Sunday, January 30, 2011

Children of God - Part 1

Part 1 of Sash Stanceski's message on Sunday 30th January 2011 is available for download.

In our culture people seek some kind of status to obtain identity and benefits. In this message Sash teaches us about the highest status of all - that of being a child of God. Be encouraged as you learn about the blessings of being a child of God and what it means to be a child of God.

Tuesday, January 25, 2011

Missional Velocity

Yet another inspiring and challenging message I have come across by a guy called Alan Hirsch. I recommend you watch this if you are hungry to see your community reached with the gospel of Jesus Christ. As disciples of Jesus we truly are sent people on a mission. Enjoy!
Bye for now, Oreste

Sunday, January 23, 2011

Critical Success Factors

Jim Vaughn's message on Sunday 23th January 2011 is available for download.

In this message Jim looks at three kingdom factors required to bring success in any area of life, be it church, home, work or wherever. Success begins with and depends upon getting ourselves positioned under the authority God has placed over our lives. Be challenged as you understand how the three factors relate to one another and as you seek to apply them so that kingdom success may come your way just as God intends for you.

Thursday, January 20, 2011

Mission Revisited

I came across this message by Michael Frost on youtube. I highly recommend you listen to it. It's about the mission of the church . May it challenge you, make you feel uncomfortable and cause God inspired changes to emerge in you.
Bye for now, Oreste

Monday, January 17, 2011

No Choice - We are all Responsible!

A new year has begun and people are still in various stages of taking their breaks and vacations. For some it is a traditional pilgrimage to the annual family holiday destination. That safe and reliable getaway with no surprises and no unknowns; at least it seems that way. Others may dare to go somewhere new and take the risk of a disappointing experience or the reward of a totally ripper holiday. Which way will it go?

The risk of doing something different confronts all of us, not only when we are deciding on a holiday break but in many areas of life. Choices are ever before us. Do we risk that new job, those new friendships, that new brand of cleaning product? Which movie do we choose - the totally predictable chick flick or that epic masterpiece of 21st century cinematography? There are also those times when we must make immediate choices in circumstances that we have not chosen, as a consequence of a tragedy that has occurred, bad news we may have received or the unexpected death of a loved one. The current situation with floods across Queensland and other parts of Australia is a potent example of this. As a south-east Queensland boy, I couldn't believe the images I was seeing of familiar places such as Toowoomba, Ipswich and Brisbane.

Whoever we are, we have this in common: choices must be made and these confront us daily. Our circumstances may not all be the same but the responsibility we individually bear for making those choices is the same. So regardless of our individual social standing, level of wealth and position in the cruel, ungodly pecking order our broken world attempts to squeeze us into, we are just as responsible as the person on the other side of the world or the person next door to us.

Why? Because we are responsible for the same thing; our personal response to the circumstances we find ourselves in. This is a scary thing to reflect upon and all the more when we consider who we are responsible to.

We are all, whether we choose (again there is that word again) to accept this or not, personally responsible and thus accountable to God, our Creator. When we take up this responsibility before God our Father (who Jesus Christ revealed to us through His life) by entering into relationship with Him, we find relief, peace, strength and an inner fortitude. These realities are personally experienced by the indwelling presence of God's Spirit whom the Father generously pours out upon those who re-connect with Him through His son Jesus Christ. The good news is when we accept our responsibility and accountability to God, His mercy and forgiveness which all of us is in need of, is available in generous measure. But we must first face up to our responsibility before God before His forgiveness can flow to us.

We all have our challenges at different times in life, and though they may seem trivial compared to those of others, they still represent moments when choices are required. The responsibility that goes with some of those choices may not seem to carry much weight but let us not be deceived or lulled into a false sense of security that causes us to forget the enormous weight of responsibility that we each bear before our Father in heaven.

This responsibility God has entrusted us with, is so important to Him, He is going to meet us face to face at the end of time and ask us to give a personal account of our actions. Let's get ready and ensure we are prepared for that meeting. Let's be reminded that mercy and forgiveness flows from God during times we have failed Him but this must be preceded by heartfelt and honest confession of the wrong we have done. Let's be reminded that such honest confession to God is the means of being transformed into the person He created us to be.

Such responsibility is on the shoulders of every person who has ever lived. Such responsibility reflects the enormous importance that God places on humanity. Such responsibility must be the priority for all of us. It is a matter of life and death.

Bye for now,
Oreste

Sunday, January 16, 2011

You in 2011: Making it Count

Oreste's message on Sunday 16th January 2011 is available for download.

In this message Oreste challenges us to make 2011 a year that counts as we commit to be obedient disciples. Obedience is the only thing that God has ever asked of us and yet if we are honest God does not always get what He asks of us. This message will cut you to the core of your heart and with honest self-reflection will either expose you as faithful or unfaithful to the Lord.

Sunday, January 2, 2011

2010:Another One Bites the Dust

Oreste's message on Sunday 2nd January 2011 is available for download.

In this message Oreste challenges us to consider what we carried in our personal bag in 2010. Although the year 2010 has been and gone, as disciples of Jesus, the bag should have included the things that matter most to our Master. Be encouraged and inspired to embrace the new year as a result of reviewing our individual performance against Kingdom priorities during 2010.