Despite the mishaps we enjoyed our day. If we had parked up and remained at the Visitor Centre we would have missed so much. Okay, there was stuff to do there, stuff to eat there, stuff to buy there. But the Centre only gives a hint of what there is to experience in and around the Elan Valley. Our photographs cannot begin to describe some of the stunningly beautiful scenery we viewed.
It takes the biscuit. If someone were to treat us the way people, and God’s people at that, have treated Him through the ages, we wouldn’t put up with it. We’d shut that person off, stop hanging round with them. Yet again we have great cause to be thankful that God doesn’t operate like us.
I have just been challenged and moved by a blog featuring a 76-year old bridge that strikes fear into the …
If Jesus means anything at all to you, if the fact that Jesus could be the only thing that holds …
I love sharing the gospel with people; honestly it’s one of my favourite things to do. I’m experienced in apologetics (which I also love) but all the CU lunch bars, and chats over coffee and all the other evangelistic stuff I’ve done had not prepared me for the emotional bashing it was to hear Andy say he did not believe what I was saying. I felt sick.
I had always wondered how Peter felt during these two incidents, going from being a rock to a stumbling block in two sentences, from pride to horror in a matter of minutes
There was one episode of The Simpsons where Homer, in some sort of horrendous situation, picks up a Bible and flicks through it. Upon reaching the last page he says something like ‘There’s no answers in this book!’ Interesting. The instructional manual doesn’t have any answers.
The Bible describes itself as a sword, in fact a double edged sword, yet many Christians use it like an umbrella rather than a sword. We cower under it, misusing and twisting it to protect ourselves from what God wants us to do, rather than letting it equip us to do what He wants us to do. The time we do actually unsheathe the sword we are so untrained with it we usually end up damaging ourselves or other Christians with our wild swipes and swings, and that’s not to mention the Christians who deliberately use it to engage in friendly fire incidents.
As of today I have set up a Facebook page that you can ‘like’, it gives full information about what’s involved, but the essence is giving up modern technology and distractions for at least 30 minutes a day, Mon – Sat, sitting in a quiet place with a Bible, pen and notepad – expecting God to talk to you, and noting down when He does.
And then at 2100, 15 minutes before the gig should end, the main act start their set. After a 12 hour journey where they have witnessed multiple accidents, phoned me so much that their batteries have died, got lost in Scarborough when they were only five minutes away from the church.
Maybe not exactly but you get the idea. Didn’t Jesus come to free us from this kind of mindless legalism? Have we missed a trick by promoting this kind of priority style list? I mean we all know that God should be number one, but is a list the best way to motivate us? And how does this work out on a day to day basis? Like a to do list? Can we tick off the God part and then move onto our other priorities? Because if that’s the case isn’t it actually our jobs that comes out top? How do we balance God with these other important parts of our lives?
Love is full, love waits, love delivers on it’s promises a thousand times over. Love gives, it does not demand. Love doesn’t dwell on what it has, or cast jealous eye over it’s neighbours possessions. It does not take pleasure in it’s own abilities but relishes the abilities of others. Love cannot be broken by hate, it does not accuse or work for it’s own sake, but love revels in outward looking acts.
“Then, after doing all those things, I will pour out my Spirit upon all people. Your sons and daughters will …
Often in church I can’t hear the backing singer in the worship group, maybe because of where we’re sitting. Today though I was next to a speaker, so I could. It sounded great. That got me thinking about how tastes in music vary hugely. The rest of this post kind of hit me all at once. Maybe the rest is obvious, but here goes…
Whenever I joined a new ship the first question used to be “where are you from?” It was not a …
Moses expected to live out a royal life, until he killed a man. Joseph expected to be a favoured son, superior to his entire family, until his big mouth landed him in a deep pit. Jonah expected carnage until God brought revival. These men’s expectations for their lives were smashed, and they all experienced times of doubt, times in the pit (quite literally for Joseph). But all of their stories end in redemption. How did they get there?
Traditionally we preach that if you come to Him you can be forgiven, but how do people who don’t recognise a need to be forgiven relate to this? Is now the time to focus on other aspects of God that may appeal more? Is there a correct order for coming to Christ? Is it ok for people to realise they need forgiveness after accepting Christ?
Sometimes massive stuff happens to us and knocks us right off our feet. Sometimes there is nothing we can do about it. Some things are just too big
Before the main thrust of what hopefully resembles some kind of point, a few observations – Atheists and agnostics are not the scary, super intelligent, God hating, Christian destroying behemoths we have been led to believe them to be. Some of them are just like us, trying to do the best they can with limited intelligence and their own chosen belief system
My life story is littered with examples like this, where I thought I knew best. Rather than learning this lesson, I seem to be stuck repeating the same mistakes, but sadly on a bigger scale each time.
Having recognised this I have a choice. Do I wallow in self pity, wishing I could change that which is already set in stone? Or do I use it to motivate myself to not waste anything else and to make the most of every opportunity I get to advance God’s Kingdom. The trouble is that I will invariably waste as I attempt not too.
Have I planted much but harvested little? Where is my hunger? Where is my thirst? Do my wages disappear as though my pockets were full of holes? What exactly am I investing in? What am I building? More importantly, what is I Am building?
Not much is said in the Bible about the Inn Keeper. The recent BBC drama The Nativity suggested that the scandal of Mary’s pre wedlock pregnancy may have been the cause of their difficulty to find a room for the Messiah to be born, but the Bible simply comments that there was no room. And yet this Inn Keeper, hassled and busy, finds room in their Inn, in their heart. It may not have been the best room, but perhaps this Inn Keeper sensed something unusual with this strange couple.
I don’t know about you but I want to contribute to life – I want a chance to give something of myself: to God, to my ‘neighbour’, to creation.
Jesus has not finished doing things, He is active and alive in our world today and we, if we choose, can be a part of one of these books that are not written down. You can be a sequel to the Bible, albeit one of many, but still you can be involved in what started in the Bible, and will end long after our time is done. In fact sequel is probably the wrong word, as we are part of the ongoing epic saga of God’s over arching story rather than just a rehashed plot line. Tolkien and Lewis had a sense of the world’s they created in Middle-Earth and Narnia, a sense of their characters and the worlds they were creating. While God was parting seas and saving nations He had you in mind – you were and are a part of His saga.
God allowed Joseph to fester in a stinking prison for years, while Moses initially lived the life of luxury in a palace.