Don’t worry about a thing!

February 25, 2010

I’m sure most of you know the old Bob Marley song Three little Birds. It goes a little something like this, “Don’t worry, about a thing, cuz every little thing is gonna be alright!” Very simple yet powerful lyrics. I believe that every morning that we wake up and start our day, God would say this to us. To not worry about a thing. Sometimes things are out of control, but Gods got your back, and wants you to know that It will all be ok. He’s the creator!! He knows more than you do! Knows what’s best and all that stuff! So its like why even try to do it all by yourself, when you got the master of it all by your side. Peter 5:7 says “cast all your cares of father God because he cares for you”. I would say every morning wake up and say this verse. You can use it in any situation you get in. God cares, so give it to him. Trust me, he’s a BIG God, He can handle it.

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Stick It Out!

February 19, 2010

Recently I’ve been looking to make a specific change in my life.  After talking to a few people, I’ve just discovered I can’t.  My idea can’t work.  Shoot! Lol
But that’s okay.  I know God will see me through situations I don’t like.
When Jesus was in the garden praying, knowing he was about feel the weight of everyone’s sins and be separated from God, he prays three separate times, “Not as I will, but as you will”.  When Jesus was teaching how to pray, He said we should say “your kingdom come, your will be done”.  I’ve got to accept it and yield to God’s plan. 
Now I think Ruth probably didn’t like picking up the leftover bits of grain after Boaz’s servants like some beggar-woman.  I can’t imagine Paul really loving being in prison, though he seems to have been one of those people that would say it was an amazing chance to serve God: I’m sure he would have liked to go outside and walk around sometimes.  David probably didn’t like Saul chasing him around the desert for years either, trying to kill him.  But it had to be done, so they got on with it.
God says through Isaiah, “My thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways.”
If there’s some super cosmic life changing reason I can’t make the changes I want in my life, then awesome:  bring it on, and let God use me.  But even if there’s not, then I can stick it out if David can.

Guest Blog From Naomi!

February 17, 2010

When you are in a dark place or whatever the situation is
that you are faceing and it makes you angry.
Keeping the anger bolt up inside dose not help.
What can happen is that you can end up talking the dark
place or situation.
Ephesians 4:25,26,27
So put away all felsehood and “tell your neigbor the truth”
because we belong to each other and “don’t sin by letting anger gain
control over you”
Don’t let the sun go down while you are still angry, for anger gives a mighty
foothold to the devil.
The best thing to do in that situation is to open up to someone you trust.
A family member or close friend.
Stay calm when telling them about what has made you angry.
Psalm 32:8
The Lord says,
” I will guide you along the best pathway for your life”
I will advice you and watch over you
Look up to God and he will help you all the way.
 
Naomi

Taxi!

February 16, 2010

So I was taking a taxi home the other night, and of course I was chatting away about the weather or something, and the question came up like it always does for me: “That’s not a Derry accent you have; whereabouts are you from?”  So I gave the usual story of how I’m from California but I’ve come over to do an internship.  This is where the taxi drivers always go on to ask, “What are you doing for your internship?” at which point I get to tell them all about Cornerstone!  And this taxi driver said, “Oh: charismatic.”  And I’m like “Yeah, actually!”
He told me he was a minister in a different denomination.  Somehow we got on the subject of speaking in tongues he said he didn’t like “our idea” (Cornerstone’s idea) of how it worked, because he said it was a bunch of babble, and how could that help anybody.  I explained to him the best I could about how tongues might be thought of as a way of pouring out your heart to God, a special way to communicate where you won’t let over-thinking your words get in the way of sharing your mind with God.
At this point we were stopped outside my house in Ivy Mead, still talking.  We just had to agree to disagree in the end, because he couldn’t accept that a person might be able to use a language that sounded like nonsense to everyone else to intentionally express feelings to God. 
A lot of you guys know that I wasn’t very familiar with the gift of tongues before I came to Cornerstone.  I love that God placed me in this conversation instead of somebody else because I could see where this guy was coming from.  I actually feel like I grew from that conversation, like sharing what I know about God and His spirit has made me more proud of what I believe in and what God is revealing to me!
You can have conversations about God anywhere!  Don’t be scared to share the knowledge you have!
“Something like Larry”
After throwing my duffle in the trunk and jumping into the seat, Dad asked me “So, uneventful flight?” I responded, “Actually, it was quite eventful.” I recounted how I had shown up late (I had been thinking about departure time, not boarding time), and had a mad rush to make my flight alongside a few other harried travelers out of Long Beach.
But that wasn’t all. Also from Long Beach was a cute blonde free-illustrating in seat 15D. I had to ask her to let me squeeze past to my window seat, along with a comment about how I enjoyed her artwork. It started a delightful conversation that would continue the rest of the entire 1hr flight up to the San Francisco Bay. I discovered “Hilary” was traveling home from her 3rd year at Cal State Long Beach as an art student, and was full of funny roommate and school stories we could laugh together about. I had previously mentioned I was a pastor, along with being a tutor, and working on my Masters of Divinity in grad school. It was when she asked, “So, what do you do as a pastor?” when I felt Holy Spirit steering our ordained chat deeper. In the end, we analyzed her irregular Catholic upbringing, what evangelical church pastoring looks like, and eventually walked through the message of the gospel together. She replied that she’d never heard it in such clearly expressed, easily understandable words. We both jumped as the plane touched down, realizing the entire-flight length of our conversation. Then, as she went to claim luggage and I split to the sidewalk to wait for my ride, I looked up to the crisp stars overhead and asked God to continue to work in Hilary’s life.
I pray she’s having a relaxing time at home with family. But I’m also praying that the truth in the message of the gospel will leave her unsettled, and desiring more! Thank you, God, for using me in this way! May I always be a free servant for your Spirit-guided work!

Guest Blog From Naomi

February 11, 2010

Life in this world is a big challenge sometimes for people.
I know I struggle physically and in general.
It is really hard sometimes and I don’t have a clue what to do.
If you are struggling physically and in general.
Read this passage of scripture.  
 
John 14 v 6
 
I am the way the truth and the life,
no one can come to the father except through me.
 
Pray to God and he will give you the answer help with whatever
situation or struggle you are facing.
He will be beside you wherever you are.
 
Naomi

Guest Blog from Frankee!

February 9, 2010

This weekend when i was away with the youth we talked about our dreams and what were passionate about. We were asked to write our own obituray, I kind of thought okay hmmm? how would i want to be remembered. i wrote that i inspired and influanced many lives of young women with my testamony; and thats kind of my dream awell. Because like, i use to think that before i became a christian that what i went through and what happened to me was my fault, like i desevred it. However now when i think about it i know that the only reason that i went through it is because now some day i can share it with young women and hopefully inspire them and encourage them that it doesnt have to distroy them the way it did to me because there is light at the end of the tunnel after all. that i am worth something and that my life is important. even though it will take a long time for my too build up my confidance and accept compliments and all that jazz. well you’ve gotta start somewere right? Through god you can achevie anything you want. I love to write, everyone who know’s me knows that. but i dont want to write things that won’t inpower me or influance someone else, so when i do write i try to use my past to do so. i don’t want anything from my past to have a hold over me anymore. I want to walk the path that the lord has set out for me. i dont want too stand back because of my fears. Anyway i guess what i’m trying to say is dont let anything hold you back, dont let anyone hold you down! Personally i dont want to look back on my life and be like why did i let that hold me back?! I want to do as much as i can for the Lord on earth while i have the chance to do it. I look round at everyone in my life and think oh my word, there amazing. i want people to think that about myself. One of  my most favorite bible chapters is Isaiah 49. because it inspries me to be what i feel i should be for the lord. In the restoration of israel it says “to say to the captives, come out and those in darkness be free! “. When i read this im instandly inspried and motivated. I want to help those in the darkness to be free. free in god. I want to help people who are in captivity of the devil to come out, and see the light and love of god; because in my own personal opinion and you don’t have to agree with me on this but the only way you can truly be free is if you live your life according to gods will. NOT according to you and your fears. Thats how i want to begin living my life. Thats what i’m going to start to do. and i hope whoever reads this will do that to.

take care. God Bless. Frankee xx.

Why ???

February 8, 2010

Why do bad things happen to good people when they haven’t done anything?”
I think everyone wonders this at least once in there life, I wondered it for the last while, I was praying about it and just didn’t understand it , people who haven’t ever done anything that bad in there can end up dealing with thing they shouldn’t have to , it seems unfair I was asking everyone and nobody could answer , they looked at me like I was crazy. I asked Brian Somerville, Senior Pastor at Cornerstone City Church  about it and he said he didn’t know the answer it seemed like a dead end , nobody could answer me , but then when I was talking to him he made me realise that that’s a question with no answer , nobody knows why bad things happen to anyone ! But infact its how god can use it to change you. god has a plan for you life you just need to trust in him and know that if things do go wrong, its for a reason, that something good will probably come out of it or even just a hard learned lesson . thing fall apart so better things can fall into place you may not realise it now , but its all a part of making you who you are or who your going to be within god. yeah , it just might take a while and you will probably look back and think your glad those thing happened. Bad things happen to people all the time , if something bad happens seriously just hand it over to god and trust in him and believe that he’ll take control and help you through it. whatever happens is meant to , just keep walking the path your on ; you never know what good might come of it just trust in god!
Libiee xxx

A few thoughts

February 3, 2010

“Let us now consider how we may spur one another on towards love and good deeds. Let us not neglect our meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing, but let us encourage one another – and all the more as you see the Day approaching.” – Hebrews 10 v24-25

“Instead, we hold the truth in love, becoming more and more in every way like Christ, who is the head of His body the church.  Under his direction, the whole body is fitted together perfectly.  As each part does its own special work, it helps the other parts grow, so that the whole body is healthy and growing and full of love.” – Ephesians 4 v15-16

Hi there…  It’s been really quite strange for me not being round Cornerstone lately.  I’ve been hiding up in Belfast for all of January doing my finals exams at uni.  After they finished, Lauren and I went to visit her family for a week; it was a beautiful and relaxing time.  But over this whole period these two verses were never off my mind as I believe they stand for so much of what I believe the church, that is the body of Christ should stand for.  Surely church should be a place where we go to meet with those who share our faith in order to get built up and encouraged in our faith.  Like Adam’s blog recently, Sunday mornings are not our only times of “worship”, are our lives not our time of worship?

I’ve heard Donevan Coetzee preach a couple of times now, and the man’s zest for life and passion for God is just there.  In sport a committed player is said to “wear their heart on the sleeve” but Donevan just takes this to a whole new level! A quote I’ve heard him say a few times and is simple, yet profound is “I love church. I wake up in the morning and I cannot wait to go to church!”

Isn’t this incredible.  Quite often come early Sunday morning and the alarm goes off, or any morning when the alarm goes off, what do I think… Is it “I cannot wait to go to church today!” or “Right God, it’s me and you, what are we going to do today?”  Sometimes, yes… Sometimes, that excitement isn’t always there.  And why is that? Personally, I think it’s because we fall into a routine no matter whether you are a pastor, a doctor, on going to school and with time, routine doesn’t fill us with excitement and passion.  Then I think of Donevan who makes this statement and he has been in ministry for years yet each day he wakes and is just so incredibly excited about what God has in store.

So, recently I’ve been really missing the community that is my local church.  I can’t wait to go back and see everyone again, to hang out, to encourage and as Paul mentions many times in the New Testament, to edify the body.  I am excited to be at church this Sunday and to be around my spiritual family, being encouraged and sharing the gifts God has given each and every one of us… It’s going to be awesome… Come!  With how I feel about going to church this weekend, having not been for a while has really challenged me to be thinking that way each and every day that I live.  When I wake in the morning I want me first thoughts and words always to be praising God and not grumbling at the alarm, and I want my everyday challenge to be “How can I love today? How can I serve today?”  Whether that be at home, in class, at work or wherever.

Love and prayers

Marc


Many Christian churches have changed their worship styles. As is often the case with experiences, we have different impressions and reactions to worship styles. The Bible doesn’t give a formal definition of worship. The English word “worship” comes from two Old English words: weorth, which means “worth,” and scipe or ship, which means something like shape or “quality.” We can see the Old English word -ship in modern words like friendship and sportsmanship – that’s the quality of being a friend, or the quality of being a good sport.

So worth-ship is the quality of having worth or of being worthy. When we worship, we are saying that God has worth, that He is worthy. Worship means to declare worth, to attribute worth. Or to put it in biblical terms, we praise God. We speak, or sing, about how good and powerful God is.

This is a purpose for which we are called: “You are a chosen people, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people belonging to God, that you may declare the praises of him who called you out of darkness into his wonderful light” 1 Peter 2:9. We were called for the purpose of praising God, worshiping God. That is one of the job descriptions of a Christian. We should declare that God is worthy, worth more than everything else put together.

In Hebrew there are 2 popular kinds of words for worship. The first kind means ‘to bow down, to kneel, and to put one’s face down as an act of respect and submission.’ Basically this is showing that you’re saying with actions, I will do whatever you want me to. I am ready to listen to your instructions and I am willing to obey. The second meaning is to serve: making a sacrifice or carrying out his instructions.

So how do we approach worship? How do we get to that place, where we are willing to tell God that he has full control of everything in us, control of our entire being. Many people tell you many different things, but I would say that to come to the state of worship then simple come as you are. Matthew tells us in chapter 11v28 “Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest.” This doesn’t mean you just show up on a Sunday morning and stand with your hands in your pocket expecting God to do all the work. God is a gentle God and won’t push is way through. You need to be expecting and ready to enter into his presence. You need to be ready to bow down in his presence, you need to be ready to kneel at his feet, you need to lay your face down and submit to Him love, His glory and His peace. You need to be ready to worship.

There’s something about worship, something about the music, which helps the progression and movement of God. Maybe the build ups, the crescendos which spark an emotional response, one that helps you lose your, self image, your inhabitations, and to solely focus on God and His wonder. This to me is worship. The meeting of our hearts, our minds and letting them collide with God.