Bible In Photos @aussiedave

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I'm the Social Media and Online Pastor at North Point Church in Atlanta. Author of #ChasingTheLight available at Amazon!

  • aussiedave

    December 8th at 1:09am
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    Hey everyone! So, the hard cover version of my book is due out next week … but as of today, you can download the iBook and Kindle versions immediately!
    To find it on Apple iBook just search for Chasing The Light inside the app or go to https://itunes.apple.com/us/book/chasing-the-light/id1182604772?mt=11
    To get it on Kindle, all you need to do is search for my name or Chasing The Light. And, as a SPECIAL BONUS for everyone who pre-orders the hard cover version on Amazon, you will get the Kindle version FREE with your order! This offer extends to anyone who as already pre-ordered on Amazon too! http://amzn.com/0997636807
    If you get the iBook, please take a moment to write a review. It helps a lot!
    Thanks for all your support and encouragement!

    justin_warner

    53 minutes ago
    Purpose driven photo? I can't find it

    khiiiaa

    1 hour ago
    Follow God not the world. In trouble pray, laughter pray, sadness pray. No matter what pray. You can even pray about your day! God is with you all

    khiiiaa

    1 hour ago
    Congratulations! God bless you, and this world. Dm open to all in need of a prayer and/or friend.

    drumwarrior72

    1 hour ago
    I also ordered an extea to give as a gift!

    aussiedave

    1 hour ago
    @drumwarrior72 Thank you!!

    drumwarrior72

    1 hour ago
    I pre ordered mine in November ! I am anxiously waiting! ;)

    aussiedave

    2 hours ago
    @arlainio thanks for your support!

    arlainio

    2 hours ago
    Definitely pre-ordering! Love each post! Please continue to be a light.

    8088yphoto

    2 hours ago
    Awesome!!!!!
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  • aussiedave

    December 7th at 12:21pm

    This is setting for Jesus' story about the Good Samaritan - a place called the Wadi Qelt, which is a deep ravine running 15 miles from Jerusalem through the Judean Desert to Jericho. This is the place where a man in the story is robbed and left for dead until a Samaritan places the victim on his donkey and carries him to help.
    We often make this story about the importance of roadside assistance, which is great … but this wasn’t the point of the story. To the Jews listening to Jesus, the Samaritans were despised people. To them, there was no such thing as a "good" Samaritan because they believed there was no good in them! But Jesus makes the Samaritan the hero! While two highly virtuous religious leaders ignored the injured man, it’s the lowly Samaritan who saves his life.
    Jesus had been discussing the verse "love your neighbor" and was asked to define the meaning of "neighbor". So Jesus tells this parable and describes the scorned Samaritan as the "neighbor" in the story. So who are we to love? Not just our friends or people like us ... but everyone! Even the people we disagree with and those who frustrate us the most!
    Is there a group of people you secretly despise, or someone who has wronged you? You’re called to love them today.

    graham_w98

    37 minutes ago
    Amen

    manshoup

    38 minutes ago
    Had a discussion like this last night with our 15 year-old. Another great way to talk about others who frustrate us. Thank you!

    josephineelcano

    49 minutes ago
    Amen

    josh_tolson

    2 hours ago
    Amen

    itsover2012

    4 hours ago
    Thank you

    rebeccamweiner

    4 hours ago
    Every picture is a beautiful reminder of Israel and all the amazing memories that were made. Thank you!!

    sjp_horse

    5 hours ago
    Amen

    aussiedave

    7 hours ago
    @rosanna_rivas I totally know what you mean. Praying for you.

    aussiedave

    7 hours ago
    @lbclement 👍🏼

    aussiedave

    7 hours ago
    @gal51618 Hope this encouraged you.
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  • aussiedave

    December 6th at 12:20pm

    There are many shepherd images throughout the Bible, but probably the most well-known is found in Psalm 23. This biblical imagery has deepened my faith more than any other, but only after I learned what it meant to be a shepherd in Israel. See, in Australia where I’m from, a flock of sheep are moved by trained dogs barking at them and herding them from behind … but in Israel, it's a shepherd who leads their sheep. During the day, the shepherd walks in front of the flock leading them with the sound of their voice. The sheep know their shepherd’s voice and follow, just like in the opening of Psalm 23 which reads; "… he LEADS me beside quiet waters" (Psalm 23:2).
    But when it’s night, a shepherd moves into the middle of the flock and stands amongst them to guide them. The sheep move forward safely because they know their shepherd is beside them when it’s dark just as the psalmist writes "… I will fear no evil for you are WITH me" Psalm 23:4). If you’re walking through a valley of shadows today, I believe God wants to remind you that He is not ahead of you, but is right there with you. When life is darkest, God is the Good Shepherd who is beside you and comforts you.

    ucanteach

    5 hours ago
    Good to know, in the middle of another school shooting this afternoon.

    astleyken

    12 hours ago
    What a comforting reminder.

    curlywillowbuz

    12 hours ago
    ❤️

    m.a.d523

    15 hours ago
    Amen

    tlhministries

    20 hours ago
    👍👍

    my_belle

    22 hours ago
    What a beautiful image.

    mitch_macpherson

    1 day ago
    Amen

    kathygoeswild

    1 day ago
    Amen

    bballfanatic30

    1 day ago
    Amen

    russelmfg

    1 day ago
    Good stuff! 💪🏻
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  • aussiedave

    December 5th at 12:15pm

    This is one of my all-time favorite photos of my daughters Chelsea and Ella. We were in Washington DC on a gorgeous Spring day, and they decided it was a good time to wrestle on the National Mall. To me, this is a picture of my relationship with God.
    See, I used to carry a lot of guilt whenever I questioned a paradox in scripture or disagreed with something I heard in church, but there’s a story in the bible of a man named Jacob who one night literally wrestles with God. By morning, God walks away from the fight and changes Jacob’s name to Israel which in Hebrew means "struggles" or "wrestles with God". This name is prophetic – that God’s people will always wrestle with Him. The ancient Jews believed God invites you into this wonderful wrestling match with Him. Author Athol Dickson says "What if God placed these paradoxes within the Scriptures to cause me to struggle for the truth? What if it is the struggle he desires as much as the truth itself?" When you wrestle with God, He's right there with you – just like my daughters are with each other here.
    So, the next time you struggle with faith … that's not a time for guilt, but celebration. God is inviting you to wrestle with Him so you can be connected with the Creator of the universe.

    russelmfg

    2 days ago
    Woah! Really needed this! So timely ! Thank you!

    adams_janet

    2 days ago
    Thank you for the freedom reminder.

    mitch_macpherson

    2 days ago
    Amen

    edgomez10

    2 days ago
    Amen

    abbey__grace

    2 days ago
    This is so awesome!! Most times struggling with God is looked down upon and we have a desire to hide our wrestling thoughts. Thank you for this beautiful reminder of wrestling with God is being right there with Him fighting for Truth together!! So wonderful!

    giosefo

    2 days ago
    Amen

    beni_mimi

    2 days ago
    In the reading of this message I see my current struggle this day as a huge blessing as God is going to change me through this struggle and reminder He is with me. Thanks for this teaching!

    laurabestpiano

    2 days ago
    Thank you so much for this message♡😇

    aussiedave

    2 days ago
    That's exactly the picture I have too @ilmga!

    ilmgal

    2 days ago
    When reading this, I thought of a parent play wrestling with their child. They could defeat them at any given moment, but enjoy the closeness and challenge it brings. It strengthens not only the child, but their relationship (yes, I really did digress and think of all of that, go figure). Thank you. I so enjoy reading your daily lessons and I love the photos. It is a blessing.
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  • aussiedave

    December 4th at 1:59pm
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    We’ve had some grey, wet days in Atlanta recently which psychiatrists say can negatively affect our mood. Apparently dark, rainy days can leave many of people feeling sad and tired … for for some people it can even lead to depression. But do you know how Jesus and his disciples would have responded when a thunderstorm started rolling in over first century Jerusalem?
    At the first sound of thunder they would have said out loud: "Blessed is He whose strength and power fill the world." When they saw lightning flash in the sky they would have said: "Blessed is He who has made creation." And when the storm had passed and a rainbow appeared, they would have prayed: "Blessed is He who remembers the covenant, is faithful to His covenant, and keeps His promise." That’s the complete opposite of what psychiatrists say we experience.
    So I wonder … is there a storm brewing where you live today? Step outside before the rain beings and feel the strength in the wind, watch the clouds roll in and listen for thunder, then bless God for His amazing power.
    Or do you have an emotional storm swirling in your world? If so, be encouraged that God’s power is as present in your current situation as He is in the thunderstorm outside.

    rechic

    3 days ago
    Thank you! And Amen!

    jenvieira84

    3 days ago
    Amen 🙏

    elijah_jana7

    3 days ago
    Amen

    aussiedave

    3 days ago
    Hope it encouraged you @dodsonmargie

    dodsonmargie

    3 days ago
    What an awesome lesson to learn!

    mitch_macpherson

    3 days ago
    Amen

    aussiedave

    3 days ago
    @eep1986 Sorry to hear this. Praying for you.

    eep1986

    3 days ago
    Needed this reminder in my current storm ☺

    sjp_horse

    3 days ago
    Amen
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  • aussiedave

    December 3rd at 2:12pm
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    My daughter Ella has this wild, untamed, amazing head of curly hair. Whenever we go out, people will literally stop us to tell her how awesome her hair is! When she was little, we used to comb it, brush it and do whatever we could to tame it. We wanted it to look presentable. But as she got older, we stopped trying to fix it … and we just accepted it for how amazing it is and let it be.
    I think the Bible is very similar.
    Often, Christians try hard to tame the bible ... to neaten up all the hard parts, explain away any inconsistencies, and make it well-behaved and presentable to our friends who don’t go to church or are disconnected from God. There are weird stories of messy people like Noah that we tame by pointing to the cute animals and not the world-wide destruction … but we need to let the Bible be what it is - God’s unfolding truth. Pastor and author Peter Enns says "The Bible we have, just doesn’t work well as a point-by-point exhaustive and timelessly binding list of instructions about God and the life of faith. But it does work as a model for our own spiritual journey." I agree - it’s a guide for everyone on a journey of faith.
    Like our own spiritual journey, the Bible is sometimes messy and won’t always fit neatly into a box. But we don’t need to tame the messiness in the Bible … instead, we should use it as invitation for God to tame the messiness in us.

    pinksilpink

    3 days ago
    Amen

    stevekussmann

    4 days ago
    Love the hair.. Love the post... God bless your family and you, Dave. Amen. 🙏

    lauren.ash.hoff

    4 days ago
    Amen

    lauren.ash.hoff

    4 days ago
    Ameb

    lehawww

    4 days ago
    how old is she?

    imperfectly_ae

    4 days ago
    As always, @aussiedave , so well spoken .... thank you. 😇 Also, may God bless your baby.... beautiful hair!

    nortoncolette

    4 days ago
    Love this.

    braveandthunder

    4 days ago
    👍

    mitch_macpherson

    4 days ago
    Amen

    sjp_horse

    4 days ago
    Amen
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  • aussiedave

    December 2nd at 12:23pm
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    Have you ever noticed how the mundane, time consuming distractions of life will often completely take your focus off what is really important to you? We live in a world of distractions. Whether it's our to-do lists, careers, entertainment, social media or religion, there are countless things that draw our attention away from what we know is truly important.
    And yes, I did include religion in that list. Religion is what we do to try to make ourselves presentable to God. It's what Adam and Eve were doing when they sowed fig leaves together to cover their nakedness before meeting with God. But the Bible tells us that what God finds "pure and faultless" is when we focus on serving people in need.
    Throughout his life, Jesus focussed on serving the least, the last and the lost … but our focus often drifts away from people and onto religion. As my friend Andy Stanley says, we forget that "it’s better to make a difference than to make a point." People need to be our focus.
    Sometimes our faith needs to be like digital photography; you focus on what's important to you and you capture it. And if you mess up … take another shot at it.
    So, what will you focused on today?

    desireexslayss

    2 days ago
    Amen

    itsover2012

    4 days ago
    Keeping my eyes in Jesus

    mags0371

    4 days ago
    Love that quote by Andy Stanley! Its better to make a difference than to make a point! ⚓️⚔️🛡✝️🙏🏻

    laurajimhayward

    5 days ago
    Amen....

    yoshi5387

    5 days ago
    Amen

    sjp_horse

    5 days ago
    Amen

    jillrice18

    5 days ago
    So good @aussiedave love it!

    edgomez10

    5 days ago
    Amen 🙏

    nnstroud

    5 days ago
    Thanks for the reminder 🙏🏻

    jch2012star

    5 days ago
    Praise god
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  • aussiedave

    December 1st at 12:25pm

    How do you make sure you’re always growing in your faith? How do you avoid stagnating, plateauing, or stalling in your spiritual walk (Christians seem to have a lot of adjectives for this)? I believe one way is to make sure we’re always following God’s plan instead of asking Him to follow our plan. As pastor and author Mark Batterson says; "Instead of following the Spirit, we invite the Spirit to follow us. Instead of serving God's purposes, we want Him to serve our purposes." This stunts our spiritual growth because we’re not focused on God or others … we’re focussed on ourselves.
    Celtic Christians used to believe the Holy Spirit was like these wild geese I photographed flying over Liberty Park in New Jersey. They even referred to the Holy Spirit as "An Geadh-Glas" which means "the wild goose". Batterson teaches that all Christians need to be on a "wild goose chase" in order to grow spiritually and make a difference in the world. He says "Christianity was always intended to be a verb.” Our faith is meant to be action oriented.
    Want to grow in your faith today? Want to take a step forward in your spiritual journey? Make your faith a verb by actively serving God and others and see the difference it makes.

    powens72.po

    5 days ago
    Amen

    kina_7

    6 days ago
    Amen 👏🏾👏🏾👏🏾

    alisonkwillis

    6 days ago
    The only thing.

    giosefo

    6 days ago
    Amen

    aussiedave

    6 days ago
    That's awesome @drumwarrior72. I'm praying for you.

    aussiedave

    6 days ago
    Thanks @dericklmiller. I hope it was helpful for you.

    aussiedave

    6 days ago
    Me too @ilmgal

    aussiedave

    6 days ago
    You're welcome @juanabfly

    sam.johnson7

    6 days ago
    Amen

    anitam24

    6 days ago
    Amen
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  • aussiedave

    November 30th at 12:17pm

    Have you ever thought about how much emphasis our world places on success? We're always told to aim high, get to the top, reach for the stars, or that the sky's the limit. This is not necessarily bad … the view from the top of the mountain can be amazing. But when we define ourselves by our success, or we start to measure our self-worth and our value based on the heights we reach, then we risk losing perspective.
    We live in a world built on success and perfection ... but God's world is built on the broken and lost. Jesus didn’t come to pat successful people on the back, but to seek and save the lost. The world says you need "get", but God says you need to "give”. The world says you need to look a certain way, but God accepts you as you are. The world is impressed by houses and wealth. God is impressed by humility and surrender.
    Life is not about your resume, how much money is in the bank or how many "likes" or followers you have. When Jesus was taken to the top of a mountain and shown the world's success, he said true success only comes from serving God.
    As the lyrics of a Hillsong United song declare, we only truly touch the sky when our knees hit the ground.

    yojatram

    6 days ago

    sjp_horse

    6 days ago
    Amen

    nonso.m

    6 days ago
    Amen.

    madduxdiane

    7 days ago
    Amen !! 🙏🏼😇

    tibbssusan

    7 days ago
    Amen!!

    thebyleductjr

    7 days ago
    Amen

    kathryncolumbia

    7 days ago
    Wow! Score! Another anointed lesson for us, thank you Sir!!!!!

    lisemarie58

    7 days ago
    Love this man!

    _.kobeee

    7 days ago
    Amen
    Amen!
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  • aussiedave

    November 29th at 12:13pm

    I took this photo on a freezing morning in North Georgia. Frost covered the grass and a blanket of ice clung to the trees and barbed wire of the fence after a night of freezing rain. Despite the cold, this horse had everything it needed. It’s owner had put a cover on its back, and it had a bail of straw to eat that morning. Now, I’m no Dr Dolittle, but I bet that horse wasn’t worried about how it would eat the next day. It simply trusted its owner to provide all it needed.
    It made me think of a famous verse from the Book of Psalm: "The Lord is my shepherd, I lack nothing." This verse challenges believers to trust God like this horse trusts its owner. Our Good Shepherd doesn’t promise us a life of luxury, but He will provide all that we need for the moment we are in. After reading this verse from Psalm 23, the famous Rabbi Akiva said: "Worry is dealing with today’s problems on tomorrow’s pasture.” That’s because being a Christian doesn’t change what you deal with … but it changes how you deal with it.
    Today, can you trust God to provide everything you need for whatever you're going to face … or are too you busy worrying about tomorrow?

    kathryncolumbia

    7 days ago
    We are blessed to be taught by you:) Thank you Father for Your anointing on this man who continually blows our socks off with his wisdom and photos!

    lisemarie58

    7 days ago
    Excellent! Thank you, Sir!

    jchrisstewart

    7 days ago
    AMEN!

    twharms

    8 days ago
    Must be something in the air! I just posted 2 frozen pics, lol! Gorgeous shot, man!

    thebyleductjr

    8 days ago
    Amen

    sjp_horse

    8 days ago
    Amen

    w.dylan59

    8 days ago
    Amen

    giosefo

    8 days ago
    Amen

    edgrunr7

    8 days ago
    Thankful for the focus God provided...
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