Contributed on Dec 14, 2009
No sooner is he breathing and looking around and he is given a PURPOSE. In fact even before he is created from the dust of the ground God already gave him a purpose.
1/01/11 Pastorross | public entry | tags: Spirit, Creation, Genesis 2, Breath of Life, Creation of man, Life | report Genesis 2 - BUT WHY GARDENING? There’s an ugly looking weed that persists in growing in our garden and we are enemies. It has thorns. I have weed killer with a trigger that ...read more
Contributed on Jan 15, 2010
It’s as if a beautiful woman has seduced them by her charms. They make jokes and flirt with her, but they are flirting with a killer. It’s still the highest cause of road deaths in Australia.
Genesis 9 – Part 2 – PREACHER OF RIGHTEOUSNESS FOUND DRUNK AND NAKED! The Bible is so honest! After Noah obeys God and builds an Ark, after he honours God and builds an altar, after he intercedes for generations to come and God answers his prayers, after all that – he goes away ...read more
Contributed on Jan 25, 2010
It’s interesting that the first time wine is mentioned in the Bible, it is connected with drunken behaviour. BUT IT IS HAM’S DISRESPECT, NOT NOAH’S FAILURES THAT FEATURE IN THIS STORY.
Genesis 9 – Part 3 – IF I CALL MY DAD AN IDIOT, AM I CURSED? Here’s the story – Noah gets drunk and gets naked in his tent. He behaves badly. He fails in terms of his witness to his family. He fails God in that he’s way out of control. It’s interesting ...read more
Contributed on Jan 26, 2010
Wine is mentioned for the first time in the Bible, and it is connected with drunken behaviour. But it is Ham’s disrespect, not Noah’s failures that feature in this story.
Genesis 9 – Part 4 – AM I SUPPOSED TO RESPECT MY OLD MAN IF HE’S AN IDIOT? By now you remember the story – Noah gets drunk and gets naked in his tent. He behaves badly. He fails in terms of his witness to his family. He fails God in that he’s way out of control. ...read more
Contributed on Jan 27, 2010
Sure, Noah behaves badly. He gets drunk and naked in his tent. He fails his family. He fails God in that he’s way out of control. But remember it is Ham’s disrespect, not Noah’s failures that feature in this story.
Genesis 9 – Part 6 – ARE MY KIDS CURSED WHEN I CRITICISE MY PARENTS? What grandfather would curse his grandson? Especially since the bone he had to pick was with his son, not his grandson. And the horrible thing is that God seems to go along with the curse! History shows that ...read more
Contributed on Jan 27, 2010
Noah gets drunk and gets naked in his tent. He behaves badly. He fails in terms of his witness to his family. He fails God in that he’s way out of control. BUT IT IS HAM’S DISRESPECT, NOT NOAH’S FAILURES THAT FEATURE IN THIS STORY.
Genesis 9 – Part 5 – BUT MY FATHER DESERVES MY DISRESPECT! So here’s the story again - Noah gets drunk and gets naked in his tent. He behaves badly. He fails in terms of his witness to his family. He fails God in that he’s way out of control. BUT IT IS HAM’S ...read more
Contributed on Feb 9, 2010
Kittim and Rodanim were in this genealogy. So who cares? God does obviously! Ever feel like your just a name like that, lost in the pages of history and of no real significance?
Genesis 10 – WHO WILL REMEMBER ME WHEN I AM GONE? Last night I attended Hillsong’s Church’s Vision Night for leaders with my daughter and son-in-law. We were in the first 3 rows and the music was awesome. I somehow ended up sitting between them and felt a little conspicuous. Completely inspiring ...read more
Contributed on Feb 10, 2010
Sometimes throughout history God has had to break us in order to deal with our sin, not in anger but with true justice and love. We die to the old way of life in order to live for Christ.
Genesis 10 – Part 2 – WHEN I SHY AWAY, DON’T BREAK MY NECK! I don’t know much about my family tree but I know my grandfather was a tough man who broke horses and had a team of about 40 Clydesdale horses which he used to haul logs. My Dad once drove a team right through a ...read more
Contributed on Feb 11, 2010
God divided the languages and scattered them all over the world. Now why did the Lord do this? Does God approve of racism? It seems God wanted racial separation, not based on skin colour but on language? Why? God is not a racist! So what is happening here
Genesis 11 – Part 1 - DOES GOD APPROVE OF RACISM? Sydney has major shopping malls. I mean big and crowded with people. I couldn’t help thinking that as I looked down the floor of Westmead Shopping Centre in Sydney, there within a short space, were over 300 people walking towards me. ...read more
Contributed on Feb 12, 2010
If Nimrod had been around today, he would have had action dolls made in his image. He would have had a following of kids all around the world. And I think Nimrod had something to do with the strange happenings of Genesis 11.
Genesis 11 – Part 2 – SUPER HEROES, SKYSCRAPERS AND ASTROLOGY! I think it had something to do with Nimrod! My grandson loves super heroes. He has videos of “Ben Ten” He stands there and with a big voice declares “I am Tahmongasaur!” (I think he means to ...read more
Contributed on Feb 13, 2010
Today the Burj Khalifa skyscraper is the tallest building in the world in downtown Dubai. The tower of Babel was going to be a new urban masterpiece. This would make Babylon a focal point in the ancient world. What are you building?
Genesis 11 - Part 3 - EXACTLY WHAT IS IT YOU ARE TRYING TO BUILD? Before I came to Sydney I was teaching at a Discipleship Training School in the Whitsundays for YWAM. At the beginning of each lesson two people would pray for me. I loved this. Because they came from all sorts of nations, when ...read more
Contributed on Dec 15, 2009
In Genesis 4 Cain kills his brother Abel. It didn’t take long for the first murder to happen, only one generation away from Adam and Eve.
Genesis 4 – How to Stop Playing the Anger Game 1. The Game – “I don’t care and you can’t make me!” I have never really had a problem with anger, but the closest I have come was in a classroom. Teaching in a highschool can be very stressful, and I had put some guys on detention and was ...read more
Contributed on Feb 14, 2010
Let me get this straight. GOD LOVES UNITY, MY CREATIVE ABILITIES AND ENTERPRISE! He made me like this. So what is the big deal with stopping the tower of Babel being built?
Genesis 11 – Part 4 – UNITY AND CREATIVITY AT WHAT COST? What interests me in this passage is that God saw the unity of the people (Genesis 11:6), who had a single purpose and a single language, the ability to plan things and execute them efficiently and effectively, tremendous ...read more
Contributed on Mar 9, 2010
Some criticize him for staying in Haran saying that he fell short of the promises of God, distracted by the attraction of wealth. I don’t think he was saying, OK, HE’S DEAD! WHAT HAVE I INHERITED? But he did stay in Haran until his father died.
Part 1 - Genesis 12:1-20 (NASB) - OK, HE’S DEAD. WHAT HAVE I INHERITED? I understand the upheaval of moving to a different city. Packing endless boxes of books, dismantling beds and throwing out all the junk we have accumulated over time - big job. Then watching a huge truck back into our ...read more
Contributed on Mar 10, 2010
I can't imagine packing the removal truck and saying to the driver to pull out without knowing what town you wanted him to go to. "DON'T ASK QUESTIONS! JUST DRIVE!" Sounds like a terrorist trying to hijack a vehicle.
Part 2 - Genesis 12:1-9 - DON'T ASK QUESTIONS, JUST DRIVE! When God hijacks your life! If you have kids, you know the routine. Five minutes into the trip they are asking "WHERE ARE WE GOING? WHEN DO WE GET THERE? ARE WE THERE YET?" At least Abram didn't have any kids, because he would have had a ...read more
Contributed on Mar 11, 2010
In Genesis 12:10 in lean times, "Abram went down to Egypt". There is no mention of Abram calling out to God. He's a business man. He just makes a logical decision, but it is decision that is devoid of the promises God gave him. DISCONNECTION big time!
PART 3 - GENESIS 12:10 - 20 - THIS SERVICE HAS BEEN DISCONNECTED. PLEASE TRY ANOTHER NUMBER. We were standing in line to go into Church. It was a long line and we had to wait for some time for the doors to be opened. Although the auditorium seated 1,500 people, some people would have to come to ...read more
Contributed on Mar 13, 2010
Abram knew that things went haywire in Egypt and that he got it wrong. At this altar there is real indication of REPENTANCE as he CALLS UPON THE NAME OF THE LORD. We don't have any recorded words of this prayer, but we see it his WORDS AND ACTIONS towards
Part 1 - Genesis 13:1-13 - FORGIVENESS DOESN'T MEAN EXEMPTION FROM PROBLEMS WE HAVE JUST MOVED TO SYDNEY NSW from the Whitsundays in Queensland, Australia. I didn't come seeking a better position, certainly not better scenery or more money. We don't even have our own house to live in at present. ...read more
Contributed on Mar 14, 2010
I know people who want to mix the world with worship, but when Jesus said "You are the salt of the earth" (Matthew 5:13), He certainly wasn't referring to what happened to Lot's wife.
Part 2 - Genesis13:1-13 - DOUBLE AGENT CHRISTIANITY? - Double-mindedness Sydney! Market place of business opportunities, bright lights, wall to wall people. In the Whitsundays I could wait for 6 weeks to get something done by a tradesman if he had to wait for parts from Sydney. But Sydney is a ...read more
Contributed on Mar 15, 2010
Abram is no wimp. He quickly mobilizes "318 trained men who had been born into his household." (Genesis 14:14). The fact that they were trained means that Abram was always prepared for battle. I need that kind of preparedness.
Part 1 - Genesis 14:1-16 - BUZZ LIKEYOU TO THE RESCUE! My grandson hits the ground running in the morning. He will come in at 5am while I am having my quietime and startle me by saying "Pa, you be Zurg!" and thrust into my hands an action figure with horns, piercing eyes and cape. My grandson ...read more
Contributed on Mar 16, 2010
"Paying tithes? That's UNDER THE OLD TESTAMENT LAW. It just doesn't apply today." Someone draws out Genesis 14:17-24 from it's holster like a Colt Peacemaker six-gun and recites "ABRAHAM PAID TITHES 500 YEARS BEFORE THE LAW!" but was it an imaginary gun?
Part 2 - Genesis 14:17-24 - TITHING WITHOUT A GUN HELD TO MY HEAD Most Television Preachers and many well known and Respected Pastors would all agree that TITHING IS FOR TODAY. After all Malachi 3:10 says, "Bring all the tithes into the storehouse so there will be enough food in my Temple. If ...read more
Contributed on Apr 1, 2010
I saw two boxers standing face to face before a big fight talking big words but its what happens in the ring that counts.
Part 1 - Genesis 15:1-6 - THERE'S MUSCLE POWER BEHIND HIS WORDS I saw two boxers standing face to face before a big fight talking big words but its what happens in the ring that counts. When my grandson runs to me as I get home in the afternoons, he often says, "Hey Pa, do you want to play ...read more
Contributed on Apr 2, 2010
Some vultures swooped down to eat the carcasses, but Abram chased them away" Notice there is ALWAYS SOMETHING OR SOMEONE WHO WILL TRY TO STOP YOU ENTERING INTO A COVENANT relationship with God, and you will have to refuse to let them.
Part 2 - Genesis 15:6-21 - CHASING AWAY THE VULTURES Moving to Sydney from the Whitsunday's in Australia is like moving to a new country - it has a culture of it's own which is vastly different. Moving into a new ministry also has it's challenges and so I can identify with Abram as God brought ...read more
Contributed on Dec 15, 2009
The name Methuselah means “When he dies, judgment”. It’s a prophetic name. Methusaleh was the oldest man who ever lived indicating that God held off judgment till the last minute.
1. Genesis 5 - When he dies it shall be sent My grandmother lived until she was 108. Now that is a long life! At 90 I remember her going on expeditions with a lapidary club. She loved collecting rocks and climbing mountains and walking for incredible distances. She would talk about the old ...read more
Contributed on Apr 3, 2010
In my arrogance and indignation I have said in effect, "FORGET IT LORD, I'LL DO IT MYSELF!" GOD'S TIMETABLE IS OFTEN NOT MY TIMETABLE. It is not Him that needs to change.
Part 1 - Genesis 16:1-6 - FORGET IT! I'LL DO IT MYSELF! I remember seeing some shorts to a movie once where a millionaire agrees to pay a couple a million dollars if the wife will sleep with him for one night. What would you do? The answer to that question tests your character. Impatience is ...read more
Contributed on Apr 4, 2010
A young woman is being abused by the person she is living with. She feels powerless and no longer in control of her life. Oh, she has not been physically assaulted, nevertheless she feels hurt, scared and humiliated.
Part 2 - Genesis 16:1-16 - I KEEP COMING BACK! A young woman is being abused by the person she is living with. She feels powerless and no longer in control of her life. Oh, she has not been physically assaulted, nevertheless she feels hurt, scared and humiliated. She is being threatened and ...read more
Contributed on Apr 7, 2010
OUTWARD FAITHFUL SERVICE. INWARD BLAMELESS DEVOTION. Not some RELIGIOUS, SELF RIGHTEOUS, SANCTIMONIOUS FAKE LIFE but a life that honours God from the inside out.
Part 1 - Genesis 17:1 - RELIGIOUS, SANCTIMONIOUS AND SELF-RIGHTEOUS, OR BLAMELESS? I was speaking to a man yesterday who is 95 years old. He still has all his mental faculties and is fascinating to speak with. Many old people can be rigid in their thinking but he has an ability to be flexible ...read more
Contributed on Apr 9, 2010
You are included in the adventure. We are a kingdom of priests and you bear a new name. More importantly you bear the Name of Jesus because it is in His Name we have authority rule and reign as God intends.
Part 2 - Genesis 17:1-8 - I AM INCLUDED IN THE ADVENTURE! Woo Hoo! "Pa, let's play David and Goliath." My grandson and I play all kinds of games ranging from kings and heroes to dinosaurs. At any point in the game my grandson may change from being Petri the Pterodactyl to Spiderman. As my ...read more
Contributed on Apr 10, 2010
The real SIGN OF THE COVENANT that God made with Abraham is not found in the stars. It was another kind of sign entirely, a sign which probably stunned Abram at first.
Part 3 - Genesis 17:1-27 - COULD YOU CHOOSE A DIFFERENT SIGN? PLEASE! On facebook I have noticed that you have the opportunity of reading your HOROSCOPE for some kind of guidance each day. Apparently it was Empedocles, a fifth century BCE Greek philosopher, who started it all off when he ...read more
Contributed on Jun 26, 2010
Watching television as the dramatic pictures were broadcast to the world, I was aware that something momentous had happened and I have never forgotten the images of that man. I was 14 years old.
Part 1 - Genesis 18:1-15 - THE POWER OF ONE SMALL STEP As a boy he was active in the Boy Scouts, and had earned the rank of Eagle Scout. He was only the second person in his family to attend college. In 1950, a week after his 20th birthday, he became a Naval Aviator and then later an ...read more
Contributed on Jun 29, 2010
When God turns up at Abraham's Connect Group in Genesis 18:1, all Abraham sees are THREE MEN. Who were these guys? Prophets? Angels? The Trinity in human form?
Part 2 - Genesis 18:1-15 - ENTERTAINING ANGELS? Jan and Darryl have always been openly generous people. They make you feel as if they are honoured to have you in their home and nothing is too much trouble for them. Which is just as well because they are our connect group leaders. Every ...read more