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    Christmas is almost here!

    Wednesday, December 14, 2011


    Christmas is almost here, the snowflakes and reindeer are almost at the door and Santa has been slimming so he can fit down the chimney. The shops have ramped up their Christmas advertising, sales are in full swing and the carol services are well underway. Once the food for Christmas is finally organised the holidays are the next big thing on the horizon. Thus another Christmas and another year expires.

    Rather than just allowing another year and another event to expire I wondered about the opportunity to inspire you to be thinking about Christmas and it’s most important focus - the birth of Jesus Christ into this world. The older I get and the more I see the world’s gradual decline and disintegration the more I wonder what God was thinking in sending Jesus Christ to this earth. Why didn’t he just let us expire as a human race into the abyss of nothingness? Why bother with a human race that is so bent on rebellion against His authority and loving rule over our lives?

    If you knew what God knew, about us and our propensity to sin, what would you have done if you were God? I think I would have penned the final words of the last chapter, written ‘The End’ and then closed the Book. Remarkably God chose instead to keep the story of humanity going by writing another chapter and the chapter he wrote is by far the best in the Book. Most of the Book is written about us and that means a record of our failures and accompanying misery but this new chapter is written about Him and His Son Jesus.

    What an unexpected twist to the story when angels appear, there are sheep and shepherds, wise men and an animals’ feeding trough – not to mention a weary pregnant woman and her faithful husband. This story is better than anything the creative genius Max Lucado could have thought of or written, J.R.R Tolkien couldn’t even come close with his stupendous writing gift nor could C.S Lewis, with all his brilliance, have conceived a storyline like this.

    This is the story of a being so loving, so gracious, so eternally interested in His creation that He is prepared to sacrifice His Son and Himself as the Creator. The Creator lays down His life for His creation! No human being could ever have conceived such a plan, for this kind of sacrificial love is beyond our conception. Some might think that’s not quite true, surely some would lay down their lives for a loved one? True but Jesus gave His life for us while we were still sinners. That means we were His enemies, walking in opposition to His will, rebelling against His holiness and giving full flight to our sin nature.

    Christmas is the opening story in the chapter that defines God’s finest hour. It begins with a baby and leads to a cruel cross that silences heaven and earth, and then to an empty tomb, the dramatic finale that opens the possibility of heaven for all. A new chapter and a new story begins. What inspiration! What encouragement, hope and love is induced from the chapter that begins with Christmas. Fat Santa’s and overflowing trolleys don’t even come close to this yet unfinished story….






    God Cares for Us

    Wednesday, June 15, 2011


    The other day while praying, I thanked God for caring for me. My prayer immediately caused me to laugh to myself – as if God needed thanking for caring for me! Of course He cares for me! He sent His Son to die a torturous and humiliating death at Calvary - so of course He cares for me! It goes without saying when His love for us is considered, so the issue of His care hardly needs a mention, does it? Isn’t it more important to thank Him for salvation?


    As a pastor it occurred to me that I have rarely had to assist a Christian to understand and recognise that Jesus Christ died on the cross for them. This single fact we know without hesitation or doubt and whenever this event is questioned it is a very real and rare crisis of faith. What is far more common is the question of God’s care of us. Pastors repeatedly find themselves offering support and encouragement in this important area. It seems rather odd and somewhat inconsistent that on the one hand we do not doubt or question Jesus death at Calvary and the love that this demonstrates for each of us. Yet the care of God often needs to be clarified and affirmed in our minds.


    It occurs to me we need to understand and know God’s big picture of salvation but it is also very necessary for us to understand the detail of God’s care for our lives on a daily basis. We are reassured when we are reminded that God’s thinks about and understands our circumstances; be they financial, health, marriage, family, education or social. Not only is it important to us to have God know when there are problems in our lives, but it’s also important for us to know God knows all about our hopes and dreams, our joys and plans for the future. At its essence, the Christian life is about sharing our lives with God including all the issues and all the blessings and in return we experience His consistent care for us.


    Any doubts about God’s care or interest in us may arise when we begin to think that He’s too busy for us, or too distracted by other things, or we think that we’re simply not important enough to Him. This type of thinking is in conflict to the facts of what happened to Jesus and why He came to this earth. The message of Jesus’ life speaks volumes! That yes, Christ died to cleanse our sin and give us eternal life, but He also died to restore what was lost in the Garden of Eden – fellowship with God. God not only wants to save us, which He has done, but He also wants to share in our lives – including the very detail of them. So does that mean He cares? You better believe it! He cares more than we could ever know or understand! How important it is then to thank Him, as an act of faith, for His daily care and concern for us.


    “O Lord, what is man that you care for him, the son of man that you think of Him?” Psalm 144:3


    Cast all your anxiety on Him because He cares for you. 1 Peter 5:7

















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