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Showing posts from December, 2003

Relaxing at Christmas

Probably the last entry of the year. Had a nice relaxing week with family & in-laws. My sis got engaged on Christmas day which was cool! General chillout for the rest of the week til I go back to work on the 2nd! Before then... the next update on is due on 01-Jan-2004...

Recently I've mostly been reading: The Message of 2 Timothy to prepare for Reading CU Cells - a timely read. Simon Austen's A Better Way which sheds light on Jesus! And John Piper's Don't Waste Your Life (til I lent it to my Dad and forgot to get it back before we left...).

Jesus better than everything else..

One of them was the Reading Carol service with Krish Kandiah a couple of weeks back. He took us to the heart of Christmas - "You know how much trouble you're in by who they send to rescue you... God was sent to rescue us... hence we're in big trouble... Jesus is God-to-the-rescue.. pay attention to him".

These are notes from a talk at Surrey CU....
John Piper, C.S. Lewis and Jonathan Edwards stand behind this talk. Not to credit this would probably make this plagiarism... I'm thankful to them but more so to Jesus and his word which is the real inspiration. I've lived at breathed Philippians this term as I've studied it with guys at Reading... Jesus is the better than everything else - Phil 3v1-11Let us approach God's word and hear him speak to us…1. Phil 3v1-6 Humanity has many boastsPaul can make more boasts anyone if you want to play that game… in Paul's culture that means religious boasts about ritual and heritage. The same occurs today but…

Don't waste your life

Just got a copy of Don't Waste Your Life, John Piper's new book! Taste this...

"You don't have to know a lot of things for your life to make a lasting difference in the world. But you do have to know the few great things that matter, perhaps just one, and then be willing to live for them and die for them.

The people that make a durable difference in the world are not the people who have mastered many things, but who have been mastered by one great thing. If you want your life to count, if you want the ripple effect of the pebbles you drop to become waves that reach the ends of the earth and roll on into eternity, you don't have to have a high IQ.

You don't have to have good looks or riches, or come from a fine family or a fine school. Instead you have to know a few great, majestic, unchanging, obvious, simple, glorious things-or one great all-embracing thing-and be set on fire by them." (p. 44)

For God's sake let there be justice

This came out of a conversation with a student at Surrey...

There is a rising tide in the west in support of the cause of "justice". But what is justice? Why does it matter? What will we do about it? What are the larger implications of us pursuing the cause of justice.

And injustice is right on our doorstep. While today's Students campaign against fees imposed on them by MP's who got their education for free there are much bigger issues at stake. The gulf between rich and poor continues to increase even in the fully developed world that is the West. Injustice occurs when I walk down the street and all eyes are averted to the ground to avoid contact with any other person. Injustice occurs when I look straight through the bank clerk and act like they're not even there. But bigger than this our very quality of life depends upon injustice. Not against us, but the kind of injustice that entirely favours us.

This is the world justice problem that sees most of the world&…

Free Coffee

Uploaded the handout and powerpoint from Thursday night (linked on 02 December) and also study questions on Mark 14v27-52. Today was the beginning of Christmas shopping, sadly not yet the end of it! Had a great last week - first the new dol.cHe Vita expresso bar at Reading has been serving free coffee which has enhanced my meetings! and more significantly I've been reminded again of the joy of the grace of God. Re-reading some of John Piper's Desiring God has been great, and taking a look at J.I.Packer's Knowing God which turns out to be quite good too! Term draws to a close at Surrey, Farnham, Farnborough and Reading over the next couple of weeks and I'm starting to look ahead to next term and 2004

The Weight of Glory

Believe the truth & rejoice because it is much sweeter than our lies
We rejoice when we obtain this most precious treasure that God gives to us when we believe in the precious blood of Jesus Christ our Lord! Amen!

From C.S. Lewis in his sermon, The Weight of Glory:

"If we consider the unblushing promises of reward and the staggering nature of the rewards promised in the Gospels, it would seem that our Lord finds our desires not too strong but too weak. We are halfhearted creatures fooling about with drink and sex and ambition, when infinite joy is offered us, like an ignorant child who wants to go on making mud-pies in a slum because he cannot imagine what is meant by the offer of a holiday at the sea. We are far too easily pleased."

Can you hear what Lewis is saying? We’re too easily pleased. We suppress the truth and we love it. We exchange it for lies and thing they are better than the truth. We are too easily pleased. Our lies are halfhearted imitations of the truth. Our…

God, Church & Glory

Last week was UCCF New Staff Training. Awesome week with the other new staff at Hothorpe Hall. Top notch practical stuff on pastoral care, discipleship and motivating for evangelism. Plus the legendary Chris Sinkinson on God, Church & Glory from Romans 1,3,5 & 8. Outstanding. Four days there was followed directly by Reading CU Houseparty and some seminars on Quiet Times & Evangelism. Back to work after a day off yesterday and preparing to speak at Reading this Thursday on The Most Important Decision of Your Life (DOC) | (PPT). Spent this morning discussing and delighting in God's grace and election with one of the lads from Reading. Looking forward to getting back on the road and out to Guildford and Farnham in the next couple of days.