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book of the week

9780849902666‘Elijah the Prophet of Power’ is a fantastic book written by Phillip Keller. It traces the journey of this famous bible hero from his introduction in 1 Kings 16:29 through to his flaming farewell in 2 Kings 2:8-18. The author takes you into the moment by moment details of Elijah’s life and reveals insights that have inspired and equipped me in a powerful way.

quote of the week (Phillip Keller)

The instant God diverts an individual’s attention from his or her own petty problems and self-centred little interests, to the great power of his own person, there are potentials for enormous exploits under the impetus of God’s energy.

news of the week

Disgraced cyclist Lance Armstrong’s confession of cheating on Oprah has been broadcast around the world and continues to make waves in the public and sporting forums.

moment of the week

A change of heart and awareness of Gods work in my life got a hold of me this week, whilst in prayer. I won’t be the same.

The Oracle!

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book of the week

Michael Eaton has written an insightful book titled, ‘The Gift of Prophetic Preaching’. This book is unique in that it differentiates prophetic preaching from biblical teaching and lecturing. The author explores the characteristics of the gift in practical operation and highlights the important partnership between anointing and a thorough grasp of the bible.

quote of the week

Pray and let God worry. (Martin Luther)

moment of the week

I had the privilege of preaching at Compass Church in Melbourne last Sunday and observed a sick lady being healed and delivered by the power of the Holy Spirit as I prophesied over her. She walked in sick, she walked out fully alive.

news of the week

Prince Harry’s recent antics in Las Vegas show us that no matter who you are, be sure your sins will find you out. Keep your clothes on, unless you are married… and behind closed doors.

The Oracle!

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Reposition Yourself is a book written by TD Jakes about breaking through the limitations that stand in our way. Each of us are on a journey from where we are to where God wants us to be. This book highlights the mindset necessary and the steps you need to take to reposition yourself in the new lane God has for you.

quote of the week

The God thing in one season could be the good thing in the next season that God asks you to let go of so you can embrace the God thing in the next season after that.

moment of the week

Connecting with David Milne was a real highlight for me. David is an entrepreneur, business guru, family man and former general manager of John Bevere Ministries. His testimony, insights and faith is inspiring.

news of the week

London 2012 was massive news for this week. In particular Usain Bolt winning the sprint double 100m/200m. I love his talent, his confidence and his showmanship. Good for the sport and good entertainment.

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‘The Freedom of Self-Forgetfulness’ is a short book written by Tim Keller, pastor of Redeemer Presbyterian Church in New York City. Tim is a NY Times best selling author. This is one of the most explosive and helpful little pocket rockets I have ever read. It’s in my Top 10 and I encourage you to get a hold of it.

quote of the week

‘Humility isn’t thinking more of myself or less of myself but thinking of myself less.’

Tim Keller

moment of the week

I received a very timely and powerful prophetic word from a respected prophetic ministry here in Australia. Prophecy encourages, affirms, clarifies and edifies.

news of the week

I heard recently of a fantastic church in Adelaide (Edge) baptizing nearly 100 people in a single service. Awesome news.

Grace!

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book of the week

Made to Stick by Chip and Dan Heath is a fantastic read and one book that I recommend.

20120507-092130.jpg It’s all about why some ideas stick and others come unstuck. It gives simple but concrete examples of how people, companies and organizations do ideas well or poorly and what we can learn from them. A sample of the key ideas in the book include, simplicity, unexpectedness and credibility amongst several others.

quote of the week

“An impression of the Spirit without an expression of the Spirit will leave a depression in your spirit.”

moment of the week

Vision Night at Activate Church was profound. Lots of positive momentum building through the life group leaders hungry to grow themselves and their ministries. I spoke on ‘The Starving Baker’ and had lots of people respond with overwhelmingly positive feedback.

news of the week

Brian Houston coming to Eastside Church, Melbourne to preach May 22nd. Should be a great night.

Grace!

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book of the week

I read an interesting book this week titled, “The pastor as scholar and the scholar as pastor”. It’s co-authored by John Piper and Don Carson. The book has grown out of a conference on the subject many years ago held in Chicago. It’s broken up into two parts and written as a testimonial and personal reflection on the topic from the two authors. It particularly interests me because of the current emphasis on pragmatics in pastoral leadership and the de-emphasizing of the theological and scholarly responsibility of the pastor. This book responds to this issue.

quote of the week

“If you think you are too small to make a difference, you’ve never been in a tent with a mosquito.” Unknown

moment of the week

My wife and I deciding to embrace a radical relocation that would ensure we would save a lot of money so we can purchase our own property in 12 months time. Eyes on the goal.

news of the week

Special guest speaker Sy Rogers confirmed to speak at Activate Church Friday 30th march to Sunday 1st April. Very excited.

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book of the week

Sex and the Supremacy of Christ is not just another book on sex but it lifts our gaze to consider the God who made us sexual creatures for his glory. In a world where sex has become an idol and cheap, this book reflects on the bible’s teaching of such topics as sex and the single, homosexual marriage, restoring the sexually broken and sex, romance the glory of Christ. The editors John Piper and Justin Taylor have brought together several contributers for this project and the content within it has definitely sharpened my thinking on the topic. 

quote of the week

Anonymous comment to my blog post ‘Jesus didn’t die for gold dust’, “To unbelievers, gold dust is bull dust.”

news of the week

Activate’s creative director Sam Jervis is launching his debut album, “Heart Aflame” on Saturday May 26, 2012 at Activate Church. Tickets will be available in the near future. I’ll provide a link in the coming weeks.

moment of the week

I was sick earlier in the week but the highlight would have been discipling a new Christian on Thursday night. He is like a sponge, hungry to devour every bit of information and insight he can. It’s refreshing to find someone so eager to grow in Christ. His potential is huge.

Grace!