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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] Tenth Day…

Read: Psalm 24:1-2  (CEB)

Psalm 24:1 The earth is the LORD’s
and everything in it,
the world and its inhabitants too.
2 Because God is the one
who established it on the seas;
God set it firmly on the waters.

Reflect:

Tuesday morning. For most it is first day back to ‘normal’.

A great day to reflect on the past days of Christmas and look forward. Our Bible passage for today is not specifically Christmas orientated but does speak of a single truth that may help as work invades once more.

The Bible is quite clear, the earth is the Lord’s, he made it, therefore it is his.The coming of Jesus is a huge exclamation point on these verses. Rob Bell added to this thought as several others like it when he said,

The Earth is filled with the Glory of God, He never has to turn up, we have to notice Him

We need to continue to reawaken our minds to notice God. Jesus asks us to follow Him in everything we do. Be it work, marriage, parenting, shopping or any other task. It is the same question to a cleaner, a government official, a full time mum/dad or to those who work in an office.

Jesus asks us to follow him, to be Him in the places we live, the homes we visit, in the shops we use and especially in the places we work.

Let us make today count. The earth is the LORD’s and everything in it.

Respond:

Father, I thank you for my work, especially in this time.
Open my eyes today that I might see you at work.
Show me where you are at work in my colleagues lives,
That I may be a blessing to them and serve them.

May I stay awake to your presence with me today.
Bless those who I work with, those I like and those I struggle with.
May I be your grace and peace to them.

May I through your strength,
Put away all gossip, bitterness and anger
So, that I may be able to see you face in all that I meet.

Holy Spirit speak through me today,
Be in every conversation that I have
May I be a true and faithful witness to you at work today. Teach me to take risks for your mission.

In Jesus’ name

Amen

 
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Posted by on January 3, 2012 in 12 Days of Christmas, Jesus

 

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Following the liberator…

Jesus the liberator

Hey all!

Back to our journey through the Gospel of John, been so long I had to remember where we left it!

But, we are still in Chapter 2 and our verses are 13-15. So here they are;

Now the Passover of the Jews was at hand, and Jesus went up to Jerusalem. And He found in the temple those who sold oxen and sheep and doves, and the money changers doing business. When He had made a whip of cords, He drove them all out of the temple, with the sheep and the oxen, and poured out the changers’ money and overturned the tables.

And He said to those who sold doves, “Take these things away! Do not make My Father’s house a house of merchandise!” 17 Then His disciples remembered that it was written, “Zeal for Your househas eaten Me up.” 

So the Jews answered and said to Him, “What sign do You show to us, since You do these things?”Jesus answered and said to them, “Destroy this temple, and in three days I will raise it up.”

Then the Jews said, “It has taken forty-six years to build this temple, and will You raise it up in three days?”But He was speaking of the temple of His body.

Therefore, when He had risen from the dead, His disciples remembered that He had said this to them; and they believed the Scripture and the word which Jesus had said.

Now when He was in Jerusalem at the Passover, during the feast, many believed in His name when they saw the signs which He did. But Jesus did not commit Himself to them, because He knew all men, and had no need that anyone should testify of man, for He knew what was in man. John 2:13-25 NKJV

If you know your Bible stories you may be wondering why this narrative is happening here. Matthew, Mark and Luke have this story towards the end of Jesus’ life. But, it would appear that Jesus cleared the temple more than once. John has Jesus going to and fro Jerusalem several times during his short ministry. If this event did happen more than once than it would as NT Wright has noted explain why people travelled from Jerusalem to the little town of Galilee to check up on Jesus (Mark 3:22 & Mark 7:1). But either way John is clear in why he is including the story.

John clearly states that this event is during the passover – he has already told us in the previous chapter that Jesus is the passover Lamb. John is showing that Jesus is changing the meaning of passover. Moreover, he is fulfilling the true meaning of the passover.

The passover was all about liberation, rescue from the slavery of Egypt, celebrating the God of gods and His faithfulness to His people. This is the first example of John explaining the full meaning of the passover, he will continue this in Chapter 6 and Chapter 12 of his Gospel. Jesus came to set people free. He came to conquer.

Every single act Jesus did was an act of liberation.

When he ate with someone who was an outcast or a ‘sinner’ he set them free. He declared that they were worth something, no longer worthless, but worthy of knowing God. He redeemed.

When he healed, he set people free from their illness or debilitation. He set people free from the stigma of being an outcast, he brought them back into the community. He restored.

When he let himself be crucified, he did it to restore us, to redeem us and rescue us. The greatest liberation!

The act in the temple, was about setting people free. Jesus has come to declare that He is the true temple, the word made flesh. Greed and corruption will eventually be destroyed.

Jesus tells the Jewish leaders, you can destroy me, but I will be back in three days, from then on things will be different.

The God who still loves the world has a plan. To redeem, restore and renew; and it comes through Jesus. As we learn to follow the greatest liberator we take our place in God’s plan. When we choose Jesus we are in the process of being redeemed, restored and renewed. Then God in His sovereignty does the same thing through us as we follow Him!

The gospel of John is about presenting the story of Jesus and then asking us to respond. John hints as to how people should respond. If you see the signs, then trust Him, it may be a little bit to start off with. But, take the risk. Jesus is the liberator and he knows you through and through (John 2:24-25), there is nothing about you, your past, your story that God does not know and He still loves you. (check out the MrsBlunders  tab for some excellent posts on the theme of God’s love)

God is all about resurrection!

Resurrecting the things we thought were dead, restoring broken dreams, replacing what has been lost, redeeming us to a better way of life.

We are living in a world of endless possibilities.

We are living in the midst of rescue.

We are living in the resurrection!

What have you got to loose?

How will you follow Jesus the liberator today?

Have a think and let me know your thoughts in the comment section or email me if you have any questions,

Grace and peace,

Steve

Prayer

Father, thank you for your grace.

Thank that you are the God of the resurrection.

The God of redemption.

We thank you for your Son, his life, death and resurrection.

We thank you for saving us, for liberating us.

May we live with eternity in view.

We will play our parts in the redeeming, restoring and rescuing of this world.

May we learn to follow the liberator.

Holy Spirit, teach us!

In Jesus’ name

Amen 

 

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Monday morning blues…

Monday morning blues

Hello,

How’s the prospect of Monday feeling?

That good, eh?

On Saturday morning, several friends and I gathered together to pray for our work and for the work of those who are apart of Living Stones Church. We prayed for various business, new and old, for schools and other places that were represented in the group.

We shared a variety of thoughts with one another and I would like to take five minutes of your time to share a few thoughts on work and leave you with prayer that you may like to use tomorrow morning before you go to work/while you are there.

I saw this quote on a friends Facebook wall just this week, which I believe may be from Rob Bell’s book Velvet Elvis. (I will double check tomorrow,whenI find my copy!)

The Earth is filled with the Glory of God, He never has to turn up, we have to notice Him.

Whoever said it, it is a great quote and fits in with one of the themes that is coming through my posts which is the theme of moment by moment living. Living under the Lordship of Jesus in everything that we do – this therefore must include our work. For too long it has been the myth about God, that secretly he wants all Christians to form holy huddles and all become full time missionaries to Africa or worship leaders.

But, the truth is that God does not see one job more important than another. What God is interested in is our hearts, He is far more interested in asking us to follow Him in everything we do. It is the same question to a cleaner, a government official, a full time mum/dad or those of us who are worship leaders. Jesus asks us to follow him, to be Him in the places we live, the homes we visit, in the shops we use and especially in the places we work.

We are called to be a blessing to those around us, to share God’s love, to be hard workers and serve others.

So, as we go to work tomorrow. May we know that we do it not only with Jesus but for Jesus. May all the glory go to Him.

Be blessed in your Mondays, God is with us!

Grace and Peace,

Steve

Here is my work prayer – there are several other excellent prayers on work and the workplace that can be found if you google work place prayer or click this link and it’ll do it for you. Work Place Prayer Search

Work Prayer
Father, I thank you for my work, especially in this time.
Open my eyes today that I might see you at work.
Show me where you are at work in my colleagues lives,
That I may be a blessing to them and serve them.

May I stay awake to your presence with me today.
Bless those who I work with, those I like and those I struggle with.
May I be your grace and peace to them.

May I through your strength,
Put away all gossip, bitterness and anger
So, that I may be able to see you face in all that I meet.

Holy Spirit speak through me today,
Be in every conversation that I have
May I be a true and faithful witness to you at work today.
In Jesus’ name
Amen

 
 

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