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LinkedIn Bandaid

That, was painful. Didn’t change much, but it needed to be done.
It’s been creeping up for a long time, but it was something that needed to happen now.
It wasn’t something for a new years resolution.

After many jokes about other people doing it… I had turned my LinkedIn profile into an old myspace account. Random people added left, right and center. I had no focus on what/who I had added and no aim for the connections at the end. I even had birthdays of people I don’t even know sync-ing with my calendar.

Enough was enough. Today, although a small and seemingly insignificant amount of people (20-ish) were deleted from my LinkedIn network. I aimed to keep it at: family, friends, school “contemporaries” and past/present people tied into business that I have done.

Maybe it’s time you re evaluated who you were “LinkedIn with”. Maybe your other social connections need a review too.

Have a think, a great Christmas and happy new year!

God Bless – Pyro

Amazing Church

Where did grace go?

So, you know the song;

“Amazing Church,
How sweet the sound
That saved a wretch like me….”

No? Didn’t think so.

John 3:16 tells us that:

“God loved the people of this world so much that he gave his only Son, so that everyone who has faith in him will have eternal life and never really die.”

(John 3:16 CEV)

How often do you keep reading on from there?.

“God did not send his Son into the world to condemn its people. He sent him to save them!”

(John 3:17 CEV)

Or

“For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but to save the world through him. “

(John 3:17 NIV)

Jesus came not to bring judgement, but Grace. It is so simple…
So, if the reason Christ came down was to bridge the gap between us and God the father, then why do we so often in the church community push people away because of what they eat, how they dress, what music they listen to, what their sexual preference is, how much of the recommended weight for their height that they are etc. ?
If Jesus came to love people and not to condemn, then why do we?
They do something that the bible says not to?
So do we, when we judge, gossip, slander and lie…

“All of us have sinned and fallen short of God’s glory.”

(Romans 3:23 CEV)

So, if we all fall short then none of us can legitimately judge… When all the walls and heirachies fade away, all that’s left is God’s love amazing grace.

“Amazing grace! (how sweet the sound!)
That sav’d a wretch like me!
I once was lost, but now am found;
Was blind, but now I see.

‘Twas grace that taught my heart to fear,
And grace my fears reliev’d;
How precious did that grace appear,
The hour I first believ’d!

Thro’ many dangers, toils, and snares,
I have already come;
‘Tis grace has brought me safe thus far,
And grace will lead me home.

The Lord has promis’d good to me,
His word my hope secures;
He will my shield and portion be,
As long as life endures.

Yes, when this flesh and heart shall fail,
And mortal life shall cease;
I shall possess, within the veil,
A life of joy and peace.

This earth shall soon dissolve like snow,
The sun forbear to shine;
But God, who call’d me here below,
Will be for ever mine. “

- John Newton

God Bless – Pyro

Thanks and credit where it’s due

A friend did a year or being thankful on Social Media.
This is me being thankful, and giving credit to God for what i feel are his blessings on my life.

Thanks in sadness

Thankful for good memories and lasting impact of a friend taken young in life.
Thankful that after the fires, people and nature can rebuild. And for the lives not lost.
Thankful that after the floods the land can grow again.
Thankful that after road accidents, there are improvements made… Even if gradually.
Thankful for community in the midst of a loss.
Thankful for rest for people who work hard to protect and serve.
Thankful that we live somewhere that we have an option to work together to help.
Thankful that near accidents are only that.
Thankful for time with Jim/My wife’s grandfather and getting to know him before it was too late.
Thankful for resilience of the people that can choose to keep moving forward, in spite of the troubles that come.

Thanks in love

Thankful for my wife’s ability to be so cute one moment and so grown up the next.
Thankful for my wife’s thanks after a compliment.
Thankful for now over a year of a beautiful marriage.
Thankful for the times we can share with other couples.
Thankful for the times her and I can share by ourselves.
Thankful for the love of my wife.
Thankful for the future potential we have to do great things.
Thankful for how intelligent a wife I have, studying away while i write this.
Thankful for the ways I can be of help to her.
Thankful to come home to her at the end of the day.
Thankful to wake up next to her.

Thanks in friendship

Thankful for dear friends who I can share the deepest or strangest things with.
Thankful for friends who I may not have seen in a while but can pick up like no time has passed at all.
Thankful for quality time with friends.
Thankful for real friends and facebook friends and randoms that are friendly too.
Thankful for friends that are seen regularly.
Thankful for friends that are seen at special occasions.
Thankful for friends that are funny.
Thankful for friends that are constructive.
Thankful for friends that use their influence as guidance.
Thankful that when they are needed there is always a friend there.

Thanks for family
 
Thankful for Dad, although he doesn’t comment on everything when he is passionate the wisdome flows abundantly.
Thankful for Mum, her fierce and protective love and care has had a large impact on how I care for people.
Thankful for Grandy, the story he shares and the knowledge he shares.
Thankful for Nan, the hospitality and care of all her family is amazing.
Thankful for Gran, her humour and the quality time growing up will be treasured for life.
Thankful for Grandad, his love, his sarcasm, him. He’s Bob, he’s good. :)
Thankful for Regan, his love and care for Tarrin, Sarina and Lachie is special and a powerful example.
Thankful for Sarina, her strength and her passion is again a powerful example.
Thankful for Aunties, Uncles, blood or inlaw your example, your guidance, your heart, your criticism, your blessing thankyou!
Thankful for cousins and other relatives, life wouldn’t be the same without you!

Thanks for God

Thankful for provision.
Thankful for guidance.
Thankful for open doors.
Thankful for close doors.
Thankful for giving.
Thankful for taking away!
Thankful for involvement.
Thankful for opportunities.
Thankful for correction.
Thankful for freedom.

But thanks be to God! He gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ. (1 Corinthians 15:57 NIVUK)

Thanks for work

Thankful for the colleagues.
Thankful for the clients.
Thankful that at the end of the day it’s accepting and understanding like a family.
Thankful for busy times.
Thankful for quiet times to sort out smaller things.
Thankful for courier work.
Thankful for warehouse and computer/scanning work.
Thankful for it being in walking distance and having a choice.
Thankful for the opportunities to grow.
Thankful for the opportunities to fix and teach.

Thanks for weather

Thankful for hot days… And cold things on them.
Thankful for cold days, and things to warm up with.
Thankful for sunny days and shade when needed.
Thankful for raining days and shelter too.
Thankful for windy days.
Thankful for thunder and lightning.
Thankful for bright and happy days.
Thankful for dark and gloomy days.
Thankful for snow. Fun to play in but never been snowed in.
Thankful for hail. And how it looks, also not being in a serious hailstorm is also a blessing.

Thanks for gifts, abilities & talents

Thankful for sound.
Thankful for I.T.
Thankful for sight.
Thankful for breath.
Thankful for Salvation.
Thankful for Marriage.
Thankful for family.
Thankful for friends.
Thankful for cooking.
Thankful for music.

Thanks for things

Thankful for my licence.
Thankful for the car.
Thankful for Tech Stuff.
Thankful for Bed.
Thankful for the Couch.
Thankful for this Blog.
Thankful for the roof, its good shelter and the walls are pretty nice too.
Thankful for the BBQ.
Thankful for the Bible.
Thankful for the Mustard Seed Devotional.

Thanks for places

Thankful for Home, no place like it.
Thankful for my parents house, current and past.
Thankful for Gran and Grandad’s house.
Thankful for Nan and Grandy’s house.
Thankful for my inlaws’ house.
Thankful for Japan.
Thankful for Launceston.
Thankful for Goolwa.
Thankful for Devonport.
Thankful for Both churches.
I am thankful, here is a hundred (ish) reasons why. I am blessed for these and many other reasons.

The song and sermon series 10,000 reasons… It’s a great target, but the reasons for thanking God out number 10,000 dramatically. But even if 99 other people make a similar list. There is the 10,000 alone.

Let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, since as members of one body you were called to peace. And be thankful. (Colossians 3:15 NIVUK)

Be thankful, if you can only think of one reason… Dwell on it until you find the next one!

God Bless – Pyro

Jesus and…Part 1

Jesus, and that guy that was sexually different from what the church was used to walking through it’s doors.

I know this debate is going to go on for a very long time.
I’m not going to get into whether it’s right or wrong at this stage to love someone of the same gender.
It does say in the Bible that: ”Do not have sexual relations with a man as one does with a woman; that is detestable.” – Leviticus 18:22 (NIV)
So we’ve got that, Christians attack!
Oh wait…..

Leviticus 19

11 “‘Do not steal.

“‘Do not lie.

“‘Do not deceive one another.

12 “‘Do not swear falsely by my name and so profane the name of your God. I am the Lord.

13 “‘Do not defraud or rob your neighbor.

“‘Do not hold back the wages of a hired worker overnight.

14 “‘Do not curse the deaf or put a stumbling block in front of the blind, but fear your God. I am the Lord.

15 “‘Do not pervert justice; do not show partiality to the poor or favoritism to the great, but judge your neighbor fairly.

16 “‘Do not go about spreading slander among your people.

“‘Do not do anything that endangers your neighbor’s life. I am the Lord.

17 “‘Do not hate a fellow Israelite in your heart. Rebuke your neighbor frankly so you will not share in their guilt.

18 “‘Do not seek revenge or bear a grudge against anyone among your people, but love your neighbor as yourself. I am the Lord.

19 “‘Keep my decrees.

“‘Do not mate different kinds of animals.

“‘Do not plant your field with two kinds of seed.

“‘Do not wear clothing woven of two kinds of material.

20 “‘If a man sleeps with a female slave who is promised to another man but who has not been ransomed or given her freedom, there must be due punishment.[a] Yet they are not to be put to death, because she had not been freed. 21 The man, however, must bring a ram to the entrance to the tent of meeting for a guilt offering to the Lord. 22 With the ram of the guilt offering the priest is to make atonement for him before the Lord for the sin he has committed, and his sin will be forgiven.

23 “‘When you enter the land and plant any kind of fruit tree, regard its fruit as forbidden.[b]For three years you are to consider it forbidden[c]; it must not be eaten. 24 In the fourth year all its fruit will be holy, an offering of praise to the Lord. 25 But in the fifth year you may eat its fruit. In this way your harvest will be increased. I am the Lord your God.

26 “‘Do not eat any meat with the blood still in it.

“‘Do not practice divination or seek omens.

27 “‘Do not cut the hair at the sides of your head or clip off the edges of your beard.

28 “‘Do not cut your bodies for the dead or put tattoo marks on yourselves. I am the Lord.

29 “‘Do not degrade your daughter by making her a prostitute, or the land will turn to prostitution and be filled with wickedness.

30 “‘Observe my Sabbaths and have reverence for my sanctuary. I am the Lord.

31 “‘Do not turn to mediums or seek out spiritists, for you will be defiled by them. I am theLord your God.

32 “‘Stand up in the presence of the aged, show respect for the elderly and revere your God.I am the Lord.

33 “‘When a foreigner resides among you in your land, do not mistreat them. 34 The foreigner residing among you must be treated as your native-born. Love them as yourself, for you were foreigners in Egypt. I am the Lord your God.

35 “‘Do not use dishonest standards when measuring length, weight or quantity. 36 Use honest scales and honest weights, an honest ephah[d] and an honest hin.[e] I am the Lordyour God, who brought you out of Egypt.

37 “‘Keep all my decrees and all my laws and follow them. I am the Lord.’”

Ok, who’s guilt free so far?
What about not gossiping, no slander, no wanting to reach out and punch someone as even the untamed desire is just as bad as murder in God’s eyes.
This isn’t to bring condemnation to you, this is to get you to stop.
For some are eunuchs because they were born that way; others were made that way by men; and others have renounced marriage because of the kingdom of heaven. The one who can accept this should accept it. – Matthew 19:12 (NIV)
because some men are celibate from birth, while some are celibate because they have been made that way by others. Still others are celibate because they have made themselves that way for the sake of the kingdom from heaven. Let anyone accept this who can.  - Matthew 19:12 (International Standard Version (©2012))

So people that aren’t sexually active aren’t sinners, even if they have chosen to be (and potentially castrated themselves in the process [although God did say a long time before this that causing harm to your own body is bad too]).
Acts 8 (NIV)

26 Now an angel of the Lord said to Philip, “Go south to the road—the desert road—that goes down from Jerusalem to Gaza.” 27 So he started out, and on his way he met an Ethiopian[a] eunuch, an important official in charge of all the treasury of the Kandake (which means “queen of the Ethiopians”). This man had gone to Jerusalem to worship, 28 and on his way home was sitting in his chariot reading the Book of Isaiah the prophet. 29 The Spirit told Philip, “Go to that chariot and stay near it.”

30 Then Philip ran up to the chariot and heard the man reading Isaiah the prophet. “Do you understand what you are reading?” Philip asked.

31 “How can I,” he said, “unless someone explains it to me?” So he invited Philip to come up and sit with him.

32 This is the passage of Scripture the eunuch was reading:

“He was led like a sheep to the slaughter,
    and as a lamb before its shearer is silent,
    so he did not open his mouth.
33 In his humiliation he was deprived of justice.
    Who can speak of his descendants?
    For his life was taken from the earth.”[b]

34 The eunuch asked Philip, “Tell me, please, who is the prophet talking about, himself or someone else?” 35 Then Philip began with that very passage of Scripture and told him the good news about Jesus.

36 As they traveled along the road, they came to some water and the eunuch said, “Look, here is water. What can stand in the way of my being baptized?” [37] [c] 38 And he gave orders to stop the chariot. Then both Philip and the eunuch went down into the water and Philip baptized him. 39 When they came up out of the water, the Spirit of the Lord suddenly took Philip away, and the eunuch did not see him again, but went on his way rejoicing.40 Philip, however, appeared at Azotus and traveled about, preaching the gospel in all the towns until he reached Caesarea.

*Emphasis added

Nothing stood in the way of him being baptised. Which means nothing was in the way of him coming to know Jesus.

 

This isn’t a justification of non-heterosexual relations, nor is it a licence to say go and sleep around, abuse and rape anyone you please.

Simply,

John 3 (NIV)

16 For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life. 17 For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but to save the world through him. 18 Whoever believes in him is not condemned, but whoever does not believe stands condemned already because they have not believed in the name of God’s one and only Son.

If God did not send Jesus here to condemn the world, what right do we as sinners (Forgiven by the blood of Jesus or not) have to condemn a created brother or sister.
Guide people in love, don’t guilt trip or condemn.
That brother or sister that has feelings or is in a relationship with is no less worthy of the love of Jesus than we are, so we should not treat them any differently to anyone else who does something God told us not to.
God Bless – Pyro

At What Cost?

Many of us pursue dreams and goals,
this is fine as God often gives us some visions about what we could or should do.
The Problem? How often do we scratch at or pull down others just to build ourselves up?
How often during our quest to do something great for God do we push others off the path that leads to him?
For instance in business do we push other people in our industry away by acting too much like we are pursuing the money and not God who we are given this dream by and fulfilling it for.
Last week I shared about the two commandments:
“Hearing that Jesus had silenced the Sadducees, the Pharisees got together. One of them, an expert in the law, tested him with this question: “Teacher, which is the greatest commandment in the Law?” Jesus replied: “‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.’ This is the first and greatest commandment. And the second is like it: ‘Love your neighbour as yourself.’ All the Law and the Prophets hang on these two commandments.”
(Matthew 22:34-40 NIVUK)
or
“Jesus said, “‘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 MSG)
This week I only want to leave you with this. How often do you chase that client to the harm of someone else in your business or industry. Client poaching instead of service providing?
If it’s to provide them with a better service, good. If it is just to put others out of business… You need to have a rethink.
Or, how often at home or church do you build up your image at the expense of loved ones, family in Christ or even worse… Christ himself.
God Bless – Pyro

I know you can!

More frequently than ever, being able to do something is used as the justification to do it.

Out of our wants often comes the inspiration to do something, even though it is not necessarily something good; even though we may have been taught otherwise.
I know we are creations of free will, but it doesn’t mean everything we desire is good. You need to weigh it up.
In a letter to the early church back in the day, Paul ( a leader in the church) wrote:
“Looking at it one way, you could say, “Anything goes. Because of God’s immense generosity and grace, we don’t have to dissect and scrutinize every action to see if it will pass muster.” But the point is not to just get by. We want to live well, but our foremost efforts should be to help others live well. (1 Corinthians 10:23, 24 MSG)”. In another version it reads:
“Everything is permissible”-but not everything is beneficial. “Everything is permissible”-but not everything is constructive. (1 Corinthians 10:23 NIVUK)”
So before going ahead and doing something, evaluate the action and outcomes first.

If you are a Christian ask:

- Does this follow in line with what Jesus would want me to do? (Jesus & The two commandments [read below])
- – If the answer is no, HOLD UP…. STOP!!! Why are you doing it?

If you aren’t a Christian think over these points:

- Is this going to negatively affect other people/things/me?
- Are there negative long-term side effects?
- Is it against the law?

If the answer is yes to any of the above, is the short term high really worth it in the long-term?

Whatever you think about Jesus, he had a point when he summed up the Ten Commandments into two.
“Hearing that Jesus had silenced the Sadducees, the Pharisees got together. One of them, an expert in the law, tested him with this question: “Teacher, which is the greatest commandment in the Law?” Jesus replied: “‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.’ This is the first and greatest commandment. And the second is like it: ‘Love your neighbour as yourself.’ All the Law and the Prophets hang on these two commandments.” (Matthew 22:34-40 NIVUK)” or “Jesus said, “‘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 MSG)”

Maybe you have had a decision that you aren’t comfortable with your choice, or maybe you are about to come up to one.
Surround yourself with people that have more wisdom or experience in the matter. Hopefully they can guide you, if not and you are open to it, ask Jesus for help. Regardless of your situation, he will be able to help… if you don’t hear right away, then wait for his answer.. waiting to act may be all you need to see clearly anyway.

God Bless – Pyro

A new year, a new creation.

Happy New Year!
Welcome to 2013!

At the end of 2012 we saw “the end of the world” come and go.
In my life the world should have ended many times according to many different men.

Jesus said, no one will know the place or the time.

Matthew 24:36 MSG

“But the exact day and hour? No one knows that, not even heaven’s angels, not even the Son. Only the Father knows.”

So why do so many follow the doomsday prophet, the scaremonger and the words of dead men?
Jesus rose and lives, we just celebrated his birth and soon shall celebrate his death and Resurrection.

When we enter into a relationship with God… With Jesus.. We are called to die to the old life and live as a new creation.

2 Corinthians 5:20 MSG

“Because of this decision we don’t evaluate people by what they have or how they look. We looked at the Messiah that way once and got it all wrong, as you know. We certainly don’t look at him that way anymore. Now we look inside, and what we see is that anyone united with the Messiah gets a fresh start, is created new. The old life is gone; a new life burgeons! Look at it! All this comes from the God who settled the relationship between us and him, and then called us to settle our relationships with each other. God put the world square with himself through the Messiah, giving the world a fresh start by offering forgiveness of sins. God has given us the task of telling everyone what he is doing. We’re Christ’s representatives. God uses us to persuade men and women to drop their differences and enter into God’s work of making things right between them. We’re speaking for Christ himself now: Become friends with God; he’s already a friend with you.”

So as we start 2013, change your focus. Focus on living in Jesus’ name not crawling through the death and stench of the world’s pleasure and recommendation.

This year don’t make life changes in your own strength. Instead resolve to make a positive change and pray humbly and directly in Jesus’ name for Jesus to step in and help you stop the bad and start the new good action, path or job.

May you have a blessed year!

God bless – Pyro