Monday, February 27, 2006

Your Kingdom Come

Hurray for Youth Church! Our 1st birthday yesterday! What a celebration! What a lot to praise God for. So much great stuff has happened over the past year at this place. Last night was no exception!

In fact I would say that last night was probably the most spiritually powerful and uplifting and intense gathering that we've had to date. Thanks to God for touching us in such an awesome, but let us not get complacent, but challenge to carry on praying for your Kingship to break into this world.

Wednesday, February 15, 2006

Circles

'Running in circles, chasing tails
Coming back as we are.
Nobody said it was easy,
Its such a shame for us to part.'

Thats my life, constantly going round and round in one continuous cycle of sin and repentance. I'm tired of being so weak and so untrusting and so utterly unfaithful. I'm tired of waiting and I'm tired living half a life. I'm a long way off from reflecting God's image.

Tuesday, February 14, 2006

Sally army stuff




A group of us went to the Salvation Army Territorial Youth Rally on Saturday
which was really fab. It was a visual feast and also a really nice chance to catch up with people that I hadn't seen in a while. Was interesting watching the Next-Gen Timothies scurrying around doing their jobs. I managed to speak to a few of them, and they seem pretty cool.

I was on the 'Market-place' Team which did not mean I was selling "A pound 'o pears for a pound" but actually going to people, chatting to them, and attempting to get them interested in the ALOVE database and also the brand new replacement Timothy Programme called 'Essential'...

http://www.salvationarmy.org.uk/alove for more info.

I'm now a little bit stressed as I've got yet another murderous essay to write as well as the sermon for our 1st Aniversary of Youth Church.

Spent lunch with Adam Knuckey, a fellow ex-tim yesterday. Was nice to catch up with him. He's a great guy and was a really good mate to me last year.

Oh Happy Valentine's day by the way..


Monday, February 06, 2006

There's a war on

"Many today write and speak as if the only purpose in following Jesus were to find complete personal fulfilment and satisfaction, to follow a way or path of personal spirituality which will meet our felt needs. That is hardly the point. There's a war on. God is at work in our world; so are the forces of evil; and there really is no time or space for self-indulgent spiritualities that shirk the slightest personal cost, or even resist it on the grounds that all the desires and hopes one finds within one's heart must be God-given so must be realized."

(Extract from commentary on Mark 9.38-50 in 'Mark For Everyone' by Bishop Tom Wright)