Easy to Please but Hard to Satisfy by Ps Michael Podhaczky

When growing up did you try to please your parents by being good? I wasn’t very good at this; I always seemed to get it wrong and was forever in trouble. It just didn’t work for me, so, I was either grounded, got a beating, or had things taken away as punishment. The harder I tried to please them by being good - well, let’s just I couldn’t seem to get it right.

Many can have this attitude towards their Heavenly Father. They try to please Him by being good. But, the truth of the matter is, as Christ-followers He has already accepted us in Christ. This happened when we were not good, were broken and in sin. As Paul has said,
“But God showed His great love for us by sending Christ to die for us while we were still sinners” (Rom 5:8 NLT)

There is a passage in the Bible that, if taken out of context, may seem to be saying that we need to try to please Him by being good. That is,
“But you are to be perfect, even as your Father in heaven is perfect” (Matt 5:48 NLT)
But if we read this passage in context (verses 43-48), it is talking about being mature in loving your enemies. It is within this context that we are to be perfect, even as your Father in Heaven is perfect. That is perfect in heavenly love.

I finish with a quote from one George MacDonald, amentor of C.S. Lewis. He picked up this idea and said that we need to be growing in love of others,
“Every father is pleased with the baby’s first attempt to walk: no father would be satisfied with anything less than a firm, free, manly walk in a grown-up son. In the same way, he (MacDonald) said, ‘God is easy to please, but hard to satisfy.’”[1]

Pause in His presence for a moment and think this over

[1] “God is easy to please, but hard to satisfy.” http://www.cslewis.com/god-is-pleased-but-hard-to-satisfy/ (22nd March 2018).

Better is One Day in Your Courts by Camille Cunningham

'One day spent in your house, this beautiful place of worship, beats thousands spent on Greek island beaches. Id rather scrub floors in the house of my God than be
honored as a guest in the palace of sin.' (Psalm 84:10 MSG)

I love how David speaks about the importance of the house of The Lord. David would rather be a
doorkeeper, or scrub floors in the house of The Lord than be on any Greek island beach...now that's a

I remember when Jacob and I first bought our home - it was such a
special moment as we made it our own and began to build our lives
within it. I also remember the first day I walked into the house of God and the eternal impact that has forever had on my life.

God spoke to me many years ago saying that just as I am responsible for the upkeep, maintenance and care for my own house, I am equally
responsible for the care and condition of the House of God. I truly believe that as I care for His House (the Church), He cares for my house.

As this revelation began to sink in I began to see The Church differently. I now see myself as being responsible for straightening the cushions on the couches, packing up the toys in the parents room or picking up the rubbish left at the bathroom sink as this is my house and I am created to care for it.

Likewise I now begin to understand why David would rather spend one day in the House of God, then a thousand elsewhere.

May we together make Gods house famous and care for it, as we would our own.

Pray About It Part 2 by Ps Michael Podhaczky

Have you noticed that when hard or challenging things happen in own lives and the lives of those around us, we can tend to lose our peace? You know what I mean - we know all the stuff, but it appears that sometime we tend to react instead of remaining in the peace of God. We can all find ourselves in this place. When we think we have it all together, it all falls apart.

In the previous blog Philippians 4:6 was quoted, but here I would like to connect it to the result of praying and not being anxious.
6 “Don’t worry about anything; instead, pray about everything. Tell God what you need, and thank Him for all He has done. 7 Then you will experience God's peace, which exceeds anything we can understand. His peace will guard your hearts and minds as you live in Christ Jesus” (Phil 4:6-7 NLT).
You will notice that Paul said it is His peace and not ours that will guard our hearts.

So, when things happen to you, or those around you, rest in Him and enjoy His peace. This peace exceeds anything we can understand. It is an unchanging absolute in a world where everything changes. On this matter, Francis De Sales (a Christ-follower from the 16th century) said:
“Never be in a hurry; do everything quietly and in a calm spirit. Do not lose your inner peace for anything whatsoever, even if your whole world seems upset.”[1]

Pause in His presence for a moment and think this over

[1] Morgan, Robert J. Mastering Life Before It's Too Late: 10 Biblical Strategies for a Lifetime of Purpose. (New York, NY: Howard, 2015), 142.

Pray About It by Ps Michael Podhaczky

When you find yourself in a challenging or trying situation, what is the main thing you do? Many of us will talk about it with as many people as we are able. We can find comfort in telling others what we are going through at that moment. Sometimes things may even go downhill and slip into a comparing match as to who has the greatest challenge, and if we win,we may take solace from winning.

But let’s ask a question here, “Have you prayed about it as much as you have talked about it?”[1] We know this truth, but it is still good to be reminded from time to time. Now, we all go through our challenges or trying situations, but we need to go to God first and talk with Him. It is not wrong to talk with others - in fact,it is very helpful and quite a necessary part of being human. But God needs to be the One that we turn to first and then others. As Paul said to the local church in Philippi,
“Don’t worry about anything; instead, pray about everything. Tell God what you need, and thank Him for all He has done” (Phil 4:6 NLT).

Paul says to pray about everything. This can be done at any time, and anywhere. Then we come together with othersthat we trust to talk about things. So, let me come back to the question, “Have you prayed about it as much as you have talked about it?”

Pause in His presence for a moment and think this over

[1] “Have You Prayed about it as Much as You’ve Talked about It?” https://www.ibelieve.com/inspirations/have-you-prayed-about-it-as-much-as-you-ve-talked-about-it.html (13th March 2018).

Why? by Ps Jacob Cunningham

Why do you do what you do?

Why do you roll into the carpark at work each day?

Is it because you have to balance the books and make sure the PnL spreadsheet is up to date?
No, sorry. That's what you do.
Is it to teach your anatomy students the origin, insertion, action, blood and nerve supply of each muscle in the body?
No, sorry. That's what you do.
Maybe it's to make the best tasting single origin latte on the Peninsula?
Sorry again. That's what you do. 

When is the last time you stopped and asked yourself, "Why do I do what I do?"

If I mention the name Samuel Pierpont Langley, I'm guessing you've never heard of him?
How about Orville & Wilbur Wright?

Back in the early 20thcentury, the pursuit of “powered flight” was huge – everybody was trying it.
Samuel Pierpont Langley had what was assumed to be the recipe for success.
He was given $50k by the American government to figure out this “flying machine” conundrum – money was no problem for him - $50k was a lot back then.
He also held a seat at Harvard University and was extremely well connected. He managed to hire all of the best “minds” of the day to work for him.
The New York Times followed him around everywhere and everyone was on Langley’s side.
So how come we’ve never heard of Samuel Pierpont Langley?

Down the road at Dayton Ohio, Orville & Wilber Wright had nothing of what Langley had. They had no money, and paid for their dream from the proceeds of their bicycle shop.
Not a single person on the Wright brothers team had a college education.

The difference between the Wright brothers and Langley was that the Wrights knew their 'why'.
They were driven by a purpose. They were driven by a call. They were driven by a belief. They actually believed that if they could figure out this flying machine, it would change the course of the world. Their 'why' was to change the world by allowing people to fly around it. Their 'what' was the flying machine they were creating. 

Langley was different. He was solely pursuing the 'what' because it was a very lucrative business.
The people who worked with the Wright brothers worked with blood, sweat and tears because they were focussed on their 'why'.
The people on Langley’s staff just worked for the pay check week to week, focusing on the 'what'.

On 17 Dec 1903, the Wright brothers took flight, and no one was there to see it.

When you know your ‘why’, your ‘what’ becomes more impactful because you’re walking towards or in your purpose.

The Holy Spirit: Part 4 by Ps Michael Podhaczky

Some Christ-followers claim that the Holy Spirit is actually just Jesus Christ. Those who believe this consider that it was the Holy Spirit who was incarnated as Jesus Christ. They reject the idea that they are separate persons in the Trinity since there is no Trinity. This understanding would seem to be due to some misuse or misunderstanding of phrases like; “Now the Lord is the Spirit” (2 Cor 3:17); “…the Spirit of the Son” (Gal 4:6); and “…the Spirit of Christ” (Phil 1:19).

So, how would you answer someone who holds to this belief? The plain answer is that the Holy Spirit is not Jesus Christ; the Holy Spirit is more than just a mode or manifestation of Jesus Christ. He is a real and separate Person within the Trinity of God. As a matter of fact,
“The references to the Father as distinct from the Son, the Holy Spirit is distinctly referred to over two hundred times in the New Testament.”[1]

The Bible does not teach that the Son is the Holy Spirit. On the contrary, it teaches that:
·         “The Son is God.
·         The Father is God.
·         The Holy Spirit is God.
·         The Father is not the Son.
·         The Son is not the Holy Spirit.
·         The Holy Spirit is not the Father.
·         There is only one God.”[2]

Pause in His presence for a moment and think this over…

[1] Boyd, Gregory A. Oneness Pentecostals and the Trinity. (Grand Rapids, MI: Baker Book House, 1992), 117.
[2] Augustine of Hippo. St. Augustine on St. John: Commentary on St John’s Gospel, Ten Homilies on St. John First Epistle, Select Sermon’s on St. John’s Gospel. Matt McCune (ed.). (No Publisher, 2008), 268.