Unity

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Hi All

I’ve been recently thinking about unity.

It was my joy today to host the city pastors for our monthly meeting. I am privileged to be serving alongside such great servants of Christ.

As each one shared what is happening in their own churches it was impossible not to get excited by how much God loves us. Amazing things are happening all across the bay. We all have a sense that the Holy Spirit is breathing new things within us and our churches.

Sometimes we can think unity is evident when we’re all doing the same thing, but actually our unity is found in serving the same God. As God has uniquely called us, gifted us, and placed us, we see how we’re not all the same part, but we are part of the same body. I am so blessed that our church is specifically placed to reach our community, not that we’re better or worse than any other, but that God has called each church to play a vital role in the extension of His Kingdom.

I love my fellow pastors, and rejoice in what God is doing in and through their ministries. I appreciate that sense of a shared destiny we have, and rejoice in the diversity of God’s Family. I love that God is seeking to redeem all people, every nation, every tribe, and every tongue. Not as some homogeneous global community, but as unique, colourful, and individual cultures and communities.

At the same time, God’s hand was on the people in the land of Judah, giving them all one heart to obey the orders of the king and his officials, who were following the word of the LORD. (2 Chronicles 30:12)

Be Blessed,

 

W

True wisdom is humble

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Hi All,

I’ve read two books recently, both of them with similar themes, and similar perspectives. One of them I felt was incredibly clear in conveying the Author’s wisdom. The other I felt could be easily taken the wrong way.

The difference between the tone of both books was in how their wisdom was conveyed. One Author used his own experience as an authority on the subject. The other, positioned his own experience as one of many experiences on the subject.

In a word, the difference to me, was humility.

Wisdom without humility, is not wisdom.

Blessings,

 

W

“If you are wise and understand God’s ways, prove it by living an honorable life, doing good works with the humility that comes from wisdom.” (James 3:13 NLT)

Let your yes be yes

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Hi All,

It can often be challenging to respond simply when asked a question. We can feel it necessary to embellish our answers and influence how the questioner perceives us.

In Matthew 26:59-67 – Jesus doesn’t defend his previous statement about destroying the temple, but responds to the direct question about his deity. He states what He knows to be true. Jesus refuses to qualify himself; refuses to embellish, defend, or justify his truth. The High priest becomes enraged by Jesus response and uses Jesus’ words to justify his horrific decision – sentencing Jesus to suffering and death.

By answering simply, Jesus refused to apply his immeasurable power, and absolute right, to defend or vindicate himself – even to the point of death on the cross. For the greater understanding of his true nature, he allowed a totally unjustified perspective of him to torture and kill him – ultimately revealing what his character truly is…..

Love.

‘Lord help us speak plainly, and honestly. Help us relinquish the right to control how others perceive us.’

 

W

preparing for the new season

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Hi all,

So 2016 has begun in earnest. We are positioning ourselves to face a new season of what God is doing in our church. Like any church in transition the changes that need to be made can often cause concern and anxiety for people. Fortunately God remains faithful and unchanging. We can always turn to him when uncertainty seems to overwhelm us.

For Miraclecentre Hastings, transformation and change continues as we align ourselves with God’s will for us heading into the new year.

Every Sunday evening in January at 5:30pm, I will be sharing our vision and purpose for 2016. I will also be outlining some of the leadership and structural changes being made to support that vision and purpose.

If you lead anything in our church, or you feel called to in 2016, then you should attend.

If you’re a partner in our church, then you should attend.

If you’re interested in becoming a partner in our church, then you should attend.

If you want to know what God has laid on my heart for this congregation, then you should attend.

If you have concerns about what’s happening, then you should attend.

The great thing about these sessions, is that you are invited to ask questions and interact with me about your concerns.

The final meeting will take the format of an AMA (Ask Me Anything). If you submit a question in writing, I’ll address it at that meeting.

Blessings,

 

W

Unstoppable

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Hi All,

I am so grateful to God for 2015. It was a wonderful year where He once again proved His faithfulness. In EVERY situation through 2015, I found evidence that God had gone before me – that His unceasing favour had opened doors no man could open, shut the mouths of lions, sheltered me in the shadow of His wing, brought bountiful blessing, and most precious of all – renewed the truth of the gospel in my heart. In EVERY situation, I found Jesus.

What does 2016 hold?

I was reading Acts 5:17-23 this morning. When jealous men sought to muzzle the Gospel message, and throw the apostles into jail, the Angel of the Lord comes and breaks the apostles out of jail with a very clear affirmation of their place in God’s purpose:

“GO TO THE TEMPLE AND GIVE THE PEOPLE THIS MESSAGE OF LIFE!”

I pray that this year is a breakout year for all of us, that God breaks us out of where we have been imprisoned, affirms His purpose for our life, equips and enables us through His grace, and that we might bear witness to the unstoppable plan and purpose of God for our city, region, and country in 2016.
Be Blessed,
W

17 The high priest and his officials, who were Sadducees, were filled with jealousy. 18 They arrested the apostles and put them in the public jail. 19 But an angel of the Lord came at night, opened the gates of the jail, and brought them out. Then he told them, 20 “Go to the Temple and give the people this message of life!”

21 So at daybreak the apostles entered the Temple, as they were told, and immediately began teaching.

When the high priest and his officials arrived, they convened the high council[a]—the full assembly of the elders of Israel. Then they sent for the apostles to be brought from the jail for trial. 22 But when the Temple guards went to the jail, the men were gone. So they returned to the council and reported, 23 “The jail was securely locked, with the guards standing outside, but when we opened the gates, no one was there!”

Acts 5:17-23 (NLT)