Money matters

In this world, we focus on the importance of wealth a fair bit. It’s no wonder that most people consider it to be one of the most important things in life. As a Christian I know that money is not everything, however as Seth Godin points out in his blog on Price – what are we doing as Christians to make a difference? Do we simply go with the flow? Or do we live our lives as if there is something far greater than money?

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Winter blues and building update

I haven’t been feeling too well in the last few days, due to catching a cold, sore throat, headaches, body aches, etc.

Just wanted to give everyone an update (and an exciting one at that) our church will be starting the very first service in the new building this Sunday! We are all very excited for this, there are still a few things that need to be done, i.e., the carpet and stage setup. However we believe God can make it happen this Sunday. I’ll be posting pictures of the new building soon.

Fools wanted

[No] for God selected (deliberately chose) what in the world is foolish to put the wise to shame, and what the world calls weak to put the strong to shame. – 1 Cor 1:27 (Amplified)

God deliberately chose the foolish, in other words God doesn’t care about what YOU can do. He doesn’t care whether you have a doctorate degree or whether you have the ability to draw large crowds or whether you have big muscles. When Jesus chose His disciples, the choices He made were totally the opposite to what the world had chosen. Jesus chose uneducated men, He chose men who were despised by the people – for crying out loud they were tax collectors (who were kind of like the mafia of the time) and fishermen!

Isn’t it great that we can know this, that the God who created the entire universe does not look down upon anyone, instead it’s not about what YOU can do, but rather where your heart is. Are you willing to put aside everything for Him? Are you willing to go the distance and go wherever God wants you to go? Are you willing to get up early in the morning for Jesus? Are willing to spend an hour less watching TV so that you can spend time with God?

It’s a challenge, however there are no excuses, because it does not depend on YOUR abilities, but instead are we allowing GOD’s abilities to manifest in our lives?

Igniting my code

I have looked a while back for a good PHP framework, but all of them just seemed to over complicate things. So in the end I decided to just build my websites without the use of a framework. Recently I came across Code Igniter (CI) an open source PHP framework and what I like about it is that it is small footprint (< 2MB including a fairly extensive user-guide), it doesn’t force you to learn any new syntax and it uses the MVC design pattern. You could think of CI as the PHP version of Ruby on Rails.

Instead of having to learn a new style of doing things (new language or syntax), CI allows me to code my websites/applications like I would normally with the added feature that many of the libraries/helper functions are already available. It also helps me write neater code by using the MVC structure.

At the moment I am using CI for the next revision of the Hope Mission Centre (HMC) website, and I’m sure I will be using it for many others as well. I started doing the HMC website without the use of a framework, surprisingly the switch was not very hard at all.

CI is highly recommended for those who need to use PHP to create a web application, and being open source it’s FREE!

Jesus loves you!

When was the last time you shared Jesus with someone? Or maybe you’re someone that has never been told of the gospel message. On Sunday our whole youth group was challenged to pick up our mobile phones and call a friend, someone who we want to share Jesus with to tell them that Jesus loves them.

I think alot of the times when we share the gospel we try to over complicate things by “arguing” the gospel so that your friend might be convinced, however the gospel is not about winning your friends over with a convincing argument, but it all boils down to three words – Jesus loves you. I have shared the gospel with so many, and I find that when I start with an argument, I will get an argument back. However when I bluntly spoke “Jesus loves you”, the guy didn’t really have much to say except “thanks…”. I believe this is what people need to hear, they don’t need to hear reasoning, people need to hear plain and simple truth.

Whoever you are, wherever you are from, whatever you’ve done in the past or maybe even still doing now. Let me tell you right now that Jesus loves you and He always will, nothing you do, will stop Him from loving you.

It’s all a lie

To be a child of God we must allow the holy spirit to rule in our lives, this is easier said that done, as most of you would know.

I know I still fail to allow the holy spirit at times and I doubt I’m the only one. However it’s important that when you do fall, make sure that we get back up again straight away. Instead of holding on to the guilt, repent and learn from our mistakes, and yes this can take some time, sometimes it ends up being a habit that we keep making the same mistakes over and over and over again.

I believe I am so blessed to have a church that is so supportive, no matter what you’re going through, the leaders will not condemn you for it, because sin is not only for “bad” people, sin is a “human” problem. Earlier this year I conjured up the guts to be able to confess my sins, by talking to my senior pastor. Previously I would always made excuses saying things like: “being a leader, I can’t show that I’m like this or the pastors will be dissappointed”, on the contrary, my senior pastor was glad that I told him and was very supportive about what I was going through.

For years the devil had deceived me with this lie, battling it out on my own, because he knows that when you bring things into the light, the darkness will lose its power. I praise God that through God’s grace I can be set free. My prayer to you today is that you will not fall for the same trap that devil had on me and so many others. it doesn’t matter whether you’re a leader or maybe you’re not even a christian. Don’t struggle on your own, don’t believe that you can make it on your own, it’s all a lie. God’s plan is so much better, more than you can imagine!

Happy Mother’s Day

Happy mother’s day to all the mothers out there. Our church had an awesome time celebrating mother’s day with plenty of food! One of the highlights included a tribute made by Hope Kids and the Hope Church media team.

Mother's day tribute

You can view the video on the Youthopea website.

Enjoy!