Kids and Corona Virus: Why is soap and water so effective?

Listen to professor Palli Thordarson, from the University of New South Wales talk on "But Why? A Podcast for Curious Kids" on the science of why washing your hands with plain old soap and water is so effective against germs.

Click here to listen to the podcast and to read the key points.

The "So What?" of Daniel 11

Daniel 11 is often presented as a 3 hour 'who-done-it' lecture thus missing the point at the heart of the chapter and the heart of God. In short, Daniel 11 is about God and His people throughout the ages of sin. Kingdoms' rise and fall. But God is on point and His people live purposefully.

Daniel 11's world history in a nutshell: 
There are always battling nations and ideologies with God's people caught in the middle.

Daniel 11's purposeful point: 
Daniel 11:32-35 answers the 'so what' question. These verses reveal the main life points applicable by God's covenant people. The question: While caught in the middle, what are we to do?

God's people:
Know God and Act in Faith (Daniel 11:32) 
 Study the Bible with others (Daniel 11:33) 
Help each other to safety (Daniel 11:34) 
Fall and are rescued/strengthened by God (Daniel 11:35) 

Consider: 
God has a plan unaffected by human action (Daniel 11:27,35) 

Take away challenge: 
Love God and people. Help others just as God helps you.

The Silver Lining



I don’t believe God sends calamities. God didn’t send the Corona Virus.

What I do believe is: The Holy Spirit is busy insulating clouds with silver linings.

In the first hundred years or so after Jesus’ death and resurrection, the Church went viral. It grew exponentially. The Great Commission was infiltrating families, towns, countries and continents.

Jesus’ disciples grew in number daily.

And they did it in homes.

That’s right. Every church was a house church. The church spread like wildfire because the church was liquid. Then our ancestors turned the church into a solid. They built walls around it. Both theological and physical walls. They set it in stone. They bricked God in. Sure, they put in doors and stained-glass windows, but cathedral doors are often locked and theological stained-glass windows are always closed. The church of the Middle Ages restricted access to God.

Then the reformation decentralised the church allowing denominational divisions to thrive. Now, the world hosts over 30,000 distinct Christian denominations!

And yet, Jesus said to His Father, “May they be one as we are one.” Paul riffed on this prayer of Jesus, saying: “There is one Lord, one faith, one baptism.”

So, here we are in 2020. Governments in dozens of countries have restricted mass gatherings due to the rapidly spreading Corona Virus. Sporting teams play games to empty stadiums attended only by TV cameras. Some sporting codes cancelled their seasons all together. Pop stars cancelled concerts. Places of worship have been closed. Mosques. Temples. Synagogues. Churches. The clouds hang low, blanketing the world in fear. The 30,000 Christian denominations that meet in some 15 million church buildings around the globe have nowhere to go.

Or do they?

The Holy Spirit is unrestricted and goes wherever He wishes, like wind through trees.

Have you ever flown through a cloud? We are in one now. Can you see the silver lining?

Millions of Christians headed home. Not to do church but to be the church. Christianity, for a month or two, is going back to its roots. People meeting in homes. Families worshipping together in sincerity. No sound systems. No professionals professing. The body of Christ is returning to the lounge room. Just people. At home. Snuggled into fluffed up couches, holding steaming drinks. And sharing their hearts.

God didn’t send the Corona Virus. But when the Corona cloud enveloped us, God said, “I’ll take it!" And He sent His Spirit with silver paint and a message: "Where two or three are gathered, God is with you."

Kingdom Character

Have you ever wondered what difference it makes to be a follower of Jesus? Here's one!

Jesus followers act and react as citizens of a Better Kingdom.



This story was told for my monthly video column "Dave Down Under" on Adventist Today's Facebook page.

My 2020 Vision - Forgiveness

In 2019, I accidentally tried something new. I preached the same sermon 20 times! 


That sermon changed my heart (through repetition) and touched the lives of many listeners. I think I might be on to something! So, I have decided to speak on a single theme again this year. This time: Forgiveness.

Forgiveness is the world's greatest need. Present and growing in the character of every person who has met Jesus, forgiveness changes lives. Deeply shaped by the forgiveness I live within, I feel the tug of God on my heart to share my story of receiving, giving and teaching forgiveness. 

I am working with Wayne Boehm from Hope Channel Australia to direct people, in the smoothest way possible, from my forgiveness sermon to the Forgive to Live website and the six part Forgive to Live Study Guide Series recently launched by Hope Channel. Make sure you use and share these webites. They are AMAZING! 

In doing this six part series, I realised the journey of forgiveness I have been on is travelled by many people. I was made aware of places in which I was stuck because I needed to forgive. Perhaps you or people in your church are locked up in the prison of blame, shame or anger. Forgiveness is the answer and Christians have the best forgiveness story the universe has ever heard!

I'd like to challenge you to make forgiveness a consistent theme for this year. Loving Relationships is often the minimum factor in churches. Loving Relationships cannot happen without trust. And trust can only be regained through forgiveness.

If you'd like me to come share stories of forgiveness with your crowd, let me know.

One Trip to Kenya 2019 Book Tour raises almost $10,000 for ECPK


Seventh-day Adventists in Victoria, Australia
blessed
Education Care Projects Kenya with

$9770.83 in 2019!


Dave Edgren shared stories from his book with 19 Victorian churches. 
Years ago, Carole Platt asked me if I'd be interested in going to Kenya to tell Bible stories to orphans. I said I would love to! Because I couldn't afford the trip, I offered to write a book in exchange for the trip.
After taking copious notes during our travels, I spent a few months fashioning a manuscript. Two and a half years after the trip, the book is in print.
When I received our copies of the book, I wrote an email to Victoria's pastors offering a sermon about the trip and book. 19 pastors responded, requesting me to visit their churches. This is unheard of! I expected maybe 3 or 4 invites. Victoria Ministerial Secretary Darren Croft told me, "This is truly a God thing, Dave."
Over the past six months, as I visited churches, I told stories of the people I met in Kenya. I also made a strong point about the character of God. God is Love. And, above all, God loves children!
At the end of each service I gave people an opportunity to give a donation to Education Care Projects Kenya. I promised, "If you make a donation, I'll give you a book!"
Nearly 200 copies of "One Trip to Kenya" are now in the personal and church libraries of many Victorian Adventists and donations continue to come in as the total approaches $10,000!
                                               - Dave Edgren

Help the Children Today

Education Care Projects Kenya needs your help! If you are not one already, please choose to become a monthly donor. Donations can be made at educationcareprojects.com/help-us/
Author Dave Edgren with the Maasai children in Kapune. 

Copies of "One Trip to Kenya" for $20

All money raised from the sale of the books goes directly to the care of ECPK's children in Kenya. Let Carole know how many copies you'd like and she will organise delivery. Postage is $5 a book. 

Contact Carole Platt for Books

Dave Edgren ~ Story: Teller, Author, Trainer ~

BOOK DAVE NOW! Dave Edgren is passionate about creating a values-based storytelling culture. In his engaging and often hilarious way,...