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Wonderful conversion [19 Jul 2010|11:27am]

Originally published at Spider's scribblepad. You can comment here or there.

When I arrived back at our B&B on Saturday I put 5 live on for a bit just before we went to sleep, and was rather pleased to hear an interview with David Hamilton, a former loyalist paramilitary member from northern ireland who became a Christian.

The interview is fascinating and heartwarming, and you can listen to it here:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b00t32h5#-

It begins just after 1:39.

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Mobilise Thursday Video [09 Jul 2010|09:05am]

Originally published at Spider's scribblepad. You can comment here or there.

Had to sort this out in the morning because yesterday was a crazy long day and we didn’t get to sleep until around 3am, with no time to sort out the video editing.

Anyway, here it is, highlights from thursday:

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Mobilise Wednesday Video [07 Jul 2010|11:40pm]

Originally published at Spider's scribblepad. You can comment here or there.

Me and Aaron share our highlights from today.

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Mobilise Wednesday Morning [07 Jul 2010|10:50pm]

Originally published at Spider's scribblepad. You can comment here or there.

This morning was the first of the mobilise sessions, followed by the first set of mobilise seminars. For me there was a really clear theme running through those morning sessions of relying totally on God.

In the main session Tom Shaw spoke on John 5:16-18, sharing how we should do nothing without the father. Our attitude should be one of total humility, total acceptance of our inability to act on our own initiative. And from that position of humility and surrender we are then able to do what we see the father doing.We are able to follow and imitate him totally, not on our own initiative but following his.

Key to this is to take time to pause in our lives and observe. Lay aside time to rest in Gods presence and just listen and watch him to see what hes doing. I was massively challenged that my life is full of activity and busyness, and that I leave little room for just hanging out with God, seeking his will.

This theme was massively carried through to the seminar I went to on Biblical leadership. The essence of the seminar from Mike Betts was that true Biblical leadership is the act of responding and reacting to the promptings of God. Leadership should be reactive based on what God promises us and what he initiates in us, not proactive and from our own strength and desires.

Mike really helpfully encouraged each of us that one of the greatest challenges to aspiring leaders is that of being unknown and obscure. This is a challenge that we must wrestle with and overcome, because some who feel called to leadership will in fact remain obscure for most or perhaps all of their lives. Its up to God to decide if and when to initiate positions of leadership for us, and until that happens we simply need to trust in him.

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Mobilise Video Update Day 1 [07 Jul 2010|12:55am]

Originally published at Spider's scribblepad. You can comment here or there.

A quick video of reflections on day 1

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Mobilise Day 1 Overview [06 Jul 2010|10:49pm]

Originally published at Spider's scribblepad. You can comment here or there.

One big theme from today was reaching out to and caring for the poor. In the first session Scott Marques worked through Matthew 16:13-20, talking about the three dynamics of Gods kingdom you find in the passage. Gods passion for the poor and lost, Gods passion for the Church, and Gods passion for the nations.

I was particularly touched by Scotts challenge to bless those around us, especially those who are against us. God purposes to bless us, but also to bless the nations through us, so its our job as Christians to actively seek to bless people around us in any way possible!

The theme of caring for the poor was David Strouds focus in the third session, and he took us on a wonderful journey through Isaiah 58, provoking us to rethink the importance of the poor in our lives. Isaiah makes it clear that although Israel are fervently praying, fasting and desiring after God, they were not close to God because they didnt care for the poor among them.

Caring for the poor around us is a clear and essential evidence of true faith and obedience to God. It isnt something we tack on once everything else has been finished, caring for those around us is an essential part of being Church. Its also an essential part of our individual lives, and I was particularly challenged by Davids call to first ask what can I do to help? instead of the perhaps more natural cry of what can the Church do to help?

It was also great to hear David unpack the wonderful positive results of caring for the poor. Not just the obvious benefits to those around us, but also the fact that God promises to particularly bless his people when they do care for the poor.

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Mobilise [06 Jul 2010|12:47am]

Originally published at Spider's scribblepad. You can comment here or there.

Nothing much to say, except that we have all arrived safely, and here is a brief video of some of our expectations for the week.

Hopefully we will manage to make daily video updates like this, and they will all appear on the blog!

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Mobilise [05 Jul 2010|05:41pm]

Originally published at Spider's scribblepad. You can comment here or there.

So we’ve arrived in Brighton and are just going to chill out for the rest of the day. Later on all of us (which is 14 of us mobilise lot, plus Richard) will be eating together and generally having a relaxing and fun evening.

Tomorrow morning the conference kicks off, and I will be blogging about the week as it happens. I’m not really sure how many other people are blogging about mobilise itself, I know of quite a few ToaM live bloggers, but not so many of the young ‘uns.

I’m really looking forward to an exciting week, and I’m especially pleased that there are so many of us together from King’s Church to share the experience and then bring it all back up to Leicester together.

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Get out there and vote! [02 May 2010|06:53pm]

Originally published at Spider's scribblepad. You can comment here or there.

In case you hadn’t noticed, there is an election happening right now. I had the pleasure of speaking from Romans 13 this morning on government and our submission to it. My hope is that I managed to encourage a bunch of people to get engaged with politics, to realise that as Christians we have a unique role to play in the way our country is ruled.

Our purpose as Christians is not to overthrow government, and it certainly isn’t to use government to impose Christianity upon the nation. Our main purpose is to share the gospel, and we do not do that through politics. However we do have to deal with government, and the Bible is pretty clear on how government should function.

Romans 13 describes a government which is a terror to evil conduct, and approves of good conduct. Our government should be like that, it should deal with good and evil on those terms. We live in a democratic country where we are able to influence government very easily. So we should be engaging with and influencing the authorities in the UK in such a way that they become a government that approves of good conduct, and punishes evil.

We should be sharing with our government exactly what we understand to be good and evil, and how they should be dealing with those things. We should be voting on those terms, so that the government which ultimately will have control in a weeks time is a government which deals with good and evil correctly. We should not leave it there either, after the election we should continue to engage with our rulers in such a way that we show them what the Bible has to say about good and evil. We need to show government what their job is.

If you like, you can have a listen to the whole talk here:

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Easter isn’t about the Cross [31 Mar 2010|10:33pm]

Originally published at Spider's scribblepad. You can comment here or there.

Well, OK, it kind of is. But more importantly it’s also about the resurrection!

The Cross is a beautiful place, where Jesus became sin for us so that we could live and have freedom to worship God. I love the Cross and I go there often because I need constant reminding about where my strength comes from.

The resurrection is better though. Without the resurrection the Cross would be an empty gesture, without any power to save. The fact that Christ rose again is absolutely essential, and the resurrection is what we celebrate at easter. On good friday Jesus’ died, and on easter sunday he rose again.

We celebrate Sunday, as the completion of what began on Friday.

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Give me 3 and a half minutes [23 Feb 2010|10:32pm]

Originally published at Spider's scribblepad. You can comment here or there.

Thankyou, now use those 3 and a half minutes to watch the video here:
Persecution in India: These Are Your Brothers and Sisters

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God’s mercy, and our sin [19 Feb 2010|12:00pm]

Originally published at Spider's scribblepad. You can comment here or there.

So Genesis 6-8 is all about the flood, Gods judgement on a corrupt world. Noah is singledout by God because “Noah found favour in the eyes of the LORD” (6:8). Indeed in the next verse he is described as a righteous man,blameless in his generation.

Now you might think that having been given such high praise God might be pretty pleased with the situation post-flood. We are left with a single group of people, being led by a man who walked with God. It would be easy to think that Gods promise that “I will never again curse the ground because of man” (8:21) flowed out of hope that he would not need to, that man had learnt his lesson from the flood.

This is not the case, 8:21 reads in full

And when the LORD smelledthe pleasing aroma, the LORD said in his heart, “I will never again curse the ground because of man, for the intention of mans heart is evil from his youth.Neither will I ever again strike down every living creature as I have done.

The reason God promised not to curse the earth again because of man was that he looked at Noah and co., and realised that he would have to. Mans heart is evil from his youth, so the corruption of humanity was inevitable.

So often the rainbow is described as a reminder of Gods mercy and grace, and thats brilliant. But lets not forget that it is also a reminder of our corrupt and evil hearts which led to the near destruction of the planet. Praise God that in his mercy he came up with another plan, praise God that he sent his son instead of the second flood we deserved.

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God’s mercy [18 Feb 2010|12:42pm]

Originally published at Spider's scribblepad. You can comment here or there.

It would be easy to look at Genesis 3-4 in a negative light. In these two chapters you find the fall of man with accompanying curse. You also shortly afterwards discover the murder of Abel and a further curse upon Cain.

These chapters are filled with devastation, the paradise of Eden is lost and humanity is torn apart.

But in the midst of that I cannot help but be overwhelmed by Gods love and mercy. Adam and Eve were told that they would surely die if they ate the fruit, and this is true, they did die. But God was merciful and did not kill them immediately, instead he clothed them and sent them away. Not only that, but he also blessed them with children as evidence that he would allow them to continue their task.

And Cain, who was cast intothe wilderness to wander for the rest of his life, was also protected by God. A mark was put on him so that no one would kill him, and he had children, a brief genealogy is listed in chapter 4.

Gods great mercy shines through in the early chapters of Genesis, despite the immense disobedience of man. Praise God.

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Preach the Bible [16 Feb 2010|02:52pm]

Originally published at Spider's scribblepad. You can comment here or there.

On any given Sunday it is not sufficient to claim your words are Biblical and true. You must also demonstrate that they are Biblically grounded and true by drawing them out of the text you are preaching.

If you don’t, then one of the two the following things happens:

  1. People don’t believe you – And why should they? Human wisdom is empty and meaningless compared to God’s, so unless listeners can see the truth in the words of Scripture they have no reason to trust what you are saying. The sad thing is you are probably saying true things which are found in scripture, but without that authority behind you words people will ignore you.
  2. People do believe you – Whilst the first option is sad, this is downright dangerous. If listeners are taking everything you say as gospel truth but can’t see how it comes directly from the Bible then you are cultivating disciples of yourself, not of Jesus. People must be shown that truth comes from Scripture, not from men. I pray that people would never quote me, I pray that they would see me quote scripture and do the same.

And if you are a listener, then you have a part to play as well. Weigh everything against Scripture, get your Bible open and keep it open, check that it really does say that on those pages. Make notes not just of what is said, but which chapter and verse it comes from.

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Prepare for a broken heart [12 Feb 2010|03:45pm]

Originally published at Spider's scribblepad. You can comment here or there.

“To love at all is to be vulnerable. Love anything, and your heart will certainly be wrung and possibly broken. If you want to make sure of keeping it intact, you must give your heart to no one, not even to an animal. Wrap it carefully round with hobbies and little luxuries; avoid all entanglements; lock it up safe in the casket or coffin of your selfishness. But in that casket- safe, dark, motionless, airless–it will change. It will not be broken; it will become unbreakable, impenetrable, irredeemable.”

CS Lewis, The Four Loves

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Look at me, I’m so humble! [17 Jan 2010|07:54pm]

Originally published at Spider's scribblepad. You can comment here or there.

I haven’t blogged much recently, mostly because I’ve been pretty busy with the PGCE, but I just read this and had to post a little extract from it.

What I can do, however, is have the decency to be ashamed of my drive to self-promotion and my craving for attention and for flattery and not indulge it as if it were actually a virtue or a true guide to my real merit. I am not humble, so I should not pretend to be so but rather confess it in private, seeking forgiveness and sanctification. And, negatively, I must avoid doing certain things. I must not proudly announce my humility on the internet so that all can gasp in wonder at my self-effacement. I must make sure I never refer to myself as a scholar. I must not tell people how wonderful I am. I must resist the temptation to laugh at my own jokes. I must not applaud my own speeches. I must deny myself the pleasure of posting other people’s overblown flattery of me on my own website, let alone writing such about myself. I must never make myself big by clinging to the coat-tails of another. In short, I must never take myself too seriously.

Being humble on the internet is a near impossible task, a I know I fail miserably at it on many occasions.

Read the rest of the article here:
Fools Rush In Where Monkeys Fear To Tread

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Define: Revival [31 Dec 2009|04:19pm]

Originally published at Spider's scribblepad. You can comment here or there.

Dear Christians

Please define: Revival

Sincerely,
Peter

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5 Ideas for 2010 [30 Dec 2009|03:00pm]

Originally published at Spider's scribblepad. You can comment here or there.

I love the pyromaniacs, and this is a classic example of just why.

5 Ideas for 2010

Read it, then go and do it.

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Christmas is about Easter [15 Dec 2009|06:59pm]

Originally published at Spider's scribblepad. You can comment here or there.

I recently heard a brief little talk broadly aimed at non-Christians regarding the story of Christmas. The essence of the talk was that Jesus came to show us how to live properly, because we have been following our own ideas and messing everything up. Basically, I was told that what we really need is to have our Creators blueprints in front of us so we can see how to live properly.

NO!

Jesus did not come as an example to us, that was not the point. Before the incarnation we already had a perfect example of how to live rightly before God. It’s called the law. We still have that.

A handy guide to living properly is of no value at all, because it doesnt matter what guidance we are given we will always mess up. No matter how perfect the instruction, we cannot follow it to the letter 100% of the time. In fact, we cant follow Gods law any of the time in our own strength.

The real message of Christmas is exactly the same as the message of Easter. We are hopelessly incapable of following God in our own strength. In order to live rightly before God we need new hearts, the only way to receive a new heart is through Jesus dealing with our sin by dying on the Cross.

Jesus did not come to live.

Jesus came to die.

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Quantum Observation [18 Nov 2009|12:44am]

Originally published at Spider's scribblepad. You can comment here or there.

Quantum physics says: “If noone is observing an object, it does not exist”.

I say, thank goodness God exists then! If he wasn’t watching the whole universe all the time, parts of it would stop existing.

Crazy physicists.

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