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…”

Thanksgiving on Norfolk Island

Since the 1890’s the community of Norfolk Island have been decorating All Saints Kingston and celebrating Thanksgiving together. The Pilgrims, following their first harvest in the New World in 1621, hosted the very first Thanksgiving; a celebration feast offering thanks to God for his bountiful provision, protection and care over them in the New World. The firstContinue reading “Thanksgiving on Norfolk Island”

God’s H.E.A.R.T

Thom Rainer (a US pastor and writer) prays evangelistically using the simple acronym, “GOD’S HEART”. I think it’s excellent. Maybe this pattern will help you as you pray evangelistically too: G = Pray that believers (beginning with yourself) will appreciate God’s grace. When we really appreciate what God has done for us, we naturally want to tell others about Him. O =Continue reading “God’s H.E.A.R.T”

‘be prepared to die for God’: Misleading headline of the year award

Perhaps you saw the article on SRE “contributed” to the Norfolk Islander last weekend?  In my opinion, The Australian newspaper has resorted to the worse kind of sensationalised journalism in the piece, ‘Be prepared to die for God’, kids told in state school classes (October 17th). It is worth mentioning that the story was actually discussed inContinue reading “‘be prepared to die for God’: Misleading headline of the year award”

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”

Friends

In the 1990’s pub trivia was changed forever when ‘buddy sitcoms’ hit TV. Millions of people would tune in each week to see if Ross and Rachael would ‘finally’ get together, or for their weekly fix of Kramer-isms. In the 2000’s the trend continued with shows like How I Met Your Mother, New Girl, Scrubs andContinue reading “Friends”