Shaking Off Disappointment

When we are living a lifestyle of reaching out to people, we will always have to deal with the fact that not everyone will respond to the message of Jesus. Some people will turn down opportunities to talk with us, to become friends with us, to visit church with us. Others will make it all the way to church and beyond but eventual decide not to follow Jesus. Jesus taught …

What’s The Mission of the Church?

Luke 19:9-10 (NIV) 9 Jesus said to him, “Today salvation has come to this house, because this man, too, is a son of Abraham. 10 For the Son of Man came to seek and to save the lost.” This was a great moment of salvation. Zacchaeus the tax collector turned away from his old way of living and looked to Jesus. I sense the joy in Jesus’ voice as he …

Is Ministry The Most Important Role of a Pastor?

Jesus is our ultimate example and as pastors and leaders we should always look first to his example. This week I wanted to highlight the fact that not only did Jesus minister to the multitudes he also coached or discipled the few. So have a look at these two very important roles – ministry and coaching. Ministry We all know Jesus ministered to people. This was what he spent a …

The Most Challenging Scripture in the Bible

This week I wanted to take a look at what is potentially the most challenging scripture in the Bible, here it is. Luke 14:25-27 NIV [25] Large crowds were traveling with Jesus, and turning to them he said: [26] “If anyone comes to me and does not hate father and mother, wife and children, brothers and sisters—yes, even their own life—such a person cannot be my disciple. [27] And whoever …

The amazing impact of journalling ( hearing the voice of God.)

I have been journalling for the entire 33 years that I have been a Christian. It’s a sure way how someone can hear the voice of God and be led by the plan of God!. If we can get a group of passionate christians all hearing the voice of God, a movement will soon form. These movements long-term can change nations. It has always been this way. We read this …

Who were the best model of disciplers in the Bible? (Part 1: Elijah)

After discipling for many years I’ve always loved the models of 3 people from the Bible: The prophet Elijah, the apostle Paul, and of course, Jesus. I want to know what they did right and analyse how that would translate into my world of discipling today. As a young christian in charge of a home fellowship group (cell group in the 80’s), I wanted to be the best I could be for …

10 Years in Japan (Part 2)

Building Key Alliances In 2001, before I arrived in Japan I made contact with Talo Sataraka, Senior Pastor of New Hope Tokyo for advice. What an important moment that was. We chatted about Tokyo, church, life, family… and I made a new friend that day. When our team of 16 arrived in Tokyo we placed ourselves in Talo’s church for 3 months. I had shared with Talo about our vision. …

10 Years in Japan (Part 1)

10 years of struggle and blessing. On the 8th April 2002, we arrived in Japan with a team of 16. This included Viv, my two boys (then aged 9 and 4), Junya and Kimie and 10 young Australians committed to giving a year of service, and me. We arrived without finance and without much of anything. We just had a simple vision from God that He was going to move …

Heaven’s Applause

‘There’s more joy in heaven over one sinner’s rescue than over 99 good people in no need of rescue.’ (Luke 15:7 Message Bible) Really? Is this really true? Heaven has an applause meter? A celebration meter? Yes – apparently so! One new person coming to know Jesus  = Celebration? Joy? Angels jumping and praising God? Why? Because it’s the reason for the cross. Because it’s the purpose for the church …

Disciple With Joy

Discipleship sometimes has a bad name. Or a no name. It’s ignored or disliked. Why? Here are some reasons I’ve heard:- ‘Too much hard work.’ ‘It’s unfruitful in the short term’ ‘There have been some very bad models.’ ‘There’s no joy in it.’ But … Jesus was the best discipler. And he told us all ‘go and make disciples’ (Mat 28:19) And he discipled with joy. And it was fruitful. …