Little initiatives

The kingdom of Jesus grows as you and I take little initiatives to serve and love the people around us. This might be with family, flatmates, workmates, neighbours, friends or others we meet in the course of our daily lives. Jesus gave us the images of salt, light, yeast and fragrance to describe who we are in the world. These images portray challenges and encouragements. …

By design

When God called the prophet Jeremiah he said, “Before I formed you in the womb I knew you, before you were born I set you apart; I appointed (or gave) you as a prophet to the nations.” We are each in this world by design and with something to give. For Jeremiah this was challenging the people of Israel and the …

Christmas Blockbuster

Christmas is a blockbuster way to begin the story of Jesus’ arrival on earth. It is packed with drama: an angel visits the unlikely mother-to-be to announce the pregnancy; the couple overcome a brief crisis of homelessness as she goes into labour; more angels sing in the sky like a firework display to some shepherds; star-following international VIPs acknowledge the …

Living the story

After an intense time of serving, Jesus said to his disciples, “come with me by yourselves to a quiet place and get some rest.” I imagine laughter and lightness in their spirits as the disciples set off by boat on their wee break with Jesus. Perhaps like me, an invitation of rest sounds attractive to you. Instead of a quiet …

Too Busy

“Life is busy!” we complain. But who are we kidding? This is how we choose to live. If we found a way to be more efficient in our activities so that we saved time, what would we do with that extra time? More activities! We are addicted to doing things. Maybe it’s the false sense of control we get from being so …

Engaging with the whole Bible

At our recent Navigators National Gathering Mutua Mahiaini strongly encouraged us to engage deeply with the whole Bible. He asked us when we last read through the Bible. This challenged me and so I have decided to use one night each week to read the Bible. I started last week. This morning in our time with God Juliet and I were reading in Acts …

Messages from God

Three weeks ago I was walking on a beach in Tonga. Juliet and I had been invited to join the Tongan Navigators for their 40th anniversary celebration. We returned to NZ with beautiful stories of people meeting Jesus and passing on their new life to others. Tongan friends had endeared themselves to our hearts. As I walked along the beach just before the conference I …

Two Hands

Imagine your hands held out in front of you. Focusing on one hand represents looking at God and his word, while focusing on your other hand represents looking at your circumstances. We all experience times when God and his word fill our minds and hearts, perhaps when we gather with other believers to focus on God or take time out …

God breathes out, we breathe in

“God formed a man from the dust of the ground, and the Lord breathed into his nostrils the breath of life, and he became a living being.” Genesis2:7 We are made of dust. We are of the earth, limited in time and space. But dust alone is not enough to make a human, no matter how well it’s crafted. What makes …

Inviting feedback

A friend recently told me he regularly prays Psalm 139:23-24, “Search me, O God, and know my heart; test me and know my anxious thoughts. Point out anything in me that offends you, and lead me along the path of everlasting life.” To say this to God and mean it takes courage. I reflected that inviting feedback, however helpful, is …