Wednesday, 9 April 2014

Do This And Remember - An Evening Devotion with the Kids turned into Something Else . . .

Last night at the kitchen table while Jake ate his supper of wheaten bread with jam, and Faith ate her rice krispies i read from Matthew 6:1-14. When i finished reading and explaining as well as answering some questions, i was thinking i'll let them finish eating and then we'll all pray together and i'll get these rascals off too bed before I dive into Insanity. But Jake had other ideas.

He proceeded to say he knew a great way to remember how Jesus had saved us, and before i could speak had lifted his wheaten, broke it with a declaration that "the broken bread was to remind us of Jesus' body broken for us", and handed both Faith and myself a piece. What was i to do but eat?

Then he lifted his drinker and said "this erm, blackcurrant reminds us of Jesus blood that poured out to save us from our sins". He took a sip, passed it to me, i sipped and passed to Faith. I mean what else could i do?

I know some would say a 6 year old shouldn't be doing this and i shouldn't have entertained him in it, nor passed it on to a 3 year old. And you may be right. But at the time i was in daddy mode and loving it, his earnest sincerity and determination to remember Jesus in this way was surprising and astonishing. My heart cried out to my Heavenly Father that Jake will grow up and point many people to Jesus, both reminding the believer and leading the lost. That he will be used by God to bring many in to celebrate around the Lord's table.

Friday, 4 April 2014

Worship 247 - maybe?

I'm not sure if any of you guys who read my blog were at any of these weekends. We had 3 of them and a few nights. Over the years people keep asking if we'll do them again. Recently a friend who wasn't at them was party to a conversation about them and has asked a few times if we'd consider doing one.

Here's what I would say my thoughts are concerning the past 247 events:


Concerning Worship 247 - we were like kids who had a notion of meeting Jesus, we gathered, prayed, preached & sung as means of worship and God was pretty pleased to humor our immaturity with Himself much like how a dad humors his children's games. We experienced Him in ways many of us had never experienced before (and haven't since).


Here's to those Jesus used in those events - Simon, Kitchy, Sam, Tim, Bolty, Deco, Kerry, John. You led us in the Word and in response through music, But it was Christ who was most prominent. 

Anyone feel like going back to childishness?

Wednesday, 2 April 2014

Insanity & Devotions

I'm halfway through week 4 of the Insanity workout program (you can read more here). It's name says it all and while I would encourage you google for some reviews, I will refrain from saying too much about it other than it involves a pool of sweat, a lot of physical effort and a lot more mental effort to push you on.

The main result that i'm seeing is that I have a lot more energy through the day (and i mean a lot). Sure i'm in pain and my muscles are stiff most of the time but that's a small price to pay since i've avoided exercise from birth.

I'm not seeing the physical change i'd love to see but then I haven't been overly strict about keeping to a diet opting for cutting down on chocolate & junk as well as drinking more water than coffee, rather than a full on diet. Again i'm only week 4 so I'm pretty hopeful that visible change will come in the next few weeks

Devotions.
 It's hard, It's painful and it takes a lot of determination to do each evening. A great example for anything that will bring change to our lives: Devotions and Bible Study are the same! In most of us there is a tendancy to long for the couch and the TV rather than the Word and Prayer. But it is in constant effort in these areas that we will begin seeing a lot of changes in our lives. As my physical strength and energy levels have increased with insanity, so too our strength to follow hard after Christ and stand against temptation will increase as we spend time in the Bible seeking to know Him.

I wish I could offer some 45 minute devotional that will bring us closer to Christ in 60 days, I mean I could and it would probably sell like crazy. But the honest fact is that to simply sit down asking the Spirit of God to work in us as we study the Bible (even if visible change is slow), we will not fail to be built up in our faith.
It just takes time and a lot of effort.

Tuesday, 1 April 2014

Training

One of my hobbies over the years has grown to the point where I now photograph weddings and portraits professionally. Yes I work full time at Revival Movement but also get to do something else I love.

I spend hours watching tutorials and reading up on my craft, trying the various techniques out (my kids are sick of being used as models) and ironing out the mistakes I know I made the last time I done any job.
Imagine if i just turned up and done my practice at someone's wedding, trying to figure out off camera flash or the best way to pose the couple as the day went on; just hoping for the best?

Or imagine a concert pianist arriving to the concert and having not practiced his piece at all in the months running up to it - a lot of mistakes would be made.


Yet we come to the Christian life like that; we fail to spend time with Christ in His Word and in prayer, except for when we're asked to do a sunday school lesson or give some talk. We may turn to it when we are facing difficulties but never between times. Rarely do we just long for a daily experience with Christ and seek it unless there's some other reason, like trials, failure, guilt or being asked about something.

Jesus Said:
“Therefore every scribe who has been trained for the kingdom of heaven is like a master of a house, who brings out of his treasure what is new and what is old.”(Matthew 13:52 ESV)

For us to live the Christian life we must be 'trained' and we must have old and new experiences in the Word.
Let us constantly be in it, drinking deeply remembering the things we learned about Jesus last year as well as those today...

Thursday, 13 March 2014

Christian Invaders - We Don't Belong Here; It's Not Our Home Nor Our Kingdom


As Christians our political alignment changes:

We Christians are not of this world, and while some cling to some notion of Christendom; where this is a christian country, the reality is far from that. We live in a world that is ruled by the evil one. That means this country belongs to satan. In fact 2 Corinthians 4:4 describes him as the god of this world.

This means that we are invaders sent by our King (Jesus) to conquer this country/nation/world and to bring as many people as we possibly can into His realm; into His kingdom so that they no longer belong to this world but become sojourners (1 Peter 2:11) passing through and awaiting our Lord to come and finally conquer and restore this one.

Monday, 3 March 2014

Words said in humour often have a good meaning

Finley Peter Dunne said about journalism:
"Comfort the afflicted and afflict the comfortable"


This phrase could easily be taken up in regards to the preacher of God's word.
"Comfort the afflicted and afflict the comfortable"

Tuesday, 25 February 2014

Listen To Him

For we did not follow cleverly devised myths when we made known to you the power and coming of our Lord Jesus Christ, but we were eyewitnesses of his majesty. For when he received honor and glory from God the Father, and the voice was borne to him by the Majestic Glory, “This is my beloved Son, with whom I am well pleased,” . . ."

Here we have Peter describe the events on the mount of Transfiguration, you'll find them in Matthew 17:1-13. But we'll also notice that God the Father said something else; "Listen to him". And this is what I believe Peter goes on to explain in the following verses:

". . . we ourselves heard this very voice borne from heaven, for we were with him on the holy mountain. And we have the prophetic word more fully confirmed, to which you will do well to pay attention as to a lamp shining in a dark place, until the day dawns and the morning star rises in your hearts. . ."

The Bible, the word of Christ, as Paul calls it (Colossians 3:16) is what Peter points to here as he even nudges our memories to Psalm 119:105 with the analogy of a lamp.
"Your Word is a lamp onto my feet . . ." And Peter having experienced being right there at the transfiguration declares the Word of Christ to be 'more sure' than his experience.

Revelation and visions etc may be 100% genuine but the Word of Christ, the Scriptures, this lamp to our feet is to be our number one priority in our pursuit of Christ.


"Listen to Him" [God The Father, Matthew 17:5)