Thursday, December 31, 2009

2010 Goals

a Biblical thought...
Behold, I am coming soon! My reward is with me, and I will give to everyone according to what he has done. I am the Alpha and the Omega, the First and the Last, the Beginning and the End. (Revelation 22:12-13)

a Book thought...
Those who pay attention will discover God is far more involved in their daily lives than they ever imagined. (p133)
a Dave thought...
I am a person who likes to write down yearly goals. The last few years I have used categories and then write 3 goals in each one. I believe unless you are aiming for something in life you will end up anywhere and just waste a lot of years in the process. Here are my categories for 2010 with a description of the types of things I will set three goals in...

1. Spiritual - praying, reading, learning such as conferences

2. Physical - exercise, diet, gym, sporting events

3. Family - holidays, time together, new ventures, devotions

4. Relationships - extended family, meet neighbours, others we are yet to meet

5. Financial - tithing 10%, saving 10%, live off 80%, sponsor children, pay off debt

6. Educational - enroll in a course, read a book, attend a seminar

7. Home - improve, invite people over, create a new space

8. Ministry - look where you will put your time, start something new, evaluate current areas

As I have 24 specific goals (8 x 3) which are measurable I then email them to a few friends who I ask to keep me accountable. If you have never tried this before I encourage you to seek God, set goals and enjoy a fruitful 2010.

Just a thought.

Wednesday, December 30, 2009

Major Philip Wise

a Biblical thought...
"Great and marvelous are your deeds, Lord God Almighty. Just and true are your ways, King of the ages. Who will not fear you, O Lord, and bring glory to your name? For you alone are holy. (Rev 15:3-4)

a Book thought...
God never acts prematurely, and he is never late. God's timing never leaves things unfinished, and it always produces the maximum effect. (p128)
a Dave thought... a sad email I received last week.

Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ,

Many of you may be aware but for those who are not, A Salvation Army corps officer was murdered on Christmas Eve in Little Rock, Arkansas.

Major Philip Wise, 40 years old, was returning to the corps building with his three young children after taking bell ringers home. Two armed men approached him and demanded money. They then shot him in front of his children. His wife Cindy was in the building and called 911. Major Wise was a devoted officer, father and husband beloved by many in the community. He and his family were preparing for a trip to West Virginia to spend time with extended family for Christmas. Please uphold Cindy and these three precious children in prayer as well as the extended family and the corps family and community.

Please pray.

Just a thought.

Tuesday, December 29, 2009

Youth Ministry 3.0

a Biblical thought...
The seventh angel sounded his trumpet, and there were loud voices in heaven, which said: "The kingdom of the world has become the kingdom of our Lord and of his Christ, and he will reign for ever and ever." (Rev 11:15)

a Book thought...
The greatest mark of maturity in faith is the ability and willingness to reverently accept God's answer, no matter what it is. (p126)
a Dave thought...by Alaina Kleinbeck,
Mark Oestreicher’s Youth Ministry 3.0 embodies the conversation model of ministry books. His book is revolutionary not only in content, but also in style. Oestreicher runs a blog (ysmarko.com) that he used as a sounding board for his thoughts and ideas for this book. Blog readers who commented on his inquisitive posts shaped and affirmed his writing and he then included their commentary throughout the book. This type of book would not have been possible ten years ago. It represents a major shift in the way youth ministry is resourced–from top-down publishing house and denominational presses informing the parish worker to youth ministers creating and contributing material from their local ministry to share en masse. The resourcing shift isn’t surprising considering the parallel decentralization in almost every other avenue of communication in the 21st century. Yet Marko’s book is of the first printed books in the youth ministry field to widely embrace social media as a means of resourcing. Social media addicts everywhere are rejoicing.

Youth Ministry 3.0 finds its purpose early within its pages. Marko says, “I’m hoping to describe what I’m seeing and experiencing and feeling about where we need to go so we can continue being true to our calling” (p. 26). He’s in the position to hear the voices of thousands of youth workers, and so his thoughts on the future are valuable and weighty. Before speaking of the future, he walks the reader through a history of youth culture with a simple framework. He looks at the three tasks of adolescence–identity formation, autonomy, and affinity–and traces the emphases that youth culture (and thus, youth ministry) has placed on different tasks. He skillfully honors the past and fuels a fire for change.

A short read, YM3.0 isn’t the end of the story. It doesn’t purport to have all of the answers, but encourages a process of discernment to find them. Marko doesn’t propose a model that works in every situation, but gives permission for a potpourri of youth ministry models. He invites the reader to engage in the conversation.

Just a thought.

Monday, December 28, 2009

New Year's Resolutions

a Biblical thought...
All the angels were standing around the throne and around the elders and the four living creatures. They fell down on their faces before the throne and worshiped God, saying: "Amen! Praise and glory and wisdom and thanks and honor and power and strength be to our God for ever and ever. Amen!" (Revelation 7:11-12)

a Book thought...
Prayer is not designed as a means for us to change God. It is a time for God to change us. (p121)
a Dave thought...
Author, innovation consultant, and speaker Stephen Shapiro offers the following interesting statistics concerning New Year's resolutions:
Forty-five percent usually set New Year's Resolutions; seventeen percent infrequently set resolutions; thirty-eight percent never set resolutions
Eight percent are always successful in achieving their resolutions; nineteen percent achieve their resolutions every other year; forty-nine percent have infrequent success; twenty-four percent (one in four) never succeed and have failed on every resolution every year.
Forty-seven percent set resolutions related to self-improvement or education
Thirty-eight percent set resolutions related to weight
Thirty-four percent set resolutions related to money
Thirty-one percent set resolutions related to relationships
The younger you are, the more likely you are to achieve your resolutions (thirty-nine percent of those in their twenties achieve their resolutions every year or every other year, while less than fifteen percent of those over fifty achieve their resolutions every year or every other year)
The less happy you are, the more likely you are to set New Year's resolutions (this is especially true for those who set money-related resolutions: forty-one percent are not happy; thirty-four percent are moderately happy; twenty-five percent are happy)
There is actually no correlation between happiness and resolution setting/success (people who achieve their resolutions every year are no happier than those who do not set resolutions or who are unsuccessful in achieving them)

Just a thought.

Sunday, December 27, 2009

Tex the Turtle

a Biblical thought...
These are the words of him who is holy and true, who holds the key of David. What he opens no one can shut, and what he shuts no one can open. (Revelation 3:7)

a Book thought...
Jesus set the pattern for our praying. He did not determine his own agenda, then ask his Father to bless it. Rather, whatever the Father told Jesus to do, that became Jesus' course of action. (p118)
a Dave thought...
After a few days of discussion we finally convinced our 7 year old he was too young for an iPod touch! So the night before Christmas he decided he wanted a turtle instead from Santa. This resulted in a last minute email at 9pm Christmas eve to Santa. Noah was fortunate that Santa took last minute requests so a letter was left under the tree on Christmas day. It explained that Santa does not carry live pets on the sleigh but if he passes this letter on to his mum and dad that they can arrange a pet turtle. The result after a busy Boxing Day is that we now have have two pets in the Collinson household, Tex the turtle has joined Rex the rabbit. Noah continued to ask if Santa is just made up and without lying I managed to just make it to Christmas with some mystery. Somehow I think it will be the last Christmas Santa will come to Noah, but it sure was fun while it lasted.

Just a thought.

Friday, December 25, 2009

Did Jesus make us fat and greedy?

a Biblical thought...
To him who is able to keep you from falling and to present you before his glorious presence without fault and with great joy— to the only God our Savior be glory, majesty, power and authority, through Jesus Christ our Lord, before all ages, now and forevermore! Amen. (Jude 1:24-25)

a Book thought...
That's why we pray, not necessarily to obtain what we want but to know God more intimately. (p115)
a Dave thought...
Although this is not a real positive article from The Age it is worth reading how many in our culture are thinking about Christianity today...

Christianity, some say, caused the crash. Not traditional Christianity, in which next-life success depends on this-life frugality, but the new so-called prosperity gospel, whose spirituality comes wrapped in worldly expectations like prunes in bacon. Devils, you might say, on apocalyptic horseback. Prosperity churches offer credit facilities for the offertory, require tithing as an investment strategy (promising huge returns) and see usury not as sin but as sacrament.
"We love the money in Jesus Christ's name!" shouts Pastor Fernando Garay from his pulpit in Charlottesville, Virginia, promising a $10,000 return on a $100 offering. "The rich," he explains to his mostly Latino congregation, "are closer to God."
But it's not just America. At Hillsong Church, not more than five minutes from where I live and a conspicuous presence on the Block, pastor Brian Houston whips his audience into a ''giving'' frenzy while religiously pointing out the credit facilities in the foyer. In Garay's words, "Jesus loved money, too!"
So in view of the over-consumption monster now blocking humanity's path - with its three snarling heads of climate crisis, financial crisis and obesity crisis, all with their big googly eyes right on us - it is worth asking: how much does Jesus have to answer for?
Consider the manger. We've always taken this straw-filled washtub to signify the infant's outsider status, his fringe cred, his underdog appeal. But perhaps - manger being, after all, the verb ''to eat'', as in munch - it is really about consumption. Like the wafer thing, you know: eat the body, drink the blood . . . it has to make you wonder.
http://www.theage.com.au/opinion/society-and-culture/did-jesus-make-us-fat-and-greedy-20091223-ldc7.html for the complete article.

Just a thought.

Thursday, December 24, 2009

Technology Addiction

a Biblical thought...
How great is the love the Father has lavished on us, that we should be called children of God! (1 John 3:1)

a Book thought...
What God has to say to us is infinitely more important than what we have to say to him, yet we generally monopolize the conversation. (p113)
a Dave thought... from The Herald Sun
LILY Allen, who became a star when millions found her quirky pop tunes on MySpace, is taking two years off to beat her addiction to . . . technology.
Allen has recorded frequently on Facebook, Twitter and her blog.
But, after releasing her second album -It's Not Me, It's You - the 24-year-old ditched Twitter with a final message: "I am a neo-Luddite, goodbye."
She said: "I just had this revelation that Facebook, blogging, all those things were becoming a total addiction.
"I'd be with my boyfriend or my Mum and they'd have just got half of me.
"So I put my BlackBerry, my laptop, my iPod in a box and that's the end.
"I won't use email. I play records on vinyl. I don't blog. I've got more time, more privacy. We've ended up in this world of unreal communication and I don't want that. I want real life back."

Just a thought.

Wednesday, December 23, 2009

A Baby Refugee

a Biblical thought...
Live as free men, but do not use your freedom as a cover-up for evil; live as servants of God. Show proper respect to everyone: Love the brotherhood of believers, fear God, honor the king.
(1 Peter 2:16-17)

a Book thought...
Th best way to hear God speak to you is to spend regular time reading, studying, and meditating on his Word. (p110)
a Dave thought...
This Christmas greeting from the Surrender team is a great reminder of how amazing the whole Christmas story is...

Incredible when you think about it, God's great tactic to reconcile the world to himself is through a baby born in a backwater town as a refugee! What a great consolation this Christmas as Shane Claiborne says 'We have a God who enters the world through smallness—as a baby refugee. We have a God who values the little offerings of a single coin from a widow over the megacharity of a millionaire. We have a God who speaks through little people—a stuttering spokesman named Moses; the stubborn donkey of Balaam; a lying brothel owner named Rahab; an adulterous king named David; a ragtag bunch of disciples who betrayed, doubted and denied; and a converted terrorist named Paul'

Lets continue to pray for this kind of radical, upside down, peace-loving Kingdom, this Good News to break out in the most unlikely places this Christmas.

Just a thought.

Tuesday, December 22, 2009

Commissioning 09

a Biblical thought...
Humble yourselves before the Lord, and he will lift you up. (James 4:10)

a Book thought...
Meditation means staying with a passage of Scripture until the Holy Spirit enlightens your understanding to its meaning and its application. (p107)



a Dave thought...
It was great to be a part of the Commissioning celebrations in November this year. Those of us who live in Melbourne tend to take this weekend for granted but we are very privileged to be able to attend and get a glimpse of what God is doing across this territory. For those that were not present you will get a glimpse of the variety and depth of the weekend by viewing this 10 minute clip. Enjoy and be challenged.

Just a thought.

Monday, December 21, 2009

Eco-Congregation

a Biblical thought...
Consider it pure joy, my brothers, whenever you face trials of many kinds, because you know that the testing of your faith develops perseverance. Perseverance must finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything. If any of you lacks wisdom, he should ask God, who gives generously to all without finding fault, and it will be given to him. (James 1:2-5)

a Book thought...
God's Word is not a mystery. God always provides a way for people to understand what he has said. (p101)
a Dave thought...
First of all it is great to be back online. As we have been in the process of moving quarters over the last 48 hours I have been unable to blog. As Kylie has observed though the world continues to function quite okay without my daily post:)

Last night on my way back to Geelong I was listening to John Cleary on 774 ABC where I heard him interview South African Bishop Geoff Davies. He recently addressed the World Parliament of Religions held in Melbourne this month regarding a Christian response to environmental sustainability. I was intrigued as he shared with John last night about the idea of an eco-congregation. He suggested that all congregations should be responsible for improving their carbon footprint and that as churches surely we should be doing our part in making the world a better place to live.

Internationally, the eco-congregation concept is an ecumenical environmental project providing free resources and support to churches. Their resources are available directly on the World Wide Web at http://www.ecocongregation.org/

Just a thought.

Friday, December 18, 2009

Transitions

a Biblical thought...
So Christ was sacrificed once to take away the sins of many people; and he will appear a second time, not to bear sin, but to bring salvation to those who are waiting for him. (Hebrews 9:28)

a Book thought...
The presence of the Holy Spirit changes ordinary lives into extraordinary ones. (p88)
a Dave thought...
Last night, while Kylie continues to pack up our quarters, I took the boys out to see some Christmas lights. As we looked through the rain drenched windows of the car at the appearing lit up Christmas trees and Santa’s down The Boulevard it finally felt like Christmas for me for the first time this year. But it was only a few minutes later that it dawned on Noah that tomorrow would be the last day he would see all his friends at his primary school in Melbourne. The picture above is of Noah’s first day at Birralee 3 years ago (with good neighbour Major Pete Lindstrom) and today will be his last. As we move down to Geelong to our new appointment Noah will begin Grade 2 in a whole new school and we pray will again make many new friends. As the tears flowed I had images of myself 30 years ago going through similar times as an officers child. It won’t be easy for Noah today but I know that transitions, although can be sad times, often take us to better place.

Just a thought.

Thursday, December 17, 2009

Hubris

a Biblical thought...
For this reason he had to be made like his brothers in every way, in order that he might become a merciful and faithful high priest in service to God, and that he might make atonement for the sins of the people. Because he himself suffered when he was tempted, he is able to help those who are being tempted. (Hebrews 2:17-18)

a Book thought...
The role of the Holy Spirit today is not to write Scripture. It is to apply Scripture. (p83)
a Dave thought... www.leadershipjournal.net
"We do ourselves a disservice by only studying success," writes Collins. A search and scan through the business and even church leadership literature suggests that few books explore the roots of failure. Most dote on promises of success.
Interestingly, the biblical writers are unafraid to write of failure. Mixed among the stories of great achievements in the older and newer Testaments are a host of accounts of personal and corporate failure.
Hubris—an arrogant conceit (Collins: "an excessive pride") that paves the way toward failure and its consequences—is all over the Scriptures. I'm tempted to say, without doing the homework, that there may be more failure stories arising from hubris than success stories rising from humility.
Samples: Goliath and his fellow Philistines are full of hubris when the giant takes on David, the shepherd. David himself is later caught in the thrall of hubris when he gets into trouble with Bathsheba. Uzziah, a 50-year king of Israel, is nose-deep in hubris when, it says, "he grew proud to his destruction." In each of these cases, no one could conceive that anything under their control could go awry. There was simply an assumption that they deserved success and didn't consider any downside consequences.

Hubris, a state of over-confidence in ourselves, our systems, and our successes, often makes leaders blind to points of weakness that are already bubbling up within an organization.

Just a thought.

Wednesday, December 16, 2009

True U

a Biblical thought...
To the pure, all things are pure, but to those who are corrupted and do not believe, nothing is pure. In fact, both their minds and consciences are corrupted. (Titus 1:15)

a Book thought...
The Holy Spirit is tenacious. He is determined to produce spiritual fruit in your life until you are like Christ. (p78)
a Dave thought...
True U www.trueu.org is a resource I was recommended recently and after having a browse through the material on the web it does look very helpful. It is geared at Christian students who often struggle to cope with their faith and life at school. If anyone has used it firsthand feel free to comment.

“Produced by Focus on the Family in conjunction with Coldwater Media, TrueU is an apologetics training series primarily geared to help prepare high school students for the rigorous challenges and attacks that will confront them on the university campus. My guess is that it will end up benefiting a whole lot more folks than just high school seniors.”
It is important to clarify that TrueU is not “The Truth Project for teens.” As envisioned by Dr. Tackett and our staff, TrueU will be, in essence, a series of “prequels” (or lead-in studies) to The Truth Project. (See the FAQ below, about TrueU’s format, for some important information regarding the lessons’ complexity).
TrueU is designed primarily to help students solidify their Christian faith with foundational apologetics training. This will equip young people to stand strong in the university environment, and also serve as a precursor to the in-depth study presented in The Truth Project of how to live out a Christian worldview in everyday life.


Just a thought.

Tuesday, December 15, 2009

210 in 2010

a Biblical thought...
Do your best to present yourself to God as one approved, a workman who does not need to be ashamed and who correctly handles the word of truth. Avoid godless chatter, because those who indulge in it will become more and more ungodly. (2 Timothy 2:15-16)

a Book thought...
The Spirit works to enlighten us to the spiritual wealth that is ours, so we don't continue unwittingly to live in spiritual poverty. (p72)
a Dave thought...
On Sunday November 29 at Commissioning it was great to hear our TC Commissioner James Knaggs cast a vision for this territory. As Jim launched 210 in 20ten it was encouraging to witness people coming forward who wanted to put their hands up to take on front line mission and plant new corps. http://www.salvationarmy.org.au/SALV/LANDING/PC_63101.html

As we currently have 168 corps in the territory to aim for 42 more in the next 12 months is a big step of faith. I certainly agree with the fact that unless we start to plant corps and innovate new ways of doing The Salvation Army the future is dim, so I see this as a hard step but one that we need to take. I also know that it is only when we attempt things for God that seem humanly impossible that we need Him to help us. Of course at the moment it is hard to get our heads around the the resources and personnel needed for such a vision but as we worship a BIG God we also know He can handle BIG visions. I pray that many people will continue to come forward and be part of planting new corps across this territory and as a result that the kingdom will be expanded. I also thank God for courageous leaders like Commissioner Jim who are willing to lead and cast vision no matter what God is asking of them.

Just a thought.

Monday, December 14, 2009

IRONPRAYER

a Biblical thought...
Now the overseer must be above reproach, the husband of but one wife, temperate, self-controlled, respectable, hospitable, able to teach, not given to drunkenness, not violent but gentle, not quarrelsome, not a lover of money. He must manage his own family well and see that his children obey him with proper respect. (1 Timothy 3:2-4)

a Book thought...
The overwhelming testimony of Scripture is that God speaks in specific ways. It is imperative that people respond obediently to what he says. Have you obeyed the last direction he gave you? (p59)
a Dave thought...
At the Ironman event I was involved in last Saturday I enjoyed meeting many international athletes. One of them in particular got my attention as I read his cap "Why do you race?" with the answer below "Competing for Christ". I had a chat with Mike from Hawaii who went on to explain all about the The Fellowship of Christian Athlete’s http://www.fca.org/ Mike then explained FCA endurance and their particular ministry to Ironman athletes across the globe and suggested I get involve with IRONPRAYER.

IRONPRAYER www.ironprayer.com is a NON DENOMINATIONAL gathering of athletes, family, and friends for a time of worship, testimonies, and prayer prior to Ironman and other triathlon events around the world. The purpose is to help everyone get their focus from "self" and all that is going on with the event to the source of strength - God and to the needs others as we pray for each other.

The purpose of FCA Endurance www.fcaendurance.com is to further FCA’s Vision and Mission of impacting the world for Jesus Christ through athletes living and competing for God’s glory. Whether you do 5K’s for fun, cycle in a local series, or triathlon for a living… if you’re doing it for Christ, we want you on our TEAM! This is why we race:

1. Minister to the Endurance World. We want to tell the Endurance World about the Love of Christ. This is our #1 mission.
2. Unite Christian Endurance Athletes. We want to form a National Team, United in Purpose, Celebrating Our Blessings. The purpose of forming this Team is to strengthen each other spiritually so we all may do a better job of ministering to the endurance sports world.
3. Spread the word about FCA. We want others to know how FCA is changing lives, and help them in their cause.

Just a thought.

Sunday, November 29, 2009

Holidays begin

Tomorrow our family is going on a two week holiday to WA. We are very much looking forward to the break and I'm sure the blogosphere will survive without me until I return on Monday December 14.

Also if you want some light entertainment on Saturday December 5 go to http://www.ironmanwa.com/ and you will hopefully see me on the live stream competing in the Busselton Ironman. I will speak to you all in a couple of weeks.

Just a rest.

General Eva

a Biblical thought...
May our Lord Jesus Christ himself and God our Father, who loved us and by his grace gave us eternal encouragement and good hope, encourage your hearts and strengthen you in every good deed and word. (2 Thess. 2:16-17)

a Book thought...
Those who listen closely to the Lord and subsequently do as he directs obviously love him. Conversely, people who constantly resist God’s directions are demonstrating their lack of love for God. (p52)
a Dave thought...
Last night was a sensational evening as we celebrated General Eva Burrows 80th birthday. To hear the stories of her life was truly inspiring. Eva was made General at 59 and held this appointment for seven years. She was the youngest ever appointed general and the second woman. During her first five years as general she visited 62 countries and her words were translated into 41 languages.
As part of the celebrations Carol Jaudes from NY gave a world exclusive performance of “The 3 Bonnets” which was just incredible being both entertaining and informative. After being amazed by Eva's achievements I am reminded of meeting her as a teen over twenty years ago when she greeted me by name and always knew what I was up to, this has continued even to this very day. Eva is a living legend and as she is aptly described Eva Burrows will always be known as “The People’s General.”

Just a thought.

Saturday, November 28, 2009

Theology of Space

a Biblical thought...
May the Lord make your love increase and overflow for each other and for everyone else, just as ours does for you. May he strengthen your hearts so that you will be blameless and holy in the presence of our God and Father when our Lord Jesus comes with all his holy ones. (1 Thess. 3:12-13)

a Book thought...
Our experience cannot be the measure by which we understand Scripture. Scripture must be the standard by which we evaluate our experience. (p50)
a Dave thought... LeadershipJournal.net
We must think beyond the seating capacity of our buildings and start considering how our spaces are forming, reinforcing, and even transforming the values of those who enter them. Space, like language, is a medium of communication, and we serve a God who cares greatly about communicating with his world.
We too must allow for flexibility while holding strongly to the centrality of Christ in our gatherings, no matter what kind of space we are using. Are we forming our communities and engaging in fellowship around Word and Sacrament, or is something else taking their rightful place? Consider that in many churches the coffee bar has displaced the Lord's Table as the place where real community happens. Due in part to the neutralizing of sacred space that has been popular since the 1980s, churches began removing or deemphasizing the Lord's Table and introducing coffee bars. Without doubt the desire has been to build community by offering people a culturally familiar setting to engage one another. But we must ask: What formative message does a coffee bar convey?
A coffee bar mostly carries the values of our culture. We've come to expect coffee bars to offer a number of choices to meet our desires (decaf, tea, hot chocolate), and the setting is one of leisure and comfort. We usually gather in affinity groups. We sip the beverages not because we're thirsty but because we're conditioned to want them.
By contrast, what does the Lord's Table convey? It is a symbol of sacrificial love that breaks down cultural divisions and barriers of affinity. It reminds us that life is about being chosen by the Lord for interpersonal communion rather than choosing to consume stuff, and it reminds us we are called to take up our cross rather than seek personal comfort.

Just a thought.

Friday, November 27, 2009

Georgie

a Biblical thought...
Therefore, as God's chosen people, holy and dearly loved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience. Bear with each other and forgive whatever grievances you may have against one another. (Colossians 3:12-13)

a Book thought...
God reveals at least three primary things to us when he speaks. He reveals his character, his purposes, and his ways. (p45)
a Dave thought...
As we prepare to move down to Geelong in a few weeks there has been a few things that we have had to bring to an end. One of these unfortunately was the life of our dog Georgie. We purchased our bearded collie back in June 1995 for my wife for her birthday, so she has been with us over 14 years. According to the chart at the vet she was the equivalent to about 90 human years. It was very sad as she struggled to climb into the back of the car and make the final drive down to see Dr Rod Wynne. The diagnosis was not great - she has very poor sight, & her back legs are in a lot of pain. The time had come to say goodbye. There have been a few tears in the family but someone had to make the call soon. Even with an animal euthanasia is a massive decision and one that cannot be reversed. I'm sure we made the right decision putting her to sleep, and just hope that doggie heaven is everything that its cranked up to be.

Just a thought.

Thursday, November 26, 2009

32,000 to go

a Biblical thought...
Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. (Philippians 4:6)

a Book thought...
God's choice to communicate in so many diverse ways forces us to put our faith in him, not a method. (p42)
a Dave thought...
I caught up with Nath Moulds from Oasis in Sydney this week and he put me on to their new campaign...

Oasis, the Salvation Army’s youth outreach organisation in Surry Hills has embarked on an ambitious plan to reduce youth homelessness.
The campaign entitled ‘32,000 to Go’ was launched this month to raise awareness of the 32,000 people under the age of 24 who sleep outdoors every night.
Director of Oasis, Paul Moulds, said the campaign was about ensuring marginalised young people have access to the opportunities, support and help that they need and deserve. It seeks to activate a grass roots network involving everyone from individuals through to businesses and governments.
‘’We’re asking people to visit the campaign website,
http://www.32000togo.com.au and spread the word by using Facebook and Twitter, by calling talkback radio, by writing letters to editors and MPs,’’ Captain Moulds said “We can no longer ignore this issue, and neglect our youngest and most vulnerable citizens”.

Just a thought.

Wednesday, November 25, 2009

New 2Love website

a Biblical thought...
Do everything without complaining or arguing, so that you may become blameless and pure, children of God without fault in a crooked and depraved generation, in which you shine like stars in the universe. (Philippians 2:14-15)

a Book thought...
Since Hezekiah's day the world has changed by quantum leaps, but one thing remains the same; God continues to communicate with people. (p210
a Dave thought...
After months of amazing work by our talented designer Aaron Mills we have our new 2Love web page live. The page is a resource mainly to CO's and youth leaders with information regarding funding, gap years, and numerous links to resources we believe will help you take your youth closer to God. There are over 40 new cell downloads written by Aaron White which are great for those who run a bible study and want an alternative to Corps Cadets. You will also discover wallpapers and a calendar that will have all the youth events happening across the territory in 2010. www.2love.salvationarmy.org.au

Just a thought.

Tuesday, November 24, 2009

MCD Youth

a Biblical thought...
Be imitators of God, therefore, as dearly loved children and live a life of love, just as Christ loved us and gave himself up for us as a fragrant offering and sacrifice to God. (Ephesians 5:1-2)

a Book thought...
There are two ways of knowing things. One is in the mind by thought or idea and the other is in living by experience. (p15)
a Dave thought...
On Sunday night Kylie and I ventured over to Brimbank Salvation Army to the Melbourne Central Youth Service. DYO Captain Christopher Garcia did a great job putting the night together which featured the Brimbank worship team and the amazing "Band-Aid" the dance group pictured above which features the talented Harding girls. Dave Fuller from God Squad, preached about the woman who touched Jesus cloak and reminded us of the amazing transformation Jesus made in the lives of others. The highlight for me however was the testimony from Candidate Kris Halliday, his story of hardship and challenge is heartbreaking but at the same time inspiring. God surely does continue to change lives and Kris is living proof of the difference Jesus can make in your life. Let us never forget the power of personal testimony.

Just a thought.

Monday, November 23, 2009

Stan Walker

a Biblical thought...
For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith—and this not from yourselves, it is the gift of God— not by works, so that no one can boast. For we are God's workmanship, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do. (Ephesians 2:8-10)

a Book thought...
Some people are more comfortable dealing with doctrines than they are with responding to a living, ruling, righteous God. (p12)



a Dave thought...
Unlike most people in Australia I am just catching up on the sensational Stan Walker, winner of Australian Idol last night. He has been very open about his faith, above is the Chris Tomlin version of Amazing Grace Stan sung so expressively a few weeks ago and below is some excerpts from his interview with The War Cry…

While Walker has mostly sung in church, music was always a part of his life. ‘My whole family is quite musical and it’s in my [Maori] culture; it’s just in our blood’. But it was also something of a lifeline for him.
‘I’ve always been crazy. This is me—I’m always loud and I am who I am on the stage and off the stage, behind the scenes, everywhere. That’s what I try to pride myself on, just being me everywhere I am. And my whole family is like that—you know when the Walkers are around!’But despite his high-energy persona, he knows the importance of taking time out to regenerate. He does this through quiet times of reflection when he prays and reads the Bible.‘I make sure every morning and in the afternoon I have my quiet times. Those quiet times are when I really get my strength, when I’m praying and seeking God and learning my Bible,’ Walker says.‘I sometimes go through the same verses just to remind myself of them. I love the verses in the Bible that say we are the light of the world and that we need to shine. One of my favourite verses is “Call to me and I will answer you and show you great and mighty things that you do not know”.‘It’s like if I just ask then I will receive. My biggest prayer is that I will live my life with actions and not words. And that people will see my actions, instead of me just talking about it.’

Just a thought.

Sunday, November 22, 2009

Prayerful Cricket

a Biblical thought...
But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control. Against such things there is no law. Those who belong to Christ Jesus have crucified the sinful nature with its passions and desires. Since we live by the Spirit, let us keep in step with the Spirit. Let us not become conceited, provoking and envying each other. (Galatians 5:22-26)

a Book thought...
People who make decisions based merely on what seems most advisable to them will inevitably choose something inferior to God's best. (p5)
a Dave thought... from The Herald Sun
The West Indies have introduced a daily ritual of prayer they hope will bond the team during its Australian tour.
Deeply religious West Indies coach David Williams - the pint-sized former Test wicketkeeper - said the prayer sessions had helped bring the team together from recent turmoil.
The team was split by a recent players' strike and has won just three of its past 39 Tests.
"It (the prayer) is part of the team unity, part of the team coming together," Williams said.
"We pray the camaraderie is the way it is meant to be and the match will be played in the right spirit."
"It is prayer not just for the team but for our families and loved ones back home."

Just a thought.

Saturday, November 21, 2009

All Melbourne Matters

a Biblical thought...
For through the law I died to the law so that I might live for God. I have been crucified with Christ and I no longer live, but Christ lives in me. The life I live in the body, I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me. (Galatians 2:19-20)

a Book thought...
When communicating across generation gaps an unresponsive audience haven't necessarily rejected the substance of the message - just the style of its communication. Visual and verbal are both required in a multimodal, prove-it, walk-the-talk culture. (p211)
a Dave thought...
Here are some stats and quotes I thought were worth posting from All Melbourne Matters (Feb 2009)...


  • About 300,000 (8.3%) of people in Melbourne attend Church on a typical Sunday

  • About 144,000 (4%) of the 1.7million (48%) of under 34s are at Church on a typical Sunday

  • 53% of attenders are over 55 years (including 33% of church leaders)

  • Melbourne population is increasing by 180,000pa while church attendance is declining by about 5000pa

    "While some of the Y-generation and younger are highly motivated and committed to social justice issues and engagement in society and institutions such as the Church, they are the exception. Many young people are not willing to sit in meetings that are not interactive, and are disinclined to accept being told what they should believe."

    "Young people in Melbourne are looking for people's lives and actions to reflect what they say (or preach). Before being interested or willing to commit to a movement or message they are looking to see what the end product looks like. To engage young people in the future, the Church that preaches a Gospel of love and unity will need to have dealt with division and unforgiveness in the structures and relationships."
    (Quotes from Christian Research Assoc. Youth Spirituality Seminar 2007)

    Just a thought.

Friday, November 20, 2009

Vomit

a Biblical thought...
But he said to me, "My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness." Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ's power may rest on me. That is why, for Christ's sake, I delight in weaknesses, in insults, in hardships, in persecutions, in difficulties. For when I am weak, then I am strong. (2 Corinthians 12:9-10)

a Book thought...
While the Builders are most influenced by authority figures and Boomers make decision based on data and facts, postmodern youth are more likely to make a decision based on the influence of their own peers. (p184)
a Dave thought...
Josiah, my two and a half year old son is a very cute child but along with that comes a fetish towards vomiting. Yesterday afternoon was a great example of this and the results are seen clearly above. As I was the sole parent during his time I went into clean up mode, which I am gradually improving my skills in, so I put Josiah in the bath and began to scrub the carpet. It wasn't long however till I heard my little angel yell out "Daddy, get glove, daddy get glove!" I went into the bathroom to witness my son had some success in the 'number two's' area. So along with the vomit on the carpet came a poo in the bath, so to my son's request I fitted a disposable glove and fished out his deposit. I must admit even though parenting is often fun it can also be a lot of work. I sometimes wonder how God, our heavenly father goes with us, because even though I'm sure He thinks we're all cute, He also has to do some cleaning up along the way.

Just a thought.

Thursday, November 19, 2009

Packing & Memories

a Biblical thought...
But just as you excel in everything—in faith, in speech, in knowledge, in complete earnestness and in your love for us—see that you also excel in this grace of giving. (2 Corinthians 8:7)

a Book thought...
In a survey we asked Gen X and Y participants what bothered them most about older workers. The majority of participants selected: 'They often stop fresh and innovative ideas from taking effect.' (p172)

a Dave thought...
As we continued to pack box no. 57 last night I couldn't help but stop to read articles, booklets and look at reports we have gathered along the way. Kylie and I have a pretty tight filing system so as we were trying to cull some papers it ended up being a trip down memory lane. I read the 1986 letter from the DY of South Australia Captain Frank Daniels inviting me to return to Music Camp free of charge on scholarship. Then there was the 1999 War Cry article on 'Go the Distance' when I was interviewed about my first marathon. But probably what stood out to me most was the letters of encouragement I received from leaders and bosses over the last 20 years. My CO at Box Hill, Major Raymond Finger when I was just getting started in ministry often wrote letters which inspired and spurred me on. My principal Margaret Leahy at Santa Maria College who also often encouraged me as I established a new music program. It made me wonder how many people I have encouraged along the way and who just might have a letter from me. It is a challenge for all of us to look out for others and spur each other on. Anyway at the end of the night once again I said to my wife "lets keep these".

Just a thought.

Wednesday, November 18, 2009

Bless Austell

a Biblical thought...
Now the Lord is the Spirit, and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is freedom. And we, who with unveiled faces all reflect the Lord's glory, are being transformed into his likeness with ever-increasing glory, which comes from the Lord, who is the Spirit. (2 Corinthians 3:17-18)

a Book thought...
In the workplace Gen Y's expect to be treated as equals, they expect to have choices and input into decision-making processes, expectations that run counter to hierarchical systems of leadership. (p170)
a Dave thought...
Like many other smaller churches, 170-member Austell First United Methodist Church struggled with several limitations. The congregation’s membership no longer matches the demographics of its surrounding community. The church lacks Sunday morning children’s and youth ministries, and struggles just to hold its tiny, five-member choir together. Church members concluded it was time to try another approach. “Our community has changed, and thus our definition of a successful church has had to change as well,” said Mr. DeHart. “We decided that if people won’t come to us, we’ll go to them.”

The church crafted a new vision, dubbed “Bless Austell,” focused on blessing and serving the community. As part of that vision, church members articulated core values: “God goes before us,” “Deliver radical love that amazes the world it touches,” “Be the hands and feet of Christ,” “Leave the results to God” and “Make people wonder why we are doing this.” New ongoing programs for the community were created, including free midweek aerobics classes, a free community dinner (Grace Cafe) every Thursday night and a tuition-free, weekday preschool (Feed My Lambs) for lower-income families. The church is also reaching out to engage area schools. At nearby Austell Primary School, church members host teacher-appreciation lunches twice a year, volunteer at the school's annual Spring Fling, and recently purchased and laid 60 bales of pine straw at the school. The church has begun new outreaches with Austell Intermediate and Garrett Middle Schools as well. In addition, Austell First supports the community food pantry and clothes closet, delivers birthday baskets of goodies to residents at an assisted-living home and provides volunteers at community events.While Austell First members are focusing outward, they’ve also seen some changes take place inside the church along the way. Giving is up over 20 percent as God provides for the mission. http://www.blessaustell.com/

Just a thought.

Tuesday, November 17, 2009

Hope for Life

a Biblical thought...
But Christ has indeed been raised from the dead, the first fruits of those who have fallen asleep. For since death came through a man, the resurrection of the dead comes also through a man. For as in Adam all die, so in Christ all will be made alive. (1 Corinthians 15:20-22)

a Book thought...
Leaders rely on their relational skills, not positional ranks, as today people respond better to emotional rather than rational appeals. (p167)
a Dave thought...
Wilma Gallet on Saturday night in Healesville reminded us all about the injustice that happens around us everyday. She asked us to no longer sit around idly and just observe the sad things that happen but rather be willing as Salvos to respond practically. Wilma went on to tell us that in 1907 the first Suicide Prevention Bureau was set up by William Booth in London and quickly expanded to many cities around the world. Suicide is still common today with a million people a year choosing to end their lives, tragically through a sense of hopelessness. That is one person every 40 seconds. In Australia alone 1880 people took their lives in 2007, more than the national road toll.

As people involved in caring for others at crucial times, we share in the experience of grief and loss. Salvation Army Officers, counsellors and Chaplains provide words of comfort on a daily basis, support and encouragement to people whose lives have been devastated by the loss of a loved one. Information and training programs are available through Hope for Life and are designed to help you to know how to respond to people who may be at risk of suicide and those who have been bereaved by suicide. http://salvos.org.au/suicideprevention/

Just a thought.

Monday, November 16, 2009

Op 58

a Biblical thought...
Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It is not rude, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres. (1 Corinthians 13:4-7)

a Book thought...
Many young workers quit jobs not because there is a compelling reason to leave but because there is no compelling reason to stay. (p144)
a Dave thought...
On Saturday night I headed out to the Operation 58 gathering at Healesville and was fortunate to hear Wilma Gallet speak on the subject of suicide prevention. Eastern Victoria DYS Envoy Grant Whitehead has done a great job this year establishing this innovative fundraising campaign which originated in South Australia. Since its inception the results have been amazing...100 kids + 2 years + 100 pigs = $30,000 and built 1 orphanage.

Operation 58 is a self-denial program that runs all year round. It finances the creation of orphanages in Cambodia through the Cambodian Hope Organisation in partnership with Be a Hero Australia. At an operation 58 night you covenant to go without something, Coke for instance, so that you can put the money that you would’ve spent in your op58 pig. Once a term we gather together to empty our pigs. It is inspired by Isaiah 58 where the Lord declares that he wants “fasting that feeds the poor.” The lord wants self-denial that doesn’t just result in personal piety but meets the needs of vulnerable people. We think that there is something powerful in a justice initiative that is based in self-denial; that God doesn’t just want action and he doesn’t just want our money but he also wants our hearts.
http://operation58.wordpress.com/

Just a thought.

Sunday, November 15, 2009

Myer Christmas Parade

a Biblical thought...
To the weak I became weak, to win the weak. I have become all things to all men so that by all possible means I might save some. I do all this for the sake of the gospel, that I may share in its blessings. (1 Cor 9:22-23)

a Book thought...
Workers today look to have multiple needs met at work. For them, it’s also about fun, social connection, training, personal development, greater fulfilment and even environmental sustainability, in addition to achieving task outcomes and receiving financial rewards. (p136)

a Dave thought...
The Myer Christmas Parade was held yesterday in the heart of Melbourne and as a current member of the MSB it was fun to be a part of it. There is no doubt in my mind that the Salvos should make the most of every public opportunity to be involved and this was one of those occasions. The Salvation Army was designed to be on the road with our uniforms, flags and mobile brass bands yet in recent years seem to have less and less presence in the community. I pray that we will continue to get out of our buildings and take our message to the streets, even if if it is a bit hot and uncomfortable on occasions.

Just a thought.

Saturday, November 14, 2009

The Starfish Manifesto

a Biblical thought...
What business is it of mine to judge those outside the church? Are you not to judge those inside? God will judge those outside. (1 Corinthians 5:12-13)

a Book thought...
When it comes to communicating to Gen Y the more we create an environment conducive to engaging with the head (knowledge), hands (application) and heart (inspiration), the more likely the learning will be embedded. (p122)

a Dave thought...
A few years ago I heard Wolfgang Simson and was amazed by his passion and unique ministry. I have since read "Houses that Change the World" and was also incredibly moved. His latest book The Starfish Manifesto also looks like a must read. Wolfgang says...

"Dear friends, after a long time in the making I am happy to finally present the release of "The Starfish Manifesto", my latest book. We released it in Antioch this October. You can download for free it as a pdf file at http://www.starfishportal.net/ Probably the largest reformation of all times in Church history is in full swing. It is the combination of a threefold current initiative of God: moving from church to Kingdom as our legal base; moving from pastoral, teacher-based & evangelistic to apostolic and prophetic foundations; and departing from a market-shaped behaviour to a kingdom-shaped economy.You are free to pass this book (and the key-file) on to as many people as you like, including posting it on websites."

The Starfish Manifesto is not a ventilation of brainpower neither is it an abstract collection
of statistics, historical data, scriptures, experiences nor academically enriched paragraphs. It is however a spiritual life buoy that seeks to rescue the church from it desultory practices.
(Anderson Williams)

Just a thought.

Friday, November 13, 2009

Citysalvos

a Biblical thought...
The man without the Spirit does not accept the things that come from the Spirit of God, for they are foolishness to him, and he cannot understand them, because they are spiritually discerned. (1 Corinthians 2:14)

a Book thought...
A significant part of the problem with contemporary education is that it aims to teach 21st century learners by combining a 20th century curriculum with a 19th century structure. (p108)
a Dave thought...
Ben Fewster is a long time friend who I have always admired for his love for God and his passion for ministry. As he returns to Adelaide it is really encouraging to see him return to ministry within the Salvation Army. His vision is to see a contemporary vibrant congregation that lives out our mission and values as a movement. Ben is a gifted leader and I have no doubt God will be with him and his team as they go on this exciting journey together. I pray that Citysalvos will have an incredible Godly impact on all who come in contact with them. I am sure that there will be some amazing growth there in the heart of the Adelaide CBD in the days ahead.

This summary is from their great new webpage www.citysalvos.com
Citysalvos is a progressive new congregation being planted in the CBD of Adelaide in February 2010. Citysalvos will be an exciting mix of a fresh, innovative and relevant new model of church that strongly reflects The Salvation Army mission and values.
It's vision is to be a progressive diverse community of transformed disciples actively serving & transforming the City of Adelaide.


Just a thought.

Thursday, November 12, 2009

Badds

a Biblical thought...
Now to him who is able to establish you by my gospel and the proclamation of Jesus Christ, according to the revelation of the mystery hidden for long ages past, but now revealed and made known through the prophetic writings by the command of the eternal God, so that all nations might believe and obey him—to the only wise God be glory forever through Jesus Christ! Amen. (Romans 16:25-27)

a Book thought...
The principle goal of education is to create men who are capable of doing new things, not simply of repeating what other generations have done - men who are creative, inventive and discoverers. (p97)
a Dave thought...
Yesterday I was fortunate to spend a few hours at the Pro-Am at Kingston Heath. As a golfing fan to see the amazing Tiger Woods up close was a dream come true, but it was spending some time with Aaron Baddeley that was most impressive. Aaron is a committed Christian and is more vocal than any other sportsman I know about his faith. At 28 years of age he still mentions how much God helps him on the world circuit as a professional golfer. As I have met Badds before I was able to chat with him for some time yesterday after his round. He grew up attending Careforce a Church of Christ in Mt. Evelyn, Melbourne and today goes to a local church where he now resides in Arizona with his wife. He also currently attends a weekly PGA bible study group which has over 50 professional golfers attending and leads it regularly.

In an interview featured in The Australian yesterday...
"Things aren't as important, little trivial things you used to worry about," Baddeley said.
"For me, being a Christian, it really gives me a small idea of how much God loves me.
"It doesn't matter what sort of day you had -- good or bad, on or off the course -- you come home and Jewels is so happy to see you.
"It's awesome. At the end of the day shooting 75 isn't that big a deal."
Even the nappy-changing seems to have struck a chord.
"I am getting pretty quick at that," the 28-year-old said. "Life is great. I have been very blessed -- great family, great wife and great daughter. She's a great little girl.

If you check out his web page http://www.badds.com/ he also has a whole section about faith, a bible reading plan and how to use SOAP as your personal devotions. It is great to see such an outstanding young man in the professional sporting scene. Play well Badds, I'm praying you will win the Masters this weekend!

Just a thought.

Wednesday, November 11, 2009

Bragging Gen Y's

a Biblical thought...
Therefore let us stop passing judgment on one another. Instead, make up your mind not to put any stumbling block or obstacle in your brother's way. (Romans 14:13)

a Book thought...
The younger generations are often criticised for 'lack of respect' for elders. Perhaps it is not that they lack respect for them, but that, in this world of technological innovation, there is a tendency to look forward, not back - to look to the future not the past. (p92)
a Dave thought... from The Age
Generation Y and baby boomer travellers looking for a holiday "brag factor" are influencing a new shift towards weird and wonderful tourism experiences, a conference has heard.
Accommodation entrepreneur Grant Hunt told the Global Eco Conference at Alice Springs yesterday that business had to start treating tourism as a "fashion brand".
Mr Hunt, who is also a director of Tourism Australia, said travellers were increasingly looking for out-of-the-ordinary experiences they could brag their friends about, and many of these had an eco-theme.
"We're finding at the moment, more in the Gen Y set, it's very important," Mr Hunt later said.
"There are elements of travel snobbery in the baby boomer market as well.
"But people love to find new experiences and things that they think their friends haven't discovered and take it home and tell them all about it.
"So bragging rights is probably a bit of a derogatory term - it's actually more about sharing the message and passing the story."
And he said travellers were far more likely to listen to recommendations from their friends than advertising.
Mr Hunt said businesses had to start competing better for the discretionary dollar, and that meant competing with fashion and electronics.
"We've really got to get serious about travel," he said.
"Travel is the first to go in discretionary spend and the last to come back.
"We've actually got to elevate that to something that's more important to people fundamentally ... and if making it fashionable and giving it a brand or a fashion label is how we do it, I'm all for it."
He said the industry had to make interesting holidays as "cool" as owning a flat-screen TV.

Just a thought.

Tuesday, November 10, 2009

Salvo Students

a Biblical thought...
We have different gifts, according to the grace given us. If a man's gift is prophesying, let him use it in proportion to his faith. If it is serving, let him serve; if it is teaching, let him teach; if it is encouraging, let him encourage; if it is contributing to the needs of others, let him give generously; if it is leadership, let him govern diligently; if it is showing mercy, let him do it cheerfully. (Romans 12:6-8)

a Book thought...
Our tracking studies show that over the last decade children's TV time has decreased, but total 'screen' time (which includes all the electronic screens in their life) has increased. (p88)
a Dave thought... by Matt White - Mission Partner for ALOVE UK

If you are a young person connected to or part of The Salvation Army and you're starting university or even already part way through I would encourage you to read this guide. Ben Parker has written from both his own experiences and those of others he's met to give him a glimpse of what can be expected at university. He also asks questions that we hope both challenge and encourage you in your uni life.

Enjoy the read, I said that part of me felt jealous and that's true. Most of me, however, felt incredibly excited. Excited for a whole bunch of Salvo Students and the impact their lives could have on a whole bunch of universities all over the country.

To receive a copy of Salvo Students email alove@salvationarmy.org.uk with your name and address.

Just a thought.

Monday, November 9, 2009

five in five

a Biblical thought...
For it is with your heart that you believe and are justified, and it is with your mouth that you confess and are saved. (Romans 10:10)

a Book thought...
In our survey of 1000 Australian parents, the three biggest concerns of parents of Zeds were bullying, peer pressure and the negative influence of advertising and media. (p80)
a Dave thought...
As we have been appointed to serve as CO's at South Barwon in 2010 in Western Victoria it was great to hear DC's Majors Kelvin & Winsome Merrett pitch the vision for their division on the weekend. I thought it was worth sharing here so you can support and pray for all those involved...

1. A net growth rate of 5% in five years in worship attendance

2. A net growth rate of 5% in both Senior & Junior Soldiers in five years

3. 5 new Corps in 5 years

4. 5 Social service streams linked with working pathways to Corps in 5 years

5. 5 new chaplains working within established pathways to local Corps

Just a thought.

Sunday, November 8, 2009

Spring Celebration

a Biblical thought...
For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord.

a Book thought...
The Zeds are the most marketed-to children of all time and the biggest consumers of any generation of children. They have only known a wireless, hyperlinked, user-generated world where they are only ever a few clicks away from any piece of knowledge. The world is an open book to Gen Z. (p66)
a Dave thought...
For 19 years now the Western Victoria division gather the their annual Spring Celebration. The venue is the beautiful Halls Gap, a large marquee is erected and hundreds come to the weekend to hear God's word, chat with others or just to relax. Yesterday afternoon there was live music and coffee, with a 7pm rally featuring the very talented Lt Colonels Ian & Marilyn Hamilton (PIL) and Phil Laeger and his band - "League of Mercy." The evening concluded with a youth rally where Kylie and I were on a panel to answer questions from over 50 youth. Today we gather in the marquee for a 10am worship service as the children also meet to learn about God. It looks like another beautiful day, so I'm sure once again we will have a lot fun as we gather together.

Just a thought.

Saturday, November 7, 2009

Technology hasn't made us hermits

a Biblical thought...
But now that you have been set free from sin and have become slaves to God, the benefit you reap leads to holiness, and the result is eternal life. For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord. (Romans 6:22-23)

a Book thought...
The church generally does not get a great review from young people we research. Their perceptions are of a big, structured institution rather than a community of people with a passion and a purpose. (p42)
a Dave thought... from The Age
Contrary to popular belief, technology is not leading to social isolation and people who use the internet and mobile phones have larger and more diverse social networks, according to a new study. "All the evidence points in one direction," said Keith Hampton, lead author of the report released on Wednesday. "People's social worlds are enhanced by new communication technologies. "It is a mistake to believe that internet use and mobile phones plunge people into a spiral of isolation," said Hampton, an assistant professor of communication. The authors said key findings of the study - "Social Isolation and New Technology" - "challenge previous research and commonplace fears about the harmful social impact of new technology." "There is a tendency by critics to blame technology first when social change occurs," Hampton said.

"This is the first research that actually explores the connection between technology use and social isolation and we find the opposite. "It turns out that those who use the internet and mobile phones have notable social advantages," Hampton said. "People use the technology to stay in touch and share information in ways that keep them socially active and connected to their communities."

Just a thought.

Friday, November 6, 2009

S:10 Youth Nite

a Biblical thought...
Yet he did not waver through unbelief regarding the promise of God, but was strengthened in his faith and gave glory to God, being fully persuaded that God had power to do what he had promised. (Romans 4:20-21)

a Book thought...
Forty per cent of today's middle and senior business leaders will be of traditional retirement age within a decade. We are about to see a massive leadership transfer. (p37)
a Dave thought...
The Friday Youth Nite @ SURRENDER:10 on March 5 is shaping up to be a great celebration of diversity and a call to follow Jesus to the margins of society. So far the lineup includes Bart Campolo (Yep, Tony’s not so little boy), SURRENDER regulars, Vox Congo, Levi McGrath PLUS Sudanese film make and hip hop artist, Ezeldin Deng.
S:10 Youth nite is tailor made for youth groups and individuals aged from 15-21 but of course we’d love to see anyone who’s young@heart!
Just $10 at the door or you can book online here. Free if you’ve already registered for the rest of the SURRENDER:10 Conference.

Just a thought.

Thursday, November 5, 2009

isalvos

a Biblical thought...
For in the gospel a righteousness from God is revealed, a righteousness that is by faith from first to last, just as it is written: "The righteous will live by faith."

a Book thought...
That which seems the height of absurdity in one generation often becomes the height of wisdom in another. (p34)
a Dave thought...
On Tuesday evening at 9pm history was made as the first on-line corps was opened @ www.isalvos.com. Envoy Grant Whitehead is the brains trust behind this innovative idea that has been setup to engage Salvos and others across the globe. isalvos runs a weekly service at Tuesday 9pm EST that involves worship and preaching. If you miss this time slot you can still view the service at a later time but you would miss out on the opportunity to interact with others via the live online chat. The sermon this week was from ACC 2004 when we had Dr Tony Campolo as a guest, and Phil Laeger lead us in worship. There is no doubt in these days that you need to be able to go to church online and for so many from invalids to single mums or those that are put off by the standard church environment, this is a fabulous way to engage with God and with others. I encourage you to check out www.isalvos.com where you can become a Facebook fan and also a member of the site so you can log in every week and chat with others. I'm sure William Booth would have been all over this as he did say 'If I thought I could win one more soul to the Lord by walking on my head and playing the tambourine with my toes, I'd learn how!'

Just a thought.

Wednesday, November 4, 2009

A Gambling Holiday

a Biblical thought...
I have had God's help to this very day, and so I stand here and testify to small and great alike. (Acts 26:22)

a Book thought...
Gen Y-ers are the most materially endowed generation in Australia's history. The have very unrealistic lifestyle expectations with many of them expecting to start their working lives in the manner in which they have seen their parents finish theirs. (p29)
a Dave thought...
It seems abrurd to me that we have a whole day dedicated to a horse race. Yesterday Australians bet $95.6m on the Melbourne Cup with all of us Melbournians having a day off work because of this. The Melbourne Cup began in 1861 and ever since 1877 has been a public holiday. With a lot of work being done by the government at the moment to try and curb problem gambling it certainly is interesting that we have a whole day devoted to this betting event. Gambling is a massive problem in Australia and being able to place bets from your lounge room on anything from footy to Autralian Idol as a society we need to be careful. There obviously isn't a public holiday based around binge drinkling, or another around smoking, maybe thats for a good reason.

Just a thought.

Tuesday, November 3, 2009

Picking Leaders

a Biblical thought...
But when our time was up, we left and continued on our way. All the disciples and their wives and children accompanied us out of the city, and there on the beach we knelt to pray. (Acts 21:5)



a Book thought...
According to a global survey the majority of workplace conflict (42 per cent) is caused by generational gaps. (p22)


a Dave thought... by John Denton
What do you look for when picking leaders?

Leaders who are friends or leaders who make friends? The easiest way to find leaders fast is to ask friends for help. This is also one of the easiest ways to get into more strange issues in ministry. Your friends are like you: they look like you, talk like you, have the same interests as you, and connect with others like yourself. If you want to have a youth ministry of “you,” choose leaders who are your friends. If you’d like to build a team that reaches others, look for leaders who make friends, even if they might not choose you as a close friend.

Leaders who are hip or leaders who make others feel hip?

This is another problem that’s common in youth ministry. Leadership is no place for a style contest—it seems tempting to have the fixed-gear riding, really tight pants wearing, techno-listening, youth ministry, but I promise there is more. Leaders are often chosen based on their personal appeal versus how they interact with others. Yes it’s important to have leaders who attract students, but at the same time, those leaders must be looking to build up the ego of the students. Having a bunch of super-hip leaders will only take you so far. Having leaders who know how to make students feel hip is crucial.

Leaders who know the bible or leaders who help teach and engage others in the bible?
Yes there is a difference. Sometimes the smartest leader from the local seminary or Bible College isn’t going to be the most effective leader. It’s key to look for leaders who not only know and understand the bible but have effective skills in communicating God’s word to others.
In building your leadership dream team it’s vital to not let your pride get in the way. When picking leaders think of the overall ministry and not yourself. Yes, it’s important to have a working relationship with leaders, but anything more and you might be missing the point.

Just a thought.

Monday, November 2, 2009

Renee

a Biblical thought...
When Paul placed his hands on them, the Holy Spirit came on them, and they spoke in tongues and prophesied. There were about twelve men in all. (Acts 19:6)

a Book thought...
Childhood is increasingly being cut short, while the traditional adult responsibilities typically emerging in the 20s and 30s are being delayed. Thirty is the new 21! (p2)
a Dave thought...
Last night at Box Hill it was great to be present at the Enrolment of Renee Chomel as a Senior Soldier. Cadet Fiona Kean conducted a great ceremony as we witnessed the swearing in of Renee but it was also challenging to once again read and consider our covenants. Renee gave a very honest and fascinating testimony as she shared her journey as a Pastor’s child being brought up in the Nazerene Church through to becoming a Salvo today. A big part of her introduction to the Salvos revolved around serving at Summer Camps in the US. She went on to share how when Cadet Sonia Jeffrey preached a month or so ago at Box Hill she was really challenged by the Holy Spirit. Sonia had suggested “that it is often the area in your life that you don’t want God to touch that you need to hand over completely to Him”. It was a significant time for many and one that God was a part of. We thank Him for Renee and the commitment she has made to live for Him through this movement.

Just a thought.