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The Lamp


How To Grow Your Faith

I read part of a book recently, about a couple who had lost a family member.
I am not sure whether the book was based on a true story,
I did not finish the book,
but I enjoyed the part I read.
This is the outline of the story.

After the loss of their family member, this couple met a man who told them about an old lamp he had found among his grandmother’s possessions.
Apparently his grandmother believed the lamp always bought good fortune for the person who had it in their home.
This man told this grieving couple that he would like for them to have it as a gift.

They did not want to embarrass him, so they accepted his offer.
They took the lamp home and put it in their garage.
A few months later, they began to notice a slight improvement in their circumstances.
They had been through such a dark time, any improvement was welcome.
Of course, they wondered whether there was any connection with the lamp.
Their curiosity was stirred.
They even got the lamp out of the garage and placed it in the house.
When they did this, they felt slightly happier.
Not long after, they were speaking to the man who gave them the lamp and told him what was happening.
He was surprised by what they told him, because he had found a second lamp among his grandmother’s belongings.
Therefore, he was not sure which lamp was the actual lamp that was supposed to bring good fortune.

I stopped reading the book at this point,
but I had read enough to see that it was a great story,
about our believing and its effect on us.
You and I know, we do not have to believe in an object.
The thing I most enjoyed about this story;
it is sometimes easier to believe in something else than it is to believe in ourselves.
I hope that your believing switch will be turned on by a better lamp.
We have a different lamp.

The Bible is our lamp.
Psalm 119:105
Your word is a lamp for my feet,
a light for my path.

Get your Bible “lamp” out.
And put it in the centre of your life.

Are you struggling in your faith?
In 2011, I decided to do an experiment.
For 3 years from February 2011, until January 2014.
I read the New Testament out loud every week.
It took me more than 20 hours a week.
The reason I did this is.
I wanted to learn how to grow my faith.

2 Corinthians 4:13 links faith and speaking together.
“I believe;
therefore I speak.”

Everything in my life started to change for the better.
I had found the answer.
Reading the Bible out loud does build up your faith.
I did complete my three years and wrote a book about my experience.
Called “How To Be Rich in Faith”.
This book is about my experiment to read the 27 books of the New Testament out loud every week.
That was my plan for some self-improvement.
A plan to change my life.
It was not easy, but I did complete my course.
One of the interesting results,
was an improvement in my health that was measurable.

The second result was a burst of creativity that continues to this day.
The third result was a new sense of purpose.
The fourth result was becoming a better husband and father.
My wife and children will testify to that.
The fifth result was the most important one.
My faith grew and continues to grow.

The sixth result was exciting.
I discovered hidden gifts that surprised me.
The good news is.
The harvest of faith from sowing all that Word is still getting stronger.
About a year after my experiment, I got motivated again.
But I decided to do things a little differently.
I didn’t read the whole New Testament.
Instead I chose 4 books.

Here is a list of the books from the New Testament [Bible].
I started to read them out loud every day.
And my faith started to grow again.
This was easier and faster.
I did this for 6 years:
My wife Lorna also did this experiment.
She was changed in a big way.

Now we are doing a new experiment.

May 2023


Do you want to go to a new level of faith?
Join us for our latest faith adventure.
Read the book of Hebrews out loud every day.

One book is easier.
Hebrews is a book that mentions faith a lot.

Let everyone know about your faith journey in the comments section.
Let us know who you are and tell us a little of your story.
Join us in this adventure for the next year and change your faith level.
In 12 months you will be a different person.
You will become a person of great faith.
We want to help you go to a new level of faith.

Thanks, from Tony and Lorna.
Brisbane, Australia.


A Gift of Peace.

A Devotional from Lorna.

We are told to think positive thoughts, so that God’s peace will be with us.
What we think about is a big deal.
Thoughts are like birds flying over our heads, we can’t stop them from coming but we can keep them from building a nest.
We can choose not to think about things that bring us down.
Negative thoughts are not the thoughts that God has for us.
We often talk ourselves out of peace.
By doubting in the dark what God has told us in the light.
The Holy Spirit is our teacher, guide, and mentor.
He is impartial and knowledgeable.

He is the umpire of our lives.
In a football game when the umpire blows his whistle, he does this to correct something and then he deals with the situation.
In the same way, our peace can be disturbed.
We may feel unsettled and troubled.
We need to draw aside and listen to the Holy Spirit.
Listen to the umpire (the Holy Spirit) who will tell us when it’s safe to proceed.
In this way we will make right decisions.

The enemy has come to rob us of our peace.
He has no peace.
Peace is a gift, it’s our inheritance.
We are to guard our hearts and live in peace no matter what the circumstances are saying to us.

When Jesus left to be with his Father, the departing gift that he left us was peace.
Jesus said;
“My peace I give to you my peace I leave with you.
Do not let your hearts be troubled.”

We are encouraged to live at peace with each other.
Allow God to keep your heart and mind in perfect peace.

In John 20:19, Jesus appears to his disciples.
On the evening of that first day of the week, when the disciples were together, with the doors locked for fear of the Jewish leaders, Jesus came and stood among them and said, “Peace be with you!”

Perhaps today you are struggling with fear and peace has eluded you.
Are you feeling frustrated and fearful?
These may be warning signs, that are telling us to trust in God’s plan.
Take heart!
Jesus is near.
He wants to speak peace into your situation.
Maybe you have locked the door of your room or heart, but locked doors won’t keep Jesus out.
You will be astonished how your life can be changed by one touch from Jesus.
Don’t harm yourself!
Flee from the darkness.
Run into his presence.
Jesus wants to move you from behind closed doors and into his purpose.
It’s your time, it’s your day, now let’s begin.

God is a planner.
He has a plan for you.
A plan to prosper you and not to harm you.
To give you a hope and a future.
Everything works in his plan.

Isaiah 14:27
When the Lord all powerful makes a plan no one can stop it.

The birth of Jesus changed everybody’s plans.
We know that God has a better plan than ours.
It will be bigger and brighter.
The Lord will work out his plan for your life, he is faithful and he loves you.

Philippians 4: 8 encourages us to think about things that are:
True and noble and right.
Also things that are pure, lovely and admirable.
Plus excellent or praiseworthy things.

We are told to think these positive thoughts, so that God’s peace will be with us.

Written by Lorna Egar.

Your Inner Beauty


Our wedding day went well. 
I have just pulled up to the Hilton Hotel and Lorna has gone inside to check in to the expensive honeymoon suite.
I am driving Lorna’s car because I have been in College for the last two years. 
Money is a bit tight. 
As I start the car to go down to the overnight parking, the starter motor refuses to co-operate.
The hotel staff give me a hand by pushing the car while I jump in to put it in gear. 
The car starts up and I am away.
I wish that did not have to happen right in front of that posh hotel with all those people looking on. 
We got a new starter motor fitted and after that there was no problem.

When your spirit is encouraged, it is changed from unwilling to willing.
From sleepy to energised.
From unmotivated to motivated.

Not long after the Hilton Hotel episode we had more car trouble. 
This time the engine itself needed replacing.
Lorna and I were about to drive from Adelaide to Port Augusta. 
Then we were going to put the car and ourselves on the train to Alice Springs. 
After that we were going to drive over a long bit of rough road to the outback town of Katherine in the Northern Territory.
We found a mechanic who could replace the old engine with an almost brand new engine.

It took them 3 days.
When we returned to pick up the car it looked exactly the same on the outside.
In fact it was a little dirtier as the mechanic had not bothered to clean up his mess.
The good news is…it performed perfectly and got us all the way from Adelaide to the top end of Australia.
Let me turn this into a parable. 
When someone gets hyper-encouraged, they know that something big has happened on the inside. 
But because we live in a world that pays so much attention to outward appearance, discouragement comes along and steals away our self-esteem. 
We forget the encouraging words that have come our way.
We need to stop focusing our attention on the exterior.

When Lorna was pregnant, she had a glow about her the whole time.
I know this is not everyone’s experience.
It was as if the reality of carrying her own child…was to Lorna an experience that shrouded her in wonder.
What was happening on the inside was reflected visually. 
Her beauty actually increased while she was pregnant with both our children.

Do you realise what a powerful change has occurred on the inside of you? 
Encouragement has the power.
Deep down inside… you have been transformed in the most beautiful of ways.
It is beyond human explanation.

Years ago, at my youngest sister’s wedding, the best man mentioned his recent trip to Pakistan in his speech.
He liked to travel.
He was a good speaker and managed to keep us interested and entertained, his name was Andy.
I had never met him before that night.

A couple of days later my wife and I were in the city centre when we looked up and saw Andy walking along in our direction.
This was a completely random event.
We had to remind him who we were and where we had met previously.
We told him that we had thoroughly enjoyed his speech.
After we all got over the surprise of randomly meeting.
Andy informed us of his plans to drive up to Alice Springs with two other young men.
This would take them about three days.
It was a rough drive through the Australian outback.
Andy sure loved travelling!

A few days later the bad news came.
One of the young men had fallen asleep while driving, the car had rolled at high speed and Andy was thrown around in the back of the car.
Andy was now completely paralysed.
He was a quadriplegic.

Andy found himself in a very empty place.
He dug down deep and found the answer to his situation.
He chose to believe!

The decision to believe is the source of all encouragement.
He went on to become an example for us all.
And he still remains a person who believes.
He went on to build a life for himself.
Can you imagine the discouragement.
But he still decided to believe.

Tony Egar.

Therapy for Motivation

You are chasing a rabbit, a fox and a polar bear.
Sorry, I got the last bit wrong.
The polar bear is chasing you.
You chase the rabbit for food.
You are chasing the fox to move it away from your chickens.
The polar bear is chasing you, to attack you.
Everyone has a different motivation.
Sometimes we chase people because they just robbed our house.
You chase the robber, the robber does not chase you.
What do we do when someone steals our happiness?
We might chase them and catch them, but how do we prove they have our happiness?
Can happiness really be stolen?
Or does the suspected thief replace it with a fake.
They tell you that you should be grateful for their help.
That you are lucky to have them in your life.
They try to confuse the situation by throwing up lots of clever arguments.
But you know that you were happier before they came into your life.
Someone has stolen your joy because when you look into your joy jar, it is nearly empty.
A short while ago it was nearly full.
Very suspicious?
And where did this tinge of sadness come from.
It was not here last week.
It has appeared recently.
What a puzzle, what a mystery?

The end result can manifest as a very real lack of motivation.
Help, I need someone to encourage me..!!

Motivation and encouragement are free.
But that is a problem, because it means you cannot buy it.
If we could buy motivation, we would be fully motivated every day.
We would high-five everyone at work.
We would jump out of bed, full of joy and energy.
So if you cannot buy motivation, you also cannot buy happiness.
You can buy things that make you happy.
You are happy to be able to pay your bills.
But after you have paid your bills and purchased your new car.
What do we do about our happiness.

Maybe we could steal some.
If people can steal our happiness, why not steal theirs.
The problem is this.
You can steal a person’s happiness.
But as that happiness leaves them, it disappears.
You cannot transfer someone else’s happiness into your life.
It has to be given as a gift from that person to you.
You cannot do it by force.

So here is how it works.
You can steal happiness by making someone un-happy.
But you will not be happy.
The trick to receiving happiness is to give it away in the form of a gift.
Everyone knows the joy of giving.
When you give a gift, you feel happy.

Let’s go back to chasing the rabbit and the fox.
You are chasing them for a very logical reason.
To eat the rabbit.
To protect your chickens you are chasing the fox.

Next minute you are chasing a robber down the street.
Why, because they have robbed your house.
Makes sense.

Thoughts work in a similar way.
You can feed on a thought.
You can drive a thought away.
Or a thought can chase you and catch you and imprison you.

So, thoughts can steal our happiness.
Yes, because happiness manifests through your brain.
Here is the big problem.
How to control your thoughts?
This is nearly impossible.

The answer is, look at what you can control.
You can control your actions.
Decide today to be a giver and not a taker.
Decide to be generous.
When you make someone else happy, you get happy.
Or take the short way to happiness that everyone around you is doing.

Buy a dog.

Written by Tony Egar.