I was reminded of this poem leading our recent Evangelism and Witness consultation, some abbreviated words by Sam Shoemaker - The Door "I stand by the door. I neither go to far in, nor stay to far out. The door is the most important door in the world - It is the door through which men walk when they find God. There is no use my going way inside and staying there, When so many are still outside and they, as much as I, Crave to know where the door is. And all that so many ever find Is only [...]
“Give up for a while your false and failing attempts at merriment, and thank God for thin places, and for Advent, for a season that understands longing and loneliness and long nights. Let yourself fall open to Advent, to anticipation, to the belief that what is empty will be filled, what is broken will be repaired, and what is lost can always be found, no matter how many times it’s been lost.” Shauna Niequist "Christmas is built upon a beautiful and intentional paradox; that the birth of the homeless should be celebrated in every home." G.K. Chesterton "Of course there is [...]
"Sin hurts people and ruins relationships. But perhaps the greatest tragedy is what sin keeps us from – the grand adventure of a life lived with and for God." Drew Dyck 1 ++Justin on sin, salvation and his story, to the media. Well said. 2 Sleep and creativity, neatly explored. 3 Brian Zahnd and being in the hands of our loving God. 4 A dreamy home that specialises in concrete and views, right?! 5 Program or not...? Tim Chester's take.
sees us clamour a little....... My heroically lovely sister claims more of the *green than me!! My passport says British, like hers but we're never going to get tribal in the kingdom of God, but on St Patricks day, it's always going to be colourful and predictable on social media. Lincoln said it earliest and wittiest today! "My three favourite Irish saints are called Hatrick!" Reflecting on Patricks words of confession are worth a few moments here. I was called back to these words of Patrick.... "O God, give me of Thy wisdom, O God, give me of Thy mercy, [...]
"...There is a certain time for significant events and seasons which occur in a servant of God’s life. This is especially true for ministry. If God has called you to a specific work, there is a time in which that work will find its greatest fulfilment and its widest impact. If you launch out and try to make things happen before your time has come, you will see little fruit and a lot of frustration. If you are passive and miss your time, you will see little fruit. The good news is that God will let you know when your time has come. [...]
"Come in your gentle fury that shakes the desert, flashes forth flames of fire, yet does not break the bruised reed nor quench the faintly burning wick. Come, Lord, and dismantle all my defences." Chloe Lynch 1 Kodak and the local church. Mission, mis-reading the situation and loss to mention a few.... 2 The most engaging response to the words of Stephen Fry. 3 One of of my all time favourite books: Leading with a limp, reviewed. 4 Perfectionism has it's fruit. Smallness and weakness is more than ok! 5 Learning how others handle their weeks. Much of interest in ministry patterns.
A change of pace during half-term has been very good to me. A change of pace, always brings a change of perspective. The confidence of Christ's never failing work in His people, continues to so encourage me. The kiddies have been growing in their technology skills. They love YouTube more than I love printed books. We had so much fun, and this is one of theirs! Calvary was an overdue watch, and is now one of my favourite movies of 2014. Brendan Glesson is majestic in this. Anything that includes St. Augustine's words, well it's gotta be good: “Do not despair; one [...]
Yes. Sharing Jesus remains the most significant question..... "Your role as a Christ follower is simply to be a witness. You don't have to pound gavels. point fingers and cast blame. All you need to do is tell your story. The beautiful thing about sharing your faith story is that nobody can deny it. No one can argue with your own personal experience. When you share personally, it touches hearts deeply. What is most personal is most universal. We are not called to push anybody into our way of thinking. Rather, we bear witness to what God has done for [...]
Here's some of the many parts that didn't make it into today's preach...... Gerald May, a brilliant Christian psychiatrist wrote this;- "Honesty before God requires the most fundamental risk of faith we can take: the risk that God is good and that God loves us unconditionally. It is in taking this risk that we rediscover our dignity. To bring the truth of ourselves, just as we are, to God, just as God is, is the most dignified thing we can do in this life." Brennan Manning said it this way:- "The Christian community resembles a Wall Street exchange of works [...]
Here's some lyrics that really caught me again this week. Oldies but so true. "Wonderful grace, That gives what I don't deserve, Pays me what Christ has earned, Then lets me go free. Wonderful grace, That gives me the time to change, Washes away the stains That once covered me. And all that I have I lay at the feet Of the wonderful Saviour Who loves me. Wonderful love, That held in the face of death, Breathed in its latest breath Forgiveness for me. Wonderful love, Whose power can break every chain, Giving us life again Setting us free." John Pantry [...]