Monday, 30 September 2013

Saturday, 28 September 2013

Do you remember?

I recently read about the advance of science that means we could develop the ability to get rid of bad memories. (Known as Tet1)
I appreciate that this could be  helpful to those suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder but I wonder if the treatment could be abused....
to wipe put the recollection of a mistake we can learn from
sorry forgot to pay my mortgage this month, I must have taken an overdose.
Could this end up with us pressing 'delete' to ditch a memory.

I believe the best way not to remember is to forgive. I am learning to forgive myself. I choose to forgive family & friends that have hurt & upset me. It does not remove the memory but often takes away the pain.
I find strength to forgive others knowing that God has forgiven me.

Who do you need to forgive?

Thursday, 26 September 2013

How much would you pay?

Fascinating report showing what students would pay to make a dream come true:
Time travel   £714
Talk to an animal   £592
Ride a unicorn   £395
Get a lift from The Stig   £282.

In real life we recognise that the amount you pay for something reflects the value you place on the item or experience.

I still therefore find it staggering that the Father would send His Son to die for me.

Tuesday, 24 September 2013

Happy Ever After

It was great to witness the marriage of Mr David Johnson to Rosie on Saturday.

It felt as though the day was everything a wedding should be..... smiles and romance, informal & family, promises before God, an enjoyable hog roast and a chance to catch up with friends.

I have known Dave for years and I have never seen him smile so much.... he beamed all day!

I genuinely wish them all the best for the future....

Isn't it amazing that the Bible describes the church like a Bride - one day a wedding will take place.

I want to feel a passion towards the church like Jesus does.

Sunday, 22 September 2013

Dedication

A real privilege today at Redeemer London to celebrate the dedication of Olly Isaacson.

Sam & Anna are a wonderful radical family who moved into Ealing for the sole purpose of supporting a church plant. Both of them are energetic and committed. As a couple they give time and energy in serving the church. Faithfully at the church Sunday by Sunday. Sam leads a worship team and Anna serves on the kids. They are active in a small group, help leaflet and are fired up and ready to do whatever they can!

They are great parents who are involving their family in the adventure of faith. What an inspiring environment for Olly to grow up in - passionate & pioneering.


Friday, 20 September 2013

John Wimber

If I remember correctly the first time I heard John Wimber speak was at the Brighton Conference Centre in 1985.
I can 100% say that the worship, the teaching - but most of all the ministry was life changing!

John was such a radical man - sacrificing a music career when God called him to follow after Him.

He was big hearted towards The Church, there were no gimmicks and the focus was Jesus and the advance of the Kingdom.

It was therefore a pleasure to recently read one his books 'The Way in is the Way on'. Simple yet powerful. Radical & encouraging. Honest & inspiring.

Seriously make it your next read!

Wednesday, 18 September 2013

Ealing Foodbank

I am very keen that Ealing is a better place because Redeemer Church is located in the Borough.

Although we only launched Sunday meetings at the end of January 2013, and are a relatively small bunch at the moment,  it is wonderful that we are working with others to serve the locality.

One of our members, Chris Sutton, has invested hours and hours, into getting an Ealing Foodbank started.
It is amazing to see the 50 churches that are now working together, to witness the Trussell Trust training, to see established the first client centre in Acton, the central store organised and the plans for further client centres around the Borough!

It has been a privilege to fund the setting up of this project and hope that many many local lives will be helped through its work.

Monday, 16 September 2013

A Day

It must be true I read it in the paper...
     Every day in Britain we all:
     on average send 7 text messages
     spend 2 hours on our smartphone
     watch TV for 3hours and 45 minutes
     use 150 litres of water
     walk 4,000 steps

Every day as a nation we:
     Eat 50million Kit Kat fingers
     Spend 28 million hours on Twitter
     Use 34million hours on Facebook

What have you done with today?

Saturday, 14 September 2013

Kick the Habit

For several years I have made the same New Years Resolution and been unable to keep it.... to drink more water - not after it has been boiled and put into a cup with a bag and some milk - but straight!

Previously when I have cut back on my tea consumption I seem to get headaches.
Why cut back on Rosie Lee? - it isn't expensive, it is sociable, I'm British - it's what we drink!

On holiday this year I went 10 days without a cuppa.

Since being back I have kept down to 4 cups a day (you don't want to know how many I had got up to before)

I know that it takes 6 weeks to form a habit - so appreciate I am not out of the woods yet - but am feeling strong and taking 1 day at a time.

What habit have you thought you could never break?
What discipline did you think you could
never keep up?

Give it a go!

Thursday, 12 September 2013

Chimney Sweep

It has been 2 years since I had the Chimney cleaned (The kids are getting bigger and they just don't want to go up it any more)


I love the fact that our house has an open fire in the lounge. On a cold winters evening there is something wonderful about sitting round watching and being warmed by a crackling fire.

I am happy to clean the ashes out of the grate, the following day, and plan to have the paper and kindling in place ready for the next inferno.

However I also appreciate that to be safe a deeper clean is required every so often. The 2 guys who came, knew what they were doing, were efficient and did a great job, something that I cannot do.

On the adventure of life we often have to 'take the heat' and have to ensure that we get rid of the 'left over ash' - by forgiving others and ourself. In addition to this it can helpful to have others who help us get rid of anything that can be dangerous and unhelpful in the future. I appreciate good friends who speak into my life and also value visiting a counsellor occasionally.

Tuesday, 10 September 2013

Thank You

There are many ways that we can communicate our love and appreciation to others: a kind word, a thoughtful card, by giving flowers or chocolates.

In the busyness of life and the constant demands that we make of ourselves and others it is good to say thank you!

On Sunday night it was great to gather at The Grange, with some of those who have and continue to serve at Redeemer!

I am aware that a church is dependant upon its volunteers: each Sunday people set up the equipment, man the PA and projection, play in the band, lay on refreshments, welcome at the door, count the offering, teach the kids......

I am so proud of the radical folk at Redeemer who week in and week out sacrificially invest in the church.....

I wish I could find the right word to say......

Sunday, 8 September 2013

You the man!

I distinctly remember my 18th birthday - I woke up and read to my family some verses from the Bible that I had selected the night before:

When I was a child, I talked like a child, I thought like a child, I reasoned like a child. When I became a man, I put the ways of childhood behind me. 1 Corinthians 13:11


On  Saturday my son Josh turned 18!

After pancakes for breakfast we went out for a ride, with Josh on his new bike, before a game of Settler of Catan. A trip to the cinema in the afternoon (and another game of Settler's) before heading out for dinner in the evening!

I love having time with my family.

I am so proud of the man he has become:)

I can't believe where the time has gone - if you have young kids make as much time as you can to be with them - and enjoy every minute.

Wednesday, 4 September 2013

BFFE

As we get older it is easy to miss the importance of friendship:
We assume that 'being friends' is for kids at school
We believe only teenagers are hung up on peer pressure
We get busy with responsibilities
We have been hurt and withdraw

It was great this last Sunday to have Vinu & Julie visit Redeemer & hang out with our family last Sunday.
I first met Vinu at a mission in India, he subsequently came to speak at the church I was leading in Hillingdon and then Josh & I went to stay with his family in Mumbai for a week.

It was great to talk & laugh together for the day on Sunday
I hope we do meet up again next year.
I do believe that we are more together than apart - none of us is meant to be an island, isolated and alone.