Studying Psychology in 1980 I came across a statement by research medical scientist Prof. James J. Lynch, Univeristy of Maryland. Lynch in his book “The Broken Heart: The medical consequences of Loneliness” states “Suicide, cancer, tuberculosis, accidents, mental disorders, and especially heart attacks are all significantly influenced by human relationship.” p.4

Further theologian Norman Wright in his book “An answer to Loneliness” uses the premise “Deep within each of us is the hunger for contact, acceptance, belonging, intimate exchange, responsiveness, support, love, and the touch of tenderness.” as the basis for his answer for the church and loneliness.

It is not only men who are lonely. However men are by far the larger percentage of those who struggle. As the following article points out women have an advantage over men when it comes to connecting :-).

Unfortunately, we, in the church are as apt to be a lonely place as the sport’s spectator in this cartoon.

The first Christians were known for belonging and a sense of mutuality. More coming.

http://www.bostonglobe.com/magazine/2017/03/09/the-biggest-threat-facing-middle-age-men-isn-smoking-obesity-loneliness/k6saC9FnnHQCUbf5mJ8okL/story.html?p1=Article_Trending_Most_Viewed

Advertisements
Posted in Teaching | Leave a comment

Loneliness

What to do about loneliness
Building community flows from knowing where community comes from
Tim Costello | November 10th, 2016 10:19 AM | from Tania Harris’s link on God Conversations

Too many of us have a sinking feeling of being isolated, unloved and unknown. A national survey by Lifeline this month revealed 60 per cent of Australians often feel lonely and more than 82 per cent believe loneliness is increasing.
The survey found that although those who lived alone were more likely to be lonely, 60 per cent of couples also reported high rates of loneliness.
“…we are made for relationship.”
We’re “connected” via social media, seemingly constantly, yet anxiety, fear, depression, suicide rates and loneliness – all symptoms of disconnection – are at an all-time high. Not even in our churches are we immune from the terrible poverty of loneliness.
Several years ago, a study revealed many single Christians also feel isolated within their own church communities. Four out of ten single worshippers reported feeling “inadequate or ignored”, with more than one third claiming they were treated differently to those who appeared happily married. Nearly half the single worshipers said their church “did not know what to do” with them. When did we start building walls rather than bridges? Before cathedrals, stained glass windows, and worship bands, Christianity was a home-church movement built on close relationships.
The nature of the Godhead (the relational Trinity) is community. The truest thing we can say about ourselves, if we are made in the image of God, is we are made for relationship. Loneliness is the clearest breakdown of relationship to God and to others.
“…we are all dependent on each other.”
In one of the greatest sermons ever preached, Jesus exploded the myth that true happiness is about how we feel, what we have or what we do. It is all about relationships, he said.
Jesus said the first step towards joy was knowing that this world was in a mess. And knowing that, we had to commit to each other – even our enemies – and realise we are all dependent on each other.
I have witnessed poorer developing communities around the world where intimate living and working together is interwoven into the daily fabric of life; loneliness is rare.
As communities of faith in the developed world, we need to learn the lesson from our so-called “poorer” brothers and sisters on the planet: the vital lesson that we can only find real meaning by longing for a deeper union with God and with others.
Pray
Some prayer points to help
Pray that everyday Aussies would find real connection and real relationships in the local church.

From

Tim, agreed with you, whole-heartedly. Loneliness is devastating. Indeed medical researchers connect ‘loneliness’ with the majority of heart attacks, stroke, cancer, diabetes and many diseases. Is this why so many are sick and dying amongst us? A natural consequence of a lack of love for one another? Is this also a reason many say God is so distant from them, where is He? why doesn’t He speak? Many have not time for ‘one another’. ‘If’ loneliness is so widespread in the Body of Christ and love for God and one another is our essential DNA, what do you think needs to happen at the leadership level? That is, what do we need to do that is different if our practice violates who He is and who He has called us to be as His people in His world. It is true many clergy don’t know how to ‘solve’ this issue. How are many unloving towards one another? So many are caught up in the herty-gerty of church programmes and life’s demands. Putting more on the people of God is akin to laying heavy burdens they cannot bear. However I believe we don’t have much to say until the revelation of love’s priority grips our hearts urgently. Yes, our need “to commit to each other” is in my opinion the number one issue that requires urgent, proactive addressing in the Body of Christ. Yes let us pray, but let us be His people and do His heart. I so appreciate what you have said. It needs to be tabled for every congregation in this Land of Mateship! Wayne R Crockford BA (Soc Sci) University Chaplain (ret’d but not from the Kingdom), this my passion for the Body of Christ

Posted in Teaching | Leave a comment

Relationships, Sex and Marriage

She stood there in the kitchen, barefoot but not pregnant, that had long passed through the forty swift years of marriage.

Her man entered, she leaned up, gave a light kiss on the lips, playfully she said, ‘You stink.’

His eyes twinkled, a smile touched his lips, a hidden message, a meaning only known to them. ‘I’ll wash.’

‘A hard day?’

‘Yes, didn’t go as expected.’ All the while he smiled like a Cheshire cat. Something I could not fathom happened between them.

‘You?’

‘Saw Rosemary, had a coffee at the markets.’

‘OK. How she doin?’

‘Hun she walking through it all. Amazing her commitment since Bill left to face what needed to be faced. Take your time, dinner will be soon enough. Hungry?’

‘Yeap’

‘Good.’

It delighted me to see two people enjoying such closeness, unconcerned if others saw it. I pretended I hadn’t noticed their affection as I sat at their dining room table; they seemed not to mind or care I was there.

Rare, very rare these days. All too often most in modern societies become caught up in do, do, do and more do, to achieve, to get the job done, as if that’s what life is about; too many people at the end of their working career come to realise they have traded the bauble of achievement and recognition for the precious gems of children, relationship, family, community and love. Lonely and disillusioned their children have done what they did; they are too busy to be there for their parents. The parents modeled behaviour all too well in whose footsteps their children followed … to their detriment!

Not these two somehow they had worked out what life was about.

When I think of love I think of these two friends and others like them.

Later that night as I was lying in bed reading, I listened to their quiet indiscernible chatter and laughter for over an hour. Next morning she asked me if they had kept me awake.

‘No not at all, I was reading for a long time.’

‘It’s our time together. Always has been.’

‘You mean over the last forty years?’

‘Yes’

‘That is extraordinary.’

Love has it’s many expressions, in many different ways.

 

Some years ago I decided to ask independently five married couples who I had known for many years what their secrets of having a long lasting happy relationship. I expected a range of responses; my pen was poised to capture their wisdom. Independently each couple said the same but in different ways. They had hit rough patches in their relationships when they looked at the other asking ‘What did I ever see in this person?’ Looking within themselves they found nothing, no romance, no feeling of being attached. They were barren of emotion and reason. Each couple decided not to abandon their relationship but to discover what had been lost because of time pressures, work consuming their energies, children who required love and attention. They began by making space for each other again, and for their relationship, time alone, to communicate, for affection and making love before the act, and importantly to air their grievances. That took effort and intention. Each of the five couples restored priority intentionally.  There they stood their ground to rediscover what was lost. Happily, I can say all five did, that’s why I chose to ask them their secrets … not so much a secret but common sense … make time for each other, invest in the relationship, never let the sun go down on your anger or wrath.

What does it take to love, to be comfortable with each other?

Over the years I have compiled files on the dynamics of Social Relationships in their many forms. The following ideas come from research, relationship theory, experience in counselling and life, observations of thousands of relationships in fifty years. I am a student of life, love and learning.

Following is a rough summary of some of the material I have mined from much research during those years.

Research shows happily married couples:

  • never take their relationship for granted, they invest time, energy and expression of affection toward one another in many different ways
  • create time alone together giving priority to building and maintaining an affectionate friendship that is both protected and exclusive
  • are physically affectionate, hugging, holding hands, cuddling (who cares if others see them being affectionate, they are in a world, a bubble of their own making) and touching. Such physicality communicates to the depth of the human heart, that is if it is from an affection for the other rather than what is given because ‘I want’ that is to receive. The need to belong, to experience mutuality, commonality, is strong in us humans. Physicality is crucial to the wellbeing of intimate relationships, the touch, the brush by, and the gentle playful nudge communicate a close familiarity, a belonging in the bosom of the other. Other signals compliment special knowing, the look understood by each other, inferences of body language, speech, the difference in smiles and looks all communicate a knowing of the other, an understanding shared.
  • express their married love sexually. Of course you say marriage and sex go together. Research indicates the type of sex reveals the type of marriage. Good sex usually comes from good friendship where respect and trust are foundational. Relationship is not about sex but each other. Sex is the expression of the deeper ‘already have’ in the inner being of the relationship. Any two people can have sex, that is easy, but making love is another story altogether J!! Unfortunately, in our sex crazed world somehow much is lost and sex is less than it is.
  • express their appreciation, admiration, and attention to one another This world is scarce in its approbation and affirmation. Therefore, the marriage, the home needs to be a bulwark against this deprivation by being a place of light (absebce of darknessin the relationship), love and vibrant life.
  • The H.O.T. © (Wayne R Crockford) Principle: Honesty, Openness, Trust.

You may think these three are the same … look at the unique quality in each to understand the difference. Lovers share their thoughts and feelings hearing one another, not merely the outward words but the person inside, their signals, their codes learning to disclose what is on their hearts and minds to each other building confidence through vulnerability that says with arms wide open. Confiding in each other is as normal as breathing … there is no hiding, or escape because of fear the other might discover your weaknesses or the ‘sin in being you’. There is no need to hide when you are loved and you love. Indeed, as the Apostle John says there is no fear in love.

  • express love materially giving little gifts to each other for no other reason than it is a delight to give, to show affection to the other. There is no need for special occasions because the special occasion is ‘them’. Lovers love giving.

Jesus encouraged us to walk in love and the Apostle John equated love with walking in the Light (Jesus).

There is an African saying, “To walk in the light is to walk with the roof off and the walls down.”

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Posted in Personal, Teaching | Leave a comment

Dear Church, Here’s Why People Are REALLY Leaving You

I haven’t posted another writer’s article in a long time. This one is more than worth reading! It hits the nail on the head.

http://www.churchleaders.com/outreach-missions/outreach-missions-articles/244545-dear-church-heres-people-really-leaving.html

The Gospel of Jesus Christ would overnight take this nation in enormous revival if we ever got this right, first in our hearts then our behaviour!

It all depends on what we love the most! Many love their position, power/influence. prestige, and prosperity in their success more than seeing the purposes and will of God ignited into a flaming redemption for the multitudes in the valley of decisions. The problem is most love ‘it’ so!

Years ago, I with some dear friends pioneered a university ministry called “Students For Christ”. The big pentecostal evangelical church that embraced us focused on all the issues in this article that dreadfully impacted the university ministry. They were glad to receive the articulate well heeled graduates, their giving and their excellent leadership skills but refused to support the work that birthed them because the ‘tithes had to go into the storehouse”. A euphemism for ‘all the money is ours!” we must have it. As a management consultant and social scientist I understand organisations need bucket loads of money for their overheads of big pastors salaries, expensive buildings to look good, all the best sound systems, the staff and their programmes etc. none of which adds to the Kingdom of God nor which Jesus used; what I don’t understand is the justification that comes with it. Unfortunately it creates an anti-church culture that espouses other than Jesus espoused.

The justification that Jesus must have the best while denying the Gospel that calls us to sacrifice and to lay our lives down one for each other with Him and His purposes as first priority. I concluded at the time that my dear brothers and sisters simply didn’t get it; success in numbers had blunted their Holy Spirit hearing capacity (Rev 2:29“He who has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says to the churches.”’ it is the Spirit who speaks to the Church)

What saddened me the most, said senior pastor stands up one Sunday morning stating he is driving a stock standard up-market car and as their pastor his congregation should be pleased to upgrade to a more expensive version of what he was driving. Meanwhile moi, not being able to afford a new pair of jeans and no vehicle to travel between five campuses where new ministries were being pioneered and growing very well, accepted the dictum handed down by said senior pastor that no tithes or offerings were allowed to be given to the university ministry. Wonderfully God has His ways. man his! Students provided loan vehicles, students and university staff gave into the ministry ensuring basic needs were met for food and accommodation for those of us in ministry. The work did not suffer because in the goodness of God He provided. however suffering of another sort awaits those who do such to His purposes. Jesus has come to His Church to take it back from the hands of man, be aware.

Am I bitter because these pastors high on the hog falsely believed the tithes and offerings belonged to them? No! A thousand times no! Let them enjoy their reward now, for me it was such a joy to see Father God work so wonderfully. I had no wish to be anywhere else or to do anything else 🙂 Simply that’s how it was but during that time something of eternal value entered my heart changing me forever; a living now for eternity where I realised the reward I now wanted comes from Him. Now in case I sound saint like and glorified above being human I was not. It was a rough time, I made many mistakes, there were distressing problems and ambitious people to deal with especially students who thought they knew the whole wisdom of the world and the best way to do things. Yet in the midst God did His stuff as only He can and does. Those years are still a stand out for me. It is all a matter of what is valuable to the human heart. Did He not say where your treasure is there is your heart?

Naw, Father thank you for the opportunity to love and to set in motion what was to come. In later years under other leadership that university ministry expanded to 53 campuses across Australia. Many are in the Kingdom because of the sacrifice of the many who followed, who gave much, endured hardship and enjoyed hard fought victories. That ministry needs support in attempting to re-kindle the fire of those years. I am not involved even though my heart is with them. I have another mandate, The Church the Body of Christ.

I am a fourth generation Pentecostal. My great grandfather and and my Nan were some of the founding members of the Pentecostal movement in this country. I thank God for the wonderful heritage that the elders and members of Stafford Assemblies of God gave to me; the primacy of Scripture and the Holy Spirit in the believers life working with the Body to nourish and nurture each other; missions, we supported a missionary to Nepal in the ’60s, our little local church had outreaches every weekend, schooled in the necessity to love our neighbours with food parcels and good works; yes a rich and wonderful heritage in worship and prayer, discipleship and pastoral care; all of which the current Pentecostal churches need to return to with every fibre of their corporate being!! Even so Come Lord Jesus

Posted in Teaching | Tagged , , | Leave a comment

Jesus has come to His Church; He is taking her back from the Hands of Man

Interesting I shared the following with a friend who was encouraged by the following. He discouraged and down about any hope of change in his church, a boppy large Pentecostal one with all the right ingredients that attracted the masses, the worship team, an eloquent renowned teacher of the Word, bright smiles, yet missing a lot of what is church.

Many people go to church but never experience “Church” as Jesus meant.

There are many prophetic words today, many of little or no value to the Kingdom of God. Testing all prophecy is crucial as there are many prognosticators claiming it is a Word from the Lord. However when I hear genuine words by authenticated men and women of God I value them. Following I share some with you for your edification and encouragement.

PROPHECY

  1. E Judson Cornwall  Early 1970 Charismatic Movement Brisbane As recalled by my friend Bill who was there as was I but not at that meeting. I met Bill at an FGBMFI breakfast in May 1970. We have been friends ever since. In those days FGBMFIs were the seed-bed of the move of the Holy Spirit in Brisbane.“There is a day coming, saith the Lord, when I will raise up a people who are no people; a people of no repute.  And I will invest in them authority, and they will walk with me in power on the earth.  And the church people will look in wonder and askance at these people saying “My, God can even use these folks”.  And this move when it comes will have no name upon it.”

Bill’s Notes:  I’d been a Christian just a few months when E Judson Cornwall turned up. In the course of one of the meetings he prophesied.   Here we were at the beginning of something regarded as big, ‘the Charismatic Move’ and yet he was prophesying about a move yet to come. And I knew this was not the beginning of what Cornwall prophesised.

Gerald Rowland’s extensive prophecy which he only released, somewhat reluctantly, I believe, in the 90s, talks about this coming move of God with no name upon it. It’s interesting to compare the two prophecies. When I read Rowlands’ prophecy, I understood why God had him sit on it; because it was for another time.

With previous revivals having men’s names all over them, This one will have no name upon it because it will have many names upon it; too many to count or to name because God is preparing many names in many places at once, most unknown to each other, who will turn out to be of one mind, that mind which was and is in Christ Jesus (Let this same mind be in you which was also in Christ Jesus). No one man/woman, group, location will be able to claim it as its own, to glory in leadership of a revival.

So, what will it look like? I think this end-time church will look remarkably like the first church in all its manifestations. And his time the revival won’t go the way of all preceding revivals, each one resulting in a new denomination. We excelled ourselves in Queensland; we produced two new denominations, CLC & COC. Is that a record? Maybe. So this will be the last hoorah. It will be disciplined with a real five-fold ministry, God appointed and doctrinally pure and walking in the power and grace of his resurrection (Phil. 3:10). These three shall abide, faith, hope and love.

2.  Prophecy by Lance Lambert at Mount Carmel, Jerusalem 1986

It will not be long before there will come upon the world a time of unparalleled upheaval and turmoil. Do not fear; it is I the LORD who am shaking all things. I began this shaking with the First World War,and I greatly increased it through the Second World War. Since 1973 I have given it an even greater impetus. In the last stage, I plan to complete it with the shaking of the universe itself, with signs in sun and moon and stars. But before that point is reached I will judge the nations, and the time is near. It will not only be by war and civil war, by anarchy and terrorism, and by monetary collapses that I will judge the nations, but also by natural disasters: by earthquake, by shortages and famines, and by old and new plague diseases. I will also judge them by giving them over to their own ways, to lawlessness, to loveless selfishness, to delusion and to believing a lie; to false religion and an apostate church, even to a Christianity without Me.

Do not fear when these things begin to happen, for I disclose these things to you before they commence in order that you might be prepared, and that in the day of trouble and of evil you may stand firm and overcome. For I purpose that you may become the means of encouraging and strengthening many who love Me but who are weak. I desire that through you many may become strong in Me, and that multitudes of others might find My salvation through you.

And hear this! Do not fear the power of the Kremlin, nor the power of the Islamic Revolution, for I plan to break both of them through Israel. I will bring down their pride and their arrogance, and shatter them because they have blasphemed My Name. In that day I will avenge the blood of all the martyrs and of the innocent ones whom they have slaughtered. I will surely do this thing for they have thought that there was no one to judge them. But I have seen their ways and I have heard the cries of the oppressed and of the persecuted and I will break their power and make an end of them. Be therefore prepared for when all this comes to pass, to you will be given the last great opportunity to preach the gospel freely to all the nations.

In the midst of all the turmoil and shaking, and at the heart of everything, is My church. In the heavenlies she is joined to Me in one Spirit, and I have destined her for the throne. You who are My beloved, whom I have redeemed and anointed – you are mine. I will equip and empower you and you will rise up and do great things in My Name, even in the midst of darkness and evil. For I will reveal My power, and My grace and My glory through you. Do not hold back nor question My ways with you, for in all My dealings with you I have always in mind that you should be part of My bride and reign with Me. Do not forget that this requires especial discipline and training. So yield to Me that I might do a work in you in the time which is left, for I plan even during all this shaking that the bride will make herself ready.

And in the midst of nations on earth, seething with unrest and conflict, I have set My Israel. Yes, I say My Israel, even though they walk in disobedience and transgression, in the stubbornness of their hearts, divorced from Me through unbelief. Nevertheless, always remember that I made them enemies of the gospel for your sake. I the LORD, I Myself blinded them and hardened them that salvation might come to the gentiles in fullness. Yet they are still mine, beloved of Me with a tender and an undying love. They are My kith and My kin, and I love them. Shall I give them up for all that they have done to Me, says the LORD? Yet I have surrendered them to sorrow, to anguish of heart and to continuous suffering. But I have never given them up. In all their afflictions I was afflicted, though I neither delivered nor saved them from death. Nevertheless I have been present; I the King of Israel, I have been present, although unnoticed and unregarded, in all their sufferings. There was no gas chamber, no massacre in which I was not present. But now the time has surely come when I shall receive them, for I will reveal Myself to them and with astonishment they will recognize Me.

For in the midst of these judgments multitudes upon multitudes will be saved across the nations. You will hardly know how to bring the harvest in, but My Spirit will equip you for the task. And to Israel will I also turn in that day, and I will melt the hardening which has befallen her. I will turn their blindness into clear sight and tear away the veil on their heart. Then shall they be redeemed with heart-bursting joy, and it will become a fountain of new and resurrection life to the whole company of the redeemed.

Do not fear for these days, for I have purposed that you should stand with Me and serve Me in them. Fear not, for I love you and I will protect you and equip you. I, the LORD, will anoint you with a new anointing and you will work My works and fulfill My counsel. You shall stand before Me, the LORD of the whole earth, and serve Me with understanding and with power, and you shall reign with Me during these days. Above all I call you to be intercessors.

Comments please, all prophesy is to have discernment applied not merely accepted!

3.  Bob Mumford’s Dream as related from the Pulpit (Compatriot of Derek Prince) Brisbane 1973 speaking on the church and the many denominational divisions.

The Dream:

“There were many duck pens with ducks of all shapes and sizes. Then it began to rain with a torrential downpour; the land began to flood. As the flood rose so the ducks floated on the water as ducks do. The water rose, and rose, until it rose over the tops of the pens. The ducks being ducks floated until they swam amongst each other; no longer was it possible to tell which ducks belonged to which pens.”

make of this what you will.

4. A vision I had in similar vein in a national conference in 1973 during the Charismatic Move:
“A map of Australia appeared to burn with a tongue of fire within its coastal boundaries. Within those boundaries a pool of mud filled the land with muck and mire. In the pool of mud a lump that went from Darwin in the north to the Great Australian Bight in the south was evident. The lump was indistinguishable except it was a lump covered with the mucky mud and the mire that filled the nation. As I looked the tongue of fire turned into flames engulfing the nation; as the flames burned the lump began to elevate from the north. The bottom in the south began to be drawn towards the centre of the nation. Then as the fire continued to burn it became evident that it was a ‘body’ (statue like) being raised out of the muck and mire. As the head in the north was being raised the feet in the south moved towards the centre of the nation. As the Body was being raised and the flames burned, the muck and the mire that covered it slivered down into the mud that filled the nation. Also its appearance began to gradually change from filthy mud to shining gold as the fire burned. Finally the Body stood upright gleaming and firmly planted in the midst of the land, one Body, refined by the furnace of the fire without muck or mire upon it. The land changed to verdant green and solid; the muck and the mire disappeared from the vision. The one Body stood in the midst of the land refined, shining and whole. The vision ended.”

Test all things especially prophecies, dreams, visions, walk in the Unity of the Spirit

Posted in Teaching | Leave a comment

Why Soldiers miss war

http://www.funker530.com/why-soldiers-miss-war/

Rather riveting to say the least … seeing this talk I wept for the young men I met in January and ANZAC Day who the reality of brotherhood means so much! To see their pain and their hurt and a society that is incapable of understanding their part in this. Soldiers who have served our nation well, given their all, as soldiers do, then they are attributed or blame with the notion it is they who are at fault. Yes, how can any sane person remain normal after the atrocities they witness or are involved in. Yes, they have not coped. My contention is society does not have the necessary supportive relationships for them to re-enter.

I was enthralled by this … I understood this all too well from the Vietnam era and blokes who came back from that.

However, this is where the what is called church these days suffers from the same dysfunction. Just as the soldiers experience anomie, loneliness, disconnection and a lack of intimacy when they return so does in a very small way,the super-committed volunteer in religious organisations. In reality, the central manifestation and life of the Living Church is a ‘brotherhood’ so profound, so invasive that few there be who want to enter into relationships so costly, even for their blood family. The ‘Jesus’ community who love as their Jesus loved is near non-existent … most believers are missing in action!!!! I am always blessed to hear of the extraordinary, magnificent exploits of the few who lavish themselves on others in the name of Christ. Many give their self to religious activity to achieve the ends of the religious organisation to maintain the on-going nature of pastor, building, programmes and religious events. However that was not the message of Jesus. His message and direction was for us to love abundantly, magnificently, extraordinary and extensively. Building kingdoms and empires with clergy sitting on the pile at the top does not chieve love and brotherhood as characterised in this TED Talk. Let us lay our lives down for each other, give ourselves for the well-being of each other … something unexpected may just happen :-).

Years ago I read the writings of Pliny the Younger. In particular one letter he wrote to the Roman Emperor Trajan (117AD) where he spoke about Christians in the Roman Province of Bithynia where he was governor. He tortured, executed, imprisoned and enslaved believers in the new religion Chrestus (Christ); adults, children, young, old, free, slaves whoever. Pliny made some astounding statements about these believers e.g. they treated each other as family, they didn’t treat their possessions as their own but gave to each other, they refused to recant even to death, a few did recant but by far the majority didn’t. Pliny noted their brotherhood, their behaviour … their love for one another astounded him. He said he even went as far to encourage the religions (the approved religions rather than these atheists [Christians] who didn’t believe in the pagan gods) to love like Christians. They didn’t, they couldn’t or wouldn’t. Hhhhmm! Now there is a benchmark! Love is not a should a must or an ought but something that flows from a relationship with the One who is love.

They had something that most modern Christians don’t have.

Why does the world understand this and His people don’t! This is a turf that sounds so familiar … to love so completely to be prepared to die for one another. Christians are not only the less without a genuine giving affection,there is nothing to say or give until we do!

A superficial response to the Love of Christ is to continue doing what is always done expecting a different result … Einstein called that insanity.

What an opportunity to bless young men and women with a God who loves and cares for the every aspect of their life.

The brotherhood these young men experienced in war to lay their life down for the benefit and well being of the other … no holds barred, with no restraint is a possibility because the One who is such love abides in us.

I ask for your grace to allow my passion and indulgence … I want to see more love in our relationships and this world with open hearted embracing of each other …

Posted in Teaching | Leave a comment

Small Beginnings

My Friends

A note to you.

In my spirit I have this excitement, this anticipation of what is happening. I have no vision, no organisational goals or programmes, no agenda except to see the Lord lifted up in the freedom of the Holy Spirit.

The only thing I have done is ask Grace Place if we can rent their training space for Wednesday evenings (Reason: it is accessible to both University of Canberra where I work and ANU). This is not a University ministry. It will involve students if they want to come. This is about being His Body not a particular demographical group e.g. uni students … but to all people inclusive of the whoever.

We are beginning on the 5th February @ about 6pm / 6.30pm (including eating together for those who want to). Would you please pray, my friends far and wide?

This is not about meeting as a ‘church’ (Whatever runs around in your head when you think that word). Yes we will meet but the focus is not a Sunday type meeting or what is supposed to happen between weekends. The focus is life, how to live and give. It is about relationships in the Father and His family, fellowship and friendship, discipling and living /walking in the Spirit. My desire is to be on about what He is on about; listening to Him, that is the point of the requested prayer.

Many do not believe ‘church’ can be different. Many try to re-jig what happens between the beginning and the end of the ‘Sunday service’ in an attempt to appeal to people. That is like changing the deckchairs on the Titanic (sorry, this overused metaphor is apt though )

Canberra sees approximately 5.8% of the population in church on Sundays (lower than the national average). Canberra is impaled on political correctness, highly educated (more degrees than you can poke a tick at ) and has a weird expression of Australian life. Canberrans are self satisfied, wealthy (by far the highest income per capita in the nation), into many forms of spirituality and it is said one third of the population vacates Canberra each weekend to go to nearby Sydney or Melbourne, the snowfields or the Snowy Mtns or the coast.

Below are a couple of websites that are interesting. We are not attempting to replicate anything or anyone. Learning is being open to hear the Holy Spirit in each other.

Fresh Expressions is an initiative of the Church of England partnering with other denominations and so called ‘para-church groups’ such as YWAM (Youth With A Mission). In the UK there are over 300 iniatiatives, each different in expression and structure loosely connect with no control or set format. Interesting stuff! The web link follows:
http://www.freshexpressions.org.uk/ (copy and paste to browser)
My hope is salt and yeast will happen growing into many shades and colours becoming His Body Together here in Canberra. Please pray for me and the day of small beginnings.

Following on from my 2nd January New Year email here are some ordinary people who have discovered they can make a difference right where they are.
http://www.newformsresources.co.uk/ (copy and paste to browser)

Also Compassion International have a website appealing from Isaiah 58.
live58.org.au (copy and paste to browser)

Yours in Him

Wayne

Posted in Teaching | 1 Comment