Archive | March 2010

Old Blog

Just discovered an old blog of mine dating as far back as April 2006 – 4 years ago! So I’ve moved all the old stuff to this blog. I haven’t looked through them all yet, but it was a pretty exciting discovery!

1 year old!

This tiny blog has been going for 1 year! I know it’s a cliché, but time really has flown.

John G. Paton: An Autobiography

Finished the book a few days ago on my way to Penzance with a Starbucks coffee and a window seat (by the way, first time to England in two years…yep, safe to say I live a sheltered life). It was a 6 hour train journey so a perfect reading environment for a book that had to be finished.

Out of the whole book, the last 10 chapters really gripped me – John went through some of the fruit that had come out of his life in the New Hebrides. I was on the verge, it was dumbfounding. How can one man alone cause so much change within a cannibal community? He makes sure we know he wasn’t alone – John constantly points to God.

Father, our times are in Thy hand.

At the close of the book, John’s God became their God. These people cherished the Gospel more than I ever have. One girl in the book, Lamu, challenged me more than anyone else. John wrote this of her,

It has often struck me, when relating these events, to press this question on the many young people, the highly privileged white brothers and sisters of Lamu, Did you ever lose one hour of sleep or a single meal in thinking of your soul, your God, the claims of Jesus and your Eternal Destiny?

There are so many “little” stories of God’s grace that I could talk about – but that’s what the book is there for. God is good! All the time!

Nicholas Again

It was my little brother’s birthday yesterday (St. Patrick’s Day) and I’ve bought him the second book in the Nicholas series! Originally translated from French (Le petit Nicolas), they are amazing – seriously the best books to read with kids at bedtime.

The funniest character (according to Josh) is Alec, the fat one who is the best in goal because of his massiveness.

The covers feel amazing which is always a selling point. And they have a club website, http://nicholas-club.blogspot.com which has extra mini stories now and again. Yes, I’m pretty sad – but it’s for Josh of course.

Psalm 117

Praise the Lord, all the nations!
Extol him, all peoples!
For great is his steadfast love towards us,
and the faithfulness of the Lord endures for ever.
Praise the Lord!

Proverbs: Friendship

In this sermon Mark Driscoll gives the biblical description of a “friend”. Do we really have as many friends as Facebook tells us we have? Are we being duped by some people we have graced the name friend? I’d never really thought through these questions and some before – it’s challenging, maybe even discouraging but in the end, are we being foolish by imagining life to be an ideal one?

Those questions:

  1. How is Jesus a good friend to you?
  2. How can you be a good friend and to whom?
  3. Whom would you consider a good friend and why?
  4. What is changing your thinking of friendship? Whom do you need to pursue more intentionally?

Titus 3

Remind them to be submissive to rulers and authorities, to be obedient, to be ready for every good work, to speak evil of no one, to avoid quarreling, to be gentle, and to show perfect courtesy toward all people. For we ourselves were once foolish, disobedient, led astray, slaves to various passions and pleasures, passing our days in malice and envy, hated by others and hating one another. But when the goodness and loving kindness of God our Savior appeared, he saved us, not because of works done by us in righteousness, but according to his own mercy, by the washing of regeneration and renewal of the Holy Spirit, whom he poured out on us richly through Jesus Christ our Saviour, so that being justified by his grace we might become heirs according to the hope of eternal life. The saying is trustworthy, and I want you to insist on these things, so that those who have believed in God may be careful to devote themselves to good works. These things are excellent and profitable for people. But avoid foolish controversies, genealogies, dissensions, and quarrels about the law, for they are unprofitable and worthless.

“Here we can see what a Christian is meant to be about. The way we live should reflect daily how Christ would have lived – without ever expecting a gain from it. Something we need to keep in the forefront of our minds.”

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