The three-minute rule

Ed Stetzer: “The three-minute rule begins when the final prayer is said or song is sung.  This is not the time to talk to your best friends.  During those first three minutes, two things are going to happen: people who are familiar are going to talk to each other and people who don’t know anyoneContinue reading “The three-minute rule”

A wasted life

“And people who do not know the Lord ask why in the world we waste our lives as missionaries. They forget that they too are expending their lives… and when the bubble has burst they will have nothing of eternal significance to show for the years they have wasted.” ~ Nate Saint In honor ofContinue reading “A wasted life”

Thankfulness is a funny thing…

Thankfulness is a funny thing. By its very nature the giving of thanks cuts straight across the self-focus of the human heart. When we are thankful for something, we acknowledge that we are in someone else’s debt… …that there are good things in our lives for which it just doesn’t seem appropriate to pat ourselves on theContinue reading “Thankfulness is a funny thing…”

A year of Protest on Norfolk Island

It has been a year of protest on Norfolk Island. This has raised for me a challenging and pressing question: as Christians, should we protest and picket the government?  After all, human government is deeply biblical. Look back to Genesis 1:28, where God commanded Adam and Eve, “Be fruitful and multiply and fill the earthContinue reading “A year of Protest on Norfolk Island”

Questions for reflection…

Here are some terrific questions for reflection / your time with the Lord this week. How real has God been to your heart this week? How clear and vivid is your assurance and certainty of God’s forgiveness and fatherly love? To what degree is that real to you right now? Are you having any particularContinue reading “Questions for reflection…”

Lest I forget Gethsemane

we nawa gwen forget dem  ANZAC Day 2015 marked 100 years since the first major military action fought by Australian and New Zealand forces during the First World War. Norfolk Island’s own contribution to both world wars was, per capita, the largest in the Commonwealth, which is proudly remembered by all islanders. This year the dawn service was held,Continue reading “Lest I forget Gethsemane”

Friendship

The most central image for church goes right to the heart of our identity, it’s that we are family; brothers and sisters in Christ; sharing the one heavenly Father. In his book The Four Loves, CS Lewis shares a beautiful meditation on his friends [Charles Williams] death in an essay entitled ‘Friendship.’ In each of my friends thereContinue reading “Friendship”

That Incredible Christian

I was talking with someone recently who described Christians as being “like everybody else, except that they are forgiven and on their way to heaven”. “I’m just a sinner saved by grace” is a common refrain among many Christians today; however, Christians haven’t always talked this way about the life of faith. It’s not that my friend was being trite in her description (no,Continue reading “That Incredible Christian”