Jusst though i drop a quick note.
I am still around and am still visiting other Blogs. I still intend to blog but currently am very busy with Church stuff and Work, but should be back to normal soon.
In the mean time I hope you enjoy this video!
Check out t’wife’s intellectual post about how you don’t need to be intelligent….
This is an amazing video.
On a recent trip to Blackpool Illuminations I was left more than a little disappointed. One of the main reasons that I loved the illuminations was because of the Jesus Light of the world illumination. (possibly the only reason I loved the illuminations….other than the endless sitting in traffic of course!)
But this year This particular light was missing and had been replaced with a happy Diwali light ( no problem with this!)
Again this weekend I watched Songs of Praise ( i must be getting old) and was left very disappointed when on one particular hymn – How great thou Art – the verse referring to Christ was edited out!! and through the whole episode Jesus was not mentioned once , there were plenty of references to God and to Love but they felt mostly generic.
The Clue here folks is in what we call ourselves ….CHRISTians, Christ is the foundation of our belief, this country used to declare itself a Christian country and here we are finding ourselves afraid of proclaiming the name of Jesus on even the most religious of TV program’s, where the name of Jesus is banned from Schools and where any declaration of our faith in the work place can result in the sack!!
Is it any wonder that our country is in the mess its in, I’m not blaming the whole financial crisis and associated mess, the social decline on the nations godlessness… but it certainly wont have helped!!!
We have become a nation were the desire for stuff and money has overtaken any other desires, where the desire to have the next big thing is what is exciting our hearts. God is so much better than the next I-phone or the next televisual revelation , he is so much bigger than Apple or Sony.
God has so much stored up for us that we cant even begin to imagine what he is going to do…He is just waiting for us to ask!! waiting for us to turn to him and away from the god of stuff.
If you read this blog the then chances are your a Christian and you will have heard many arguments for and against Halloween. so I am not going to go into details of the rights and wrongs.
As christians we have a duty to God to protect the spiritual and to me celebrating evil spirits witches and what have you, just feels wrong. Lets be honest… yes its a bit of fun and at the end of the day its your personal choice but i don’t celebrate any other “pagan” festivals, as such, I mean i dont go out dancing for the summer or winter solstice or any of the equinox’s
To be even more honest, I am not even sure of the roots of the Halloween festival, indeed in my tiny bit of research for this post it’s not exactly 100% clear
All i really have to say is that it’s not something i partake in or want to be involved with or even want my children involved with…its just not for me!!
PLEASE PLEASE! don’t get me wrong I don’t think there is anything wrong with Christians writing or reading Books!!!!
But I feel that there is an inherant danger in them and this is from experiance.
There are a lot of very very good christian books out there and i could recommend a few!! but why I feel there is a danger is that we can become obssessed about books.
I fairly recently read The Cross and the Switchblade closely followed by Run Baby Run both of with are great books but I did have to cathc my self when i started thinking things like ….We should be doing this or Why arent we out doing this type of work!!
My wife even more recently read the to book and is something of a book worm so had read a couple of other books in a very short space of time, shee also found herself getting ahead of God.
Another person who I know very well and love very much reads a lot of books from one particular Christian author and many a time I hear her saying things like “well so and so says this ” or so and so says that”
And there in lies the danger..
We can become focused on what the books say and are about or what is going on in other places and lose focus of what God is telling YOU!,what GOD is teaching your church and lose sight of the good works your church is doing.
Trust God, trust Jesus and trust his Holy spirit to guide you.
By the way I really would recommend The Cross and the Switch blade and Run Baby Run but read them in that order!!
Lets be honest, having had a look around the web this question has been around in one form or another for quite a while now.
I was asked this question by one of our Genetik Students recently.
My initial answer was fairly simple in that you have consider the heart behind the writing of the song. But as we continued to discus this a few interesting points were raised.
In the end we challenged each other to come back with a list of 3 song we thought could be claimed for God. ( not Definative!)
Sounds easy I thought!! but having gone through quite a number of songs and having trawled the web……it was not not as easy as I though. I have a list of around 20 maybes but only 3 definite’s and None which i thought could be used in a Congregational setting!
For me Yes we can claim songs for God but and its a massive BUT some conditions would have to exist.
if it was written about a relationship it would have to be a bit ambiguous i.e. no reference to him or her
it would have to be from an unselfish viewpoint!
more did come into my head but they have gone now!!! ( Any ideas?)
so my list:
I’ll stand by you – Pretenders
If everyone cared – Nickleback
Jesus take the wheel – Carrie Underwood
by no means is this definitive and I don’t have a right or wrong answer ! but I would like to know your thoughts!!!
10 Sing to the LORD a new song,
his praise from the ends of the earth,
you who go down to the sea, and all that is in it,
you islands, and all who live in them.
Recently I watch an episode of Deadliest Catch, which by the way is Brilliant TV!,
The fleet was fishing in the middle of an Arctic hurricane – which involved massively strong Winds and huge waves . During the course of the programme at least 2 captains stated that the didn’t want to fish in seas like this but that they had no choice……..
This kind of got me thinking how often do we hear this said or do we say this ourselves?
We always have a choice there are always alternatives.
In this instance the captains could have chosen to pull in the crews to the relative safety of the cabins but with approaching deadlines CHOSE to keep the crews out in the extremely harsh conditions. One choice would have resulted in loss the other in Gain or at least breaking even!
In our lives things will always come up which will need us to make a choice, one option may result in profit or gain the other loss or a continuation of the Status Quo.
In our walks with God He will never decide for us, he will always give us the choice. We will always be able to chose the direction we walk in.
Jesus came, lived and died the life he did so that all mankind would have a choice. Early on Jesus could have made a choice which gave him earthly gain But he Chose the alternative path which ultimately led to his death and our salvation.
13 “Enter through the narrow gate. For wide is the gate and broad is the road that leads to destruction, and many enter through it. 14 But small is the gate and narrow the road that leads to life, and only a few find it.
I really love slapstick. I remember the first time i saw this!! i had tears coming out of my eye.. Still makes me laugh
Make me Lord a Dreamer for your Kingdom
In the last days, God says,
I will pour out my Spirit on all people.
Your sons and daughters will prophesy,
your young men will see visions,
your old men will dream dreams.