Day 3 (26 Feb 2020) What drives your life?

Ecclesiastes 4:4 (TLB)

Then I observed that the basic motive for success is the driving force of envy and jealousy! But this, too, is foolishness, chasing the wind.

I took a deep breath and asked the question…

“What do you observe to be the driving force of my life to be. Be honest – I can take it” 

I wasn’t sure if I could take it but I asked anyway – of my family, three work colleagues, and three close mates. I was hoping for a single, definitive, elegant answer but apprehensive that a flaw in my character would be revealed or that one group would be wildly different to another group – thus revealing I am different person in different situations. (Why do I do this to myself???)

The results? Actually, not too bad. They all said basically the same thing – God and family. These are the two driving forces in my life. Phew! Here’s two quick observations that I discovered…

  1. My work colleagues said “family” before God. They observed that my family was a bigger driving force in my life than God was. He’s definitely there – just not #1. Ok – I have some work to do. (See Luke 14:26)
  2. My perception of what drives me (selfishness, fear, anxiety and stress, pride, feelings of inferiority, sin, money, fear of not having money) are actually NOT driving me. The Holy Spirit is working in my life as I cast these struggles at the cross and plead with Him for help. It’s actually working! My feelings are wrong – the evidence is in – God is doing something in my life!

I encourage you to try it – ask the question of those closest to you “what is the driving force of my life?” The answers may surprise you. 

Written by Boudy Van Noppen

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  1. Warwick says:

    “Envy and Jealousy” are powerful forces, causing us to pursue things which satisfy our needs for love, for connection, for possessions, for self esteem etc.. The verse today calls these things meaningless, in other words we won’t find meaning and purpose in them – which is true. We will never be satisfied if we pursue things out of jealousy or envy. To establish a better driving force, we should first seek to know the source by which all our needs can be satisfied and move forward in total security (trust) in that source, which is God alone.

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  2. Kerrie says:

    Thanks Boudy! Such a brave thing to do, to ask your workmates this question.
    So interesting to wonder how different groups of people we have in our lives may perceive us.
    Casting aside envy and jealousy (and as a leader, guiding others at work to do so as well) is key to knowing God’s purpose.
    He doesn’t want us comparing ourselves with others.

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  3. Sue says:

    As I reflect on this scripture and your wonderful thoughts and question.
    Do I really believe that God will provide for me?
    Do I really believe that no matter what crosses my path His love and His care stand strong? That all things work together for good…
    So many questions arise in my heart – but I need to find fresh rest in Him. Fresh rest in trust. Fresh rest in Knowing Him the lover of my soul.

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DAY 2 (25 Feb 2020) You are not an accident

Isaiah 44:2 (CEV)

I am your Creator. You were in my care even before you were born.

This verse brings great encouragement – even if it’s hard to understand that God was caring for me before I existed!  The word of God does the work of settling my soul and revealing truth to me. His word contends with the lies because, sadly, when I first read this verse, I started to argue against it. I allowed the pain of the past and my struggles to stir up doubt: what about when that happened, it didn’t seem that You were caring for me then?

But as I deliberately meditated on how God is my Creator, I am reminded that You Father God designed me. You have purpose and intention. That when bad things happen, it doesn’t mean I was a mistake or an accident. I am not an afterthought. I am not forgotten. Far from it. While circumstance, emotions and the work of the enemy would have me doubt You, Your word tells me otherwise: “You were in my care even before you were born”. As I continue to think about this, I imagine Father God saying it to me with a warm smiling voice and a tender look in His eye. I am reminded that You are for me and have all things in control.  My heart is at peace again.

Father God, thank you for loving me. Thank you for watching over me and caring for me. I am so thankful that You speak truth to me.

Written by Gab Martin

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  1. Justin Ware says:

    I remember reading a quote once in an art gallery that said something like “For us to fulfil our role as image bearers of a creator, we must also be creative” and it got me thinking. What was God really thinking when He created Humanity? My thinking led me to come across a concept in theology called the “social trinity” that basically says that the three distinct persons of the trinity expressed such love and unity internal to the trinity, that this love had to overflow, and it overflowed in such loving creative expression to bring in to existence all of creation. And the pinnacle and culmination of that creation was mankind.

    As I read and marvel at the concept of the love overflowing from the relationship within the Trinity and realise that if humanity has been created out of such love, God must truly truly love me more than I could possibly grasp, well beyond my wildest imagination.

    Thank you Lord for revealing your love for me afresh this morning!

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  2. Deborah says:

    Thx Gab – I love what you said – “His word contends with the lies”.. because in the natural I was unplanned: an accident. Unfortunately for me I was referred to as a ‘mistake’ which was a major lie that took up residence in me earlier in life. I am so incredibly thankful that in my adulthood Jesus revealed the Truth to me; that I am His treasured child. Always have been. Always will be. So many lies wiped away by His love! This has major significance for me…

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  3. Jen Irving says:

    Gab, I love your thoughts here. As someone who was born with physical deformities that have required ongoing surgeries and medical treatment throughout my life, I have often wondered, “How could God have made me like this?” But this verse doesn’t say that he would create me in a particular way or with particular abilities – it says that I was in His care – such an important distinction!

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DAY 1 (24 Feb 2020) It all starts with God

Colossians 1:16 (MSG)

For everything, absolutely everything, above and below, visible and invisible, rank after rank after rank of angels—everything got started in him and finds its purpose in him.

I recently had a conversation with someone who is an atheist, who told me they had discovered a rational explanation for how well designed and ordered the universe is. They told me about their discovery of panpsychism, the notion that the universe has a consciousness and has therefore been able to design itself since it all came into existence 4.7 billion years ago with the big bang.

I have since done some reading into this theory and I have discovered that it has legitimate philosophical and scientific publications written about it. 

All the same, the idea that the universe created itself and then designed itself for no clear reason or purpose is philosophically challenging to me. It seems more plausible from where I stand that a great, all-powerful all-loving God, would create a carefully designed universe, with a clear purpose.

On reflecting on today’s verse, I believe that God’s purpose for creating the universe can be found in only one place– IN HIM. That is, it can’t just be learned from reading, but it must be imparted in relationship.

Lord, I thank you that I exist for the praise of Your glorious grace. May I seek to know and understand this deeper and wider and longer as I set out on this adventure over the next 6 weeks to truly discover what on earth I am here for.

Written by Ps Justin Ware

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  1. Warwick says:

    “Everything” is so inclusive that nothing is left to find its purpose in any other place. Nothing will find its purpose in fame or fortune. Nothing will find its purpose in other people or other beliefs. Nothing will find its purpose by hard work or by no work. If God is our creator, only He can tells us what we were made for.

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  2. Claire Moore says:

    Yes this verse shows the deliberate purpose of God to create everything, even the spirit world – the invisible. And he did it so we could have a relationship with him. He wants to know me! In such a vast creation I am important to him! Can’t thank you enough Lord

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  3. Andrew says:

    Yeah, the fact that relationship is necessary to know what we are here for is so important for me to remember. I cannot find a system, only the almighty person God

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Sunday 23 February, 2020

Acts 8:26-40

26 Now an angel of the Lord said to Philip, “Go south to the road—the desert road—that goes down from Jerusalem to Gaza.” 27 So he started out, and on his way he met an Ethiopian[a] eunuch, an important official in charge of all the treasury of the Kandake (which means “queen of the Ethiopians”). This man had gone to Jerusalem to worship, 28 and on his way home was sitting in his chariot reading the Book of Isaiah the prophet. 29 The Spirit told Philip, “Go to that chariot and stay near it.” 30 Then Philip ran up to the chariot and heard the man reading Isaiah the prophet. “Do you understand what you are reading?” Philip asked. 31 “How can I,” he said, “unless someone explains it to me?” So he invited Philip to come up and sit with him. 32 This is the passage of Scripture the eunuch was reading: “He was led like a sheep to the slaughter, and as a lamb before its shearer is silent, so he did not open his mouth. 33 In his humiliation he was deprived of justice. Who can speak of his descendants? For his life was taken from the earth.” 34 The eunuch asked Philip, “Tell me, please, who is the prophet talking about, himself or someone else?” 35 Then Philip began with that very passage of Scripture and told him the good news about Jesus. 36 As they traveled along the road, they came to some water and the eunuch said, “Look, here is water. What can stand in the way of my being baptized?” [37] 38 And he gave orders to stop the chariot. Then both Philip and the eunuch went down into the water and Philip baptized him. 39 When they came up out of the water, the Spirit of the Lord suddenly took Philip away, and the eunuch did not see him again, but went on his way rejoicing. 40 Philip, however, appeared at Azotus and traveled about, preaching the gospel in all the towns until he reached Caesarea.

What an amazing incident. I love how God works and that we get to see both sides of the story. God sees the Ethiopian man, a seeker who desires to truly know God. God sees Philip, a God follower and believer in Jesus, who desires to serve God and spread the Good News. In a beautifully creative and at the same time incredibly understated way, God gives both men the desires of their heart by using Philip to share the Good News with the Ethiopian man.

I read this account and marvel at the goodness of God.

Thank you God that you are the same today, using people all over the world to answer prayers and fulfill desires. Lord, help me to lay down the things that get in the way of being available to you, the fears and insecurities. Help me to be aware of the bigger picture and to walk by faith, with expectancy that you will use me like you used Philip, to point people to Jesus. Amen. 

Written by Ps. Bethany Waugh


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Saturday 22 February, 2020

Acts 8:14-25

14 When the apostles in Jerusalem heard that Samaria had accepted the word of God, they sent Peter and John to Samaria. 15 When they arrived, they prayed for the new believers there that they might receive the Holy Spirit, 16 because the Holy Spirit had not yet come on any of them; they had simply been baptized in the name of the Lord Jesus. 17 Then Peter and John placed their hands on them, and they received the Holy Spirit. 18 When Simon saw that the Spirit was given at the laying on of the apostles’ hands, he offered them money 19 and said, “Give me also this ability so that everyone on whom I lay my hands may receive the Holy Spirit.” 20 Peter answered: “May your money perish with you, because you thought you could buy the gift of God with money! 21 You have no part or share in this ministry, because your heart is not right before God. 22 Repent of this wickedness and pray to the Lord in the hope that he may forgive you for having such a thought in your heart. 23 For I see that you are full of bitterness and captive to sin.” 24 Then Simon answered, “Pray to the Lord for me so that nothing you have said may happen to me.” 25 After they had further proclaimed the word of the Lord and testified about Jesus, Peter and John returned to Jerusalem, preaching the gospel in many Samaritan villages.

Simon has been used to being revered because of the appearance of holiness that his tricks gave. Now here is something much better, but it’s someone else doing this one. He’s jealous. He wants this one too, and he’s willing to pay for it.

Jealousy is such a nasty, sneaky, divisive, destructive thing.

It can so easily arouse thoughts like “Wouldn’t it be nice to able to do that too” or “Wouldn’t it be nice to be seen as a spiritual person” or “I should be the one doing that. I could do it better. That bit’s not very good at all.”

That sort of jealous thinking is wrong on so many levels. Jealousy leads to trying to take and possess what God gives freely. Jealousy leads to being critical and judgemental. Jealousy leads to pride.

Maybe God will use me … once I’ve got my focus fully on Him … once my passion is to hear Him and to know Him … once my heart is for all to be touched by Him and to be transformed by it … once I love to encourage more than to be encouraged, to build up others more than to be built up … once I’m not the focus. Or maybe God has another role for me and I should just enjoy the blessing I’m receiving.

Father, I give you my heart. My desire is for my heart to be aligned with yours. Protect me from the jealousy that would rob me of that.

Written by David Cornell


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Friday 21 February, 2020

Acts 8:4-13

4 Those who had been scattered preached the word wherever they went. 5 Philip went down to a city in Samaria and proclaimed the Messiah there. 6 When the crowds heard Philip and saw the signs he performed, they all paid close attention to what he said. 7 For with shrieks, impure spirits came out of many, and many who were paralyzed or lame were healed. 8 So there was great joy in that city. 9 Now for some time a man named Simon had practiced sorcery in the city and amazed all the people of Samaria. He boasted that he was someone great, 10 and all the people, both high and low, gave him their attention and exclaimed, “This man is rightly called the Great Power of God.” 11 They followed him because he had amazed them for a long time with his sorcery. 12 But when they believed Philip as he proclaimed the good news of the kingdom of God and the name of Jesus Christ, they were baptized, both men and women. 13 Simon himself believed and was baptized. And he followed Philip everywhere, astonished by the great signs and miracles he saw.

This passage begins with the words “Those who were SCATTERED preached the word wherever they went.”

I truly believe God calls all His sons and daughters to be master evangelists.  Not everyone can stand and preach to the masses like Billy Graham but all of us can have the passion and conviction to share the gospel where ever God may “scatter” us.  To say to our unsaved friends and family “look what Jesus has done in my life. I want you to know Him too.”

We tend to leave the evangelism to Pastors and Ministers – people who are called to minister largely to those who are already saved.  God needs his evangelists to be “scattered” – to be positioned near people that need to hear the gospel.  Where God scatters me isn’t important.  What’s important is what I do when I’m there.

Lord, please infuse my whole life with the power of Your Holy Spirit – so that wherever you see fit to “scatter” me I will share with those around me how great You are.

Written by Boudy Van Noppen


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Thursday 20 February, 2020

Acts 7:54 - 8:3

54 When the members of the Sanhedrin heard this, they were furious and gnashed their teeth at him. 55 But Stephen, full of the Holy Spirit, looked up to heaven and saw the glory of God, and Jesus standing at the right hand of God. 56 “Look,” he said, “I see heaven open and the Son of Man standing at the right hand of God.” 57 At this they covered their ears and, yelling at the top of their voices, they all rushed at him, 58 dragged him out of the city and began to stone him. Meanwhile, the witnesses laid their coats at the feet of a young man named Saul. 59 While they were stoning him, Stephen prayed, “Lord Jesus, receive my spirit.” 60 Then he fell on his knees and cried out, “Lord, do not hold this sin against them.” When he had said this, he fell asleep. 8 And Saul approved of their killing him. On that day a great persecution broke out against the church in Jerusalem, and all except the apostles were scattered throughout Judea and Samaria. 2 Godly men buried Stephen and mourned deeply for him. 3 But Saul began to destroy the church. Going from house to house, he dragged off both men and women and put them in prison.

How brave was Stephen. He just stood there and led them through their history pointing out all the various issues they misunderstood. And he was willing to take whatever happened afterwards. Everyone who was listening was so angry and offended but Stephen was connected with God and he knew that he knew that he was in the right place and doing what God wanted. Sometimes we can be so much braver than we think we are if we are doing what we are convinced it is what God wants of us. Its like it isn’t really us anymore. It doesn’t happen so often for me but I wonder if that is because I don’t ask God often enough what it is that He wants me to do.

Even when God has asked us to do something that is simple and isn’t going to offend people, its still an amazing feeling when we are really connected with God on something. For example, if He asks us to speak to someone and just connect and love them and we are obedient then often the reaction can be overwhelming.

Dear Lord Help me to connect with you better and play my part in your plan more and more each day. Remind me Lord to ask you, to be interested in what is on your heart each day that I can help with. Help me to remember Stephen’s bravery and his willingness to do what you asked regardless of the cost. 

Written by Therese Manning


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Wednesday 19 February, 2020

Acts 7:1-53

7 Then the high priest asked Stephen, “Are these charges true?” 2 To this he replied: “Brothers and fathers, listen to me! The God of glory appeared to our father Abraham while he was still in Mesopotamia, before he lived in Harran. 3 ‘Leave your country and your people,’ God said, ‘and go to the land I will show you.’ 4 “So he left the land of the Chaldeans and settled in Harran. After the death of his father, God sent him to this land where you are now living. 5 He gave him no inheritance here, not even enough ground to set his foot on. But God promised him that he and his descendants after him would possess the land, even though at that time Abraham had no child. 6 God spoke to him in this way: ‘For four hundred years your descendants will be strangers in a country not their own, and they will be enslaved and mistreated. 7 But I will punish the nation they serve as slaves,’ God said, ‘and afterward they will come out of that country and worship me in this place.’ 8 Then he gave Abraham the covenant of circumcision. And Abraham became the father of Isaac and circumcised him eight days after his birth. Later Isaac became the father of Jacob, and Jacob became the father of the twelve patriarchs. 9 “Because the patriarchs were jealous of Joseph, they sold him as a slave into Egypt. But God was with him 10 and rescued him from all his troubles. He gave Joseph wisdom and enabled him to gain the goodwill of Pharaoh king of Egypt. So Pharaoh made him ruler over Egypt and all his palace. 11 “Then a famine struck all Egypt and Canaan, bringing great suffering, and our ancestors could not find food. 12 When Jacob heard that there was grain in Egypt, he sent our forefathers on their first visit. 13 On their second visit, Joseph told his brothers who he was, and Pharaoh learned about Joseph’s family. 14 After this, Joseph sent for his father Jacob and his whole family, seventy-five in all. 15 Then Jacob went down to Egypt, where he and our ancestors died. 16 Their bodies were brought back to Shechem and placed in the tomb that Abraham had bought from the sons of Hamor at Shechem for a certain sum of money. 17 “As the time drew near for God to fulfill his promise to Abraham, the number of our people in Egypt had greatly increased. 18 Then ‘a new king, to whom Joseph meant nothing, came to power in Egypt.’ 19 He dealt treacherously with our people and oppressed our ancestors by forcing them to throw out their newborn babies so that they would die. 20 “At that time Moses was born, and he was no ordinary child. For three months he was cared for by his family. 21 When he was placed outside, Pharaoh’s daughter took him and brought him up as her own son. 22 Moses was educated in all the wisdom of the Egyptians and was powerful in speech and action. 23 “When Moses was forty years old, he decided to visit his own people, the Israelites. 24 He saw one of them being mistreated by an Egyptian, so he went to his defense and avenged him by killing the Egyptian. 25 Moses thought that his own people would realize that God was using him to rescue them, but they did not. 26 The next day Moses came upon two Israelites who were fighting. He tried to reconcile them by saying, ‘Men, you are brothers; why do you want to hurt each other?’ 27 “But the man who was mistreating the other pushed Moses aside and said, ‘Who made you ruler and judge over us? 28 Are you thinking of killing me as you killed the Egyptian yesterday?’ 29 When Moses heard this, he fled to Midian, where he settled as a foreigner and had two sons. 30 “After forty years had passed, an angel appeared to Moses in the flames of a burning bush in the desert near Mount Sinai. 31 When he saw this, he was amazed at the sight. As he went over to get a closer look, he heard the Lord say: 32 ‘I am the God of your fathers, the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob.’ Moses trembled with fear and did not dare to look. 33 “Then the Lord said to him, ‘Take off your sandals, for the place where you are standing is holy ground. 34 I have indeed seen the oppression of my people in Egypt. I have heard their groaning and have come down to set them free. Now come, I will send you back to Egypt.’ 35 “This is the same Moses they had rejected with the words, ‘Who made you ruler and judge?’ He was sent to be their ruler and deliverer by God himself, through the angel who appeared to him in the bush. 36 He led them out of Egypt and performed wonders and signs in Egypt, at the Red Sea and for forty years in the wilderness. 37 “This is the Moses who told the Israelites, ‘God will raise up for you a prophet like me from your own people.’ 38 He was in the assembly in the wilderness, with the angel who spoke to him on Mount Sinai, and with our ancestors; and he received living words to pass on to us. 39 “But our ancestors refused to obey him. Instead, they rejected him and in their hearts turned back to Egypt. 40 They told Aaron, ‘Make us gods who will go before us. As for this fellow Moses who led us out of Egypt—we don’t know what has happened to him!’ 41 That was the time they made an idol in the form of a calf. They brought sacrifices to it and reveled in what their own hands had made. 42 But God turned away from them and gave them over to the worship of the sun, moon and stars. This agrees with what is written in the book of the prophets: “‘Did you bring me sacrifices and offerings forty years in the wilderness, people of Israel? 43 You have taken up the tabernacle of Molek and the star of your god Rephan, the idols you made to worship. Therefore I will send you into exile’ beyond Babylon. 44 “Our ancestors had the tabernacle of the covenant law with them in the wilderness. It had been made as God directed Moses, according to the pattern he had seen. 45 After receiving the tabernacle, our ancestors under Joshua brought it with them when they took the land from the nations God drove out before them. It remained in the land until the time of David, 46 who enjoyed God’s favor and asked that he might provide a dwelling place for the God of Jacob. 47 But it was Solomon who built a house for him. 48 “However, the Most High does not live in houses made by human hands. As the prophet says: 49 “‘Heaven is my throne, and the earth is my footstool. What kind of house will you build for me? says the Lord. Or where will my resting place be? 50 Has not my hand made all these things?’ 51 “You stiff-necked people! Your hearts and ears are still uncircumcised. You are just like your ancestors: You always resist the Holy Spirit! 52 Was there ever a prophet your ancestors did not persecute? They even killed those who predicted the coming of the Righteous One. And now you have betrayed and murdered him— 53 you who have received the law that was given through angels but have not obeyed it.”

I am struck by verse 53 – the people of Israel received the law in no ordinary way. They received it through angels, delivered to them by Moses. And Moses, when he received the law, came down with his face glowing – he had to cover his face with a veil because his face was glowing so much.

And yet, the people of Israel still were able to soon enough find reason to resist the Holy Spirit, and end up killing the very people God kept sending to help them.

This passage really says to me one thing…unless the Holy Spirit breaks through in my heart, I will end up no better off than the Israelites. I am responsible for one thing – to keep choosing openness to, surrender to, and being led by the Holy Spirit. 

God, may I never be found by you to be stiff-necked. Instead, I choose to keep myself open to and led by your Holy Spirit. And Your Holy Spirit always has and always will lead me to Jesus Christ – the Righteous One.

Written by Ps. Rob Waugh

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  1. Justin Ware says:

    Thanks so much for your insights Rob! I am constantly having to teach myself not to be judgemental on the pharisees and the israelites who, in various ways, turned their back on God and His ways. The same human failures that were at work in them are at work in me, and too often, I am blind to my own shortcomings in my ability to follow our Lord.

    Lord, dont allow me to harden my heart towards you or others.

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Tuesday 18 February, 2020

Acts 6:8-15

8 Now Stephen, a man full of God’s grace and power, performed great wonders and signs among the people. 9 Opposition arose, however, from members of the Synagogue of the Freedmen (as it was called)—Jews of Cyrene and Alexandria as well as the provinces of Cilicia and Asia—who began to argue with Stephen. 10 But they could not stand up against the wisdom the Spirit gave him as he spoke. 11 Then they secretly persuaded some men to say, “We have heard Stephen speak blasphemous words against Moses and against God.” 12 So they stirred up the people and the elders and the teachers of the law. They seized Stephen and brought him before the Sanhedrin. 13 They produced false witnesses, who testified, “This fellow never stops speaking against this holy place and against the law. 14 For we have heard him say that this Jesus of Nazareth will destroy this place and change the customs Moses handed down to us.” 15 All who were sitting in the Sanhedrin looked intently at Stephen, and they saw that his face was like the face of an angel.

Personally, I love the example that Stephen shows me in how to be a minister and a witness to Christ.

He was appointed to take a load of the other apostles by filling the very practical role of ensuring people’s needs were met.

But he didn’t just fill his role with a spirit of excellence, he ensured that he was filled with the Holy Spirit and took every opportunity to serve the cause of the early church with passion and zeal.

For me this shows that in the church, we are not only to serve a single role, but each of us are to be naturally supernatural and serve in a way that is powerful and active.

Lord, fill me with Your Spirit that I might have the wisdom, courage and power of Stephen in the way that I minister. From the mediocre and mundane through to the public and prestigious, may I carry the Glory of your presence with me to shine your light wherever I am.

Written by Ps. Justin Ware

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Monday 17 February, 2020

Acts 6:1-7

6 In those days when the number of disciples was increasing, the Hellenistic Jews among them complained against the Hebraic Jews because their widows were being overlooked in the daily distribution of food. 2 So the Twelve gathered all the disciples together and said, “It would not be right for us to neglect the ministry of the word of God in order to wait on tables. 3 Brothers and sisters, choose seven men from among you who are known to be full of the Spirit and wisdom. We will turn this responsibility over to them 4 and will give our attention to prayer and the ministry of the word.” 5 This proposal pleased the whole group. They chose Stephen, a man full of faith and of the Holy Spirit; also Philip, Procorus, Nicanor, Timon, Parmenas, and Nicolas from Antioch, a convert to Judaism. 6 They presented these men to the apostles, who prayed and laid their hands on them. 7 So the word of God spread. The number of disciples in Jerusalem increased rapidly, and a large number of priests became obedient to the faith.

This passage reminds me that God has a ‘work’ for everyone – so we can all be part of HIStory.  A journey that outlives time as we know it on earth.

The message is that everyone of us are needed in the journey of others.  Each of us has a role to encourage each another in becoming fully devoted/obedient followers of Jesus Christ and using our gifts and talents to make a difference in the Body of Christ and the community around us.  We are to be people who reflect Jesus.

We see in this passage – that a leaders’ primary role is to pray and preach/teach the word of God.  However when each of us takes up the role God has for us – we operate as the BODY of CHRIST.  This attracts people to what we are doing and why we are doing it.

What amazes me is the experience of this early church, the pastors’ delegated the responsibility of a feeding program to spirit-filled, wise members = the church grew rapidly.  The  ‘actions’ of the church through a feeding program reached the Greek and Jewish communities, saved their priests (the leaders of the day), saved the people and transformed their communities.

C3 Carlingford does so many wonderful community projects and activities (see website).  Let’s believe together that these projects will reach into the community and bring many to the saving knowledge of Jesus Christ.

Thank you Father that each one of us is needed to transform lives and our community.  That you have a purpose for each one of us.  Help us to find that purpose and do it with all our might.  Jesus, Help us to be your hands, your voice, and your feet.

Written by Ps. Sue Botta

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