Friday, 31 December 2010
Am I experiencing a life of growing in connection with God?
Am I growing in my love of God and people?
Is it Jesus I need or do I think I need something else?
Do I believe He is the source of the life I want?
Am I living a life others want?
Am I being honest with myself and others?
Have I truly found Jesus so fulfilling I can't contain it?
As I pondered the year, reflecting on how I might now answer these questions, I realized my conclusions were based on what has happened, how I reacted and how I now view those moments.
I was able to easily list a page worth of 2010 blessing; things that I am thankful to God for. At times I was moved to tears as I considered God's goodness to me and my family.
I also wrote a few Low-Lows; unanswered questions underlining my inability to fix or change things. At times in 2010, I have been at a loss of what to say, do or feel, only being able to point people to Jesus.
The reason I like these questions is that they embrace my deep desire to know God and have Jesus as the source of the life I want. I want to love people and know God the Father as Jesus did. I want to do life well, and that is rooted in growing in relationship with the Triune God.
And so I think there is still enough life in the questions to copy them out again tomorrow to see how I journey with them though 2011.
Thursday, 30 December 2010
Friday, 24 December 2010
Thursday, 23 December 2010
On Saturday 15 January, Julian Adams is speaking at a conference in Shepperton, equipping us to be 'Naturally Supernatural'. Please do consider coming along to that (details here).
The following day we hope to have Julian here with us at RFC in the morning ...
Tuesday, 21 December 2010
• Genesis 3v15.
• Isa 7v14 & Isa 9v6.
• Jer 33v14-16 & Micah 5v2.
• Matt 1v20-23.
• Luke 1v30-32 & Luke 2v10-11.
• John 1v1 & v14, Col 1v15-20 & Phil 2v5-8.
• Rom 5v6-8.
• Rev 22v12-13.
To download the reading plan in preparation for the start on 1st January click here
Monday, 20 December 2010
Cue Iaon Hoare, Josh Betts, Pete Horne and Scott Taylor.
By the time I arrived on Sunday, a path 2m wide x 200m long had been cleared, allowing us all to drive & park as normal.
Let's keep cheering on those who keep going the extra mile in order to serve Jesus and His people.
Wednesday, 15 December 2010
The 'Roy Avis award' went to Pete Horne for the best new beard of 2010.
The 'Loudest Amen Award' went to Anita Bailey who consistently offered a clear and enthusiastic response in every preach.'The Most Abrasive Comment Award' went to Stuart Wakeling with his now famous email on why people should serve "Why are you letting everyone else do the work you lazy slacker? Stop thinking and do it!"
'Longest Time in the Hole under the Stage Award' Ben Patterson & Andy Twine who some say are part man, part mole.
'The Breakfast Award' went to the fabulous foodies Mark & Kerry Cowieson who lead both men and womans breakfast teams.
'The Washing Up Delegation Award' was accepted by Dorothy Dix on behalf of Will Offei (he delegated her to do it ... a similar strategy he adopts for washing up).
'Arts Centre Lighting & Ladder Award' went to Chris Poston who can now be regarded as the leader of the ladder, the star of the steps & the ruler of the rungs.
Saturday, 11 December 2010
Friday, 10 December 2010
I've known Ben since I joined his church in 1992, and he is as passionate now to extend the kingdom of God as he ever was.
Wednesday, 8 December 2010
We need to be those who 'dwell deep' in Truth; those who plumb new depths, discover new treasures, find fresh delight in God's Word, the Bible.
We need to be those who 'dwell deep' in Building Community; those who take off their masks, reach out, and do life together.
We need to be those who 'dwell deep' in Acts of Service; considering others more important than ourselves, prefering their needs to be met first.
We need to be those who 'dwell deep' in Missional Living; those who are intentional about the people & places that God has placed around us.
And finally we need to be those who 'dwell deep' in Generosity; those who endeavour to cultivate generous hearts expressed in attitudes & actions.
I am really looking forward to this sermon series as it helps set the trajectory for us at RFC for the year ahead - that we 'dwell deep' in the things of God.
Sunday, 5 December 2010
The host team were excellent and looked fab in their black polo shirts. The band did really well pulling together new arrangements of old carols - very cool. The choir sounded magnificent, I had no idea we were such a talented bunch!
The tech team (PA, lighting and laptop) worked hard all day and made the whole event a delight.
The offering raised £3319 for the Duchess of Kent House which they were thrilled with.
All in all it exceeded our expectations and I sense the pleasure of God in all we have endeavoured to do for His glory.
Thursday, 2 December 2010
Wednesday, 1 December 2010
A father was reading Bible stories to his young son. He read 'The man named Lot was warned to take his wife and flee out of the city, but his wife looked back and was turned to salt.'
His son asked ' What happened to the flea?'