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Love and Anger go together like the wire on a coat hanger....

Category: God and Church
Published: Tuesday, 21 April 2015
Written by The Kiwi

It is not rude, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. (NIV)

The man in the synagogue had a shriveled hand. Jesus and the Pharisees and other Jews were in the synagogue building, meeting on the Sabbath. The Pharisees words and actions showed their hearts were already hardened to the point where they were trying to catch Jesus out rather than listen to him with open hearts. This man with the shriveled hand was the perfect opportunity!

Sure enough, Jesus told the man to stand up.

Love isn't afraid of suffering.

Category: God and Church
Published: Tuesday, 14 April 2015
Written by The Kiwi

It is not rude, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. (NIV)

My understanding of (Theravada) Buddhism boils down to this: The world is full of suffering. Suffering is to be avoided. The way to avoid suffering is to avoid becoming attached to anything. If you achieve detachment, you will not suffer.

Reflections on Living Waters Australia.

Category: God and Church
Published: Monday, 13 April 2015
Written by The Kiwi

 

 

Living Waters Australia closed down in 2014. It was a programme encouraging Christian discipleship for people with sexual, emotional and relational brokenness. Way back when in the US it began as a programme for Christians who were struggling with unwanted homosexual attraction and action. It developed into a programme with a broader focus, though many people still attended due to unwanted homosexual sin. 

For years it operated under the radar, more, it seems to me, because the Church as a whole wasn't interested in dealing with sexual issues than anything else. But when 'gay marriage' became a hot media issue, pressure mounted and stories were run linking Living Waters to some bizzare practices (e.g. here).

Now,...

Irritable Male Syndrome (IMS).

Category: God and Church
Published: Tuesday, 07 April 2015
Written by The Kiwi

It is not rude, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. (1 Corinthians 13:5 NIV)

Good news, men. There is now an excuse for us being intolerably cranky and short with people. It’s called Irritable Male Syndrome (IMS).

The Beginning of Shame and God's Plan to End It, Part 4.

Category: God and Church
Published: Monday, 06 April 2015
Written by The Kiwi

This is a four part message about shame working from Genesis 2:25-3:24 (CEV)

(Part 1, 2, 3, & 4)

 

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Week 1: What is shame?

Week 2: Where do we see shame?

Week 3: How do you recognise shame?

This week: What is God's answer to shame?

 

What is God's answer to shame?

He CALLS to us.

He draws out our CONFESSION.

He allows and gives CONSEQUENCES.

He COVERS us.

Let's go through these four points...

Hallelujah! Jesus is alive!

Category: God and Church
Published: Sunday, 05 April 2015
Written by The Kiwi

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