Tuesday, 28 February 2012

Redeemer Update!

Wow 2 months have passed since we have intentionally been looking to start a church called Redeemer!

I realise that there is still a very very long way to go but being 'a glass 1/2 full' kind of guy I thought I would update you on some of the action so far:

We have launched a community group in our home each Wednesday night and are having fun getting to know each other and Encounter God together.

As a group we have had tea 3 times on a Sunday afternoon....always enjoyable to eat and welcome visitors.

We have been ten pin bowling on a Friday night...but I won't say too much about that as I did not play well.

I have visited and shared about Redeemer on a Sunday at - South Harrow Christian Fellowship, Kings Church Harrow, Emmanuel Church London and Richmond Borough Church. So appreciate other churches supporting us in prayer and financially.

We have launched our Face book page 'Redeemer London' and have 71 Like this

I have been meeting folks who are thinking about coming with us on the adventure - whether they live locally or will need to move into the area.

Please pray that we double in size (the number of people coming - not clothes size due to feasting together) by September when we would love to start Sunday mornings.

Thanks so much for all your support

Sunday, 26 February 2012

Planting Locally

I know that I am not renowned for my gardening skills but there always has to be a first!

At the end of our road is a park area that was opened 100years ago and recently many people have worked together to do it up.

Yesterday was a lovely sunny day and I volunteered along with numerous others of all ages. We were provided with trowels, spades forks and all sorts of plants. We had to to dig holes, empty plant pots into the space (mostly right way up) and fill them back up again. I only noticed 1 person fall in the water and it wasn't me!

It was exciting to be part of a community project.
It was good to serve on another persons agenda.
It was great to meet more neighbours.

I walk through the park many times each week and will be keeping an eye out to see how my plants grow!

Tuesday, 21 February 2012

Taking things to another level!

One of the beauties of the English language is that it is living and changing. I would like to suggest on the back of Sunday afternoon that the word hospitality be redefined.

The dictionary talks about 'etiquette' and 'entertainment' but when some of the Redeemer folk met for tea at Anosh & Rekha's house we got so much more.

Despite them having spent 6 months decorating the place, they made us feel so welcome and wanted to do whatever they could to make us feel at home.

During our time in their lovely house 2 drinks were spilt and one cup was broken.... yet they did not even stop smiling. A few kind reassuring words and the accident was quickly dealt with.

Guys thanks a lot you model a way of community we want the church to excel in!

Sunday, 19 February 2012

Back to School

Our home has that Sunday night feeling - even more intense than most weekends as half term comes to an end.

We roared our way through Top Gear but now it is time to load up the school bags ready for tomorrow. (Even Nicky has a stomach ache and she is the teacher!)

Seriously we really appreciate the excellent job all the staff have done for our Kids at Twyford.

After we returned from Australia Josh has gone into Year 11 and has to complete all the coursework and take his GCSE's after only 2 terms instead of 2 years; but the teachers have been a tremendous help.

Lois is also straight in with Year 10 and it catching up on work missed last year

Isaac has done well despite not have attended secondary school and being late into Year 8, he has now found his rhythm.

We are confident that short term pain in terms of studying hard will bring long term gains. Very proud of how well the kids have done.

As with most things the thought seems worse than the deed.

What are you facing this week that can seem like a slog but will bring long term benefits?

Thursday, 16 February 2012

Failing Forward

On my book shelves I have 15 John Maxwell books (I even claim to have read most of them) - the guy is a legend.

I also attended a 6 day leadership course that he wrote and organised called the 'Million Leaders Mandate'... which I then passed on to approx 40 leaders at The Crown Church.

I hope you understand that I am a fan of his writing.

Lois gave me his book 'Failing Forward' for Christmas and I am finding it so helpful:

There is no achievement without failure.

Get a new definition of failure. Regard it as the price you pay for progress.

Failure isn't so bad if it doesn't attack the heart.
Success is all right if it doesn't go to the head.

God uses people who fail - cause there aren't any other kind around.

Past hurts can make you bitter or better - the choice is yours.

The book contains much wisdom for people who are not afraid to risk, to have a go and recognise that failure does not have to be an enemy but be a friend.

Tuesday, 14 February 2012

Believe it or not!

We had a family visit to Ripleys in London and I loved it (OK so it was my idea to go)

The museum is packed with stories and models, with relics and videos of the unbelievable: painting the Lords Supper on a single grain of rice, knitting a life size Ferrari, a cow with 6 legs and a man with 2 sets of pupils in his eyes.

I admit that the place stretches the imagination with many many bizarre stories and peculiar events and people.

Personally I would like to meet every single situation in person to check out the facts for myself. I guess I can end up like Thomas who would not believe that Jesus had risen from the dead unless he was able to touch the Lords hand and feet.

I know many struggle to believe in the God of the Bible. I would love to build a church where they can come and meet Him for themselves and know it is all true!

Saturday, 11 February 2012

Iced Tears

This morning I needed to be somewhere by 8am and as it was only 5 1/2 miles from home thought I would run there and back - hoping to achieve 2 things at once.

I knew it was cold but did not realise quite how cold:

As a man I am not supposed to cry but my eyes do water - especially in the cold. When I arrived at my destination this morning I had an icicles attached to my eye lashes!

One of the guys told me that his car had registered -8 when driving to our appointment.

I want to declare that I did not stop running this morning (I was worried my heart might freeze over)

I guess it challenges me as a Christian - will I keep on running for Jesus?
I so want to!

Wednesday, 8 February 2012

Radical People

May I introduce you to Sam & Anna.

I first go to know them when they moved to Hillingdon to study at Brunel University.

Not distracted by student life, spare time and the occasional need to study these guys were passionate about Jesus and devoted to serving The Crown Church. They served in the worship band and also on the kids work.

After graduating Anna delayed earning for a year so that she could serve in the church office - and a great job she did to!

Even when first married they did not take a break but were involved in Alpha, student work and small groups.

Now they are expecting their first child and at the same time are looking to buy their first house and move to get involved in starting a new church: Redeemer!

I love their energy and passion.
I love the fact they are energetically serving Jesus.
I love the fact they are not sitting back but aggressively involved.

Ladies & gentleman: Mr & Mrs Isaacson!

Monday, 6 February 2012

Olly Murs at the O2...

Yesterday it felt like I went to church 3 times!

I preached at Kings Church Harrow in the morning

I visited Emmanuel Church London in the afternoon and shared about Redeemer

I went with my daughter Lois to see Olly Murs at the O2 in the evening!

He is a great entertainer and the evening was excellent. So good to have fun with Lois as we stand singing with arms raised, loosing our voices to 'Heart skips a beat' and 'Dance with me tonight'

Amazing to think that this one time semi pro footballer who worked for a recruitment consultant was always this incredible performer waiting for an opportunity.

What have you got inside of you?

What opportunity are you going to take this year?

Wednesday, 1 February 2012

Don't keep putting things off...

A man in Ealing recently discovered some cheese in the back of his fridge that was a Christmas present 7 years ago.
Despite being 2,500 days past its sell by date he nibbled some and found it to be great.

John Sears used a wedge to make a tasty cheese sauce and even contacted the makers to tell them how well the cheese matured.
Ford Farm wanted to take the cheese away and analyse it so gave our local man a cheese hamper in exchange.

Do you keep putting things off?

Have you been thinking about going on a church plant and yet it keeps slipping to the bottom of your priority list?

Why not join us at Redeemer?