5 REASONS TO GO ON A CRUSADERS CAMP

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Crusaders are a Christian organisation working in ACT and NSW who are all about “sharing Jesus with a new generation.” They operate conference centres, holiday camps, school camps and schools ministry.

Let me be upfront: this is a sponsored blog post. But I’ve knocked back a number of advertisers that haven’t aligned with my gospel-goals on this blog. So this ain’t about the money, in fact I wouldn’t run this blog if life were about money!! I love partnering with organisations that share my passions. One of my greatest passions is sharing Jesus with a new generation.

I’ve spoken on a number of Crusaders Holiday camps, schools events and leaders training events. I thought this would be a great opportunity to share some reasons why Cru Camps are excellent!

So if you’re a Parent, Grandparent, Pastor, Youth Pastor, Teacher or Religious Studies Teacher listen up. Here are 5 reasons to send young people on a Crusaders Holiday Camp…

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BROOKE FRASER // C.S. LEWIS SONG // LIVE IN MELBOURNE 2015

C.S. Lewis Song is one of my favourite Brooke Fraser songs. Above is a live recording of it last weekend in Melbourne. Some Brooke Fraser fans might feel like the song has been murdered! But personally, I like it when a live performance is different from the original studio version. This one is significantly different with much more electro, bass and harsh contrasts.

What do you think?

Here is one of the C.S. Lewis quotes that inspired by the song:

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DONATE NOW TO HELP SURVIVORS OF CYCLONE PAM IN VANUATU

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Vanuatu is a special place. I love the people and the place. It’s devastating to see the news roll in from Cyclone Pam: a rising death toll and 70% of the population have been displaced.

World Vision have been working in Vanuatu since 1981 and they have set up a Cyclone Pam Appeal. Download Church Partners Info Doc (PDF) and Urgent Prayer Request (DOCX). World Vision are an excellent organisation – now is a critical time to give.

DONATE NOW TO WORLD VISION

UPDATE: SU Vanuatu Disaster Relief Fund

This is a picture of the damage to the Scripture Union Vanuatu Camp site that I’ve been to a few times.

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SU NSW have just launched an appeal to help with the clean up and ongoing work of Scripture Union in Vanuatu. SU are involved in awesome gospel work throughout Vanuatu and I believe this is an important work to support. More details here.

Also, here’s an interesting article from Sydney Morning Herald: Cyclone Pam and Vanuatu: don’t just give cash, give a damn.

It’s about the budget cuts that the Australian federal government (on both sides of politics) have made to foreign aid. Here’s a quote:

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FUNNIEST VIDEO I’VE SEEN ON YOUTUBE!

The Asian Cup 2015 football tournament kicks of tonight with the Socceroos playing Kuwait here in Melbourne. The tickets were a little pricey, but I’m looking forward to watching the delayed telecast on ABC.

To prepare for the cup, you need to see this video.

I have spent way too much time during the last 8 years watching YouTube videos. Top Soccer Shootout Ever With Scott Sterling made me laugh more than any other!

A soccer match between the Yale Bulldogs and the North Carolina Tar Heels comes down to Scott Sterling and the most epic penalty kick shootout you’ll ever see.

Don’t agree this is the funniest? Let me know what is!

TONY HAWK RIDES WORLD’S FIRST REAL #HOVERBOARD @HendoHover

It’s 2015, the year that Marty McFly and Doc travelled forward to in Back to the Future movies. That means, among other things, that hoverboards should be all the rage… and they now are!  Maybe you were conned by last year’s fake hoverboard with Tony Hawk? Sorry about that. So is Tony.

But the hoverboard in the video above is the real deal! The company, Hendo Hover, recently raised a stack of cash to keep developing the concept. Wild times.

YOU’RE NOT GOING TO BELIEVE WHAT THEY’RE SHAKING OFF IN THIS TAYLOR SWIFT (@TaylorSwift13) PARODY

Watch and share this brilliant “Shake it Off” parody! I recently went on a Scripture Union Queensland Schoolies camp on the Sunshine Coast. Each night I gave a talk after the evening show called Pluggers. This is one of the excellent videos produced for Pluggers. Find out more about SU QLD Schoolies.

GLOSSOLALIA // NEW EP FROM JAKE BERRY

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My friend Jake Berry has just released his debut EP, Glossolalia. It’s excellent! Jake is a massively talented singer-songwriter and I think his voice is as good as Jeff Buckley’s.

I’m giving away 5 FREE downloads to the first 5 people to comment on this blog post. (I’m currently getting spammed, so if this is your first comment, I will have to approve it before it goes live.)

You can listen to the EP at the bottom of this post.

I asked Jake a few questions to find out a bit more about his heart behind the release.
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IS ISLAM THE GREATEST ENEMY OF THE CHRISTIAN FAITH?

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We desperately want our western brothers and sisters in Christ to realise that the greatest enemy of our faith today is not communism, Buddhism, Hinduism, Atheism, or even Islam. Our greatest enemy is lostness. Lostness is the terrible enemy that Jesus commissioned His followers to vanquish with the battle strategy He spelled out for them in Matthew 28:18-20. He was addressing this same enemy when He plainly clarified His purpose in coming: “I have come to seek and to save those who are lost.”

Our hope is that believers around the world will get close enough to the heart of God that the first images that come to mind when we hear the word “Muslim” are not Somali pirates or suicide bombers of violent jihadists or even terrorists. When we hear the word “Muslim,” we need to see and think of each and every Muslim as a lost person who is loved by God. We nee to see each Muslim as a person in need of God’s grace and forgiveness. We need to see each Muslim as someone for whom Christ died.

Nik Ripken, The Insanity of God, p. 302-303

Find out more about Jesus: who He is; why He came; what it means to follow Him.

THE PERFECT FATHER’S DAY GIFT

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As Father’s Day approaches, Compassion Australia is helping children choose the perfect gift for their dads while supporting people living in poverty at the same time.

With spending on Father’s Day gifts tipped to top $754 million in Australia this year, ‘Gifts of Compassion’ provide an opportunity to buy a gift such as a goat or veggie seeds on behalf of dads, which then go to a family living in poverty.

According to Compassion Australia CEO Tim Hanna, Father’s Day is the perfect opportunity to say “I love you” with a goat.

“No-one really needs to find space for another tie, pair of socks or the latest BBQ gadget,” says Tim.

“Putting a goat on your Father’s Day wish list does more than solve storage problems. It really can help a family break the cycle of poverty.”

Aussie dads given the gift of a goat, or another Gift of Compassion, will receive a card with the knowledge that it can help change the future for a family on the other side of the world.

Father-of-three Peter Munyao from Ngaamba, Kenya, is one person whose life was changed through the gift of goats from Compassion.

“It [the goat business] is very good for my family,” says Peter.

“Now we have more nutritious food and the children are happy. The Church gave me hope with these goats. I was depressed but now I’m doing well. When you have hope that everything is all right, it is all right.”

You can order your dad’s Gift of Compassion at www.compassion.com.au/giftsofcompassion

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Compassion Australia Press Release Used with Permission.

DON’T TO TRY TO CONFORM TO ‘BEAUTY’

‘TRY’ is a great film clip by Colbie Caillat about not needing to conform to photoshopped images of beauty. It’s gone viral the last few days, but in case you haven’t seen it, it’s a message that all people – male and female, young and old – need to keep hearing.

It’s easy to compare ourselves horizontally to those around us. What we need to do is look up and define ourselves vertically.

I don’t know much about Colbie Caillat and her music, but Jazon Mraz is popular in our house and so his duet with Caillat ‘Lucky’ is a favourite.

VOTE // BEST GOAL #WORLDCUP 2014

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Brazil 2014 has been a great World Cup so far, great goals, great matches, lots of drama. The round of 16 has just been completed and there are now 8 teams left. I picked 7 of the 8 teams. I’m looking forward to 2 full nights of sleep before the quarter finals start! I thought it would be fun to vote on the best goal of the tournament so far. It won’t take long…

ZOE’S STORY // WHERE LIFE BEGINS & ENDS

When Helen Thomas was 19 weeks pregnant she was told that her baby was ‘incompatible with life’ and was advised to abort, but she and her husband decided not to have an abortion. Helen spoke to Simon Smart about her reasons for not having an abortion and the remarkable story of her daughter Zoe.

An extraordinary story from The Centre for Public Christianity.