Now faith is confidence in what we hope for and assurance about what we do not see. Hebrews 11:1
As bushfires rage in the southern States of Australia and recent heat waves have crippled so many regions with extreme drought it seems foolish to stand before an audience and speak words of great faith and expectation into a microphone… Yet that is what faith requires me to do. The good news is it is not dependant on my past, my failures or even my attempts at being a righteous man… The faith you and I are called to pray with is a gift given to us because of our partnership with Christ. What He has done for us in the past enables our feeble prayers to become mighty declarations of God’s faithfulness. We are joint heirs in His kingdom and the life He gives.
My good mate Glen Scott recently shared these words:
“Our joint position in Christ defines us; this can never again be a distant goal to reach! It is our immediate point of departure. We are not praying towards the Throne Room, we pray from the Throne room.” - Francois Du Toit
So every night on the Shed Night tour I will be calling people to pray with me and believe for rain over our dry land. Farmers are being forced to shoot their cattle because they are to weak to walk. Times are desperate in so many parts of western Queensland and New South Wales. We will pray in faith and believe for miracles. Our God is able to turn weather systems and bring relief to those who need it most.
Please agree to pray with me and believe for change.
And without faith it is impossible to please God, because anyone who comes to him must believe that he exists and that he rewards those who earnestly seek him. Hebrews 11:6
Thanks for your prayers of faith as we get on with the work of encouraging people in many country areas of Australia. We value your partnership in the journey.
Pictured: An abandoned International farm truck west of Dalby, Queensland.
Great is the Lord and most worthy of praise; his greatness no one can fathom. One generation commends your works to another; they tell of your mighty acts. Psalm 145: 3-4
It is a great honour to sit in an auditorium and listen to the songs of Jordan Grace and Trentan Kruger. These two young men have an amazing message and some inspiring music. The ‘live’ experience of Skypilot is like listening to the best of what the new generation of Australian contemporary Christian music is all about. Raw, honest and extremely captivating music. These guys don’t care if record companies and distribution companies take on their CD’s and DVD’s. They are in it because they love connecting with people and empowering young people with hope.
I think that’s what I love most about this generation. They are not impressed by the formula’s and manipulative hype of past generations ‘playing’ church. They want the truth and the simple authenticity of the life Christ has called us all to live.
As a Dad I’m proud of these young men. Along with Ryan Grace on drums / Cajon and Cheyne Grace managing the adventure these guys are going for it with passion and conviction.
They have returned to Australia to serve on the two month long Shed Night Tour, our first for 2014.
Ironically… I learn more from my sons the older I get. I’ve made plenty of mistakes along the way and yet I thank the Lord for His grace and favour that He has promised to bless my children with as I seek to live for Him. As you read this we are madly preparing for the Shed Night Tour which is only a day away from departure. Yet I have a peace already that God will use this tour to bless generations.
They speak of the glorious splendor of your majesty and I will meditate on your wonderful works. They tell of the power of your awesome works and I will proclaim your great deeds. They celebrate your abundant goodness and joyfully sing of your righteousness. Psalm 145: 5-7
Thanks for your prayers and support. Yep we are back on the road and back into action.
I look forward to sharing great reports in the coming weeks.
Pictured: Skypilot performing last Sunday night at LIFE Church north of Brisbane, QLD.
For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms. Therefore put on the full armor of God, so that when the day of evil comes, you may be able to stand your ground, and after you have done everything, to stand. Ephesians 6:12-13
I came across this abandoned tow truck last year while traveling across the endless Barkly Tablelands road in the Northern Territory. Originally it was built as a small Toyota commercial delivery truck back in the early 60′s. It was never designed to be a tow truck. But for most of its hard working life this little truck rescued broken down travellers on one of the most desolate, barren and unforgiving roads in Australia. I stood there inspired by this mighty little workhorse, commissioned to a task it was never really designed for… Yet it fulfilled its duty for decades and helped hundreds of stranded people.
Sometimes God calls us to do a work we were never trained for or places us in a situation we feel greatly unqualified for. It is in those times we must get back to the basics of what we really believe. Prayer and time in God’s presence and His word empowers us for the unachievable. Prayer enables us to see the challenges from God’s perspective. Prayer helps us overcome our doubts and fears and get on with the task of serving the call. Ultimately we are called to help others who are broken down and stranded on the road of life.
As you step into the unknowns of this new year put on the full armour of faith, knowing that because of Christ the enemy of our souls is defeated and his attacks have no place in our lives. Stay strong and get on with doing the stuff you are called and anointed to do, with or without all the qualifications.
Thanks for traveling with us as we prepare for some new faith adventures.
Pictured: An abandoned relic of a tow truck at the Barkly Homestead in the Northern Territory.