Healed! Amen?!

Was at Shte1’s place last night looking a brochure for the ‘healing rooms’ which are coming to Brisbane. Reading through the statement of faith I both smiled and cringed.

Though I do not doubt that God continues to heal people in this day and age of their ailments, I can’t help but wonder where people are putting their faith when they expect healing to come through ‘faithful prayer’. It just sounds so set up for a fall – like a story I read in Philip Yancey’s Where is God when it hurts? where a community came to pray for a pastor’s sick child. Nightly there would be large visitors and church members praying for the healing of the child…but when the child passed away the community was devastated – why didn’t God answer our prayers?

Why does the “prosperity” gospel – be it material or health – for lack of a better word, prosper? Is it because we are afraid that our faith is actually a hard one… that it calls us to die to ourselves and yeild to a God who calls us to live the life that His Son did?

I can’t help but ask – if I believe in healing…and don’t get healed…is there something wrong with my faith?

What am I?

As I look into the stars

I’m pondering how far away they are

How You hold them in Your hands

And still You know this man…

You know my inner most being, oh

Even better than I know, than I know myself

What a beautiful God, what a beautiful God

And what am I, that I might be called Your child?

What am I, what am I

That You might know me, my King?

What am I, what am I, what am I?

As I look off into the distance

Watching the sun roll on by

Beautiful colors all around me, oh

Painted all over the sky

The same hands that created all of this

They created you and I

What a beautiful God, what a beautiful God

And what am I, that I might be called Your child?

What am I, what am I,

That You might know me, my King?

What am I, what am I,

That You might die, that I might live?

What am I, what am I, what am I, what am I

What am I

What am I

What am I

What am I

What am I

– Shawn McDonald, Beautiful

What makes a good sermon?

It’s a tough question to answer. I remember once stating to a work colleague that the sermon I heard that previous Sunday was “not that good…” to which she replied, “Oooh…that’s a bit judgemental!”

But what is the dividing line between ‘judgemental’ and ‘discerning’? Just because someone is in the pulpit it doesn’t mean that the words they are speaking are perfect (even if it is Philip Jensen!). Speaking of which, Philip Jensen, in a talk given a few years back, did state that we should all be personally discerning as to what is being said from the preacher. The closest thing to perfect we have in our Church’s today is God’s word – though if we can speak Greek, Hebrew or Aramaic then there would indeed be perfection amongst us.

So back to discernment – it is something which is very necessary, despite appearances of ‘judgementalness’. God’s word should be the focal point and the challenge to our lives on Sunday mornings… not solely the words of the preacher – even if that preacher is myself ;)

Weddings

Weddings can be so nice! The venue can be outdoors in a nice setting, or in a grand Church as the one I attended today. The people get dressed up nicely because they want to look their best for the special occasion. The bridal party can be made up of one or five people – either being the forerunner to the entrance of the bride herself…in all her radiant glory :)

Today a pair of good friends united themselves before a flood of witnesses. There was much of the pomp and ceremony that a Christian wedding normally has – but what touched me the most about today was the expressions of love and committment the pair made and displayed for each other.

In a moving part of the afternoon (of which I took part) the bride sang to her husband a love song full of words of committment. The groom was moved to tears by this declaration of unwaivering love.

How, to, I am inspired to think (and also be challenged) by Christ’s unwaivering love and committment to us.

Too Busy…?

Evangelism is tough enough as it is without having to deal with other issues – such as the work you’re getting paid to do!

I spend most of my day running around passing out files or in front of the computer logging things in – this is what I get paid for, though I believe my computer has had it’s fair share of witnessing to considering all the articles I’ve been reading from matthias media website!

I’m struggling to continue to be a godly example when there’s so much going on around here. Whilst I haven’t been able to sit down and share the gospel with anyone in particular, I am making my beliefs known.

Which then brings me to the thought that I wish I had the wisdom to answer various issues/complaints quicker. It’s happened a few times now when people have said something, I respond lightly or remain ‘quiet’, then I think of something more profound to say.

Oh well… have to keep 1 Cor 2 in mind. I hope I haven’t used that verse out of context…hmm…

Frustration…all too easy…

It was a long day today – I spent extra time at work this evening getting more work done so as to limit the amount of extra work tomorrow.

But what got me a bit fired up tonight was when I got to the train station and nobody was there to pick me up. My brother had called a little earlier on to ask when I could be picked up – I said 6:30pm. But when I arrived at my destination, nobody was there.

I then got pretty frustrated at this lack of communication, and as my mind went a little wild with scenarios playing inside my head (of what I could have spurted out in reaction to this moment) I remembered back to what Jesus said in Luke 6:45.

So I asked a quiet prayer of forgiveness…and will endeavour to be a more open communicator with my family. We’ll see how this application point turns out later…

Yay…or not?

Salteee

I found out today that I’ve been taken on permanently! The news was welcome after many months of searching.

It has been a bit of a rough ride getting to this point. I had two job interviews and actually got two jobs, yet both times I ended up losing them through no fault of my own.

I do praise God for this opportunity. Now I pray for the courage and integrity to stand for Christ and shine His light in this workplace – which is quite anti-christian…

Hmm…

Another day starting at work. Should be an interesting day – I’ve noted that the last few weeks have been quite tense… people getting stressed out in their positions, people talking behind each other’s backs. My job is quite in the neutral territory which means I get a view of all of this, yet am not involved (thankfully) in all the whispers.

Which raises two thoughts to my mind…

1. Gossip can be quite painful to hear about. There’s quite a culture of gossip in my workplace…

2. I hope and pray that my life is such that people will have nothing to gossip about.

Let’s pray that His light will shine through bright and clear as I go about work.