Sunday, 30 September 2012

Jesus revealed in all the books of the Bible

Today I preached about the whole of the Old Testament pointing to Jesus.

I found this video clip from Oral Roberts inspiring!

Wednesday, 26 September 2012

Must have been good this year!

I have always been one to get excited about Christmas: this year feels no different.
When the evenings get shorter - by that I mean it gets darker earlier, the weather gets colder, I get wetter cycling on my bike & the leaves start to fall - then I start to look forward to Christmas.

Yesterday I tweeted (@petecornford) that it was 'only 3 months till Christmas - am I allowed to get excited yet?'

Fascinated by how many responses this comment generated.

Even more surprised to get home and find this waiting for me on the mantle piece above the fireplace - obviously been a good boy this year! 

Tuesday, 25 September 2012

There's something in the water....

I was very excited yesterday to get a text from a friend declaring that he had got engaged the night before! I believe marriage is a wonderful gift from God.

When a guy proposes you can feel the love in the air. Plans are being made for a great wedding day; dreams begin for a life's adventure together. I genuinely feel really excited for the couple.

Imagine my surprise when I got a second text yesterday declaring that another friend had proposed on Sunday night.... double joy!

2 friends propose on the same day...
Is this just a strange coincidence?
Is there something in the water?
Has anyone else got anything to declare?

Congratulations to Dan & Esther and to James & Charlotte!

I am very pleased for you both and also for myself: I must still be young as I now hope to be invited to more weddings than funerals next year!

Friday, 21 September 2012

Good to look back

8 weeks ago the eyes of the world were fixed on this ....I still love looking at it.

I have just received a letter from the Prime Minister thanking me for taking part.

What do you enjoy looking back at?

Wednesday, 19 September 2012

Tuesday, 18 September 2012

The Hunger Games

Earlier this year as a family we went to see the film 'The Hunger Games'.

I was impressed that this inspired my youngest son to read all 3 books and that my wife Nicky also could not put the 3 volumes down. I must be a late adopter.... as I am now following the example of others and have taken up the challenge to read.

I have to be honest I have been gripped: the first book I read in a couple of days, the second at a similar speed and the third I almost missed my connections on the tube this morning as I was so engrossed.

I do not wish to spoil the books for those who have to start - but I wonder what makes them so good?
The idea of youth v age?
The natural v the established?
The oppressed throwing off the bully?
The confusion of love?

Maybe we each find life like a battle, we are shocked by those who observe violence for fun, we perceive the fashions of society as trivial and distorting?

Have you read the books? What did you think?

Sunday, 16 September 2012

What moves you?

So inspired by a young married couple who with their new baby moved into the Ealing area this weekend - just so they can be actively involved in the church plant.

Not put off by:
a new job,
a young family
or expensive accommodation.....

may God richly bless them in this life and the next!

Thursday, 13 September 2012

Investing for the long term

One of the most helpful parenting tips I heard when our children were small came from Rob Parsons 'If you speak to your child when they are 3, 4 and 5 they will listen when they are 13, 14 & 15.'

I am sure most of us recognise the value of investing in relationships. We appreciate that deep friendship is built up over time. Often there are many shared experiences that create a whole bank of memories.

With the business of life it is easy to neglect the ones we love the most. One of the things Nicky & I found very difficult when moving to Australia is that you have no 'relational history' with anyone close by.

As my kids get older I am determined to keep on building positive memories with them. I know that I have to be more intentional than when they were young: then a spontaneous tickle or play fight could result in much laughter. Now I have to book time with them in advance as their diaries get busy and often money is involved.

Having said that as a family we have discovered we all enjoying going out for dinner and I felt time supporting England at Wembley this week - though not the 5 goal win I wanted - was another great opportunity to invest in my kids!

Tuesday, 11 September 2012

A huge privilege...

I love gathering each Sunday with the local church: one of the hardest things for me over the last year has been the fact that I have not been involved in one. The sense of family, serving as a team, caught up in a bigger vision..... I have so missed.

I appreciate that Sundays roll round quickly, that church plants can be lots of hard graft but to me it is such a privilege to gather with other who want to see a church established and grow. I love it!

Officially Redeemer is not planning to launch until sometime in 2013 - we are still developing a web site and have no literature at present. But we do gather together 10am every Sunday morning at the Town Hall in Ealing.

Why don't you come and visit us one week?

Friday, 7 September 2012

Where have all the years gone???

Today my oldest son, Josh is 17!

Friends of ours have recently had babies and I remember so well Josh arriving. We took photos of his 1st trip out in the pram, 1st outfit and 1st nappy change!

I must be getting old as the year have flown by.

I am so proud of how well my son is turning out. He works hard at school, serves at the new church, has good friends, always has interesting facts, is fun to be with and does not get flustered by me (or his mother) - basically he is an all round great lad!


Tuesday, 4 September 2012


It was a huge privilege last night to be part of the crowd in the Olympic Stadium and cheer on the athletes who each gave their all.

We had wandered round the Olympic Park and were impressed and wowed by the designs, the creativity and the great landscaping. We enjoyed tasting the International cuisine on offer and sat soaking up the action on the big screen.

Nothing prepared us for the energy and volume of the 80,000 crowd cheering and applauding every nation and each individual athlete. So pleased the respect shown for the various national anthems played as we stood and recognised the achievements of the medalists.

The highlight for me was the fanatic flag waving and passionate singing of the national anthem when we won gold! Amazing!

It brings alive the picture in the bible regarding a huge crowd of witnesses that cheer us on as we play our part , demonstrating courage and passion, committed to see the Kingdom of God advance where we live.

These athlete, despite difficulties, hold nothing back and neither should we.
Not that our name will be heard but people will sing the praise of the King of Kings!

Monday, 3 September 2012

The great fire of London...

Sunday 2nd September 1666 a spark caught and resulted in the Great Fire of London that had a huge impact on the capital.
Sunday 2nd September 2012 Redeemer had its first Sunday meeting @10am in Ealing Town Hall - believing for massive impact in this city and beyond.

I was so excited to see passion ignited in people's heart: resulting in growing faith and a willingness to serve.

A friend who came to support us on the first week summed things up so well "Great team, great location, great church and even greater God .... expecting great things."

Loving being part of the adventure!

Why not come and join us?