search in the city

November 27, 2008

week-four004On Saturday we had our combined guys n girls event in the City of Derry. The engage crew got split into two teams and were sent out around the city in search of clues that would send them to various locations. The first team back to the Diamond was to be crowned the winners. I think its fair to say that we all had an amazing time and the event was a huge success. Thanks to everyone for coming ūüôā

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our deepest fear

November 20, 2008

keep smiling :)

November 18, 2008

SHOW YOUR SMILE
Tim

Uh oh…..

November 14, 2008

Unfortunately, due to weather conditions and an absurd amount of mud, FARMER’S HEAVEN is cancelled tonight : (¬†

We’ll be watching a dvd instead. So please come to the Calgach Centre tonight for 7.00pm

 

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The Matrix Reloaded

November 13, 2008

How is it that something like Youtube can be so entertaining?! If left to myself, I could sit and watch all sorts of videos, talks, music videos…..ALL DAY!!¬†

I think that, in light of my last few posts, we realise there is a push for all of us to DO. Sometimes, we need to remember to just BE. It is in stillness and quietness that God often speaks. Click here¬†to see a story about quiet in Elijah’s life. [I like this part¬†too. It comes before the quiet story…if you want to read this in order…]

So be still, quiet yourself, and laugh.

I found this video a while ago on youtube. Enjoy. 

ejm.

Albertine

November 12, 2008

This is going to be a recurring theme in my blogs. And for this, I’m sorry. I can’t help it. It’s why I exist.¬†

There’s a singer in Australia called Brooke Fraser. She has sung songs like Hosanna, You’ll Come,¬†Shadowfeet, and Desert Song. She is a very talented singer|songwriter who has produced an amazing song called Albertine.

And this is what I am writing about today. 

The story¬†behind the song is that Brooke was on a trip in Rwanda and met an orphan girl called Albertine¬†in a village. The chorus repeats over and over that, “Now that I have seen, I am responsible. Faith without deeds is dead.” ¬†Read through the lyrics. It is one of those songs that is amazing, but you might not really want to listen too carefully…it evokes response.

So often we see people with needs. And don’t get me wrong. I don’t think we should be crazy and run around mindless trying to plasters on every person’s problems to the detriment of ourselves. What good can we be to others if we can’t even look after ourselves?!¬†
But we have a voice. You have a voice.
And if it is your power to do something, then do something. 

Now that I have seen, I am responsible

This is me and Theresa. And now that I have seen, I am responsible

I blogged about this verse in Justice, but I just have to come back to it! ¬†Proverbs 24:12¬†says that if you see a need and are capable of helping, yet you do nothing about it, you will be judged for that. Doing something doesn’t always mean becoming a saviour to someone and saving the day. Sometimes it is raising awareness. Sometimes it is encouraging someone who is down. Sometimes it just means listening to someone without speaking a single word.
And this is what Brooke has done. She might not be able to give up everything and move to Rwanda to adopt this girl and change her life. That might not be God’s will for her life. But God has given Brooke a talent: a voice and platform to tell people about the underprivileged in a world so different to ours.¬†

What has God given you? What are the “small things” that God has put in your hands? Two years ago, Grace Campbell used her God-given creativity and wrote a Christmas nativity play, performed it in her front garden, and raised a lot on money for a missionary couple, Alan and Dorothy Graham, in Zimbabwe.¬†

What can you do? 

In my last church, the youth group put on a talent show to raise money for a cause called One Life Revolution. Their tag line is “You have one life. Do something.”

This is your one life. What can you do? 

ejm

believe

November 11, 2008

bunny_king_santa1There’s so much expectation in the word believe. Children believe in Santa and the Easter Bunny.¬†With one word from our parents, we know that on Christmas Eve, Santa will be coming to our¬†house with loads and loads of fun presents and sweets just for us. And now, thanks to the Santa Tracker,¬†we can follow Santa as he travels around the world on Christmas Eve! Then, on Easter, our parents tell us that when we wake Easter morning, there will be BIG chocolate Easter eggs waiting to be eaten!¬†
How is it that we can trust other people so much and believe their words SO MUCH that we believe beyond a shadow of a doubt in flying reindeers, a magical fat man in a red suit, and a life-size bunny rabbit that lays chocolate eggs?!

Words¬†are funny. And our belief in them even funnier. It always seems that we choose to believe all of the wrong things and won’t believe any of the right things. When something bad happens, why do we always believe for the worst instead of hope for the best?¬†

God has already thought about this. He has filled the Bible with all sorts of promises for each and every one of us. He knows how hard it is for us to believe him. But think just for a minute of what life would be like if we really took God at his word:

You will never be lonely. 
When life is uncertain, you will have peace.
God has enabled you to do anything.
You will never die.
You will have a full, satisfying, and exciting life.
You are loved.

These are just a few.

Take some time now, read these promises, and discover what else God has to say.
Listen to his voice and choose to believe his words about you today.

 ejm

2nite @ engage

November 7, 2008

potential-2008-200900212nite @ engage Emily will be talking about peer pressure, about how we are influenced by the world around us and how we also influence the world around us. She will will be taking an in depth look at Exodus 23:2 and Galations 6:9 and looking at the relevance of both these verses to our lives today in modern western society. Hope you can come and join us at 7pm in Calgach centre.

Beyonce

November 7, 2008

beyoncee3asThe R&B sensation we know as Beyonce has changed her name.
The former Destiny’s Child frontwoman has christened herself ‘Sasha Fierce’ for her new double album I Am… Sasha Fierce, due for release later this month.
In a statement, the singer said: “I have someone else that takes over when it’s time for me to work and when I’m on stage, this alter ego that I’ve created that kind of protects me and who I really am. Sasha Fierce is the fun, more aggressive, more outspoken side and more glamorous side that comes out when I’m working and when I’m on the stage.”
Why is it that Beyonce feels the need to have this split personality? Why does she feel the need to have an alter ego? Why do we feel the need to be someone we are not?
I think in general we get lost in the fact that we believe other people expect us to behave a certain way, that they expect us to say certain things, wear certain clothes, go certain places and do certain things. It is so easy for us to fall into the trap of letting other peoples expectations of us dictate who we become.
Here’s the thing – the only person you need to be is you, the person that God created you be, designed you to be and has called you to be. It’s not enough for you to be one person when you’re with your friends, another person when you’re with your parents and another person when you’re at church. If you are to enjoy life and find real freedom you need to be you, morning , noon and night, in every situation, every circumstance.
JUST BE YOURSELF ūüôā

Tim

T-I-M-O-T-H-Y

November 6, 2008

The apostle Paul in his letter to Timothy writes “Don’t let anyone look down on you because you are young, but set an example for the believers in speech, in life, in love, in faith and in purity (1Timothy 4:12)”

How you ever thought to yourself that there is no way that God could use you because you think you are too young? Or maybe you have only just decided to become a Christian and are wondering how could God possibly use me? Do you feel that you might not be good enough or inadequate to everyone else around you?
These are all things that Timothy struggled with . Timothy was never known as a charismatic or strong leader. He was apparently somewhat timid and afraid to confront his people, in particular anyone older than him. What set Timothy apart from everyone else was his faithfulness and his perseverance to the call of God in his life. Despite all his fears and weaknesses, Timothy was used by God to build the church and to encourage the people around him.
Timothy shows us that our fears and inadequacies don’t need to stop us from serving God and that God can use anybody for the purpose of his will. He has shown us that we can lead by example by putting our beliefs into practice and that by following God we can be a great sense of encouragement to anyone we come into contact with, irregardless of age.
enjoy your day
Tim