“You don’t follow Jesus like you follow someone on twitter, where you are free to take or leave their thoughts at your leisure. Following Jesus is not letting Him come into your life to be an influence. Following Jesus means submitting to Him in all areas at all times regardless of whether you agree with what He says or not.” J.D. Greear 1 Baby Jesus takes on John Lewis in battle for the soul of Christmas. At least we're naming it! 2 Take the risk and fly..... yes it's invited. 3 Here's some of the reasons why pastors 'vanish' 4 Questions [...]
that grabbed me.......Some brief but life-giving words that I've been leaning into. I offer them because they may serve you well also...... 'Seek the Lord and his strength, seek His presence continually.' 1 Chronicles 16 v 11 plan and simple: power and true! part of my daily 15,....what about you?!
whats been occurring in these last few days....... I can confirm that removal men all drink tea with two sugars. Regularly. Coaching and cheering on some of the brightest talent. Humbled. Bending metal in unexpected ways. The wrath of DIY and all that. When you don't live in the city. It's properly quiet. In a good way. Re-imagining old bits and same pictures in different places, with different light. Quite something. Thumbing through great books that I really appreciate as my companions on the journey. Somethings a little uttered screech can relieve all the tension! Am feeling a cultural philistine for [...]
"Yesterday we look back to our Ebenezers the stake in the ground marking when you supplied we remember. we believe. we are grateful. for yesterdays provision. thanks. Today we enjoy your presence with us as we gather around this table with friends we share. we encourage. we are grateful. for todays provision. thanks. Tomorrow we look towards the future be our bucket of hope filled to the brim we learn. we trust. we are grateful. for tomorrows provision. thanks." From my friends at Bless: words by Amy and image by Jon.
It's all of God's grace that we have come this far in the journey of life. We are thankful for God’s patience with us, for we have been given much. We have the time needed to learn and to grow and to fill out into all of God's best for us. But listen to what Jesus says so firmly:- “‘No one, having put his hand to the plow, and looking back, is fit for the kingdom of God’” Luke 9 v 62 We need to exercise caution in the way we engage with our past. We wouldn’t have done the things we used to [...]
"The desperate need today is not for a greater number of intelligent people, or gifted people, but for deep people." so said Richard Foster "Disciples (deep people) are not manufactured wholesale. They are produced one by one, because someone has taken the pains to discipline, to instruct and enlighten, to nurture and train one that is younger." Oswald Saunders -- again quoted in MacDonald's "Going Deep: Becoming a Person of Influence"