Wednesday, December 22, 2004

It's Christmas time & there's no need to be afriad.

But he said to them, “It is I; don't be afraid.” - John 6:20 (New International Version)

It is true that because Jesus came into the world, we have nothing to fear for. Again and again, one of the consistent messages in the bible is do not be afraid. In fact it's a message that God speaks to his people because of his love, his power, his majesty 356 times in the bible that's once a day for a whole year. So, what ever you are facing right now in this scary & crazy mixed up world, don't be afraid.

If I don't get to speak to you all personally, have a very Happy & Blessed Christmas.

Monday, December 13, 2004

The Jesus Creed by Brian McLaren

I have just started hearing a lot about Brian McLaren and I'd love to read some of his books, I guess it will have to wait until after Christmas at this stage. I found this on Brian's website ( and I have to share it:

We have confidence in Jesus Who healed the sick, the blind, and the paralyzed. And even raised the dead. He cast out evil powers and Confronted corrupt leaders. He cleansed the temple. He favored the poor. He turned water into wine, Walked on water, calmed storms. He died for the sins of the world, Rose from the dead, and ascended to the Father, Sent the Holy Spirit. We have confidence in Jesus Who taught in word and example, Sign and wonder. He preached parables of the kingdom of God On hillsides, from boats, in the temple, in homes, At banquets and parties, along the road, on beaches, in towns, By day and by night. He taught the way of love for God and neighbor, For stranger and enemy, for outcast and alien. We have confidence in Jesus, Who called disciples, led them, Gave them new names and new purpose And sent them out to preach good news. He washed their feet as a servant. He walked with them, ate with them, Called them friends, Rebuked them, encouraged them, Promised to leave and then return, And promised to be with them always. He taught them to pray. He rose early to pray, stole away to desolate places, Fasted and faced agonizing temptations, Wept in a garden, And prayed, “Not my will but your will be done.” He rejoiced, he sang, he feasted, he wept. We have confidence in Jesus, So we follow him, learn his ways, Seek to obey his teaching and live by his example. We walk with him, walk in him, abide in him, As a branch in a vine. We have not seen him, but we love him. His words are to us words of life eternal, And to know him is to know the true and living God. We do not see him now, but we have confidence in Jesus.


Sunday, December 12, 2004

The touble is the head can't rule the heart

big-heart ~painting by Paula McGurdy

No matter how true we know something to be, there is still a head-heart leap of faith & understanding that needs to happen before we can totally grasp it. When you head is in control it's all world based and it is very hard to take a leap of faith or step out side the well publicised boundaries of socially dictated normality. No matter how many times we say that we do not conform to any of the peer pressure and petty crowd bullying there is something about being told something again and again that leaves a certain amount of rational fear on any mind.

It is our relation ship with God that helps us to speed up the process of moving from head knowledge to heart felt. Look around, for some people out there it never happens. I don't say that lightly as I find it pretty scary that those guys and girls will never know the amazing freedom of following your hearts deepest longings, in-spite of what your head is telling you, and living out the consequences.

Monday, December 06, 2004

Morpheus not Neo

I am interested in how we can live out our faith and prompt others to consider the truth that has set us free in the midst of a pluralistic post-modern society that considers all truth relative and experience is king.

I am a huge fan of the film the Matrix and I used to think that I was more like Neo, or at least wanted to be, who finds out something that was always gnawing at his mind, more and more though I consider myself like Morpheus searching out the seeking souls to free them from the tyranny of the Matrix.

Only when a life is exposed to the true reality of God's amazing grace does it become a red pill - blue pill moment.