Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Drifting is easy

Drift can be spelt A.B.C.D. Here are four possible causes of spiritual drift.

A – Apathy

It’s so easy to become casual and go with the flow and let the daily discipline of time with God fall by the wayside. So we say to ourselves “I can’t be bothered today”.

B – Busyness

There is so much in life that just has to be done. We have to work and earn our daily bread. Children need to be got ready for school, and our family and friends need time. In the rough and tumble of everyday life, especially when we are under time pressure, one of the first things to go is voluntary time set aside to listen to God or read the Bible.

C – Comfort

God wants us to be comforted, that is to experience divine comfort, but he does not want us to be comfortable. The old saying remains true today “that the role of pastoral leaders is to comfort the afflicted … and to afflict the comfortable”. For some of us the challenge is to move out of the comfort zone.

D – Distraction

The world is full of things to grab our attention. In fact the media is designed to do just that. So T.V., Facebook, Twitter, and the like all compete for our time. It’s not that there’s anything inherently wrong in these things, but they can steal our time.

The Primitive Methodists were zealous and passionate in their faith. They maintained their spiritual fervour in part through dynamic times of prayer and praise to God. We have much to learn from them.

Friday, November 12, 2010

The Hallelujah Chorus

The Hallelujah chorus in Macy's store in Philadelphia. Brilliant. Hallelujah. Amen

Here is the youtube link

Friday, November 5, 2010

A short story about life

Where are the most extreme abortion laws in the Western world? Where can the horrific Partial Birth Abortion procedure be practised? Where can unborn babies be aborted up to full term? Answer: right here in Victoria.

In the video, Melissa Ohden, a survivor of a failed abortion compares the situation in the U.S. with that here in Victoria. There is a significant gap between the practices in the U.S. and here. We are far worse.

In 2008 the Brumby government passed the Abortion Law reform act. This includes the following

1. Abortion up to birth is allowed
2. Partial Birth Abortion is allowed
(this is partially delivering a live baby using forceps by its feet, then killing the baby before it is fully delivered)
3. A Doctor’s freedom of conscience is denied
4. No independent counselling is provided

This happening here, now. Be aware. Be informed. Know what your candidate thinks about this issue for the state election.