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 …

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 …

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 …

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 …

Buoyed by Prayer

I returned from a trip to Canada and the US this week. During the 17 days I experienced significant help from God. I had wonderful opportunities to talk about Jesus and rich times of mutual encouragement with many fellow Navigators. A few key things worked together to create this. The first was being buoyed along by the prayers of others. It seems to me …

Connecting with God

‘Connecting with God’ is the first trait in a booklet I am reading called ‘The five traits of a Christ-follower’. I like how one of the authors describe Jesus visiting Martha and Mary, “Mary and Martha and Jesus were all in the same place, but only Mary was with Jesus.” I discovered something new about connecting with God recently from …

What are you storing up?

When people ask me what fruit trees we have on our property I talk about our little Beurre bosc pear tree that produces a bumper crop each year. We have been harvesting beautiful fruit from this tree for over a month! Jesus draws a comparison between good trees producing good fruit, and good things coming from the good stored in peoples …