Saturday, December 31, 2005

Goodbye 2005/Aye up 2006

Well one year over and another just beginning

Going into 2006 with fresh optimism

Happy New Year to All

Saturday, December 24, 2005

Seasons greetings



Twas the Nigh before Christmas and Craig had only just wrapped up his presents..

Well the day is nearly upon us... Still doesn't feel like Christmas, but then like anything, its not all about emotional connections to things.

I'm looking forward to our family meal together and the carols by candlelight at Norwood.

Anyway I wish everyone a great time tomorrow. Try not to stuff your faces too much and enjoy the festivities etc.

Craig

Thursday, December 22, 2005

King Long

Saw King Kong today... Was very good but long at 189mins.

I'm still not into the festive mood. Hopefully will lighten up for the 'big day'

Merry Kitschmas

Tuesday, December 20, 2005

Christmas fear






'Twas 5 days before Christmas and all about the house
Were piles of presents wrapped up by Dad's spouse.
Though seemingly not long til Christmas would come,
Craig wasn't in the mood and just sat on his bum.'

Am I the only one who doesn't feel like the stench of Christmas is upon us? It just doesn't feel very festive at the moment. I don't know if that's because I haven't particularly had much to do with carolling or christmas parties this year. Maybe thats what is.

To be honest I just want to get it over with now and get back to doing some productive stuff. Not that I am overlooking the christian meaning to it all, but it has thankfully been quite easy not to get trapped in the commercial distortion of what this festival now means. We've turned Christmas from a pagan festival into a celebration of the incarnation, back into a time where we worship the gods of money and possessions... Christmas is largely now about 'buying things'

I want to pray for all those silly people who will rack up stupid amounts of debts because of over-spending on present buying, I want to think about all those poor pets who will be the pride of xmas for some kids and then a few days later either kicked about or abandoned in a garbage heap. I want to pray for those homeless people hanging round near fairfield halls who would be happy with a roast pidgeon, let alone a turkey. I want to say sorry for my lack of input into making anyone's time over the next few weeks at least a bit happier. I want to say sorry for how we as a nation spend too much time on our Playstation Portables then being 'Portable PRAYstations' For everyone who will experience Christmas fear rather than Christmas cheer.
Have mercy Father

Tuesday, December 13, 2005

Roar!

Well two good things today:

Got the the volunteer post at Streetwise youth centre and saw Narnia today.

Not a bad day at all by any means.

I'm still worried about my main placement. Will be having some kind of assessment soon I guess (someone actually coming to the placement to assess the youth work etc) I'm very worried that its not going to be up to the standards of their criteria.... I wish Oasis would understand that it takes time to get these things up and running.

Monday, December 12, 2005

outtake tv

Well finished my practice recording (yes) with a whole day to spare as well!

Had a fab time at our community? carol service. There were many things that could get sent on to 'You've been framed' eg. Angel Gabriel tripping up and skidding along the floor after giving his lines and someone nearing knocking a gigantic flag over, oh and the 3 wisemen actually forgetting how to get to the baby Jesus! This is how nativities should be!!

Been asked to possibly play one of my songs for next sunday meeting which means I need to finish writing one of my songs..... Should be ok.

Sunday, December 11, 2005

He does you know


God bless all you Fairfield Boys and Girls today. Don't let the stress get the better of you. I'm sure you'll all rock the place!

Brenda I'm sorry you're out, the competition will miss you hun.

Westlife won the record of the year? - pah! - and its yet another cover - pah!

Xmas shopping? - need to start!

Jesus is still King! - Glory!

Friday, December 09, 2005

This means war

I just realised that someone posted a comment about my post to pacifism. They basically said how does Jesus turning over the tables at the temples fit in with the peace-making concept. I thought it would be worth adding my reponse to the main page, not out of arrogance but just so others can have a think about what Jesus was aiming for during this event.

Craig: "Hey, thanks for posting. Hmm I can understand the gist of what you're saying.

This certainly puts away all the 'gentle Jesus meek and mild' thoughts.

Jesus' act of turning over the tables in the temple was an act of judgement. The temple was at the centre of Jewish worship. It was meant to be the place where Heaven and Earth met, where God actually Lived and met his children, where sins were forgiven. Yet, we have Jesus doing many things in his own authority, that challenged everything that the temple stood for. He was claiming to forgive sins himself. The temple at that time was also regarded as corrupt and in need of reform. Jesus' was basically saying this: This place has no longer any right to be the home of God. What was going to replace it?
The Very Reverend Tom Wright says this: ' What the temple stood for - the saving presence of Israel's God at the very centre of the world- would be summed up in the violent death, at the hands of pagans, of the young Jew who carried on his shoulders the pain and grief of the whole world. This was how sins would be forgiven. This would be how God would embrace the whole world.'

So I'm sorry for the long answer, but I hope that you get the picture of the uniqueness of Jesus act. This wasn't an act of war against people, but a judgement against all that the temple stood for and what it would mean he would soon need to do.
Jesus says: Love your enemies"

By the way I forgot to mention what my response in what you said about if there are no alternatives to war to sort out issues then what happens?

I would say that ideally it should never have got that far. War is generally either failure to listen, or an horrific way to boast one's own country's nationalism. Ideally we nations should be able to sit down with each other and talk things through like adults. If war does happen for whatever reason, it should never be taken likely, or be seen as something good. The act of killing people is Evil. "You will not murder".

Thursday, December 08, 2005

hiccough (need some heavenly medicine)

Haven't posted for a while. Whats been happening?

Well I've spoken to relevant people about the lack of a youth team at my main placement. I have been given really helpful advice and hope that it can be implemented after Xmas. I've also finally got an interview for my potential community placement.

Unfortunately some of my friends at Uni are in a really bad state. Some are thinking about quitting the course. It makes me sad that they're going through such pain. Whilst I can't totally understand it, I've had similar problems and feelings (Check out earlier posts for evidence of this.) I wish I could help provide answers, but thats not going to be possible. But they know I'm here for them and supporting them 100%. Still wish I could do more though.

Youth Church was one of the best ever. The theme was 'Peace'. I hardly think it was one of my best talks, but the response, especially during the prayer stations time and the sung worship was really amazing. God's awesome power and majesty was really potent in the place. It was so wonderful to see the young people engaging with God in such a wondeful way. I must say that the house band 'AGAPE' were a massive part in aiding the evening. Despite missing their lead singer, they did an outstanding 'job' and really helped to lead us into God's presence.

I'm having an almighty spiritual hiccough at the moment. Wish I wasn't, but this is baggage I've carried around for over 3 years now. Currently feeling it'll never go. I'm too weak to progress from this particular sin.... I know its down to God's power, but I also need to make an effort, which I'm not doing.

Hoping the Prince of Peace will help me through this.
I don't need my heart to get any harder... I want to feel grief and sorrow and repent. That's my major prayer for current times.