Unquenchable Worshipper

January 29, 2010

I’m reading a book at the minute called “The Unquenchable Worshipper” written by Matt Redman. And there is a bit in it that really stood out to me it’s from Psalm 30:5 and says: “weeping may remain for a night, but rejoicing comes in the morning.” So often God’s hand of discipline in our lives is followed quickly by his hand of blessing and tenderness. So if you’re going through a hard time… just know and reassure yourself that you’ll be sweet! Everything happens for a reason and these trials will only make us stronger.
Colm

xoxo

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Once upon a time there lived two young boys. These two boys were very different from each other.
The first boy would be called by others a very “holy” boy. He was the first to be at church on a Sunday morning. When the offering plate went around he would take out the largest bill from his pocket and wave it around for everyone to see, and then place it in the offering plate. He would also be the first to give up all of his sweeties when he was offered them as a sacrifice when the church would be in a time of fasting. This lad new the best Christian words to say at the exact time when the sermon was being given. To so many he was the perfect Christian boy.
And then there was another boy who lived on another street that was not to far away from the first boy. Unlike the first boy this one did not go to church every Sunday. This boy would be up too late on Saturday night to even get up for Sunday morning service. If his mum’s hand bag would be left on on the kitchen table, he would not be too afraid to take some spending money out of it. It was not that he did not know about God, but he just was so busy to really make time for God.
So one Sunday  morning the two lads both were in church. Not only were they both in church, but they were both sitting right next too each other. It came time after the service for prayer time. The first boy began to pray out loud so that everyone could hear! He prayed out, “Lord, thank you that I am not like other people- partying, steeling, swearing- or even like this guy standing beside me!”
The second boy looked down humbly, and prayed under his breath, “God have mercy on me a sinner”.

Luke 18:14 says, “I tell you that this man (boy), rather than the other, went home justified before God. For all those who exalt themselves will be humbled, and those who humble themselves will be exalted.”

To read this story from the Bible refer to Luke 18:9-14.

Joshua Ashbury.xxx

Here Today, Gone Tomorrow
It is in those heaviest, most difficult moments of life when what we actually believe and live by is tested. Now that I live down in LA, I feel helpless as I receive emails and take calls about a friend of mine who died in a car crash recently at age 17. Why was he taken away so young? Why? Why? I keep hearing. This is terrible. The world is a cruel, dark place, and my heart and prayers continue to travel out to his family and all those hurt by this painfully premature tragedy.
For so many of the high-schoolers I know back home, to accept the very first death they have personally experienced is especially a struggle. But as I explained to a student and friend of mine through the hushed tones of a late night phone conversation, it is an awful experience just like this that holds overwhelming capacity for change: change in our mindsets, change in our beliefs, and change in our lifestyles. When death is so near as today, questions arise like no other time: What is God doing? Is He loving? Is He in control? Why me? Where does one go after death?
Don’t lessons about Heaven and Hell and Salvation seem stale or worn out…until the reality of death is presented raw before you? How often do we think to share words of Life with our lost, unsaved friends we see every day, until we realize just how little time some of us have left?
Lets not skip services or sleep during church. This life and death stuff is real.
Lets not roll our eyes next time we’re told how important it is to share the gospel. People really do need to be saved.
So as the world may crash down, what do we actually believe? And how will we change the way we live based on this new event in our lives? Ask yourself these questions. And then live your life like it really does matter.

scared… of wains

January 22, 2010

I was working this morning on writing the assembly for the Extreme Team’s February assembly, and Tim said I could do the close if I wanted.  That’s the important part where we really drive home how important God is.  I made the mistake of telling Tim that I don’t really want to because I’m a little bit scared, and guess what?  Now I have to.
Well, I have to do it sometime within the next few months.  But still, I’m a little bit nervous.  I see kids fidgeting and it freaks me out.  I know, they’re kids and they have to move all the time.  It doesn’t mean they’re not interested in what I have to say.  But for some reason it still hits me in my confidence to see kids squirming.
I have no problem running around the stage in swimming goggles pretending to botch a science experiment.  I actually look forward to acting like the Queen of Sheba and making her a southern black lady.  But when it comes to talking to the kids about something real, something that it’s actually important for me to communicate, I get scared and look for excuses not to do it.
I need to remember that god will convey the message that his children need to hear.  I need to remember that if I can be silly for kids, I can be serious in front of the same ones.  I need to learn to be as comfortable when clothed in the word of God as I am in a costume.
In Exodus, God promises he will give me the words to say.  So what do I have left to be scared of?  And eight-year-old?  Psshh, I could take on one of them!
 
 “The LORD said to him, ‘Who gave man his mouth? Who makes him deaf or mute? Who gives him sight or makes him blind? Is it not I, the LORD ?  Now go; I will help you speak and will teach you what to say.’” Exodus 4:11-12
 

FAITH

January 21, 2010

Faith is the daring of the soul to go further than the eyes can see.
At times keeping a strong faith can be really hard especially in teenage years because it’s easier to find yourself in situations where people or things could challenge your faith in god. I’ve been there. You might even get to the stage where you think “ I give up on god completely”. Things are hard sometimes, people go through stuff that gets in the way & blocks off their relationship with god. Downing your faith can come from the simplest little thing like saying “you’re just going to sit in when really you’re going to a prayer meeting or church or something. When people be like “if he’s real how come we cant hear him or see him?” ,but that’s the thing, faith is simply believing without seeing. You know that there’s oxygen in fresh air but you can’t see it? Yeah sure that’s scientifically proven but then again so is the fact gods real by him answering prayers and doing miracles within peoples lives. Keeping a strong faith; yeah its hard at time but its also easy, Its like a strong relationship that isn’t broken, because at the end of the day god isn’t gonna leave you he’ll never turn his back on you when you go to him he’s there .the verse that always helps me is 1corinthians 13;13 it says “trust steadily in god, hope unswervingly and love extravagantly”. If you ever have problems with faith or believing just pray to him; he will answer or read your bible . People will slag you , and some people might even leave you but that’s life and if you keep believe things will go the way there meant to just remember though it all gods there.

Libbiee.xx

January 20, 2010

A lot of times taking the right advice can be really hard. For example. If someone tells you something you don’t want to hear and that you think isn’t right we can tend to have an attitude of completely shunning it out and saying things like “who do they think they are telling me that nonsense” but at the end of the day the person giving advice is only trying to help out and even if we don’t want to hear the advice we sometimes have to just sit back and really think about what they have said and try to figure out what they meant and see if you can work out if you understand. And after this it gives a better perspective on what has been said and can turn out to really help. Even if it means letting go of something you don’t want to… its all for the best. Just put your trust in god and all your problems will be in his hands.
James 1:19My dear brothers, take note of this: Everyone should be quick to listen, slow to speak and slow to become angry,

Colm

When we hear the word worship we think of music whether it be loud music with many instruments playing modern worship songs or unaccompanied voices singing hymns. Anyway, for most people worship is music or is most related to music. Psalm 95 instructs us to worship with shouting, singing and music because God is the best! The word worship simply means to give worth to, to idolize which is exactly what He expects and deserves. This is a word that should only be used to describe our feelings towards God but so often gets muddled up, our feelings for other things can be so much stronger than how we honestly feel for Him. Worship can so often be standing in a room full of believers singing your favourite songs thinking of what you did the night before or what your plans are for the rest of the day. If you ever feel like this, trust me your not the only 1! Sometimes relating to God can be so difficult. Do you ever look at people that have no relationship with the Lord and ask what it so different between you and them? Maybe they drink more? Swear more? But really is you not drinking/swearing going to make a difference to anything? Claire (my fiancé for anyone that doesn’t know me) and I where talking the other night about our relationship and thought what makes us different to couples that don’t know the Lord? One of Claire’s gifts is that she worries about stuff. This means that if things aren’t going the way she knows they should be she won’t just let it go. Always try to make sure every relationship and bond brings worship to God. Worship shouldn’t and can’t be kept to a Sunday morning in the form of music, it needs to be something that is constant and is shared with everyone that you spend time with and come into contact with. Never be content!

January 16, 2010

Heys Guys!
Its me again! Hope ur all well and are enjoying getting back to reality after the holidays. Im not really a fan of the whole new year party scene… to be honest im quite happy to just have an early night and work the next day to earn lots of money!! I know im a bit sad.. But there’s one thing that I absolutely love to do and thats sit down with my Bible (and my other half) and chat with God about what happened over the last year and to proclaim what I want to see for the coming year! It important to speak things over our lives and what better time to do it than in January? I’ll give u an example.. I’m claiming that this is the year that I’ll see my brothers saved! Im believing it for their lives. We’ve also spent some time declaring scriptures over our lives. My favourite Psalm is 91, have a read and im sure u’ll love it too… we believe that this Psalm will be true in our lives for the next year. Try it yourself! Ask God for direction for the next year and proclaim what u want to see happen in your life. Even write it down so you can read over it in 2011 and see how God has honoured your prayers! Enjoy! RAchel Brown xx

CHURCH

January 15, 2010

The english language is full of a variety of interesting, exciting and challenging words that all have the power when used in the correct context to provoke a number of different emotional responses.  I love seeing the different reactions when I use the word church. Church is a word that can be met with some of the most incredible emotional fueled reactions.  It is a word that has the power to make a person smile, get a person excited, it can make a person angry or it can instill fear in a person.  The word church is an incredibly powerful word and many of us if not all of us will have an emotional attachment to it.
When I tell a person that I am employed by a church, I am usually met by a look of fear, body language changes and very often it sparks the end of our conversation.
What has happened to The Church ‘Big C’ that would make a person react in such a way?
I am all for church. I love church. I love the idea and concept of church.  I see church as a place of hope, a place where dreams are born, a community of faith building people that encourage, inspire, motivate, challenge and  support.  Jeff Lucas writes this about the church “We are part of the grace – family called the people of God. Together we cry, laugh,share our burdens, worship, grieve, pray and serve”(The Prodigal Friendly Church)
The apostle Paul in his letter to the Corinthians wrote “The way God designed our bodies is a model for understanding our lives together as a church: every part dependent on every other part, the parts we mention and the parts we don’t, the parts we see and the parts we don’t. If one part hurts, every other part is involved in the hurt, and in the healing. If one part flourishes, every other part enters into the exuberance”.(1Corinthians 12:25-26 The Message)
There is no other place in the world that I would rather be than at the heart of the church.  In that space where Jesus is guiding us, the Holy Spirit driving us, where both are brining us closer to the father and to each other.
In a ideal or perfect world I suppose every church would look, feel and be like this, but again the unfortunate reality is that this is not the case.   If we are to be fully engaged in spiritual and social transformation then it is vitally important that we become fully engaged in our own relationship with the one true living God.  The way that the church will grow and develop is through the everyday interactions and engagements that you and I will have with the world.  You and I may be the only church that the people in your school, on your street, in your home this city may ever meet.  We are the church! Jesus has locked his credibility into ours, placed the future of his church on our shoulders and commanded us to go to the ends of the world. If the world is to catch a glimpse of the invisible God they will do it through us.  We have a huge responsibility to reflect Jesus in a way that is true to the magnificent and wonderful deity of his character.  In doing so the world will have no choice but  to stand up and take notice, change their view of the church and open up to receive the loving, healing, transforming power of God.  I pray that we will be a church that will be judged not by what we say about Jesus but by our acts of kindness, which serve everyone indiscriminately.

Wisdom

January 14, 2010

            So, God came to Solomon in a dream.  All He said was basically “Tell me what you want”.  Solomon knew he had some big shoes to fill, following his father David as king, and he knew he had a big job to do in the ruling of God’s people.  He asked God for wisdom.  He asked for the ability to know what the right course of action is, or the right idea to pursue is, or the right way to live is.
            What a thing to have!  I have no idea what to do with my life or what direction I want to go after I finish with the office at Cornerstone.  It would be so tempting for me to ask for a ton of money.  If I was rich I wouldn’t have to worry about a career or where I would live, so that would seem to solve my problems.  Or if I just asked for a good job, then I would have a direction in my life and some financial security.  But neither of those would make me happy because they just don’t answer all the questions I have in life.
            Wisdom is the key, for me.  It tells me where to go, what is good or not good for me, and what I need to focus on or forget.  It helps me not to worry, and it helps me make good decisions.
            It says in James, “If any of you lacks wisdom, he should ask God, who gives generously to all without finding fault, and it will be given to him.”  Well wisdom is what I need for all the uncertainties in my life, and asking God is definitely what I will be doing.