Have To/Want To
Are your days a list of things you have to do or get to do? Are God's commands a list of things He demands you do or lets you do? Deep down we hate to be slaves, but sometimes it seems we prefer the lash and the leash to the freedom that God desires for us.
Slides for the message 'How Do I Get My Mojo Back?' given by Pastor Joe on 8th October 2017.
How Do I Get My Mojo Back?
At the heart of the matter it's a matter of the heart. Somewhere deep down we know that the half hearted effort we can put into life robs both us and those we do it for. But how do we find the passion for life again?
What's worth it? I guess to answer that we need to know what it costs. What if it's your life? Spent a day a time- 24 hours, 1440 Minutes, 86,400 seconds. Gone. What are you trading your days for? Is it worth it? Or do we even consider if we are living for what matters most to us?
The gold standard for a successful, God-pleasing, satisfying life is found in this summary: "Love God with all your heart, soul, mind and strength". We were made to be "ALL" people. People that can chose and give and serve and love with ALL our beings. That's when we are at our best, when we are living a life "all in", not holding back, not pretending, not giving half-hearted love. Today why don't you try going "all in". Give God your best praise, your most intelligent thanks, your most skilful work. I think you'll find it feels thrilling to finally to boldly and thoroughly express yourself again.
Joe and Jodie
#TheStruggleIsReal - Danny Morton
What does it mean to "have faith"? Is it a matter of strong, stubborn belief, or is it blind, ignorant risk taking? Does God want us to be thrillseekers in our relationship with Him, or is there something else required?
Restoration - Peter Heyworth
You know that feeling. The feeling of taking something that has seen better days and working on it until it is back to it's original glorious look and function; once again back to how it was originally designed to be. Cars, furniture, houses, the list goes on. God takes great delight in restoration work as well. How can we help Him?
CAP Sunday - David Kendall
Christians Against Poverty (CAP) is a global organisation created to help people who find themselves in difficult financial situations. David Kendall helps us to understand the ministry of CAP in the light of the heart of God and the teachings of Jesus.
What's Love Got To Do With It?
Part of our human condition is that we sometimes portray our personal 'truths' as though the are 'The Truth'. Sometimes it is the minority squeaky wheel that gets all the focus and attention. Sometimes we get clouded to the bigger issues and realities by the abundance of noise and our own attachments.
What's Love Got To Do With It?
Other than being an awesome song? On the Eve of our 25th wedding anniversary, I ask myself that very question. As 22 year olds, Joe and I thought we knew love, 25 years later, we are confident about it. So how much has love got to do with something that lasts?
The answer to the question in the song is, love has nothing to do with it and at the same time everything to do with it. Nothing because the love we started with was immature and relied on feelings. The love we have now has everything to do with it, we have confidence in that love.
Our relationship with God is the same. We start off with an immature understanding, thinking His love is conditional and we grow into knowing God’s love deeply, confident that His love never changes. God says, “I will betroth you in righteousness and justice, in love and compassion.” Hosea 2:19
How do we grow to this confidence? Like any relationship, it takes time and effort.
Invest your love in Him today.
Love Jodie and Joe
The Love of a Father - Ashley Downing
In an era where fathers are becoming less important to society by the day, Pastor Ashley shares with us his experience of father, and fathering, and why we need to be careful when dismissing fathers as less important parents.