Drifting or an Intentional Journey by Ps Michael Podhaczky
Are you a drifter or an intentional person as you travel through each day of your life? For many, to drift is the desired way to live, as they say it helps them to be at peace with their surroundings, their beliefs are unencumbered and they can enjoy life. While there are those who are more intentional and say that they need more structure and direction.Why not pause right now and think about which one of these lifestyles is yours?

As I was thinking about this within the context of my life journey, I came across an interesting article by Eric Geiger called “5 Lessons from Fallen Pastors.” As I read the article, this stood out,
“Drift in life and doctrine doesn’t self-correct.
The apostle Paul warned Timothy to ‘pay close attention to your life and your teaching; persevere in these things, for in doing this you will save both yourself and your hearers’ (1 Timothy 4:16 Christian Standard Bible). Our lives and our doctrine must be guarded carefully. Adrift in either does not self-correct. The only solution for a drift in life or a drift in doctrine is repentance, which is why we must continually repent.”[1]

One problem that I see with the drift mindset is that there is no way of knowing where we will end up since there is no real direction and end point. I was challenged by this article and especially this section of it. This is why I find for the most part that intentionality in life and belief is important. If we are not intentional, life has a habit of passing us by, and we can just watch others live a richer and deeper life, while we are just looking on.

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

[1] “5 Lessons We Must Learn From Fallen Pastors.” By Eric Geiger - April 18, 2017. https://ericgeiger.com/2017/04/5-lessons-from-fallen-pastors/(6th April 2017).
Are You An Adrenaline Junkie? by Ps Jacob Cunningham
When you read a title like that, for most of us our automatic response is “no I’m not.” That is because we haven’t jumped out of any planes or jumped off any bridges with just a rubber band strapped to our ankles this week! But that isn’t the type of adrenaline rush I’m focussing on here.

Adrenaline is a natural hormone produced from our adrenal glands, located above our kidneys, and is commonly referred to as our ‘fight or flight’ hormone. It’s released into the bloodstream and affects our autonomous nervous system, which controls bodily functions such as heart rate, dilation of pupils and the secretion of sweat. You know the feeling when you have an adrenaline rush – your senses come alive, your awareness of your surroundings is heightened and you feel like you’re ready to take on the world! This is exactly why we all possess this hormone, for situations that require a ‘fight or flight’ response.

Unfortunately however, more and more people are relying on high levels of adrenaline just to get through a “normal” day. Stress is one of the biggest activators for adrenaline to be released throughout our body. The “instant” society we live in today has placed huge demands on speed and a faster delivery of results. This has meant that for some people, stress levels are higher and stay higher for long periods of time. This has resulted in us relying more and more on our adrenaline supplies to make sure we’re replying to emails faster, meeting KPI’s earlier and pushing ourselves harder to keep up this relentless pace we’re running.

We know medically that having an elevated heart rate, elevated blood pressure and increased anxiety levels over long periods of time, can be detrimental and even damaging to our bodies. Adrenaline though is a vital and necessary hormone our bodies possess, when used for the function it’s designed for.

If you read through the gospels, Jesus always ministered with an amazing rhythm to his ministry. Engage, engage, engage, withdraw. Engage, engage, engage, withdraw. He was never pushed by the demands of society and regularly withdrew for a short time of solitude.
Honestly, when is the last time you withdrew to recalibrate? I’m not necessarily suggesting you book into a monastery for a month and completely detach from the world, but when is the last time you withdrew briefly to solitude?
Jesus models a great discipline in His life, one which we can all learn from. If Jesus, the Son of God often withdrew, maybe you and I should consider implementing this in our own lives.
So I ask you again: are you an adrenaline junkie?

Help in Doing the Little Things as Christ-followers - Part Three by Ps Michael Podhaczky
As Christ-followers we all read the Bible as part of our faith walk. However, have you ever stopped and asked how accurate your translation of the Bible is? There are various manuscripts (of the original documents or autographs) and copies of the Bible. If there are other manuscripts with textual variants how do they affect the translation that I am reading?

In the various Bible translations you will notice somewhere on the page there may be a small number beside the passage or verse. That number can indicate that there is a variation between the manuscripts. In the Old Testament ‘MT’ is the Masoretic Text and ‘LXX’ is the Septuagint or the Greek translation of the Hebrew Old Testament. While in the New Testament, an ‘M’ stands for the Majority of all texts, while ‘NU’ is the Nestle-Aland Greek Text. It has been estimated that there are over 5400 Greek manuscripts of the New Testament and another 13000 copies of bits of it.

Before the invention of the printing press (mass printing from the Gutenberg printing press from 1452) both the New and Old Testaments were hand copied. This sometimes led to minor copyist errors within the copies - some accidental and others intended (such as grammatical amendments). These errors slowly became less and less due to the inventing of the printing press. Today the printing process is a lot better, and the mistakes are far less. Although the textual variants are small little things, they can become stumbling blocks to some. Consequently, let me encourage you that, although there are some minor variances with some of the manuscripts, they do not influence any key biblical doctrine.
“Because of who God is, and because of what God has done to preserve his Word, we have confidence the events described in Scripture are accurate and historical.”[1]

To help with this matter why not watch, “Why do the footnotes in my Bible say, “Some manuscripts say...?”

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

[1] “Why You Can Trust Your Bible.” https://www.thegospelcoalition.org/article/why-you-can-trust-your-bible(5th June 2017).
Help in Doing the Little Things as Christ-followers - Part Two by Ps Michael Podhaczky
As Christ-followers we are called to have an effect in the world in which we live. Have you ever stopped and thought about why you are living, working or studying where you are? Well, right where we are, we have the opportunity to make His name holy, see His kingdom come and His will be done as it is in heaven (Matt 6:9-10).

Firstly, we need to realise that we have been placed where we are by our Heavenly Father. It is no mistake that we are there and in contact with the people around us. The Lord of the harvest (Matt 9:38), has deployed us to this place to make His name holy, see His kingdom come in one heart at a time and His will be done. He is already at work around us, and we just need to realise this truth. This shift in perspective from waiting to be sent, to realising that we have already been sent, is important.

Secondly, understand that we have all we need to do what needs to be done in that place. Certainly, we may need to discover what we are to do and be developed to better do what He needs to be done, but remember, we already have His Holy Spirit and His Word. The Holy Spirit lives within His home the church of which we are a part, and through Him, we are equipped with His fruit and gifts. He knows exactly what we need for each occurrence. For example, if we need to pour out His love towards someone He has the fruit of love, or if we need His wisdom in a situation, He has the gift of wisdom.

So, why not stop right now and ask the Holy Spirit to reveal what He is already doing? Ask Him what is your role in what He is doing? Ask Him to open your eyes and ears to those around you to hear their heart’s cry? He is already at work around you, but have you joined Him in what He is doing? If not, why not intentionally ask Him to reveal why you have been deployed to these people and this place?

Pause in His presence for a moment and think this over…
Help in Doing the Little Things as Christ-followers - Part One by Ps Michael Podhaczky
As Christ-followers we are all called to make other followers of Jesus (disciples) as commanded in Matt 28:19 “Therefore, go and make disciples of all the nations…” (NLT). This is an undeniable fact, but often we can wonder how to do this very thing. In making and discipling followers of Jesus, there are two features that stand out that we can do today.

The first thing that we can do is to help the person to study and read the Bible. A great way to do this is to read it together and discuss it. This can help others become a Christ-follower or assist those who are already disciples to grow in their faith. However, it will take courage to do these two things, but we need to remember God is with us in this life-forming exercise.

If we are to do this, who should we look for to help study and read the Bible to either become a Christ-follower or help grow as one? We simply need to open our eyes to see who God has placed around us and then reach out to them and walk with them in this process. Too many times we want to go to faraway places to do something for God, yet miss those who are already in our lives. Now don’t get me wrong - sometimes we can be sent to the faraway places - but often we can miss the obvious ones.

I have recently listened to a chat on this matter between pastors David Platt and Francis Chan. They offered some helpful tips and how to’s for doing these things mentioned above. Why not log on to the following link and watch the chat as I think that you will find it helpful:
(Accessed 22nd May 2017).

Pause in His presence for a moment and think this over…
Mental Health: Part 4 by Ps Michael Podhaczky
Have you ever stopped and thought about your brain, and how wonderful it is? It is an amazing creation that has not been matched by us as hard as we try. But what about when it’s not well with you, and you suffer from mental health? When things are not functioning properly, it can be a serious matter. One thing that helped me not to give up at times like this was to remember something Paul pointed out regarding our physical body (our brain included),
“That is why we never give up. Though our bodies are dying, our spirits are being renewed every day” (2 Cor 4:16 NLT).
It can be quite frustrating when our mental health is not what is was or should be. Nevertheless, Paul gives us a measure of hope here. I don’t know about you, but when I am having one of those days or seasons it can be hard to keep what Paul has said in proper perspective. I need His Word to help remind me, His Spirit to comfort and help me through, and my brothers and sisters in Christ to encourage me to keep going.

Since our brains are amazing creations, it is important not to take them for granted. But as Christ-followers, when having one of those days or seasons, we need to stop long enough to hear the worship of God in the creation around us. We need to help and encourage those around us who find themselves in this place or season to do the same. As the church, we need to be a place where love and acceptance can be found for those in a hard or dark place. If you have a mental health issue, can I encourage you to go to the next level in worshiping our heavenly Father? Look around and see God’s great work. Then again if you know someone who is struggling, why not gently read His Word to them, ask His Spirit to comfort and help them through, and as a brother or sister in Christ encourage them to keep going.