Monday, 30 July 2007
Thursday, 26 July 2007
Bear with me here, this has just happened, my thoughts really are raw.
I feel sorry for him, if he has done wrong, he will now lose his job, he will probably be prosecuted by the police, over something not worth a lot, he will have to face his family and friends, with this hanging over him, his family will suffer. He has so much to explain, and he will have to do it again and again.
I realise now I could not be a policeman, or a lawyer, or a judge, although I admire what they do and their jobs are so necessary, its the after effects I can't deal with, the why did they do it, what is going to happen to them now, what is going to happen to those close to them.
In a way, I think it is because I am aware I am stupid, and I do stupid things, but knowing that through all of that I have been forgiven. Yes by God, but also by my wife and friends, my crimes have never been punished too harshly, yet most of the time the world does not see them as crimes, I'm talking about the lies, yes the stealing and so much more, and then we are so ready to condemn those who have comitted illegal acts. He who is without sin and all that. I also know there will be guys tomorrow enjoying going through video footage, enjoying catching and punishing. That is not right.
I'm just going to give this to God, pray for that bloke, but I want to dwell on some of this theme a bit more, maybe I'll add more later.
I suppose its like hearing a good sermon/talk/teaching, and talking to others after, and finding that you all got something different from it. Something personal to you. God speaking to you.
Anyway, my bit of scripture 1 Corinthians chapter 13.
Tuesday, 24 July 2007
Thursday, 19 July 2007
Sunday, 15 July 2007
I watched Friends the other night, it was the episode where a cheesecake gets delivered accidently to Chandler, He and Rachel then eat it, its great, they get another one. Then at the third one they argue over it, it ends up on the floor.
They start to eat it up off of the floor. At this moment Joey arrives, Rachel and Chandler look up ashamedly, Joey pulls out a fork and sits down with them.
What a Jesus moment, think about it.
Friday, 13 July 2007
You can't earn anymore, there is nothing you can or can't do to deserve it, it is there to be accepted as soon as we accept His Son.
Tuesday, 10 July 2007
I'm going home in the morning, yeah.
For anyone who wants to know, I have to work away quite regularly, I stay down in Thurrock, which is where me and Tanya moved from, to where we are now, my wonderful home of Diss. Which is interesting, because I have spent the majority of my life in Thurrock, I can drive around with my eyes shut ( probably not the best of ideas ), my friends are there, my Dad is there, yet when I get back to Diss, it feels great. Not just the fact of coming home to Tanya and the children, and my niece, and my foreign students ( busy house, Tanya has a lot to do, especially on her own, what a woman, of course I know she is going to read this ), I love being in that town, it feels like home. I have great support, a brilliant church family, great friends and 2 of my brothers live here.
At some point I will have to leave Diss, I really pray, where I go then, will feel like home.
I am heartened by the time I now spend in Thurrock. I use to stay with a friend. I now stay at my Dads, and we have some great chats and get to spend time together ( I know my Dad reads this too), also the ELBR (see other posts ), I can go and pray, and the other week me and the family were able to go TCF at Corringham, and got a great welcome.
I really hope there is a bit of home everywhere, wherever we end up.
Anyway, I'm going home in the morning.
Monday, 9 July 2007
There is a lot of anger in this world focused on Christianity, and I can understand it, but why so much anger focused on Jesus.
It amazes me that so many educated people, seem to forget their education, when it comes to talking about the bible or christianity or Jesus.
They talk of wars and injustice, murder, of judging, guilt and shame, of hate.
At different times within the history of the church, the church has been guilty of alot of the above, I'm sorry.
At no point is Jesus guilty, at no point did Jesus agree with any of the above. He spoke of peace, love and turning the other cheek, He spoke for social justice and freedom from guilt and shame, He spoke of loving your neighbour as yourself.
The intelligentsia who manage to allow their own feelings of shame, guilt, hate and judgement to blind themselves of truth, are as guilty as a church that has used religion to do all of the above.
And then they point to this world around us and say, look what we have achieved as man, how great we are, like Nero watching Rome burn while playing his fiddle.
Tuesday, 3 July 2007
Monday, 2 July 2007
That is a challenge, making people feel truly comfortable and at home.
In the boiler room we were staying at, there were notes in the kitchen, that whatever is in the cupboards or fridge, use. There was a note not to do the washing up, use the dishwasher, the bedrooms were like hotel rooms.
At church, people came to speak to me and Tanya, the boys enjoyed the young peoples section, the baby was welcome.
There was a BBQ on Sunday afternoon, we were encouraged to help ourselves, with someone taking the baby from Tanya, so that she could get something to eat in peace, the boys played happily with some girls, and we had some great conversations. I felt welcome.
I have had a good week, also went fruit picking and made jam, spent some time at Tanya's mums, went to a sealife centre and met some great rays ( absolutely loved the rays ). Now there is a French student staying with us for the next 2 weeks, and a Spanish student coming on Tuesday, staying for 3 weeks.
Now it is our turn to show the reality of Jesus love, the hospitality, community and family, to young people away from home, we have to become a home. I pray we can be genuine, as has been done to us, so we do unto others.