Story Behind the Song: ‘10,000 Reasons’ What does it look like to ‘bless someone, with all that is within you?’ It’s a rhetorical question, but one that I consider when I read Psalm 103. ‘Bless the Lord, O my soul, and all that is within me, bless his holy name!’ (Psalm 103:1). God alone is worthy of such praise. That is what the Psalmist, David, means when he said ‘Bless the Lord, O my soul’. He is telling himself to bless (praise) the Lord, with all that is within Him! It is this beautiful Psalm that we are exploring this week in the sermon, which also inspired the song ‘10,000 Reasons’ by Matt Redman that we will be singing in our services. The story behind the song, ‘10,000 Reasons’,
The Humanness of Jesus Recently I was reading through the Gospels (the accounts of Jesus’ life), and I was struck by the humanity of Jesus. I was reading these verses, ‘John’s disciples came and took his body (i.e. John the Baptist’s body) and buried it. Then they went and told Jesus. When Jesus heard what had happened, he withdrew by boat privately to a solitary place…’ (Matthew 14:12-13). Did you take that in? When Jesus heard what had happened, he withdrew by boat privately to a solitary place…’. What struck me was Jesus’ desire to get away when he heard the news. It’s as if he felt the need to take a break in that moment from whatever he was doing, and simply process this loss. I think Jesus
Resources to Help You Read and Know the Bible Do you want to read the Bible, but find it a struggle? Do you long to hear from God, but when you actually journey into God’s word you find yourself feeling confused or uncertain about its application or relevance? Don’t worry, you’re not alone and your experience is not uncommon. Though all Christians would recognise the value and importance of God’s word, if we’re honest we’d admit that there are times we don’t give it the place or prominence in our lives that it deserves. Sometimes life feels too busy, sometimes the Bible just doesn’t make sense to us, sometimes we think we already know the gist and we get bored. Whatever the reason, the start of a new year
2020 Resolutions We are literally only a few days away from a new year and a new decade! And it got me thinking about new year resolutions. I’ve got to be honest, I don’t usually get on the ‘resolution train’. I’m not naturally a planner, and I’m most comfortable when I’m just “going with the flow”. My wife Michanne finds it baffling how unconscious I am of the future. She lives and operates with the next 2 weeks in mind (sometimes even the next 2 years!). Whereas, I live with the next day in mind (at most!) and rely heavily on calendars and my wife’s planning tips! With all this being said, I did think about what my resolution or goal would be if I had to make one.
Five Books I Enjoyed in 2019 Around this time last year, I shared with you some of the books that I enjoyed reading during the year. Since a number of people expressed their appreciation for that list and since I read some great books again in 2019, I thought I’d do the same this year. I understand that not all of us are readers and that the busyness of life can squeeze out the time required for reading. I also understand that the sheer number of Christian books on the market can be overwhelming and make it difficult to know where to begin. But I am thoroughly convinced of the importance of reading for a Christian and I have found the following books thoroughly enjoyable and helpful, and I
Thank You Thank you, church. We want to take some time this Sunday to thank each one of you for all that you contribute to our community. When we all use our gifts to serve one another we are built up as Christ’s body. We grow and develop and mature. This is what God’s Word tells us in 1 Corinthians 12. God has graciously given each of us different spiritual gifts with which to serve one another. As Paul says, 4 There are different kinds of gifts, but the same Spirit distributes them. 5 There are different kinds of service, but the same Lord. 6 There are different kinds of working, but in all of them and in everyone it is the same God at work. 7 Now to each one the manifestation
Putting the Focus on Jesus Advent is a season of anticipation, of holy waiting. We reflect on Christ’s first coming with a thankful heart, and we look forward in hopeful anticipation to His second coming. Advent acknowledges the already-and-not-yet nature of the Kingdom of God. But we all know that this time of year can get crazy busy with activities and obligations, especially for families with young kids. I know our calendar is certainly looking very full! In light of this, can I encourage you to set aside a few minutes to consider what you want this season to look like for your family. Ask yourself: How can we keep Jesus the focus this Christmas season? How can we worship Jesus together as a family? Once you’ve explored these
Following Jesus in the Festive Season What does your lead up to Christmas look like? For most, the month of December is filled with family get-togethers, work Christmas parties, gift buying, list writing, holiday planning, and I could go on! It’s a very exciting time of the year, but unfortunately the excitement and busyness can take away from the meaning of Christmas. Sure, we acknowledge that Christmas is about Jesus’ miraculous birth, but do we take time to truly acknowledge and appreciate how Jesus came, why Jesus came, and what it truly means for us? Here are three practical suggestions as to how you might be able to prioritise seeking Jesus during this busy time of year. Advent Advent is the season leading up to Christmas. It is