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So we are out of Europe.
That's fine, because as a Christian my hope doesn't rest upon governments and parliaments but upon the King of kings and Lord of lords.

His Kingdom is much better than the United Kingdom or Europe . . .

I'm not into football, but i'm really enjoying the Euros. Cheering on N. Ireland with friends around was great (even though the team weren't really that good. In our house we cheer for Ireland, England & N. Ireland. And as the competition progresses we'll probably begin cheering for others as well.

Though the circumstances are heartbreaking, it was a huge thing yesterday to see the Irish fans sing at the 24th minute "stand up for the ulster men". For a country so divided that we saw years politically motivated of football violence the hope that moments like this gives towards a new future, or a better way forward is astounding.

Can this be built upon?
Or will it be forgotten in a weeks time at some riot?

This Ulster man, who is married to an Irish girl hopes for better, for more!
The realism in me wants to say that i know that we've no chance of things changing, the optimist leans toward hope.
John Law's appetite for the Bible is perhaps like that of a ravenous hound. Over the years i've met few with as much dedication and commitment to spend lengthy periods of time studying a passage. For this reason it's worth taking note as to how he goes about devotions.

For years I had no 'structure' to my Bible study; I'd open God's Word whenever I felt like it (whenever I had the desire to, which wasn't very often to say the least), and I'd read a random passage, 30 minutes after which I wouldn't have been able to share what I'd just read, never mind answer any questions about it! 
Tim Challies has an excellent post today on why he is not roman catholic.

I've mentioned before about container talk, where a few of us are filling a container and chat about theology, Jesus and life. It's great and today was epic.

In a lull in conversation it was spoken:

"Here's a question for you's, how's your sanctification? Are you getting victory over ssin?"

Now, I'm not asking you and i'm not sharing what was said, just simply stating that it is epic to have friends who will cut through all the rubbish and waffle and ask the important questions.

The next time you are having coffee with that close Christian friend - go ahead and ask how's their sanctification. And be ready, with truth, for them to ask how your's is.
The kids found one of my old cd's yesterday and on the way to church we stuck it on for a listen.
Their response was "what on earth" and mine was sort of to agree but then I listened the words.

One of the songs particularly has very challenging words to men: