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Verse of the Day – Luke 2:10-11

Luke 2:10-11

Luke 2:10-11

Now we are in December and most minds begin to think about Christmas and get stressed at the commercialism of it all.

Hopefully this year they will hear it true meaning, that we should be celebrating the birth of the saviour, rather than stressing about affording expensive presents.

 

HERO by ABANDON
He walked the dirty streets famous for nothing
He said, “Come follow me” and they came
A face like all the rest, but something was different
The Son of God would lead the way

And soon they all would say

There He goes, a hero, a savior to the world
Here He stands with scars in His hands
With love He gave His life so we could be free
The savior of the world

He spoke with clarity, walked across the sea
A single word would calm the storm
His touch could heal the sick, but He was called a hypocrite
Laid behind the stone, his death was shortly mourned
He left the curtain torn

There He goes, a hero, a savior to the world
Here He stands with scars in His hands
With love He gave His life so we could be free
The savior of the world

He chose to take the cross, shed tears for the lost
The broken and the needy, forgiving those who were and will be
The angel made it clear, he told them, “Have no fear
He’s not here, He’s not here”

There He goes, a hero, a savior to the world
Here He stands with scars in His hands
With love He gave His life so we could be free
The savior of the world
(The savior of the world)

The savior of the world
(The savior of the world)
The savior of the world

Verse of the Day – Matthew 23:11-12

Matthew 23:11-12

Matthew 23:11-12

In my karate career I have met many senior instructors who demanded respect, but few of them commanded respect by their actions, they lacked the humbleness to be a true leader.

We should all be humble, from those at the top through to those at the bottom, remember Jesus cleaned the feet of the disciples, the Son of God, the Prince of Peace, was humble enough to clean the feet another, would you?

HERO by ABANDON
He walked the dirty streets
Famous for nothing
He said ‘come follow me’ and they came
A face like all the rest
But something was different
The Son of God would lead the way
And soon they all would say

There He goes – a hero
A savior to the world
Here He stands with scars in His hands
With love He gave His life so we could be free
The Savior of the world

He spoke with clarity
Walked across the sea
A single word would calm the storm
His touch could heal the sick, but He was called a hypocrite
Laid behind the stone
His death was shortly mourned, he left the curtain torn

There He goes – a hero
A savior to the world
Here He stands with scars in His hands
With love he gave His life so we could be free
The Savior of the world

He choose to take the cross
Shed tears for the lost, the broken, and the needy
Forgiving those who were and will be
The angel made it clear
He told them have no fear
He’s not here. He’s not here!

There He goes – The Hero
The Savior to the world
Here He stands with scars in His hands
With love He gave his life so we could be free
The Savior of the world
The Savior of the world, the Savior of the world

Breaking Another Chain

Back in November I was asked if I would like to join the A.V. Team at Church, this team is responsible for the lighting, sound and video for every service and event at Church, I accepted, it seemed like a challenge that was right up my street.

All the teams responsible for each service, our A.V. Team, the Worship Band, the Pastors and the Connect team, meet before the service starts to go through the running order, arrangements and so on. This meeting always starts with a group huddle and prayers, usually the meeting leader will ask for two or three people to say a prayer. Of all the members of the various teams I am the newest to not only the Church but to Christianity as well, so in the first few weeks I was quite nervous to be amongst them all and stood quietly listening to the sort of prayers they say.

As the weeks passed I wanted to offer a prayer myself, as I reached 36 weeks in Church I wanted to give thanks, I wanted to say out loud a prayer for the first time in my life, but I couldn’t, my own inhibitions always held my back, I built myself up to say it, I prepared it as I walked in the morning, but when it came to the moment I couldn’t say a word, I just stood there silent, my heart beating frantically, my head hung low and my heart would sink as I chickened out once again, this kept happening, every week I wanted to say this prayer, I wanted so much to do it, but each time I just couldn’t find the courage to step forward, raise my voice and say out loud the thanks I wanted to offer to The Lord, for all the support and encouragement I have received since I walked in to Church frightened and lost all them weeks before.

As today was the 40 week anniversary since I walked into Church on the 1st April 2012, a broken man looking for answers, today had to be the day. The group was forming as I arrived, so I joined them to start the huddle and the prayers. James was leading the meeting today, he asked for three people to pray, the group all went into their own form of prayer until Justin, one of the Pastors, said the first prayer out loud, the group then went quieter and I stood there heart beating fast, but shrinking within, nobody else started a prayer and I waited for someone to step in to save me, but no one did. So, I bit the bullet, stepped forward into the circle and started my prayer out loud, for the first time in my life I was saying a prayer out loud in the presence of others. I said pretty much everything I had prepared, my heart had frozen at this point, I knew the group was waiting for me, something told me God knew I wanted to say this, he held the group quiet for me, I finished my prayer, then James said the third and final prayer, then all the teams went about their business.

Almost straight after Gareth and James congratulated me on my prayer, they knew it was probably the first time I had stood out and prayed in front of others, their reassurance was greatly appreciated.

So I’ve broke another chain today, after a rather negative start to the weekend, it ended on a high, I managed to fight my natural shyness, beat my inhibitions to say what I wanted to say in front of others, praise to God for leading me to a Church where I found a family and home, for a broken and lost soul.

There He goes – a hero
A savior to the world.
Here He stands with scars in His hands.
With love He gave His life so we could be free.
The Savior of the world
(Hero by Abandon)

More Spiders & A Balloon?

I got back home after karate a few weeks ago to the sound of manic laughter, the whole house was vibrant, that made a change, I usually get back to everybody in separate rooms, with very little interaction.

My partner (so to speak) was in hysterics, waving her phone about in fits of laughter, I couldn’t get a grasp of what was causing the laughter, but I could hear a commotion coming through the kitchen from the back room, then it was all explained.

On the phone was a freshly recorded video of my 11 year old son, trying to eradicate a spider with a balloon, yes you did just read that right a balloon, an inflated rubber balloon!!!

It appears that a spider was spotted by my son walking over the top of the room door, so my son had picked up a balloon in an attempt to squash the spider, he was jumping up swinging the balloon at the spider above the door, as I am only 5 foot 4½ inches tall (yes the half is very important) he is also quite short for his age, so you can image this looks quite a spectacle. He eventually managed to hit the spider with the balloon, which sent the spider into free fall down on to the top of the door architrave, the spider did it’s best to hide there, but my son was still jumping up, still swinging the balloon, still trying to squash the poor spider.

Well as you know my history with spiders (see The Seven Legged Spider), I had to make an amends here, so I stepped in between the frightened, quivering spider and my maniacal son, reached up over the door and this time carefully took hold of the spider, I took it straight to the back door, where I successfully managed to get the spider through the door and into the garden with all eight legs still intact.

I’ve gotta make a stand
But I am just a man
(I’m not superhuman)
My voice will be heard today
(Hero by Skillet)

Hopefully, that spider has gone back to the army of seven legged spiders, that have been plotting their revenge over the last few months, proceed to explain how I saved it’s life and all of it’s legs, in turn, gaining me a small amount of redemption and a stay of execution from the impending revenge attack.