Thursday, April 30, 2009

The Great Commission

He said to them, "Go into all the world and preach the good news to all creation. Whoever believes and is baptized will be saved, but whoever does not believe will be condemned. And these signs will accompany those who believe: In my name they will drive out demons; they will speak in new tongues; they will pick up snakes with their hands; and when they drink deadly poison, it will not hurt them at all; they will place their hands on sick people, and they will get well."


Myself and Jane have been wondering why we never hear the Great Commission preached from the book of Mark. Yes some say the end of Mark is perhaps unreliable but if it's that unreliable why is it still in our Bibles? If we believe it's the words of Jesus why is it that we never hear these words spoken to us?
Is it perhaps that the church is too religious? Too afraid to tackle the idea that we are to cast out demons, speak in new tongues, lay hands on the sick and maybe even get up of the pews and start loving people and showing them and telling them the gospel?
By religion I mean talking up a storm but not actually doing anything about it. Paul warns Timothy about this attitude in 2 Tim 3:5
having a form of godliness but denying its power
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Paul also says in 1 Cor 4:18-20 that the kingdom of God doesn't consist of just words, but of power.
Some of you have become arrogant, as if I were not coming to you. But I will come to you very soon, if the Lord is willing, and then I will find out not only how these arrogant people are talking, but what power they have. For the kingdom of God is not a matter of talk but of power.

As Kris Vallotton says
"Words are the invitation to an experience but they are not the experience itself."


The Bible is our foundation and the Word of God but even Satan can quote the Bible and some of the biggest atheists in the world know the Bible better than I do. It's not just about the Word, it's about putting the Word into action and doing something with our faith. All for the glory of Jesus. All the above mentioned in Mark and Paul speaking about moving in power is not for our fame or so we feel great ministering to people it's to further the kingdom. To bring people to a REAL relationship with Jesus where they know and experience His love, grace, mercy, forgiveness and healing. Think about what we would be like as a people if we actually moved in the power of the Spirit and didn't just talk about stories of old as if they have no relevance for today. God is willing to take you on an adventure if you're humbly up for it.

Tuesday, April 28, 2009

it's nothing as it seems...



This morning I woke up and went on line to see did Newcastle loose. They drew, it made me happy because I want them to go down. They deserve to go down. Anyways in my inbox is a message from Pearl Jam telling me they're coming to Europe. Hooray I thought until I saw it was a rubbish 4 dates. Holland, Germany and England twice. Still England is only a Ryanair flight away so I darted to the website and good good times I got tickets to both shows. Tres exciting.
The first show happens to be Jane's birthday. The hero that she is, she said she'd love to go to Pearl Jam on her birthday. Her wish will be granted. U2 for my birthday, Pearl Jam for Jane's.
Ryanair also provided flights for 20 euro for both of us to manchester and aer lingus was 30 euro for both of us back from London. Both including taxes and charges. I've no idea how it was so cheap either! It's like it was made to be.
Just thought I'd share that I'm going to see my favourite band twice this summer and I'm stoked.

Monday, April 27, 2009

If you want to kiss the sky, better learn how to kneel

Today it rained for the second time on our trip to New Zealand. Well, it’s been raining since last night. We don’t mind really. Although I’ve discovered three things that are very annoying as a result of the rain when in a campervan
1. Needing to go to the toilet in the middle of the night but knowing if you go
outside to the toilet you’ll have to run and you’ll get very wet. I didn’t go.
2. The windows were wet for most of the morning. Inside. Not cool.
3. Bottom of jeans being wet, that one reminded me of home.

I had a brief moment of wanting to be at home in our cosy house but it didn’t last long when Jane reminded me that I’ll be home and wishing I was here!
Our brains have been on overload the past couple of weeks. God has continually been talking to us and teaching us more about what it means to follow him and it’s been very exciting knowing more and more that life with Jesus will be an adventure. We did get to the point yesterday of information overload in terms of our reading and podcast listening. Only so much you can take in. I think God is reminding us to reflect on what he’s being saying rather than rush on for more info on certain things.

Went for a coffee today and ended up meeting some people from church who joined us for some banter. Was great. We went out for banter last night and Jane was out the other night with some girlie friends. Strange that it’s starting to feel like home here. Waking up at 2am to watch Liverpool vs Hull via Spanish commentary was a quick reminder on Saturday night that it’s definitely not home! At least we won and it wasn’t another 4-4 draw. I wish my grandad was around to see Liverpool having even a slight chance of winning the premiership. He’s been waiting for years to be able to join me in having one up on my brothers supporting of Man Utd. I’m still hoping...

Saturday, April 25, 2009

How He Loves Us

A couple of posts ago I said how thankful I was that I came across the song 'How He Loves Us'. I posted a version by Kim Walker of Jesus Culture singing it as that is the first version I heard. However, the song is written by a guy called John Mark McMillan and if you're interested his website is here and you can buy the song on itunes. Both versions (Jesus Culture & John Mark) are very different and both worth the listen. The original version is very raw and if you don't shed a tear while listening to it, I would think there may be something wrong with your emotions! It's about him losing his best friend Stephen in a car crash and despite the pain he knows the Father's affection for Him. God meets us in our deepest pain and reveals himself to be so much more real to us than we could have ever imagined. As Kim Walker said in the version I posted, God's love is to be experienced not just read about.


Well, I thought about You the day Stephen died and You met me between my breaking
I know that I still love You, God, despite the agony
...they want to tell me You're cruel
But if Stephen could sing, he'd say it's not true, cause......

He loves us

Thursday, April 23, 2009

Clair...



Above is one of the sweetest, kindest, sensitive, honest, hard working, resilient, and most beautiful girl's I know. She also happens to be my sister (& an amazing mother) and it's her birthday today. Happy Birthday sister! I love you.

Tuesday, April 21, 2009

Top 10 Favourite Things of the past few days...

1. Remembering and being overawed that God actually speaks to us. Not just through his 'word' but through other people and through the still small voice and in worship.

2. Hearing truths from God through others that only he could know. That alone makes me fall flat on my face in worship.

3. Waking up in the morning and having nothing to do but spend time with my wife and God.

4. Hearing testimonies of miracles. Real miracles.

5. My faith growing in huge leaps and being expectant of Jesus; all for his glory.

6. Hanging out with people who dearly love Jesus and are passionate about his name and fame.

7. Listening to people talk about how amazing my wife is.

8. Being so grateful that my Dad always told me it's ok to show emotion. It's been overwhelming this week cause at least once a day I've been in tears and overwhelmed at Jesus. He is as amazing and far beyond what we can possibly imagine.

9. Having faint hope that Liverpool might actually win the league & Paul O'Connell being made captain of the British and Irish Lions.

10. Hearing this song...



(if you're reading this on facebook click on 'view original post underneath this line to see the video)

Friday, April 17, 2009

The Kindness of God

I've been overwhelmed with the kindness of God this week. In every aspect of life, from my tasty weetabix in the morning to the fact that for some reason he gave me the most incredible wife a man could wish for.
I remember talking to a guy a few months back about the book The Shack and he was disgusted about the portrayal of God in the book. God is a God of vengence and justice and retribution and holiness and righteousness and so on and so on. Why is is that so many need to continue to portray God as this distant 'holy' being who is only interested in His own glory. We are but filthy retched horrible cretins here for His pleasure we are told. God is so so much greater, loving, kind and compassionate than a machievelian archetype.
Romans 2:4 is such a wonderful scripture. So often we are told that we need to preach a gospel of fire and brimstone to bring people to God. Well what does Paul say leads us to repentance...

God's kindness leads you toward repentance


Joel 2:13 tells us

Rend your heart
and not your garments.
Return to the LORD your God,
for he is gracious and compassionate,
slow to anger and abounding in love,
and he relents from sending calamity.


Isaiah 54:8 tells us

...with everlasting kindness
I will have compassion on you,"
says the LORD your Redeemer.


We need to remember this more and more. We've been learning so much about how our understand of God influences how we act to those around us. When we realise the loving kindness of our Father we will be a people who will refrain from judgement and will endeavour to overcome evil with love. Bringing the love of Jesus into every aspect of our lives and to the lives of those around us.

The king asked, "Is there no one still left of the house of Saul to whom I can show God's kindness?"
2 Samuel 9:3

Wednesday, April 15, 2009

Chance Encounters



We woke up very early this morning to that view outside our van. I was waiting for the trumpet to sound and Jesus to come storming through on his horse, but alas we live to fight another day! No photoshop was used in the editing of the picture.
I watched a mix of iraqi, German and Australian video streaming of the Liverpool Chelsea game this morning. What a downer. Yeah it was an amazing game of football, but it doesn't matter when the outcome is that you're a loser!
We spent most of the morning infact all of it, reading. 2 Corinthians 5 about a million times, as well as Hebrews 11 and Matthew 5 & 6. Shivers. Jane's reading a cracking book called "Developing a Supernatural Lifestyle" and I'm reading a book called "Extravagant Worship", perhaps I'll review them properly another time. The book I'm reading is great but I can't wait for Jane to finish hers cause it's sounds awesome. Mind you I pretty much have all the info cause every page Jane turns she says "can I just read this little bit too...".
After a tasty lunch of leftover bolognese from last night on some tasty bread (nicer than it sounds when you live in a hiace!) we went on a mission to get Jane a haircut. I think it's lovely how it is but Jane had the urge. No where would take her so we figured we'd just go for coffee. We walked past a place we'd never been to before and a woman from the church we were at on Sunday came out calling my name. Fay is her name and her and her husband Dave were in having coffee with a Pastor friend of theirs called Danny. Danny Steel I may add - what a name! We had such a wonderful time. So encouraging to hear some of their stories about what Jesus has done in their lifes. This lady who met us once made the effort to get out of her seat, call us and invite us into the coffee shop for a chat (and some tasty coffee I may add). It's the small kingdom acts that can make such a difference. I love talking to older wiser people in the faith who are still so boldly pushing on to make His name known and to encounter Him in a real way. They seemed well on to it.
I love moments like that. It's like God arranges for the hairdressers to tell us to go away and us to walk down a random street and Fay to be obedient to the push in her heart to run out to say hi. We loved it.
If there's someone you think you should mail, or that person you haven't gone for coffee with that you know you should. Ring, e-mail, text them. Today. It could seem like a small thing to you but a big kingdom act to them.
Peace...

Tuesday, April 14, 2009

Wanaka Lighthouse

Sunday night myself and Jane went to a church here in the town we're staying in.
What a beautiful bunch of people! We LOVED it. So relaxed and fresh and warm and loving and full of the spirit of God.
A very simple service; worship followed by a talk. But man did they worship God. If I didn't believe in God and I walked into that place I would have been convinced that He is real. The joy in their hearts, the singing inspite of pain, the declarations of who He is. What He has done, what He is doing and what He will do. Again we knew no songs bar one (There is nothing like by Hillsong United a WINNER song) but it didn't matter. It was so easy to sing out to God. Just a guitar, two gorgeous voices and drums. Simple, but highly effective.
The message was pretty much one guys story of the last year and half of his time in Wanaka. Filled with God's provision, teaching, humbling and blessings all over this guy. Jesus was so real to him and his humility in wanting to bring kingdom principles into every area of his life was inspiring and so great to see. Love with no agenda.

After the service we were talking to some really lovely people and BAM one of them starts to prophesy over us. He was so on the mark that it was so obviously straight from the heart of God. No ambiguity just God speaking very very clearly through an obedient vessel. It was so exciting to have God speak directly to us. It's been a while since that's happened and I miss it. This is not the place to speak about what he said as I think somethings are best kept in the secret place between ourselves and God.
I'm astounded at how people can doubt the reality of God speaking to his children. I read once (from Bryan L I think) that most people are one experience away from being a charismatic. We could argue all day what a charismatic is but the point is; we hear all the time that the gifts are not for today and God doesn't speak to us through any other vessel but the Bible. If the people saying this were willing to step out of a comfort zone and ask for a direct encounter with God, they'd get it and man they'd never be the same again. We CANNOT be the same again after God speaks to us. After we encounter the TRUE and living God we cannot remain the same. It spurs us to action and it reminds us that God is a personal, relational God who is way more loving that we can possibly imagine.

We're not leaving this town for another while yet!

Monday, April 13, 2009

He's Alive

It's Easter, well a day after easter but I couldn't help ponder all weekend that God the Father get's a bad rap at this time of year.
If I were to ask you who did Jesus come to die for, whether you believe he is the truth or not you would most likely say "us, or humanity or 'the world'". If I were to ask you who did he save us from, if we thought long and hard at an answer to this I don't know if a lot of people can say what he saved us from. Perhaps some would say sin but also I think a lot of people would say he came to save us from the wrath and anger of God. This will have been taught a lot yesterday.
A leading preacher in the states puts it this way

Satan’s work is not the chief peril dealt with in the death of Christ. God’s wrath is. God is opposed to us in his righteous wrath, and he is for us in his love.


The gospel summed up for a lot of people around the world is that;
1. God made you but you're a filthy rotten sinner and he's VERY angry at you.
2. God who made you is going to pour his wrath on you and throw you into the fiery pit of hell because of this.
3. If you say a prayer to Jesus and live a 'good' life Jesus will get you off the hook with his Father and you'll live with them in heaven (with the holy spirit as well).

Now something in the midst of that sounds messed up to me. Yes we have absolutely turned away from God through making ourselves number one and breaking his heart everyday with decisions that go against how he would want us to live (for our own good, not because he's a tyrant). Sin is real and I give it to it far more than I should. However JESUS is the answer to everything and his reasons for coming are far beyond anything we could possibly imagine.


1 John 3:8 tells us

The reason the Son of God appeared was to destroy the devil's work.

Hebrews 2:14 also tells us that

Since the children have flesh and blood, he too shared in their humanity so that by his death he might destroy him who holds the power of death—that is, the devil


Jesus came to defeat evil, moreso to overcome evil with love. The gospel is pretty clear that it was us who despised and rejected him. We mocked him, spat at him and drove the final nail into his hand.

This didn't take the Trinity by surprise. They knew we didn't get it. They knew we had the Father all wrong. That's why Jesus came. The cross cannot be separated from his ministry; everything he did was to overcome evil with love.

This brings me to one of my most favourite sections in scripture

2 Corinthians 5:17-21


Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; the old has gone, the new has come! All this is from God, who reconciled us to himself through Christ and gave us the ministry of reconciliation: that God was reconciling the world to himself in Christ, not counting men's sins against them. And he has committed to us the message of reconciliation. We are therefore Christ's ambassadors, as though God were making his appeal through us. We implore you on Christ's behalf: Be reconciled to God. God made him who had no sin to be sin for us, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God.


It is often alluded to as I said previously that Jesus came to convince the Father not to pour his wrath on us. That Jesus saves us from his Father.

The above verses tell us how misguided this thinking is. Jesus infact came to reconcile us to God NOT God to us. He didn't have to convince God the Father of anything. WE needed the convincing. We needed to realise who the Father really is. Everything about Jesus ministry was like a big proclamation "This is what my Father is like", this is what his heart is". It is for humanity. It is for the sinner.
If the cross teaches us anything it is the lengths a Father would go to for his children. The lengths the trinity went to to convince us that they actually love us UNCONDITIONALLY. We just need to acknowledge it and see the Father and Jesus and the Spirit for who they really are. The fact that Jesus even became a man shows how much the Trinitarian God wants to share their unfathomable love relationship with us. He descended into our darkness to reconcile us to his Father.
The fact that Jesus came to defeat the enemy and he rose from the dead (can I get a hallelujah from the back!) means that infact victory is won. Sin has lost it's power, death has lost it's sting, from the grave he's risen; victoriously!

What are we to do with this amazing truth that Jesus died for us, he took our place (I do not deny for a second the seriousness of our sin or our deserving of death for it) and that he came to set the captives free?

Well it leads me back to those verses in 2 Corinthians

he has committed to us the message of reconciliation. We are therefore Christ's ambassadors, as though God were making his appeal through us. We implore you on Christ's behalf: Be reconciled to God.


We are to be Christ to those around us. We are to convince them of the Fathers love. We are infact called to love as Christ did. We are called to lay down our rights and pick up the cross and pursue relationships and view people as God views them. Give, love, sacrifice; BE Jesus to people till it hurts. No point in talking about Jesus unless you act like him. I read the following somewhere and I pray I will be a bringer of the kingdom of God to all those I meet.

“When you realize sin doesn’t make you worthless it just makes you lost, you will know God’s compassion for people caught in sin, not contempt for them.”

Friday, April 10, 2009

Wanaka



Monday we left the serenity of Lake Tekapo to erm more serenity in a place called Wanaka. The drive down as with every other bit of driving we've done here was spectacular. Plenty of opportunities to stop along the way for photo op's and the marvel at the beauty of the scenery.


The weather turned pretty much as we turned the corner into Wanaka. our first day was greated with miserable rain. Reminded us of home. The temperature has rapidly dropped as well so we've spent the last few days trying to find super cheap thermals. Wednesday it snowed. It didn't last long and as I write this the rain has subsided since yesterday morning and it's that nice crisp cold but sunny weather you get in Ireland in September.


Wanaka is a pretty small town and you can tell it's geared towards the snow and ski season. Everything is way too expensive. There is a local supermarket which is well priced so we're enjoying plenty of home cooked meals. Well, van cooked meals. The people are as friendly as everywhere else in New Zealand and the campsite we're in is fantastic.

We've taken a few drives as you could pretty much drive all day past the same scenery and still be mesmerised. As the weather has been fluctuating so has the scenery, snow capped mountains one day, clear the next.


There are a few walks that now the weather has cleared we're gonna take. My ankles still have shocking blisters on them from the last bit of mountain climbing I did but it was and will be well worth the pain.
Of for a drive now to hit a mountain to spend time with the one who created it.

Wednesday, April 8, 2009

Lake Tekapo



It's extremely difficult to put into words the beauty we saw while driving down to Lake Tekapo from Christchurch and at the Lake itself. The intense turquoise colour in the lake is amazing. It's caused by 'rock flour' which is created when the glaciers in the headwaters grind the rock into fine dust. Jane is my resident geography teacher.
The town of Lake tekapo is lovely. Small and quaint with a population of just under 400.



The Lake is right beside Mt. John which has an observatory at the top of it run by the University of Canterbury. "Tekapo" is a Maori word meaning night sleeping place (Taka is "sleeping mat" and Po is "night") and Lake Tekapo has the clearest, darkest and most spectacular night sky in New Zealand. Our first night there we realised that this was no exaggeration. The night sky is spectacular.



We decided to climb Mt. John to check out the view and enquire about the tour of the observatory. It took about an hour to reach the summit, it's only about 300 metres above the Lake (1031 metres above sea level). The views were incredible and the coffee was very tasty aswell! It really was a reminder of the majesty and splendour of God. His works displayed for all to see; we had a great time talking about how awesome (in the real sense of the word) He is.



As it's the 'Year of Astronomy' the Mt. Jon Observatory were having a free tour of everything involved in their research. All the head astronomers would be there as well as having the use of the gigamongous telescopes. we figured it'd be an experience we couldn't miss. We set off at dusk and spent a few hours in the dark at the top of the mountain looking through telescopes and wondering how could anyone not believe in a Creator God. I asked the head astronomer did his work lead him to the belief in a creator or the belief in randomness. He said he has been an atheist for 20 years and this hasn't changed his mind. He was amazed at creation and how such order can come from chaos. I was tempted to ask him did he realise he used order and creation in the very sentence after he said he was an atheist. I figured that would be rude.

Some of the views through the telescopes were magnificent. For those interested you can see some info on the telescopes here. Like looking at diamonds in the sky; although we figured that we enjoyed looking at the stars through the naked eye more. Not sure why. A bit more awe inspiring perhaps.

The town also has a lovely little church called the church of the Good Shepherd. Very small and cute with fantastic views but strange that so many tourists are enamored by it. Perhaps it's the good photo ops.


I can now understand why people say New Zealand is the prettiest most spectacular country in the world. I'm sure we'll have plenty more cracking photo's to post in the weeks to come.

Tuesday, April 7, 2009

Christchurch, NZ




We left Sydney on Monday 30th March due to fly out at 9:!5am. At 9am just as we were about to board, Qantas decided to go on strike; well done union. I hate unions. Strike lasted for four hours. Missed our van pick up time and our campsite accommodation, however this did mean that we had to stay in a hotel for the night which was so nice. I think my new favourite food is lamb. That hotel did tasty lamb. Poor little fella.
We landed in Christchurch so figured we'd stay there for a few days. It's a great little city. A lot smaller than Dublin and extremely chilled out. Our campsite was about a 3 minute walk from the main square which was fantastic. We wandered the city and enjoyed the coffee. Our campervan is so much nicer than the last one. It's got a hi-top which means we can stand up and the layout is much better. We'll need more comfort here as the weather won't be as nice as Australia.
Christchurch has one of the nicest Indian take aways I've ever had. 10$ for a meal with rice and naan. That's less than 5 euro, so tasty. Christchurch also has a second hand Christian bookstore with over 60,000 books. My head nearly blew off. That was until I realised that they didn't have any books published after the eighties. If only I had a portable book reviewer with me to assess some of the books; I'm sure there were some winners there but I left empty handed. The second hand cd store on the other hand, I could have left there with the whole shop. Cracking selection and prices. I guess I'm a changed man though as out of 25 Pearl Jam bootlegs at a cost of 7 euro each I bought none.
While walking through the square one afternoon we saw what looked like a familiar face. I denied the fact but Jane insisted. She was right, it was a friend from church Lucinda. It was awesome. We got to have a coffee with her a couple of days later. So nice to see a friend from home.
From Christchurch we went to a place called Lake Tekapo, that needs a whole seperate post. Breathtaking.

Wednesday, April 1, 2009

Hillsong Live album recording




Sunday night we went to the Hillsong Live cd recording. Loved it. For those of you who have been to teenstreet, waiting outside and getting into the arena was pretty much the same. It was mental.
We found some seats and while I was out getting some diet coke and some chocolate I got chatting to many a person. Such incredibly nice people. One lady even had a great word from God for me. Super encouraging. When I came back inside someone was chatting to Jane, really nice girl who is studying at the college in Hillsong.
The night started with Joel Houston the Creative Director of Hillsong and the leader of United live and also the writer of some incredible songs singing a beautiful song that he had just written. Obviously not meant to be a part of the set but I loved that that was how they started the evening; with a humble heart and a song to encourage perhaps even one person there.
The night was led by five different singers; Joel Houston, Brooke Fraser, Reuben Morgan, Darlene Zschech and Ben Fielding who sang two songs each. It wasn't straight through music. They had different readings and small talks. The visual and audio production was excellent. I wouldn't have expected anything less from them as they were recording a cd and dvd but still it was very impressive. There were a lot of musicians on stage who swapped a couple of times. As in there were two different drummers, two different bass players etc. On stage were drums, bass, 3 electric guitars, 1 acoustic, 3 keyboards, violin, cello and numerous singers. That makes for some cracking music.
The cd should be out in July and has a number of amazing songs on it. Jane has become a big Brooke Fraser fan (as have I) and her songs, focused on the cross where beautiful. Her 2nd album called 'Albertine' is excellent and if anyone reading this likes her tunes in Hillsong I'd encourage you to get it. The only slight downer was the song we heard last week which blew my head off, sang by Matt Crocker, at the live recording it was sung by Darlene which to me didn't pack the same punch! Still the song itself is amazing, no idea what it's called, probably 'Sing out to God'.
Can I say one more time that I'm sure they have many a problem but those who constantly put them down yet sing their songs most Sundays really need to stop judging and thank God for their incredible ministry. Last but not least we felt more welcome there than any other church we've visited.

Sydney



Last week we stayed with Jane's relations in Sydney. They are the loveliest family, 12 year old Sean, 16 year old Sophie and parents Glenn and Kate. It was so lovely to have proper home made dinners and to have good conversation around a dining room table. As you can see from the photo's we got to do plenty of tourist things around Sydney. It really is a beautiful city. Quite surreal standing outside the Opera house, an iconic building I've seen many a time on tv especially at 2pm on New Years Eve watching those killer fire works on sky news.



That's a big gigamongous cruise ship at the bottom left of the photo. It's so cool to see a big monster ship right at the city. There were a couple of different one's there during our stay. We took a trip out to Manley beach one day on a boat, really nice cruising with a lovely view. I was hoping to see a shark attack but that didn't happen. Shame. I was going to delete that line but I may as well leave it in to give you an insight into the sordid working's of my brain. The main reason I wanted to see one was so we can say our only line that works with our shockingly bad australian accents "Get outta the water (pronounced wawtta), shark attack". Jane is particularly good at it.

One day as we were walking to the Opera house I heard a northern irish accent behind me asking his friend when was he going for a swim, I turned to see who had the familiar accent. Gary Lightbody from Snow Patrol it was. I was going to stop him for a chat but you know the Irish way. Leave him to it.



That evening we met Glenn for drinks on a rooftop bar over looking the city. Really nice. We then walked Sydney harbour bridge which is where the photo from the top of the blog comes from. Amazing views. We met the rest of the family for take out at a park on the opposite side of the opera house with a great view of the city. The only two missing were the two dogs, Tilly and Matt. I strangely got to like them.

It was a really nice week to finish off our time in Australia which we still can't believe is over. It went so quick. Our last night was spent at the live Hillsong recording, I'll write about that in my next post.