Advertisements
RSS

Tag Archives: Friendship

[12 Days] Twelfth Day…

Read: Revelation 22:16 (CEV)

Revelation 22:16 I am Jesus! And I am the one who sent my angel to tell all of you these things for the churches. I am David’s Great Descendant, [c] and I am also the bright morning star. 17The Spirit and the bride say, “Come!”

Everyone who hears this should say, “Come!” If you are thirsty, come! If you want life-giving water, come and take it. It’s free!

Reflect:

Today is officially the end of Christmas for another year. The decorations are coming down (if they have not done already) and we now look towards Lent, Easter and Pentecost. I love this section from the book of revelation. I like the way this translation gives a sense of urgency in Jesus’ words. So, may we hear his words today – , “Come!” If you are thirsty, come! If you want life-giving water, come and take it. It’s free!

Advent and Christmas are about Jesus. The coming of Immanuel. It is about preparing for Jesus’ second coming – may we live each day knowing that we have done all we can to prepare for the return of the King.

The Spirit and the Church say, “Come!”

Respond:

Father, may we know your grace. We want to live doing all we can to prepare for the return of the king. May the living waters of Christ cleanse us, may the Spirit descend upon us, and the blessing of God be with us this day and always. Amen


Advertisements
 
1 Comment

Posted by on January 5, 2012 in 12 Days of Christmas, Jesus

 

Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , ,

[12 Days] Feast of the Holy Name…

Jesusbest

Read: Luke 2:21-32

Luke 2:21When the eighth day arrived, the day of circumcision, the child was named Jesus, the name given by the angel before he was conceived.

22-24Then when the days stipulated by Moses for purification were complete, they took him up to Jerusalem to offer him to God as commanded in God’s Law: “Every male who opens the womb shall be a holy offering to God,” and also to sacrifice the “pair of doves or two young pigeons” prescribed in God’s Law.

25-32In Jerusalem at the time, there was a man, Simeon by name, a good man, a man who lived in the prayerful expectancy of help for Israel. And the Holy Spirit was on him. The Holy Spirit had shown him that he would see the Messiah of God before he died. Led by the Spirit, he entered the Temple. As the parents of the child Jesus brought him in to carry out the rituals of the Law, Simeon took him into his arms and blessed God:

God, you can now release your servant;
release me in peace as you promised.
With my own eyes I’ve seen your salvation;
it’s now out in the open for everyone to see:
A God-revealing light to the non-Jewish nations,
and of glory for your people Israel.

Reflect:

Happy New Year to you all!

We reach day 8 in our series which is the day set aside as part of the church calender to remember the naming of Jesus. We remember that he was brought up in the tradition and ‘right’ way – Mary and Joseph carried out the relevant acts stipulated in the Old Testament, they followed their God and His ways. The naming of a child was huge part of society at that time. Your name was everything, it was your identity and indicated your family connections.

So, as we start 2012 you may like to begin by reflecting on one of the 200+ names of Jesus found in the Bible, I’ve put five here to get you started. But a quick google search should reveal the others.

What do the names add to your understanding of the character of Jesus?

Author of Life – Acts 3:15

Word – John 1:1

Immanuel – Isaiah 7:14

Prince of Peace – Isaiah 9:6

Saviour – John 4:14

Respond

Eternal God, thank you for revealing your character through your names. May I learn to reflect on these names and reflect on your character in 2012. May my goal be to know you and who you are. May I live for you alone. Amen

 
Leave a comment

Posted by on January 1, 2012 in 12 Days of Christmas, Jesus

 

Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , ,

[12 Days] Six Days…

Read: Genesis 1:1-5 (The Message)

Genesis 1-2First this: God created the Heavens and Earth—all you see, all you don’t see. Earth was a soup of nothingness, a bottomless emptiness, an inky blackness. God’s Spirit brooded like a bird above the watery abyss.

3-5 God spoke: “Light!”
And light appeared.
God saw that light was good
and separated light from dark.
God named the light Day,
he named the dark Night.
It was evening, it was morning—
Day One.

You may like to carry on reading the creation narrative here.

Reflect:

We reach day six in our series and the obvious link is the six days of creation. We are not going to debate the creation narrative in this post – but look to our creator. Later on in the Biblical narrative we read some of King Solomon’s words that encourage us to remember our creator in the days of our youth. Or in other words while we still can, we choose to remember our creator.

The Gospel of John points us to the fact everything, whether seen or unseen was created for and through Jesus. As we start the countdown to returning to work/school/’normal’ life may we all find time in our busy schedules to regularly remember our creator.

Respond:

In the name of the Father, Son and Spirit, Lord I come. Before I forget your creation, before I forget your love, before I forget your story. I choose to remember my creator, his love and his story. May I learn to carve time out of my schedule to spend remembering you. Amen

 
1 Comment

Posted by on December 30, 2011 in 12 Days of Christmas, Jesus

 

Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , ,

[12 Days] Third Day…

Read: 1 Corinthians 13:4-7; 

Love is patient and kind; love does not envy or boast; it is not arrogant or rude. It does not insist on its own way; it is not irritable or resentful; it does not rejoice at wrongdoing, but rejoices with the truth. Love bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things.

13So now faith, hope, and love abide, these three; but the greatest of these is love.

Reflect:

Faith, Hope and Love.

Three small words with huge impact. They surround, encompass, ground and give life to following Jesus.

God’s actions throughout time reveal the loving heart of a creator, the compassion of a Father – the Love that overflows from the trinity. By Faith we receive this love and embrace it in this present moment in Jesus. We live in Hope that our future is in Christ and we will share in the Love of the Father, Son and Spirit.

Respond:

Father, we praise you! Holy Spirit bring your word alive to us. Jesus, we thank you for revealing the fullness of God.May my faith be Jesus, may my hope be Jesus and may my love be Jesus. Amen

Happy Birthday Mrs Blunders, love you…always xxx

 
Leave a comment

Posted by on December 27, 2011 in 12 Days of Christmas, Jesus

 

Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , ,

Tuesday Thankfulness…

 

Ten things I’m thankful for…

1 ) Great catch up chat with a mate yesterday – great coffee, great to talk about Jesus. Very inspiring and always a great laugh.

2 ) Oppourtunity to gather with Church Family tonight to prayer and reflect on Advent. I have been struck recently what a privalage it is to be able to freely gather to celebrate our faith openly and freely.

3 ) Count down to Christmas is well and truly on. Looking forward to celebrating with friends and family over the Yuletide festive season.

4 ) Prospect of time off, getting away from the office for a couple of weeks to recharge, pray and enjoy time away from a desk.

5 ) Eastbourne Winter Night Shelter – I’m continuing to hear great stories about the project and all who are involved. Thank you Jesus!

6 ) Good Books – current favourite is Jesus through Middle Eastern Eyes by Kenneth Bailey. Great insights, easy to read and very inspiring.

7 ) Finding new blogs – www.iangoldsmith.wordpress.com written by a friend of mine who is blogging about being a painter with great insights into the creative process.

8 ) Coffee Machine working at home – a new way to start a day. Need to get it a little warmer though.

9 ) Family – always so very thankful for Mrs B and the sons of Blunders.

10 ) Friends – love you all.

Be blessed!

Grace and Peace

Steve

 

 
1 Comment

Posted by on December 20, 2011 in Jesus, Tuesday Thanks

 

Tags: , , , , , , , , , , ,

Tuesday’s Thanks…

thankfulness

Greetings,

Here are this Tuesday’s ten reasons to give thanks…

1 ) Crazy DIY challenge of removal of woodchip and repainting walls in 48hrs pretty much done.

2 ) Repaired a broken chair. I know this doesn’t sound like much – but a little task that has been on the to-do list for a while.

3 ) Loving reading Proverbs at the moment – great wisdom.

4 ) Van Halen’s 1984 Album. Such great guitar work and a great soundtrack for fixing chairs.

5 ) Roof over our heads. With our associated work with our local night shelter and foodbank we are increasingly thankful for a place to call home.

6 ) Mulled Wine.

7 ) Mince Pies.

8 ) Christmas Trees.

9 ) Winning a Coffee Machine at a Christmas Party Raffle.Tis the simple things.

10 ) Prayer. That it makes a difference and is an amazing thing.

Also, I love this quote from Harry Ironside (his wikipedia entry);

“We would worry less if we praised more. Thanksgiving is the enemy of discontent and dissatisfaction.”

Feel free to let me know some of the things you’re thankful for in the comment section.

Grace and Peace and be thankful!

Steve

 
2 Comments

Posted by on December 13, 2011 in Prayer, Tuesday Thanks

 

Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , ,

Open Thankfulness…

thankful

Greetings,

Yesterday was EJ’s 4th Birthday and an obvious source of thanksgiving for our not so little boy.

Yesterday I also read one of the blogs that I follow regularly, written by Rachel Held Evans. Rachel’s post was an open letter – but not the normal sort. As she mentions in her post, “they’re [open letters] typically employed to issue one-way rants against people we don’t like, all while maintaining the appearance of a conversation.” But Rachel’s was an open letter thanking someone personally and publicly at the same time.

It is (as always) a well written piece and worth reading it, which you can do so here. At the end of her post, Rachel commented that there were a number of people that she wanted to thank and posed the question –

What about you? To whom would you like to write an open letter of thanks? 

MrsBlunders and I are trying when we can/remember to be more thankful full stop. In our conversations, our dealings with the boys, our driving etc. and we are trying to do it in more obvious ways.

So, it got me thinking and pondering which in turn led to writing an open letter to two great friends, here it is…

Dear Dave & Sharon,

We want to thank you for your love, encouragement, support and belief in the past few years. We are truly thankful for your guidance and prayers through our first somewhat turbulent year in Eastbourne.

You were the first to really start us questioning our theology – you prodded and pulled until we started to wrestle with our picture of God. We thank you for your constant encouragement to follow Jesus and to frame everything around Him. We have and continue to learn so very much from you both.

Thank you for introducing us to Greg Boyd, Alan Hirsch, Pete Greig, Scot McKnight and Kenneth E. Bailey who have continued to prod and pull us!

Thank you for opening your door, for your time and for your hospitality.

We thank you for your humour and your honesty.

We look forward to all that God is leading you into and hope that we play our part in thanking you and working with you for His glory.

You are amazing people and we love you very much,

Be blessed,

Steve & Susie (E and H) x x x

p.s. Dave, thank you for reacquainting me with books! Not sure Susie is so please with the sheer number! 😉

As Rachel mentions we could also thank so many people and we will add that into our blog as a regular post, probably once a month. So look out for your own one very soon!

But, for now I’ll end this post in similar way with an added question.

What about you? To whom would you like to write an open letter of thanks? Could you publicly thank someone today? 

Be blessed,

Grace and Peace,

Steve

 
5 Comments

Posted by on December 6, 2011 in Jesus, Tuesday Thanks

 

Tags: , , , , , , , , , , ,

 
%d bloggers like this: