Monthly Archives: June 2014

Rejoice when you suffer for the Name

A strange fact of history is that we Western Christians are the first in history to not suffer for the name of Jesus.

Maybe just as strange is that some of the world’s most popular ‘Christian speakers’ preach that we ought to be prosperous in health and wealth.

This seems so far from the first Christians who ‘rejoiced because they had been counted worthy of suffering disgrace for the Name’ (Acts 5:41).

And, of course, it seems so far from Jesus the Christ who suffered death on a cross, and said: ‘If anyone would come after me, he must deny himself and take up his cross daily and follow me’ (Luke 9:23).

As we read Acts together today let’s encourage one another in the importance of teaching and proclaiming the good news that Jesus is the crucified and risen Christ, and that salvation is in him alone… whatever the cost might be, it’s worth it!

In Christ, Tory Cayzer.

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Get up!!!

Whether we sang it at Sunday School or read it later in life, it’s a remarkable event: Peter and John told the crippled man to get up. Instantly the man’s feet and ankles became strong, and he went walking and jumping, and praising God (Acts 3:1–26).

Peter and John healed the crippled man ‘in the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth.’ The explanation they give is that restoration and refreshing comes through the name of Jesus Christ.

While it certainly was a remarkable event, this physical healing points to a far more significant healing. God is restoring all things through the name of Jesus Christ, beginning with the restoration of our hearts.

The real problem we have is far worse than a physical disability. It’s a spiritual disability that required God’s Son to die on the Cross for the forgiveness of our sins so that we can have a new heart. Jesus is the name, healing is the game. Get up!

In Christ, Tory Cayzer.

Beautiful Feet Sunday

Do you know Revelation 7:9?

It’s a Bible verse well worth knowing, because it’s God’s vision for everything. The Apostle John says:

After this I looked and there before me was a great multitude that no one could count, from every nation, tribe, people and language, standing before the throne and in front of the Lamb (Revelation 7:9).

This is where everything is going: people from all nations, language groups, around the throne of God worshipping Him for eternity. That is where we are heading, and so that gives meaning to every step of your life until then. Everything you do should be toward that heavenly scene.

Mission is contributing to Revelation 7:9. That’s what we are asked to do. God wants us to contribute to that beautiful scene.

Today on Beautiful Feet Sunday, when we focus on world mission, let’s encourage one another in the gospel of Jesus the Lamb who makes it possible for people to be part of the Revelation 7:9 scene!

In Christ, Tory Cayzer.

Let’s stop going to church!

‘Going to church.

Is it like…

Going to school
Going to hospital
Going to the beach
Going to the movies
Going to the markets
Or going to the football

No

Church is not a building
Church is not an institution
Church is not a spectator sport
Church is not a compulsory ritual
Church is not a task to be completed
Church is a gathering of people who belong to God

Let’s stop going to church and start being the church.’ Nicely said by David McDonald, macarisms.com, 8 Sept 2013.

My prayer is that we can be the church today as we read from Acts 2:42–47. Who wouldn’t want to come be part of this church!? And so will you join in this prayer?

In Christ,

Tory Cayzer

Give thanks in all circumstances

Today we join many churches around Australia in celebrating the National Day of Thanksgiving. Each year the National Day thanks a different part of our communities.

This year we want to thank our shopkeepers who serve our community. It’s a tough time for everyone, including those in retail. On top of the drought, the Walgett IGA fire last year has made things more difficult for all our shopkeepers.

It’s important to recognise we are dependant on each other in a community. The right response is to give thanks. Albert Einstein said: ‘A hundred times every day I remind myself that [I] depend on others, living and dead.’ Let’s thank our shopkeepers.

In the Bible, God urges us to ‘give thanks in all circumstances’ (1 Thessalonians 5:18). This is only possible when we recognise the good news of Jesus Christ that transcends all our circumstances. Life and salvation are all a gift from God. Let’s encourage each other to thank God for all he’s given us!

In Christ, Tory Cayzer