Dec 30, 2018
SATISFIED 1 – The Wisdom Of The Teacher
Posted by Phil Inglis
Series: Satisfied
As 2018 draws to a close it’s natural for you to look back and reflect on the year that has been. As you do, ask yourself about your level of satisfaction. On a scale of one to ten how satisfied are you with your family, your job, your age or your social life? How can you increase your level of satisfaction in the year to come? Satisfaction is the focus of the wisdom of ‘the Teacher’ contained in the Old Testament book of Ecclesiastes. Following years of trial and error the Teacher has a lot to say about finding real satisfaction. He finds that a satisfying life comes from sinking yourself into things that really matter. Our level of satisfaction takes a nose-dive when we are distracted from what really matters. It’s good practice to regularly stop and assess our level of satisfaction and adjust our goals and plans accordingly.

Join us at 10am on Sunday mornings at Wollongong Salvos as we build the wisdom of the Teacher into our lives in preparation for a satisfying 2019. #welovesundays #satisfaction #wollongongsalvos

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  • Dec 30, 2018SATISFIED 1 – The Wisdom Of The Teacher
    Dec 30, 2018
    SATISFIED 1 – The Wisdom Of The Teacher
    Posted by Phil Inglis
    Series: Satisfied
    As 2018 draws to a close it’s natural for you to look back and reflect on the year that has been. As you do, ask yourself about your level of satisfaction. On a scale of one to ten how satisfied are you with your family, your job, your age or your social life? How can you increase your level of satisfaction in the year to come? Satisfaction is the focus of the wisdom of ‘the Teacher’ contained in the Old Testament book of Ecclesiastes. Following years of trial and error the Teacher has a lot to say about finding real satisfaction. He finds that a satisfying life comes from sinking yourself into things that really matter. Our level of satisfaction takes a nose-dive when we are distracted from what really matters. It’s good practice to regularly stop and assess our level of satisfaction and adjust our goals and plans accordingly.

    Join us at 10am on Sunday mornings at Wollongong Salvos as we build the wisdom of the Teacher into our lives in preparation for a satisfying 2019. #welovesundays #satisfaction #wollongongsalvos

  • Dec 25, 2018Uncluttered 4- Make room for Jesus
    Dec 25, 2018
    Uncluttered 4- Make room for Jesus
    Posted by Phil Inglis
    Series: Uncluttered
  • Dec 16, 2018Uncluttered- Make room for serving
    Dec 16, 2018
    Uncluttered- Make room for serving
    Posted by Phil Inglis
    Series: Uncluttered

    As an adult, I have moved house 9 times in 21 years. Prior to adulthood I lived in another 10 houses. In January, I will celebrate the longest time I’ve ever lived in one house in my whole life - over 5 years!

    While there are so many things I do not like about moving house fairly regularly, one thing I appreciate is the regular chance to de-clutter. I’m not a big fan of clutter. You see, every time I move, I have to make a decision about every item I own. Do I want an item enough to assemble a box, put the item inside the box, seal the box and move it to a place where the removalists will then take the box, put it on a truck, take it out of the truck at my new home, where I will then take the box, unpack the item, find somewhere to keep it, get rid of the box, all to do the same process a few years later? Do I need/want the item that much? Turns out, for most stuff, no, I do not.

    When you have to move, you start to prioritise what you really want, and what is clutter. There are lots of useful things you could keep, but few are really essential. In this crazy time of the year we can get overloaded, and unless we’re intentional, we tend to keep and get lost in the clutter.

    As we workout our Christmas schedule, it seems logical that our priorities should line up with Jesus’, the one whom we’re celebrating. As we look at his life, we discover very quickly that humbly serving was near the top of his list. In fact, the bible says that Jesus’ whole purpose in coming to earth was to serve. “The Son of Man did not come to be served. He came to serve. The Son of Man came to give his life to save many people.” (Mark 10:45)

    If we want to follow Jesus, we need to make room for serving this Christmas, and always.

  • Dec 9, 2018Uncluttered- Make room for relationships
    Dec 9, 2018
    Uncluttered- Make room for relationships
    Posted by Phil Inglis
    Series: Uncluttered
      
    I think we all know someone who could be described as a hoarder. I have them in my extended family. You can easily tell if a person is a hoarder because they will have a lot (a real lot) of stuff. Now it's not that hoarders collect things, everyone collects things. It's that hoarders don't let things go. Things that most people would throw out, they keep. Things that most people would give away, they put in cupboards. Things that most people would sell on eBay, they store under the bed. Eventually cupboards, rooms and houses get really, really cluttered and important things get lost.

    I think that for many of us the Christmas season itself has become cluttered. Our credit cards are maxed out, our wallets are empty, our calendars are full of events, reminders and deadlines. But somewhere amidst the toys, and decorating, the wrapping paper and visits from Santa, there is a divine story about the birth of a baby boy. Somewhere amidst the fancy office parties, carolling engagements, gingerbread decorating and cinnamon spiced lattes there are important relationships, principles and blessings. All the clutter of Christmas puts us at risk of losing what really matters most.

    Perhaps the most obvious result of the clutter of Christmas is the strain that starts to form in relationships.

  • Dec 9, 2018Uncluttered- Make room for relationships
    Dec 9, 2018
    Uncluttered- Make room for relationships
    Posted by Phil Inglis
    Series: Uncluttered
      
    I think we all know someone who could be described as a hoarder. I have them in my extended family. You can easily tell if a person is a hoarder because they will have a lot (a real lot) of stuff. Now it's not that hoarders collect things, everyone collects things. It's that hoarders don't let things go. Things that most people would throw out, they keep. Things that most people would give away, they put in cupboards. Things that most people would sell on eBay, they store under the bed. Eventually cupboards, rooms and houses get really, really cluttered and important things get lost.

    I think that for many of us the Christmas season itself has become cluttered. Our credit cards are maxed out, our wallets are empty, our calendars are full of events, reminders and deadlines. But somewhere amidst the toys, and decorating, the wrapping paper and visits from Santa, there is a divine story about the birth of a baby boy. Somewhere amidst the fancy office parties, carolling engagements, gingerbread decorating and cinnamon spiced lattes there are important relationships, principles and blessings. All the clutter of Christmas puts us at risk of losing what really matters most.

    Perhaps the most obvious result of the clutter of Christmas is the strain that starts to form in relationships.

  • Nov 11, 2018Forgive Everyone, Always
    Nov 11, 2018
    Forgive Everyone, Always
    Posted by Phil Inglis

    One of Jesus closest and most outspoken followers once asked him, “how many times should I forgive a brother or sister who hurts me? Seven times?” Jesus responded, “Seven?! Nope, try, seventy times seven.” Jesus might as well have simply said, "forgive everyone always." But, this just can’t seem right, can it? If someone hurts us surely we have the right to feel angry and upset? Surely we have the right to expect an apology, at least?

    For 26 years Marilyn Elias was a reporter for one of the largest newspapers in the world. Her field was social sciences. She reported on the newest discoveries in psychology, counselling, anthropology, and social work. She once said, “The happiest people surround themselves with family and friends, don't care about keeping up with the Joneses next door, lose themselves in daily activities and, most important, forgive easily.” In 26 years of experience she names forgiveness as one of the essential keys to a life of happiness.

    Perhaps Jesus wasn’t demanding that his followers forgive everyone always because it was their duty. Rather, he was begging his followers to forgive everyone always because he knows that it leads to happiness! This is easier said than done. Fortunately we are given some powerful tools that help us work through the ongoing process of forgiveness.

  • Aug 19, 2018Kingdom Come 2 – Mission of God
    Aug 19, 2018
    Kingdom Come 2 – Mission of God
    Posted by Phil Inglis
    Series: Kingdom Come
    Phil Inglis brings us part two of our Kingdom Come series and we ask ourselves, what exactly is God trying to achieve here on earth?  Is Justice simply about equality or is there more to it?  Are we called to fulfil the duty of a Christian or to respond to the beauty of Christ?
  • Jul 29, 2018The Power of Prayer 4 – Forgive us our Debts
    Jul 29, 2018
    The Power of Prayer 4 – Forgive us our Debts
    Posted by Phil Inglis

    Suppose you borrowed money to buy a house. Who is responsible for paying that money back? You are. It’s a simple rule of society, You owe, you pay. You are the debtor, you owe the bank and you are responsible for repayments. Many people live under the financial burden of such a debt and it can have a detrimental impact on their state of mind. It is no surprise that financial pressure is one of the most common reasons why marriages fail.

    The truth is, there is no simple way of dealing with financial debt. You could try talking to your bank to reschedule your repayments and you could review your own spending habits but in the end the debt has to be repaid. Sadly the only real option is to slog away at it and pay the debt back as soon as you can.

    In his teaching on prayer, Jesus talks about a different kind of debt that we run up with our sin and moral failures. When we fail another person, or when we fail God, we add to the weight of shame in our lives. Just as a mortgage can be a burdensome financial pressure on your life, so too can the shame burdens of moral failures.

    Unfortunately this kind of burden cannot simply be removed by arranging a direct debit or handing over a pile of cash. The burden has to be dealt with in another way. It has to be forgiven.

  • Jul 22, 2018The Power of Prayer 3 – Daily Bread
    Jul 22, 2018
    The Power of Prayer 3 – Daily Bread
    Posted by Phil Inglis

    Can you picture this? A teenage girl stands at her open wardrobe, packed floor to ceiling with shirts, pants, dresses, shoes, jumpers, jackets and everything in-between. Her eyes scan back and forth, up and down. She pushes clothes on hangers left and right, looking for something, anything, that suits her fancy. Her face is locked in an expression bordering on disappointment, disgust and frustration. Then she says it. While standing in front of a wall of clothes that could dress a medium-sized village of people, she cries out, "I don't have anything to wear!"

    I have to admit that I'm like this sometimes, except not with clothes, with food. I can spend minutes rummaging around in the pantry, or the fridge looking for a snack. Sometimes I go away and do something else because I can't find something and then I come back again, trying to find that elusive snack. It doesn't matter that there are boxes of cereal, biscuits and other things in the pantry, or eggs, cheese, bread and other things in the fridge. I've been known to say in an exasperated tone, "Why is there nothing to eat in this house?!"

    Jesus taught us to pray, "Give us this day our daily bread." It's annoying to watch a teenager complain that they have nothing to wear when they have so much and I am sure it's annoying to my wife when I complain that there is nothing to eat in the house, when clearly there is plenty. The truth is, we have everything that we need, but because we spend so much of our time comparing and contrasting ourselves to people around us, we find ourselves wanting more and more of what we don't actually need. How do we deal with the feeling of not having enough, or not being enough?

  • Jul 1, 2018The Power of Prayer 1 – Who, What and Where of Prayer
    Jul 1, 2018
    The Power of Prayer 1 – Who, What and Where of Prayer
    Posted by Phil Inglis

    Over the last few weeks I have been working in the Salvation Army National Head Office in Melbourne. I have been working with a brilliant team helping the national leaders of the Salvation Army design a brand new way of running the Salvation Army in Australia.

    A common feature of project work is meetings. Lots of meetings with lots of different people to make sure things aren’t duplicated or wasted. Meetings to make sure things aren’t missed or overlooked. At least half of every day is taken up with meetings. Early on in my time there I would often find my mind wondering in those meetings. I would lose focus, I would daydream or start thinking about other things. I didn’t really know who they were talking about, I didn’t know what they were talking about and I didn’t know where it all fit so I found it hard to engage and stay focussed. Over time I got to know people, I began to understand what was at stake and started to see how it all fit together and suddenly I was engaged and interested in every moment of the meeting.

    A similar thing happens sometimes when I try to pray. Sometimes I lose focus my mind wanders and I get distracted. I forget who I’m praying to, where prayer fits in my life and what I’m praying for.