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Thursday, July 28, 2005

Society

Sorry if this is heavy but it is something that is on my heart at the moment. Why do we let the society shape our lives more than we God shape our lives? Society says things like "Its alright to get drunk, its normal to swear, everyone else is smoking so why don't you, just one little lie itsn't gonna hurt anyone!" But God says completely the opposite. Although God says completely the opposite to society, why do Christians life a society shaped life rather than a God shaped life.

The way the society is today isn't only getting into our lives individually, it is also getting into the Church. "Its alright to be gay because God loves me" is the attitude of some 'Christians'. "God can use anyone to lead a church, it doesn't matter that I'm a woman" is the thought of others. I'm sorry but that is what society now says. It says clearly in the bible that both of these are wrong, so why are we letting society shape the church.

I would like us to follow an example that Alex has set (hope this is alright Alex) . Alex recently ripped up his computer games, some DVDs and some non-christian music, because he doesn't think it helps him in his walk with God. I want us to follow that example in every area of our lives - to rip up the ways of society and to take up the ways of God.

I'm not writing this as someone who has got it all sussed - it's something I need to get sorted in my own life. Let me know what you think.

Tuesday, July 19, 2005

Swearing / Passion

I started my new work last week and am in a team of 5 people. They decided to set up a swear pot so that the money they put in there can take us out for a meal. Anyway - this hits of problem when they find out that I don't swear. One of the guys said 'I find it hard to respect anyone who doesn't swear. Its like they don't have any passion.'

Isn't this really really sad?

Why do people swear? When they're frustrated? When they want to fit in? As punctuation in a sentance? I don't understand why people have to swear and then accuse others of not swearing.

I want to disagree with what this guy said. I would say that we have far more passion than they do. We have our passion for God. And I want to challenge all of you to turn swearing into praise and passion for God - cos its so much better.

Friday, July 15, 2005

Passionate Worship

The bible is full of examples of passionate worship. With all these
examples how come we don’t seem to get the point that God is worthy of our
passionate worship? Look at Job in the Old Testament, he was told his
family had been killed and had lost practically everything and yet he fell
down and worshipped.

“At this, Job got up and tore his robe and shaved his head. Then he fell
to the ground in worship”

He was a man who had a passion to worship God in any circumstance. You and
I might turn away from God and accuse him of letting this happen, but Job
just fell and worshiped. Is that not a challenge to the way we live our
lives?

Let us now look into Revelation where we can see a glimpse of the throne
room of Heaven and where we see the creatures of Heaven worshipping God.
Revelation 4 and 5 are part of a vision that John has of the throne room.
It is full of images and things we can’t even imagine. There are 24 elders
surrounding the throne and 4 living creatures in the centre just around the
throne. The four living creatures are creatures who each have a different face.
One is like a lion (which represents Majesty and Power) one is like an ox
(which represents Faithfulness), one is like a man (which represents
intelligence) and one is like an eagle (which represents sovereignty).
These all represent that attributes of God. Wow!

Day and night they never stop saying:
‘Holy, Holy, Holy, Is the Lord God Almighty,
Who was and is and is to come’”

Day and night they never stop saying – that’s a lots of time they are
worshiping God. Shouldn’t this be like our lives? We are called in Romans
to offer our bodies as living sacrifices of worship. This means we should
be living our lives as worship which means all the time we should be
worshipping God with the way we live.

At the start of chapter 5 it starts to talk about the scroll with seven
seals. This scroll has seals that cannot be broken by anyone except Christ.
He is the only one worthy to open the scroll. In this chapter Jesus
Christ is symbolised as a Lion and a Lamb. Christ the Lamb was a perfect
sacrifice and only he can save us.

Towards the end of chapter 5 are examples of worship, which to me seems to
have so much passion behind it. “Then I looked and heard the voice of many
angels, numbering thousands upon thousands, and ten thousand times ten
thousand. . . . In a loud voice they sang: ‘Worthy is the Lamb, who was
slain, to receive power and wealth and wisdom and strength and honour and
glory and praise!’” What strikes me in this passage is the fact that there
are so many angels and they are singing in a LOUD voice. That would be
extremely loud. Try and think of the biggest crowd you have ever been in
and multiply that by an extremely high number. That’s a lot of voices
worshipping God. Wow!

“Then I heard every creature in heaven and on earth and under the earth and
on the sea, and all that is in them, singing: “To him who sits on the throne
and to the Lamb be praise and honour and glory and power for ever and ever!”
The four living creates said “Amen”, and the elders fell down and
worshipped.”

Again this is an incredible number of voices. This is going to be some very
loud worship. At the end of chapter 5 the four living creatures say “Amen”
and the elders fell down and worship. How much passion is there in this?
They fell down. They put God higher then themselves. Only God is worthy.
They fell down and worshipped. Again I say this: Wow!

Read Revelation 4 and 5 and you will see that this glimpse into the throne
room of heaven its amazing. There is so much passion in worshipping God and
just giving him glory. Is this not a challenge to our lives today? Should
we not spend more time worshipping God? Our daily routines can get between
us and God. God wants our lives to be worship so let’s get lots of practice
in because one day we will be worshipping him in heaven.

Saturday, July 09, 2005

Really Funny . . . .

Here's a joke i read recently which i found very funny....

Two Prawns, Tom and Christian, were swimming around in shark-infested waters discussing how difficult their lives were.
"We never know when we're goning to get eaten," said Tom. "I wish I was a shark, then I wouldn't have to worry."
At that moment a shoal of cod appeared. "Your wish is granted," they chanted and, pow, Tom turned into a great white. Christian, terrified of his former best friend swam away and hid. Months passed and life grew very lonely for Tom. Whenever he saw his old prawn mates, they swam away in fear. Christian was so upset by his oldest pal joining the enemy that he refused to leave his house.
Desperate to put things right, Tom searched everywhere for the mysterious cod. Eventually, he found them. "Please make me a prawn again," he begged. Puff - he was a shellfish once more.
With tears of joy in his tiny little eyes, Tom swam home to Christian.
He banged on the door and said, "It's me. Tom. Come out and see how I've changed."
"No way," replied Christian. "I'll not be tricked into being your dinner."
"But that was the old me," implored Tom. "I've found cod. I'm a prawn again, Christian."


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