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Just sharing a few thoughts from my notes (rather indecipherable)…

as inspired by a sermon from Bobby Schuller on the Hour of Power

Sunday 13 Feb

enjoy and be inspired


moon on the water at Tolaga Bay

Jesus came into the world to show us what God is like. Jesus reveals what God, The Father is like… and YOU can (and choose to) reveal (in society’s eyes) what Jesus is like. That’s His expectation. You represent Jesus…today.

Jesus had a uniquely close and intimate relationship with God, the Father

(“I am what God is like”)

see Matthew 11: 25-30 *

*  a defining verse in Jesus’ ministry (together with John 3:16,17)

You are the light of the world… Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works and glorify your Father in heaven.”
– Matthew 5: 14-16 (NKJV)

HOW do you do that?

In other words, how to live your life by following the example of Jesus Christ?
* help others
* help heal and comfort the wounded of society and our own wounds will be healed
* be hospitable and kind
* make people feel included and that they belong somewhere

* listen to peoples concerns and worries – really care

* remember, it’s not your achievements that count, but the difference you make in people’s lives

* learn and grow (continually) along life’s journey
“Giant strides start with small steps”

Just do what is right and (like a moth) be drawn to that light
“Love guides us into holiness.”



You can be a light shining in the darkness of the world.

Shine your own bright light on humanity!



“A writer’s dreams
To God, be the Honour and Glory.

“Christianity is simply God reaching out (to mankind) and seeking us.”


“Christianity is simply God reaching out (to mankind)  and seeking us.”


“Jesus makes God real to me.”

Let your Christmas light shine on others


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The first candle lit is the light of hope. Hope is a word we often use. “I hope that the weather is fine on Christmas Day”, “I hope that I win the lottery” or a common sentence in many homes this week “I hope that Santa brings … “!

Christian hope is more than wishful thinking. It is the confident faith that God is in control, that God is merciful.

In Christian faith the expression of hope is a belief that in Jesus Christ we know the gift of life and a way of living that is hope-giving for each of us and for the world.

There will be thousands of people this Christmas who will be hope-bringers to people and communities all over the world, offering food, shelter, companionship and a helping hand.

Jesus empowered the poor and the most marginalised. He treated women and men with equal respect. He challenged unjust leaders and cared for children. Jesus demonstrated a better way of life and wants to impart that way of life into our hearts and to our world.

Hope is not, therefore, a punt or a risk but rather, as Jesus showed us, it is our choice to be hope-bringers and agents of change for those in our families and communities, our workplaces and city, and those we may never meet who need our help.

The second candle is the light of peace. As this year draws to a close, we are conscious of so many people who need peace in the nations of the world, in our communities, among our colleagues and friends, and perhaps even in our own hearts and minds.

This light of peace is not a pipe dream, nor a feigned peace which pretends that everything is okay when really it is not.

The final Advent candle lit before Christmas is the light of love. Christians believe that in Jesus Christ the world is given the offer of salvation, and the chance to see what divine love really means; divine love found in the experiences of caring for friend and stranger, seeking justice, feeding the hungry, healing the broken-hearted, caring for the earth and working for peace. That is the kind of love that this light calls us to share this Christmas.

As the clock strikes midnight on Christmas morning, the central candle of the Advent wreath is lit, celebrating that the light of Christ has come into the world and will come again. As it shines into the darkness it invites all those who see it to let the gifts of which the wreath speaks inform how they live their lives, for when we each bring hope, make peace, gift joy and live love, then the world is transformed.

Our world needs that transformation, a transformation we are all invited to be part of bringing.





“When (or if ever) you arrive in heaven, let faith, hope and love be the wings that carried you there.”

– as adapted from the inspiring words of Jonathan Edwards, former minister in New England, Massachusetts

“The Greatest Race: Living by (with) faith, hope and love is the highest podium any person can reach, God’s podium that anyone stand on.”
– c





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TOGETHER, one mind, one heart, one soul, one small step at a time, we can make some difference towards a better world, a brighter tomorrow



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“A writer’s dreams
Picture (great) by my good friends, Jenny (and John), whose photographic talents I definitely do NOT possess!

Brian McLaren on The Message of Jesus



“For me, Jesus is the human face of God.”

from https://amyjourneyoffaith.wordpress.com/

“Together, one mind, one life (one small step at a time), let’s see how many people (and lives) we can encourage, impact, empower, enrich, uplift and perhaps even inspire to reach their fullest potentials.”

“Rise and shine, sunshine”
Picture (great) by my friend, Jenny
“A writer’s dreams

YOU can be a “Champion for (of) Jesus”

“I want to be a nobody for Jesus.”
– the words of my good friend, Lindsay McIlraith
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 “Faith is the soul seeing what the (our) eyes can’t.”
You are the light of the world. A town built on a hill cannot be hidden. Neither do people light a lamp and put it under a bowl. Instead they put it on its stand, and it gives light to everyone in the house. In the same way, let your light shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in heaven.: – Matthew 5:14,15,16 from The Sermon on the Mount
“Together, one mind, one life (one small step at a time), let’s see how many people (and lives) we can encourage, impact, empower, enrich, uplift and perhaps even inspire to reach their fullest potentials.”

But they that wait upon the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run, and not be weary; and they shall walk, and not faint.

Isaiah 40:31 (KJV)

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“THE TWO… OR THREE JESUS’S”: Teacher… Prophet…or God? Thoughts of CS. Lewis on Jesus Christ: Lord, Liar or Lunatic?



Thoughts of my good friend, Lindsay, the “Prayer-warrior and the Prophet”) who sadly died the other day

Thoughts of my good friend, Lindsay, "the prophet and the prayer-warrior"

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Song from Lindsay’s funeral : Gisborne, New Zealand 17th Jan 2015

Lindsay McIlraith (“The Prayer-warrior and The Prophet”): A highly colourful and likeable person… and good friend of many.

Here are some of his “timeless wisdoms”…

“The Gospel is a simple message for simple people… for their own good.”

“I want to be a nobody for Jesus” (though my friend was one of the “ultimate names-droppers”)

As my good friend Lindsay, ‘the prophet and prayer-warrior says: “When a person goes to church, you take God TO church with you.

“The Spirit that made the world is in you, but first it has to be activated.”

“Get yourself right with Jesus, that’s the issue, man…and everything else in your life then fits into place”

“Get your next ‘fix’ from Jesus. It costs you nothing…except for his life!”

“Don’t tell people so much about Jesus, show them His Spirit living in and through you.”

Another quote : Springbok rugby tour to New Zealand (1981)
“Are you for the tour or against it?”
“I’m for Jesus, man!”

“Don’t talk shop, just show love.”

“You don’t go to church to be with God, you take God to church with you.”

And his classic, my favourite…

“I get up to pray at 3.30 every morning, to beat Satan. He’s a lazy ‘bugger’, who likes to sleep in!”

– thoughts of my good friend, Lindsay (‘The Prayer-warrior and The Prophet’)

RIP, Lindsay

Your generous and loving spirit lives on

fill me with a ‘triple helping’ of Your Infinite Spirit today”

– Lindsay McIlraith, Gisborne, New Zealand


For video of Lindsay at Tolaga Bay see 


Lindsay on right with his good friend, Steve
and  some thoughts of our good friend, “the Prayer-warrior and  the Prophet”
Click on 

Don’t worry about the world ending today…
as it’s already tomorrow in scenic and tranquil ‘little’ New Zealand


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