other saints. Now, I know it’s not exactly the end of the year yet, but we’re getting close. So, I thought I would share with you a few of the most helpful and enjoyable books I have read this year (so

211, 2018

Gospel Amnesia

By |November 2nd, 2018|

Gospel Amnesia I think the first time I heard the phrase ‘gospel amnesia’ was while listening to Paul Tripp. The phrase itself describes the experience of forgetting the gospel. Now, I’m wary that some readers may have never heard the word ‘gospel’ before. So, let me fill you in quickly. The word ‘gospel’ is not necessarily a religious word. In fact, gospel simply means ‘good news’ and a gospel could, for example, be a message that a runner would carry into Roman cities to tell them the good news of a military victory. When Jesus came on to the scene 2,000 years ago, he proclaimed a gospel, and this gospel is central to the Christian faith. The gospel message is that Jesus came to deliver us from our enemies

2610, 2018

A Hope More Powerful Than Poverty

By |October 26th, 2018|

A Hope More Powerful Than Poverty Silas Irungu was born and raised in Mathare, Kenya’s second largest slum. As a young child, Silas wondered why life was so unfair. He experienced tragedies no child should ever have to experience. He saw things no child should ever have to see. His life was changed, however, when he was sponsored and became a part of the Compassion program. It brought him hope and changed the direction his life and his entire family. This Sunday evening at our 6pm service, Silas will share with us about the amazing story of his life and the amazing work of Compassion. I love being a part of a church where there are so many ways we’re encouraged to give generously to those in need. Through

2610, 2018

The Park – Second Stage Proposal

By |October 26th, 2018|

Earlier this year we launched The Park Specialty Coffee. Our vision for this venture was to connect with unchurched people in Genesis and in our local area. The coffee shop is a bridge between us and the other communities around us so that we can continue building relationships, sharing the good news of Jesus, and making disciples. The Park is already beginning to fulfil this vision. We have had families come and ask for service times, some have initiated conversations about Christianity, and still another lady from the public drove into our campus and bought a coffee because she was ‘drawn’ to us. I have spent time doing evangelistic training with the staff and we are also handing out invitations with details of church events to customers. We pray