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[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


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

 

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Thankful Tuesday…

What’s this?

Two posts on one day?

You betcha!

On January 1st when New Year’s resolutions were swirling round, I came across one status that simply said, “what thing(s) are you going to continue to do in 2012?”

Two things I will be continuing in 2012 will be blogging and staying thankful.

So, with that here are Tuesday’s Ten Thanks:

1 ) Christmas

A great time with Team Blunders, no major illnesses, fun times and quality time with family.

2 ) Work

Thankful for the work that I do and returning to work today.

3 ) Friends

Christmas has been a great opportunity for spending time with some of our closest friends, looking forward to more meals and more time with friends in 2012.

4 ) Slow Cookers

Mrs B and I were given a Slow Cooker for Christmas – already well up and running with soups, meat joints, spag bol and an awesome beef and Guinness pie. Looking forward to more!

5 ) New Furniture

We have been saving for a while and managed to grab ourselves some superb bargains for the lounge. I am loving my ‘reading’ chair and we have a three seater sofa on order. So, if you come and visit you’ll now have somewhere a little more comfortable to slit.

6 ) New Year

I used to hate New Year, never really sure why. But, this one was great.  Great company and great laughs as we watched Big Ben ring in the New Year.  Really looking forward to 2012 and all that God will do in it!

7 ) New Projects

I love a new project and this year promises some great opportunities to grow, learn and develop new skills and I’m looking forward to it.

8 ) YouVersion

I love the YouVersion app. Mrs B and I have undertaken this year to read the Bible together, we are going to use a wide selection of the reading plans and see how we get on. I’m sure the stuff we read will pop up in one or two blogs throughout the year.

9 ) Winter Night Shelter & Eastbourne Foodbank

We’ve been continuing to hear great stories from these projects over the Christmas period. We’re both thankful for their work and we’re both looking forward to being more involved with them in future months.

10 ) BlogBlunders Readers

Thank you to all of you for reading these posts. What started off as an experiment has grown into something that I love. As I continue to learn to follow Jesus, to learn to pray, I hope that I will become a more accomplished writer in the process and to see what God has in store in the future…

Grace and peace,

Steve

 
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Posted by on January 3, 2012 in God, Holy Spirit, Tuesday Thanks

 

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[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

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

 

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[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

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

 

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[12 Days] Feast of Stephen…

Read: Acts 6:1-7 (Message Translation)

Acts 1-4 During this time, as the disciples were increasing in numbers by leaps and bounds, hard feelings developed among the Greek-speaking believers—”Hellenists”—toward the Hebrew-speaking believers because their widows were being discriminated against in the daily food lines. So the Twelve called a meeting of the disciples. They said, “It wouldn’t be right for us to abandon our responsibilities for preaching and teaching the Word of God to help with the care of the poor. So, friends, choose seven men from among you whom everyone trusts, men full of the Holy Spirit and good sense, and we’ll assign them this task. Meanwhile, we’ll stick to our assigned tasks of prayer and speaking God’s Word.”

5-6The congregation thought this was a great idea. They went ahead and chose—

Stephen, a man full of faith and the Holy Spirit,
Philip,
Procorus,
Nicanor,
Timon,
Parmenas,
Nicolas, a convert from Antioch.
Then they presented them to the apostles. Praying, the apostles laid on hands and commissioned them for their task.

7The Word of God prospered. The number of disciples in Jerusalem increased dramatically. Not least, a great many priests submitted themselves to the faith.

Reflect:

Today, is the feast of Stephen and on this day it is generally Stephen’s martyrdom that we focus on. But, we’re going to focus in on Stephen’s reputation.

Stephen was well known amongst the new thriving church, he was know for his faith and being full of the Holy Spirit. From this reputation, the apostles knew that he could be trusted with greater responsibility.

What are you well known for?

Respond:

Father of all, thank you for the life and example of Stephen. Thank you for his servant heart and submission to you and your vision. Thank you for those throughout the years who have given their lives to further your gospel. May I be known as a follower of Jesus. May my reputation honour your name. Holy Spirit, make your ways know to me. In Jesus’ name. Amen

 

 
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Posted by on December 26, 2011 in 12 Days of Christmas, Jesus

 

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[RENT] Life Support…

Standing on the edge

Hello lovely friends.

Thank you for checking back in – we really hope you’re enjoying our mini-series on RENT!

This week has been frantic, with Christmas parties (life group, toddler groups and nursery!), a nativity (we were the very proud parents of a rather splendid king), general Christmas prep, busyness at work PLUS redecorating our dining room in 2 days! Consequently I’m rather hurriedly writing this in time to post for #theatresthursday – which means it won’t be too long! So don’t worry, you can get back to all your jobs in just a minute or two…

Originally, the next song on the list was One Song Glory. But we’ve mixed it up a bit (and Mr Blunders will be returning to that one next week) – so here we go with Life Support…

 

‘Life support’ is a group for people with HIV/AIDS, although Angel describes it beautifully – “life support is a group for people coping with life”. This song is sung by the members of this group, and is another example of a group of people in community with each other, being honest, vulnerable and supportive. Last week Blunders wrote about the value of true friendship and deep connection with others…life support is a glimpse of this.

The focus of the song is the group’s ‘credo’;

“There’s only us, there’s only this Forget regret, or life is yours to miss

No other road, no other way

No day but today”

And whilst these words are powerful (and we’ll definitely write about them another time!) the lyric that really strikes me is this;

“Look, I find some of what you teach suspect

Because I’m used to relying on intellect

But I try to open up to what I don’t know

Because reason says I should have died three years ago”

This bit makes me think of our good friend who suffered a serious brain haemorrhage a couple of years ago. Doctors did not expect her to survive and have since described her as a miracle! Medical reason said she should have died, but thanks to a LOT of prayer she’s still with us today 🙂

In a former life (before babies turned my brains to mush!) I was a bit of an intellectual. I loved reading, writing, study. I have a law degree, and in the course of getting it, I devoured books. I loved analysing an argument and exploring different views. I like things to be accurate, reasoned and explicable. I’m not good with mystery or the unknown.

But sometimes I think it can be too easy to rely on intellect. Too safe to rely on science, facts and figures and detailed study. Sometimes, a leap of faith, although scary, can be liberating.

Is there anything you’re not doing, because reason says it won’t work?

When we moved to Eastbourne, we tripled our rent, halved our income, and invited a friend to live with us who initially was unable to make much financial contribution. Reason said that we shouldn’t be able to make ends meet. But we trusted God and He over-supplied all our needs.

My Dad got a job some years ago as deputy editor of a Christian trade magazine. His previous job had been in human resources for a multi-national rail company. On paper, he might not have looked like the most obvious candidate. But he got the job, and was soon promoted to editor (and is a very, very good one!).

Many of the young people I work with won’t attempt something because they’re scared of failing. It’s a natural instinct, but something that can really hold us back.

It also needs mentioning that it is not the recklessness of just doing things, but stepping out of comfort zone now and again.

Following Jesus is like that.

We can have all the answers, all the facts presented to us, but at some point it takes an act of faith based on what you know.

CS Lewis captured it amazingly in the Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe when the children are first learning about Aslan. Lucy asks Mr. Beaver, “Is he safe?” to which Mr.Beaver answers. “No, of course he’s not safe, but he is good!”.

Following Jesus isn’t safe, taking a step of faith isn’t safe, going to a new group to share about life isn’t safe. There will always be reasons why we shouldn’t do something – but what if we put some of the reasons aside and grasp faith and, leap.

Be blessed in your adventures.

May you find people who will encourage you as you step out in faith, may you find true friends who will be your life support.

Big Love,

Mrs Blunders

xxx

 
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Posted by on December 15, 2011 in Community Living, Jesus, RENT

 

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[RENT] Seasons of Love…

RENT MUSICAL

12 months. 52 weeks. 365 days. 8760 hours.

Or 525,600 minutes.

Seasons of Love isn’t the opening song in the stage show of Rent, but it is in the film. And it’s probably the best known song – so it’s a good place to start in our mini series of blogs about Rent.

Have a listen/watch here

I (MrsBlunders) absolutely love this song. If you happen to pull up next to me at set of traffic lights whilst it was on in my car, you might think I’m a bit crazy. I will be singing, I’ll probably be clapping and on occasion, I might be crying.

It’s a great song to provoke reflection. December 31st is often when people think about the year that’s passed and look forward to the next. But I don’t think it’s the only time during the year that we stop and look at our lives. Birthdays and anniversaries both mark a ‘new year’. Mr Blunders and I try to make a point of celebrating our wedding anniversary every year. Often we hear people say “but it’s just another day” and in some respects, they’re absolutely right. However, in a world where relationships are tough and divorce rates are high, we really encourage couples to celebrate! And to thank each other, for continuing to work at their relationship. And to think about how we have moved on together since the same time last year.

Perhaps we could ask the same question of our relationship with God? Has it moved on in the year? If you’re not a Christian…has anything of your attitude or opinion of God/Jesus/Christianity changed? Has anyone or anything challenged you to think more about faith and spirituality?

How do you measure a year?

In the money you brought home, nappies you changed, promotion you gained, things you bought, school runs you did, holidays you enjoyed, meals you cooked?

If, at the end of the year, you stop and look back – how do you measure your success? How do you know whether it’s been a good year?

Last night at work I was talking with a group of young people who live in one of the YMCA residential centres. I asked them, as the end of the year approaches, whether they can think of any really positive things that have happened to them this year. Initially the resounding response was ‘”no”. A lot of them described this year as the worst ever. And for some of them, I can well believe that. However, as we sat and chatted they began to think of positives that they could hold on to;

“My niece was born…I was really supported by my friends when my Mum kicked me out…I met my girlfriend…I had some good times with my mates…”

Turns out, that despite the bad year they might have had, the positives they could think of were all to do with people and relationships.

Measure your life in love.

The song itself hinges on this simple phrase – measure your life in love. What if you measured how good your year had been through the lens of love?

How have you loved? Who have you loved and did they know it?

Jesus said “Greater love has no one than this: to lay down one’s life for one’s friends.” John 15:13 NIV

Jesus willingly laid down his life for the whole world, it was never dependant on us doing anything. God could have made robots that automatically said “I love you God”, when ever he wanted us too, but that would never have been true love.

Love must be tested.

Love must be risked.

Love must be chosen.

As the musical enfolds we get glipses of each character risking their love and being loved in return (especially Roger & Mimi in their song; I should tell you). God opened himself up to the possibilty of people not choosing Him, in order that people could really choose to love Him.

Our prayer is that you have an opportunity in the coming weeks to reflect on your year, to look at your measure of “sucess” and to think about a God who truly loves you.

What if we measured our years by the knowledge that we are loved by our heavenly Father (John 3:16)? What if really knew that nothing we do can ever earn His love and that we are free to choose or reject Him?

Whatever you use to measure your year – we hope you find time to sing out and celebrate your year with friends and family!

Grace and peace,

Mr and Mrs Blunders

x x x

 
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Posted by on December 1, 2011 in Gospel of John, Jesus, Myths about God, RENT

 

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