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photo-1442328166075-47fe7153c128Vulnerability keeps you teachable – Authenticity keeps you believable – Transparency keeps you open – Grace keeps you compassionate! – Brian Houston

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Jesus breathed His final words on the cross: “It is finished.” Bowing his head, He gave up His Spirit. ^John 19:30

After His resurrection, Jesus appeared to His disciples, showing them His nail scarred hands. And with that, He breathed on them and spoke: “Receive the Holy Spirit.” ^John 20:22

His breath gives us life.

Breathe in God’s Word, grace, and Spirit.
Then breathe out your praises to Him.
Each and every day.

You may have noticed that it’s been pretty quiet round here.  Fingers crossed SOMEONE has noticed!

I’ve been loving my new role as acting Youth Pastor at the River and am finding this first month pretty busy both people wise, leader wise and administrative wise.  Lots of my mental and creative energy has been going into making forms, flyers and some leadership development material.  And I am LOVING it!

I have also started my Life Coaching Course and after day one on saturday I am stoked that God has led me to this course and particular group that are attending it.  There are some interesting characters but it was wonderful as one of them asked me some very direct and interested questions about my faith and so I got to share and put it out on the table.

Here are a few visuals to show you what I’ve been doing:

Beach Bash Jan 2015

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"Your life is telling a story. There are people who need your brave, courageous steps forward in faith, beyond pain, disappointment, or challenge, coming through with a smile on your face, joy in your heart, and purpose in your step. There are people who need your story of hope, redemption, healing, forgiveness, victory and courage! Your story – your life – it matters. Onward and upward friends!" – Bianca Olthoff

i want to know God…

i believe we can know God – that he reveals himself to us – in the Word, through Jesus, and through the Holy Spirit alive in us.

i believe that God is not far away, but he is near to us.

i believe that as we draw near to him, making intentional decisions and choices and actions that he draws nearer to us. (james 4:8)

i believe he rewards those who seek for him (hebrews 11:6)

i believe we can know God (1 corinthians 2:9-10) and because of this i live my life to know him and make him known.

i make intentional choices to seek him and i make time in my day and week to do that.

i pray. i read the bible. i obey. i worship. i listen. i talk.

who do you think God is?

how do you see him?

do you see him as near or afar?

personal or indifferent?

real or just existing?

do you see how what you believe will affect how you relate to God???

i love this song. i love the heart of it.

the heart of it is a heart of surrender to our great God, to live our life for Jesus and for his purposes.

one line that gets me says “when you call i wont delay” when God calls us we obey, in day to day and in big stuff, because we love him.

how lavish is the love of God that he calls us his children. 1 john 3:1

you see sometimes we intentionally, or unintentionally put things before God.  our jobs, our family, our relationships, ourselves, our money, our car, our sports, our image, our freetime, our future.  these things, though all good, and all worthy in some way or other, when prioritized more than God stand between us and Him.  they become idols.  and you know GOD cares about those things and aspects of your life too.  and he has a plan and a purpose.  it is when we surrender to him and obey his will that our life satisfies us and fulfills us where it really counts.

without God as our one passion all other passions will not satisfy.

today, look at your life.  lets look together.  are we living this song?  are we living a life that lives none but Jesus?  are we resolved to obey whatever the cost?  are we surrendering our desires to God?  are we desiing to do his will above all else?  are we trusting him to work in our lives?  do we realize his love for us is everlasting and that he is our Father?

the other day i posted a post on living waters….

On the last and most important day of the festival, Jesus stood up and shouted, “If you are thirsty, come to me and drink! Have faith in me, and you will have life-giving water flowing from deep inside you, just as the Scriptures say.” John 7:37-38

and someone commented about how prophetic and symbolic what jesus said was and it sparked my mind and spirit… so i’ve been net hopping looking up “water libation ceremony” – and this is what i’ve found…

The Festival of Water Libation

Living Waters

The Festival of Water Libation

Sukkok @ Wikipedia

i believe the bible has layers – not like an onion – but there is context and history that some of us just dont know because we are not a) jewish or b) history scholars… but knowing the history and the context gives more meaning or richness to some passages…  you see knowing about the water libation ceremony gives more meaning and prophetic significance to what Jesus did and said than just how awesome what he sid it… often Jesus says something and the people he spoke to knew exactly what he was referring to and meaning.   i love this about the bible.

i hope you are encouraged to dig into the word and to discover all that God is saying.

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