Thursday, 23 October 2008
Meanwhile, my bible in a year took me to John 13. Here Jesus showed the full extent of his love and foreshadowed the cross by washing the disciple’s feet. Immense.
Jesus then goes on to predict his betrayal by the one He gives the dipped bread to (the sop). Don Carson writes: “Judas received the sop but not the love. Instead of breaking him and urging him to contrition, it hardened his resolve.”
Life can be manic. A&E visits are unplanned and spin you into organised chaos. Our holiday will be interesting with hop-along boy (thankfully it’s only badly sprained). But over all this is the banner of Jesus’ love for us – by grace he has chosen us (v18), by grace we will keep feeding on him, and by his grace we are not doomed to destruction (Jn 17v12).
I like being a follower of Jesus.
Tuesday, 21 October 2008
Wassenaar: On Friday, our family is heading off to the Dutch North Sea resort of Wassenaar for a week. Whilst there we are meeting up with Gerke & Maxine Geurts and their children for some Netherlands Fun. We Greens will also be visiting a school in Amsterdam and spending time in the city. I am sure it won't rain much or be very windy ...
16 Nov: Amsterdam Day - UK. Part of the plan to build a team is to host a day both in the UK and Amsterdam for those interested in the church plant. If your are in the UK and are interested in joining the plant please come along on the 16th and let me know you are coming. A 'Dutch Lunch' is planned and involves 'bitterballen' en 'kroketten' and I will be outlining the vision for the church. A similar day is planned to be held in Amsterdam in March 09 - details to follow in the next month.
Thursday, 16 October 2008
The Race - 'I get it wrong'. First single from their forthcoming album 'In My Head It Works'.
James and Jess not only serve faithfully on a Sunday morning in our PA team but they are also the guitar geniuses behind the Race. Great music and you can spot the Reading land marks!
Friday, 10 October 2008
A day to inspire us in our private devotions and when we meet together. There will be sessions on singing in the Spirit, creativity in worship, song writing and arrangement.
10am - 4pm on Saturday 1st November @ RFC Office, 87 London Street.
Contact Karen at the office to register.
Thursday, 9 October 2008
She asked about help with her pregnancy, specifically how to end it. She was very clear on that. She thought we provided abortions, she had mis-understood the poster. I didn't know what to say or do. We walked across the road but the crisis pregnancy centre was closed - short staffed I guess.
This dear women was looking for some tablets to end the pregnancy (the baby is under 12 weeks old) . I didn't plead with her not to. I didn't prayer with her. Her mind was made up and I was too polite & aware of her anguish to suggest otherwise. She asked me where to get an abortion. I said nothing, and she walked away.
Sin is messy. Anxious mums must be loved. The unborn protected. And I need to be changed by this 'chance' encounter.
Wednesday, 8 October 2008
"This is the spiral Galaxy Andromeda.Roosevelt would pause and grin and say to his friend "Now I think we feel small enough! Let's get some sleep".
It is as large as our Milky Way.
It is one of 100 million galaxies.
It is 750,000 light years away.
It consists of 100 billion suns, each larger than our sun."
Monday, 6 October 2008
Sean Green quote 'Let's change the world, one email at a time'
Saturday, 4 October 2008
Bill Hybel's first session was hugely insighful, and both Wendy Kopp's (Teach for America) & Catherine Rohr's (Prison Entrepreneurship Program) leadership drive made a huge impact on me.
Thursday, 2 October 2008
- How are the children coping with the move to Amsterdam?
- How are Liz and I coping with leaving Reading?
- How is the church now we are back?
- How is the church coping with the pace of change?
- What are our trusted friends and family thinking about us going?
- Am I leading all this well?
- Where will we live, kids go to school, make ends meet, build a team?
- Is there a God, is He in all this?
That said, I do wonder whether they only expected to hear an immediate 'fine' ... but I just don't work that way!
Wednesday, 1 October 2008
Some books simply need to be read - and this is one of them. But choose the right time when you read the first chapter ...