Hebrews 13:5

Hebrews 13:5 is a wonderful verse in scripture that is well worth remembering. “God has said, ‘Never will I leave you, never will I forsake you.'”

In times of trouble is is always a good idea to remember that you are not alone and that God has not forsaken you. Equally so it is important that we also remember that God is with you in the good times, as well as the hard. God has never left yo, even if we feel like we are alone, God is always with us.

Below is an image of storm clouds approaching near Cronulla Beach, with the words of Hebrews 13:5.


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I want to share with you an article from Compassion that reminded me how important it is that we are part of God’s larger plan.

I confess: it’s easy to get wrapped up in my own self-importance. Hurriedly zipping around from place to place, between work, phone calls, emails and coffees, it’s all too easy to focus on what I get done and think I’m pretty impressive. That’s why this challenge by Dave Andrews struck me so hard, and if I’m honest, kind of annoyed me. Though I rely on telling myself how much I’m achieving to justify how busy and tired I often am, Dave dispels the illusion that I—or any of us—can do anything truly great on our own.

Big people can do big things. But we can only ever be big people in our own minds. In global terms, we will only ever really be little people. And, as little people, we can only do little thingsGreat things can happen. Not as a result of little people trying to do impossibly big things; but as a result of the cumulative effect of lots of little people doing lots of the little things we can do.” (Dave Andrews, Plan Be)

The Bible has a bit to say about how not-so-big we really are, despite what we might think. James got a glimpse of this when he reflected, “What is your life? You are a mist that appears for a little while and then vanishes” (James 4:14). Personally, I don’t find it very encouraging to be compared to the fog that forms when I breathe into the cold morning air before vanishing after a second.

However, God isn’t trying to make us feel insignificant. Rather, He’s explaining to us that we don’t stand alone, but fit into a much bigger and more beautiful redemptive storyline that began well before we arrived and will continue long after we’ve gone. And when it comes to fighting the evil and injustice that sees children around the world trapped in poverty, reflected in often overwhelming statistics of the hungry, sick and dying, it helps me stop and rest to know that it’s not my battle to fight alone.

Jesus told us to come together as the Church primarily because he knew we would be far more effective in spreading the gospel, practicing hospitality and advocating for the poor and oppressed if we acted as one.

This is why we are partnering with Compassion to support Children in poverty in Haiti, this is why we partner with local restaurants, bakers and green grocers to support those in need within our community in Cronulla. We are a part of a larger body of committed believers doing amazing things for those in need. Let us remember that we are part of God’s larger plan, that we play a significant role, but we do it with God and other believers.




What’s with an introduction?

I want you to think for a moment how you would introduce yourself to new person. What would you say about yourself? What things would you tell them? And what things would you keep quite?

It most likely would be an interesting list, and if you took the time to do it I would give you an insight into just who you think that you are and what kind of person you want the outside world to know about.

Recently, I was speaking at a conference and I was introduced to those gathered. However, the person really only knew me from a long time ago and talked about me from many years ago. It was a strange experience being introduced, and even stranger being only half introduced, there was so much that was missing, and the missing parts were what I considered to be important. Those parts, not spoken, were who I had become, I am no longer who I was but am being made new each and every day.

Do people really know who you are, or do they remember an older version of you. It struck me that people only knew who I was and not who I had become. So, I decided it would be good to rewrite how I would like to be introduced and here is what I came up with. “Simon is a disciple of Jesus Christ who is trying to live out what that means in his life each day.”

What would your ideal introduction be?




Created in the image of ????

Genesis 1:26-27 tells us: “So God created man in his own image.”

What does it mean to be created in God’s image?  It conveys the idea that we are work of art, and that we are made with great craftsmanship. Human beings are no accident but creations made in the image of God. We are made male and female, and we bear the image of God in our lives.

Being made in the image also conveys the meaning that we have a resemblance to the image, such as a child resembles a parent, or a mirror provides a representation of the original (although the reflection can not provide a full representation of the original, but it does provide a true likeness of the original)

When was the last time that you considered that you were made in the image of God? That you are a true representation of the creator of the universe and that you were wonderfully made. You are special!