Nov 20, 2016
Posted by Phil Inglis
Sometimes people pray like they are sending email; composed, edited, prepackaged and sent to someone far away. But prayer, at its most dangerous, seeks the actual presence of God with us in every situation. Only when we experience the presence of God; only when we know forgiveness and blessing, are we ready to pray, Send me.
  • Nov 20, 2016prayer-4-send-me-phil-inglis
    Nov 20, 2016
    Posted by Phil Inglis
    Sometimes people pray like they are sending email; composed, edited, prepackaged and sent to someone far away. But prayer, at its most dangerous, seeks the actual presence of God with us in every situation. Only when we experience the presence of God; only when we know forgiveness and blessing, are we ready to pray, Send me.
  • Nov 13, 2016PRAYER – Break Me – Sarah Walker
    Nov 13, 2016
    PRAYER – Break Me – Sarah Walker
    Posted by Sarah Walker
    Anyone ever broken a bone? I once had a friend who broke a bone and left it to heal by itself. The problem was, the bone didn’t heal correctly without the help of a splint or a cast. Years later, the bone deformity started affecting function and a trip to the specialist lead to the prognosis that the bone needed to be re-broken in order for it to heal correctly. The process was painful, but ultimately allowed the bone to heal in the right position and restored the function. S

    ometimes in life our sin leaves us feeling a little broken, but rather than addressing the issue we can be tempted to hide or ignore the problem. In acknowledging our brokenness before God, we’re inviting Him to restore us and align once again with His will.

    This week we take a look at a prayer from the great King David in response to, let’s face it, a phenomenal stuff up. David not only committed adultery, but was responsible for a carefully orchestrated murder plan to ‘cover up’ his previous blunder. In Psalm 51 David reflects on the emotions he felt after he’d sinned and instead of trying to excuse it, pass the blame or rationalise this sin, he simply came before God saying, “I know what I have done. I’m broken, but I’m sorry and I desire to be different.” This prayer makes us uncomfortable, it exposes our weaknesses, but it is not until we ask God to break us that we see the true extent of his healing power revealed in and through our lives.

  • Nov 6, 2016PRAYER – Search Me – Phil Inglis
    Nov 6, 2016
    PRAYER – Search Me – Phil Inglis
    Posted by Phil Inglis
    Eight years ago I (Phil) started having a strange experience. Some days I would wake up and I couldn’t hear things too well. It was as if I had been at a loud concert the night before and my hearing was now muffled. The odd thing was, I hadn’t been to a concert the night before and, even more odd, it only affected my left ear. After a few days it would go away and I would forget about it for a few months until it happened again. This happened on and off for a couple o

    f years.
    I got annoyed enough one day to go to the Doctor. He did tests and couldn’t find anything so he sent me to a specialist. The specialist repeated the same tests and found the same result - nothing. It was then that I was sent to get an MRI. This MRI could see deep inside my head and a tumour was found. With this new understanding doctors could get in and remove the problem before it killed me.

    People often have things sitting deep in their lives, hurts, frustrations, rejections, desires and disappointments. These sometimes change the way we hear, they have an effect on the way we speak, they generate niggling fears and doubts, they change some little aspect of our behaviour. Sometimes, they are so small we just ignore it, or perhaps we don’t even notice it. But, that thing, that growth deep inside, can kill.

    One of the most challenging, yet rewarding prayers we can pray, is to ask God, 'Search Me'. Search me, know what’s going on inside my heart and soul, see whats really bothering you, see what is slowly stealing my life, and then to ask God to bring us back to a place of joy and blessing.

    Join us this Sunday at 10am (9am for coffee and prayer) for the second instalment of 'Dangerous Prayer' - search me!

  • Oct 30, 2016Fan The Flame
    Oct 30, 2016
    Fan The Flame
    Posted by Sarah Walker
    Fan The Flame!  Get the right fuel, get the right spark. 
  • Oct 30, 2016PRAYER – Know Me, Change Me – Rebecca Inglis
    Oct 30, 2016
    PRAYER – Know Me, Change Me – Rebecca Inglis
    Posted by Rebecca Inglis

    When I first started following Jesus, my prayers went something like this: “God, help me to get that job.” “Jesus, please take away this annoying cold.” “God please help me pass this exam.” “Father, take away my fear.” “God help me not to fail at my endeavours.”
    Over time I came to understand that prayer is not just asking for things. Far more importantly, prayer is talking with God, seeking him first, getting to know him better, being with him, listening and waiting in his presence.

    Over the next four weeks we are going to be considering some of the most dangerous prayers we can pray: Know me, Search me, Break me and Send me. These are prayers about us, because it’s us who changes when we pray. Prayer is not expecting God to change his mind, it’s asking him to change me – to bend my desires to his will. Prayer is about connecting with God so we know him and know his will, so we can move ourselves onto his agenda.
    This week, as we look at the prayer Jesus taught his disciples to pray, we’ll be encouraged not to focus on prayer, the words, the technique, the formalities, but to focusing on getting to know the Father. In the same way, if you’re focused on the windshield, you will not drive well, right? The goal is that we look through the windshield to see where we’re going. It is through prayer that we connect with the Father, but our focus should not be prayer. Our focus should be the Father. And the more we get to know God as Father, the easier it is to talk to him.

  • Oct 16, 2016FEAR of losing control
    Oct 16, 2016
    FEAR of losing control
    Posted by Sarah Walker
    Series: FEAR
    The hypothalamus is a small but fascinating part of the human brain. Not only is it involved in the release of hormones, the regulation of body temperature and the control of food and water intake, but it is also responsible for sending the body’s version of a ‘distress signal’ to the autonomic nervous system. When we face fear, whether physical or psychological, the hypothalamus triggers a complex biochemical process that usually results in a visible, physiological response.
  • Oct 9, 2016FEAR 2- The Fear of Intimacy – Rebecca Inglis
    Oct 9, 2016
    FEAR 2- The Fear of Intimacy – Rebecca Inglis
    Posted by Rebecca Inglis
    Series: FEAR
    The fear of intimacy can cripple your life. It can stifle friendships, stagnate marriages and suffocate family relationships. The question is, "what are we hiding from?" How can we overcome this fear and be more open and vulnerable in appropriate, life-giving ways?
  • Oct 2, 2016FEAR 1 – FEAR of Failure
    Oct 2, 2016
    FEAR 1 – FEAR of Failure
    Posted by Phil Inglis
    Series: FEAR
    Too many people today live with a spirit of fear, unable to sleep, unable to laugh, unable to enjoy all that life has to offer... Join us this Sunday at 10am (9am for prayer) as we begin our new series on FEAR and search for freedom from the fear that can crush a human soul.
  • Sep 25, 2016WEiRD Way to Save the World
    Sep 25, 2016
    WEiRD Way to Save the World
    Posted by Rebecca Inglis
    Series: WEiRD
    A bunch of church leaders and theological professors from one of the world's leading bible colleges were trying to figure out how to attract and keep young people in churches. They spent months developing the survey questions, getting them exactly right so they could capture the real information. They first surveyed thousands of churches in the US and then narrowed it down to 250 churches that were successfully reaching, engaging and empowering the next generation. Sixty 

    people then took the results of those surveys, over 10,000 pages of data representing over 10,000 hours of work and boiled them down to find the most important and essential core commitments shared by these successful churches. They set out with an assumption that great churches would be led by people who were well trained, religiously and theologically, who would be really good at answering the deep and meaningful questions about faith and identity asked by young people. 

    One of the initial questions asked of all the leaders they interviewed is a fairly typical question that you would expect. They asked a 20 year old youth pastor at one of these successful churches, “How would you describe Christianity to a young person?” His unexpected response was, “I don’t really know how to explain Christianity, but I can tell you about the person Jesus, and the difference he has made in my life.” 

    This response was WEiRD. But it shouldn’t have been. WEiRDly, but unsurprisingly, the primary driver of the success of these churches was the person of Jesus - Jesus’ grace, Jesus’ message and Jesus’ mission. All training and religious achievements count for nothing without truly knowing the person of Jesus.

  • Sep 18, 2016WEiRD Desires
    Sep 18, 2016
    WEiRD Desires

    HEADLINE: Local man Phil Arlington is reportedly “confident” that Apple’s newest iPhone—the 7—will finally be the object that fulfils his innermost longings.

    Reclining at his desk while speaking to reporters Thursday, Arlington proudly displayed his collection of obsolete Apple products, ranging from the very first iteration of the iPhone all the way through his iPhone 6s Plus, which was cutting edge until the week after it was released.

    “Some people question whether iPhone 7

     will be the one to do the trick,” Arlington said excitedly. “But I mean, this beast has a dual-lens camera, wireless earbuds, and even a processor that’s marginally faster than the last one—imagine that! Surely this one will fulfil my most innate desire for purpose and fulfilment…” Arlington’s speech then trailed off as he stared out the window at nothing of note, the 32-year-old mechanical contractor sighing heavily for no reason in particular…

    This satirical article appeared on (…/local-man-confident-iphone-7-will-…/) the fantastic ‘Babylon Bee’ website the day Apple officially announced the new iPhone 7. The thing is, it’s only funny because there is an element of truth to it. Whether it be a new product from Apple, or a new car, house, holiday, job or relationship, it’s normal to desire these things. The thing is, as Jesus followers, we don’t just want to be ‘normal’ we want to be extraordinarily weird. This means we are going to treat our desires differently than normal.