Sunday, December 30, 2007

The Aussie Bible

a Jesus thought...
"'Love the Lord your God with all your passion and prayer and intelligence.' This is the most important, the first on any list. But there is a second to set alongside it: 'Love others as well as you love yourself.' These two commands are pegs; everything in God's Law and the Prophets hangs from them." (Matthew 22:37-40)

a Godly thought...
Discipline in a congregation is a servant of the precious grace of God. (p260 Bonhoeffer)

a leading thought... Leadership by the Book by Blanchard, Hybels & Hodges
True leadership starts on the inside with a servant heart, then moves outward to serve others. (p171)

a Dave thought...
Written by Aussie author and journalist Kel Richards, The Aussie Bible is a re-telling of the story of Jesus' life from His birth to resurrection in the Australian vernacular. The 90 page book is aimed at those who may not normally pick up a New Testament or a Bible.
Last Sunday at Box Hill during an internationally flavoured service I heard the scripture for the Aussie Bible for the first time. It was refreshing so here is part of the reading from Luke...
The angel said to her, 'G'day Mary. You are a pretty special sheila. God has his eye on you.'
Mary went weak at the knees, and wondered what was going on.
But the angel said to her, 'Don't panic, don't chuck a wobbly. God thinks you're okay. You're about to become pregnant, and you'll have a son, and you're to call him Jesus. He will be a very big wheel, and will be called the Son of God Most High. God will give him the throne of his father, your ancestor, King David, and he will be in charge of the whole show forever.'
Sure not everyone is going to appreciate it or understand it but every new attempt in getting the scriptures to those to whom it makes no sense is truly worth it. So well done Kel in spreading the word of God in a fresh way.
Just a thought.

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