“Jesus’ allegiance is to the dignity of all people. He did not dominate through force. He did disrupt systems that permitted injustice, putting Him at odds with polite society. He was in the business of resolving conflict and restoring relationships. He was patient but also persevered. His ultimate gesture of peace was that he laid down his life to make peace between us and God. Peace didn’t just happen, He was a maker of it.”
“Through the lens of hope in Jesus, far away things come closer. A distant God comes near. We see his fingerprints of grace, love and compassion, and we see our part to play in His reconciliation of the world”
“One way of knowing whether your story is me-centred or others-centred is where your joy comes from.
Instead of happiness being found in what happens to you, you find joy in being part of helping others thrive. You love seeing your effort and sacrifice bring a smile to another person’s face. You give not because you want to receive but because you know someone else will benefit.”
“There are old behaviours, perceptions and ways of doing things that might have helped us survived this broken world but they hinder our relationship with God, stop us from living a healthy life, limit how we interact with others but most of all stop us from being the light Jesus called us to be. Depending on God requires we ask God to strip us and show us the blocks that are holding us from a deep relationship with God.”
” “He has Saved us and called us to a Holy Life – not because of anything we have done but because of his own purpose and grace”. We are the bearers of Gods grace and the reflection of His grace. There is something undeniably Christ-like to intentionally show someone they are valuable.”
“I love birthdays. I love them because it is a time to celebrate and honour a person. It is also fair, because we all have one. I like making people feel special. When I think about Jesus’ birthday, it should be giving him the same honour and celebration, actually it should be a lot more. But when I think about Christmas it looks far from a celebration of who Jesus is.”
“This is what we know: competition, greed, prejudice, discrimination, hatred, inequality, violence, the arrogance and exploitation of the powerful, selfishness, consumerism, materialism, individualism will never build a better world or heal our communities.
Selflessness, generosity, mercy, grace, forgiveness, equality, justice, non-violence and unconditional love can and will.”
“If you’ve been convinced that the good news of God is good news for orphans and widows in their distress – if you like hearing that Christianity is about justice, compassion, generosity and equality – then, James writes, ‘don’t just listen to God’s word. You must do what it says. Otherwise, you are only fooling yourselves.'”
“I finally realised that I couldn’t do God’s job in my life. I needed him. My safety, protection and provision could only be found in Jesus. The truth is when we realise our wisdom, courage, and strength are not enough we have only one option, we must lay ourselves before the throne of God and allow Him to do His work in and through us”
“Baptism is not the moment you suddenly get to go to heaven, it’s not the moment you decide that you’re a Christian. It is when people make the personal decision to publically say, ‘I am going to follow Jesus, I’m going to learn from His way of life and the example that he showed us and I’m going to make a declaration to my community and to my God that I’m on the path to following Jesus for the rest of my life.”