Category: Evangelism

WORDS THAT HAVE SHAPED MY LIFE (99) “OPPORTUNITIES…..God’s open doors”

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As I have reflected on my life, I have concluded that life consists of a series of unfolding opportunities that God sovereignly initiates for the purpose of fulfilling His great plans. Many of these opportunities have come unannounced, some have been disguised as intrusions and some have required me to take steps of faith that have involved ‘burning my bridges’ and walking away from the world in which I was living. Opportunities usually involve paying a price, as Jesus’ disciples found out when they responded to His invitation to follow Him. They had to leave everything. Luke 5:11,28.

The Apostle Paul used the term “open doors” to describe the opportunities …

The Danger of Being ACTIVITY CENTRED Rather Than GOD CENTRED

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“Mission is finding those whose hearts are right with Him and placing them where they can make a difference for Him.” 
Henry Blackaby

One of the great dangers in living the Christian life occurs when we become activity centred instead of God centred. For God’s ways are not always our ways.

In Acts chapter 8 we read of a great persecution breaking out against the church in Jerusalem resulting in many of the Christians being scattered throughout Judea and Samaria. Philip found himself in a city in Samaria where he proclaimed Jesus with amazing results.
“Crowds listened intently to Philip because they were eager to hear his message and see

It’s Important What You See……… FOLLOWERS OR EMERGING LEADERS

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For twenty years Douglas Hyde was a member of the Communist Party in England before he renounced Communism and joined the Catholic Church. He then wrote a book called Dedication and Leadership to explain what Christians can learn from the Communist’s attitudes and methods.

One day he was conducting a leadership training course for a group of Communists in London and ended his lecture by saying that the Communist Party could take anyone who was willing to be trained in leadership and turn them into a leader, The one qualification was that the would-be leader must be willing to be trained.

As Douglas stepped down from the rostrum, he met …

WORDS THAT HAVE SHAPED MY LIFE (94) “PASTOR YOUR NEIGHBOURHOOD”

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Sometime after I had finished pastoring in my last church, as I was walking through my neighbourhood, I sense the Lord impressing upon me these words, “Don’t forget Rod, that you are still a pastor in your neighbourhood.” These words have stayed with me and brought to mind the words of Jesus when He said we are the light of the world and the salt of the earth and His witnesses in the world in which we live, in our neighbourhood, school, workplace, local shopping centre, extended family or wherever the world in which we live takes us.

With this in mind, as pastors in our neighbourhood, Sue and I…….…