'Luke' Tagged Posts

Issue #195

I have often thought how difficult it would be to live a life in blindness. I remember as a child that we used to play games where we were blindfolded and how we challenged each other to try and make our way through the house. I also remember when once caving, my helmet light went out and I found myself in total darkness. It was frightening as I did not know which way to move due to the unknown that…

Issue #194

We are now up to our seventh character in our series, ‘The Gospel According to Jesus’, who has an encounter with Jesus … and what an encounter this one is! There are some undertones of Jesus calling of Levi (Matthew), the despicable tax collector, in this particular encounter. This time it is Zacchaeus, the little man who caused people many difficulties. He was the Chief Tax Collector of Jericho! Jesus certainly knows how to choose them! I remember hearing about…

Issue #193

I was 18 years old when I accepted the gift of salvation and became a follower of Jesus. Within the year, I was teaching Sunday School and ever since then I have been serving the Lord in way or another. I spent 16 years being involved in Beach Missions in caravan parks and camping grounds on the NSW south coast. I have been a youth leader, scout leader, Bible study leader, missionary and pastor. I have shared the good news…

Issue #192

I have been very touched over the past four weeks witnessing Jesus’ encounter with four very different but needy people. His demonstration of love, compassion and grace has been wonderful. God’s grace is ever so precious. It is hard to imagine all that God has done and continues to do for us on a daily basis let alone His amazing grace and mercy when it comes to our salvation. It is all of Him … and nothing of us! Yes,…

Issue #191

I remember the line from the movie Braveheart where Mel Gibson stands before his troops as they face the might of the English army and cries out, “They may take away our lives, but they will never take our freedom!” And with this, his Scottish rag tag army fought the battle of their lives. Freedom is ever so special. It is worth fighting for! Take it away and gloom and doom sets in and an attitude of hopelessness envelopes us.…

Issue #190

Forgiveness is ever so special particularly when someone forgives me for the hurt I may have caused them or for when I am less than sensitive to their needs or feelings. It sure is a weight off my mind when forgiveness comes my way and when relationships have been restored to normal. Forgiveness and grace is at the center of the Christian faith. Where would we be if we did not have a gracious and forgiving heavenly Father? We would…

Issue #189

When I was a pastor at Central Baptist Church in George Street in the city it was always interesting to see who would come into worship on Sunday mornings and Friday evenings when we ran services. We had people coming from all over the world as they visited our beautiful city. I remember having a Prince come in one day. Other days we had NASSA Scientists, business executives and other high flyers. I was often daunted realizing that God had…

Issue #188

In my downtime I have been reading a biography of a young 18 year old man who joined the navy to serve his country in the Second World War. His name is Darby Munro. He was from Byron Bay on the far north coast of NSW. He served as a ‘stoker’ in the engine room of HMAS Perth. It was only a matter of a few months before HMAS Perth was sunk and he was captured and became a Japanese…