amazing communication devices…

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One of my passions is to help young people discover and encounter God through the pages of the Bible. So recently I wrote this aiming to challenge each of us about our attitude towards God’s word. Have a read…

the world is flooded with them
every house has one
in fact, almost every person owns one
some people use it several times a day, others aren’t as frequent
it comes in all sorts of shapes and sizes
there are lots of different types, makes and colours
some use theirs in a quiet, private space, others take theirs out in public – in the park, on a bus or at starbucks
it’s not just an object but a communication device
it’s an amazing way of hearing someone else speak directly to you

what am i talking about?….

…the mobile phone

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we use it every day don’t we?
you couldn’t leave the house without it, could you?
we feel incomplete without it
we feel the need to glance at it every 15 minutes just in case someone’s texted
we talk about our phones, even show them off to each other
we use it when we travel and when we’re alone

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the world is flooded with them
every house has one
in fact, almost every person owns one
some people use it several times a day, others aren’t as frequent
it comes in all sorts of shapes and sizes
there are lots of different types, makes and colours

some use theirs in a quiet, private space, others take theirs out in public – in the park, on a bus or at starbucks
it’s not just an object but a communication device
it’s an amazing way of hearing someone else speak directly to you

we use it every day don’t we?
you couldn’t leave the house without it, could you?

we feel incomplete without it…yeah?
maybe it’s just me but I’m not sure we show our bibles off to each other
so do we feel the need to glance at it every 15 minutes to grab a message for our lives?
do we use it when we travel and when we’re alone?

so what’s your attitude to this amazing book?

conference time…!

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heading to eastbourne this weekend with a mate to go to this. booked it ages ago but now i’m really looking forward to the change of rhythm, the refreshment, fresh teaching and good crack that this conference will provide.

i’m not always a huge fan of the whole conferences fix everything mentality but i think that i’m at a place right now where this will be a huge source of benefit for me. the programme looks great and i love hearing mike pilavachi speak…!

will blog about it on my return!

smelling of smoke…

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i was chatting with someone last night about how the smell of smoke catches on your clothes and affects you, even when we don’t realise it. he was so right. i remember it well from the teenage years of spending most weekends in smoked fill snooker halls. my clothes were always stinking and headed straight for the washing machine when i got home.

living in the real world with real people means that we are subjected to so many different influences. the things we watch. the words we hear. the culture around us. even though we don’t consciously take stuff in, we are constantly being influenced by those around. it can leave us smelling of smoke this guy told me.

and i was thinking about that this morning and then i thought of jude 23: “snatch others from the fire and save them.”

perhaps were called to be people who smell of smoke…

a quick look back…

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came across this article which was published in the Irish News a few years ago telling the story of the ‘Worship Ireland’ stuff i was involved with at the time. reminded me of good times so thought i’d share… 

 

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“She was wandering around the town friendless; a newly arrived migrant in a foreign country – and the music drew her.  He was drunk and from a messed-up family, didn’t know where to turn – and the worship touched him.  She was hurrying down the street to work, stressed out – and the free CD sign grabbed her and she lifted one.  These are only three of over 25 thousand stories that have come about because of the God-given dream that has become known as ‘Worship Ireland’.

 

The vision of this Worship Ireland movement is to see a nation inspired to worship God.  The idea is that a generation of evangelistic worshippers could bring the flavour of Jesus to towns throughout Ireland, as they offer people free worship-outreach CDs among much more.  With over 25 thousand CDs now in circulation around the island, God has blessed this dream in incredible and eye-widening ways!

 

It all began back in 2004 when God inspired a few regular guys to bring their worship outside the context of church and onto the streets.  And that was the basis of this part-time interdenominational Worship Ireland mission, a bunch of nobodies, passionate about the spreading of God’s fame, aiming to give a joyful and positive message of Christianity.

 

Last June saw a group of 26 visit eight towns in Ireland: Drogheda, Dublin, Monaghan, Letterkenny, Ballykelly, Derry, Cookstown and Randalstown.  In each location God’s love was shared with passers-by through the handing out of free sweets and balloons, while a group sang and played some modern worship songs.  The Worship Ireland CDs, containing a gospel message as well as songs, were on offer in each place for absolutely free.

 

Blown away by the response, we discovered that God loves to meet with people.  As He set up divine encounters we saw that God cares passionately about hassled shoppers, old ladies waiting on the next bus, alcoholics slumped in a street corner, teenagers hanging about having a laugh.

 

As we worshipped on Grafton Street or outside Monaghan’s Court House, Derry’s Diamond Square or wherever, God drew people to us and brought about conversations that you could never even have dreamt up. Story after story after story. God was dying to meet with all these people. It’s no surprise – because He did die to meet them all!

 

A year on from Worship Ireland’s first journey around the nation, preparation is well underway for a second trip! Fresh from a year of travelling to different churches all over Ireland to support their work, an expanded Worship Ireland team are ready to hit the streets again. A brand new worship CD has been recorded and excitement is mounting as to what God has in store this time around.

 

For Worship Ireland the dream is only beginning to unfold as they share the all-embracing, barrier-breaking, life-changing, death-defying message of God’s grace. What a journey!  What a God!  But what a need…”

 

 

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this is one of the reasons i’m constantly inspired by young people. they see a need and get up and do something about it. just want to give a big shout to these local guys for  putting passion + action together. sadly i can’t be a part of what they are up to this time around but right behind it all.

check out the video or this link for more info…

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“He that will not apply new remedies must expect new evils, for time is the greatest innovator”

Sir Francis Bacon

what are you reading at the moment?

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i’ve been asked that questions by several people in the last 2 days so thought i’d share what i’m reading and how it is inspiring me right now…

:: ‘chasing daylight’ by erwin mcmanus
brilliant book about not settling for mediocrity in life or faith but how we can all seize the ‘divine moments’ of our everydays. read it!!

:: ‘too busy not to pray’ by bill hybels
have read snippets of this before but have started reading it. me and sarah are working our way through it together actually. liking it so far but far too challenging!!

:: ‘crazy love’ by francis chan
i’ve been a fan of francis chan as a communicator for a while now but this book is simple inspiring. unashamedly about falling more in love with Jesus, it’s all about what exactly it says on the tin. so refreshing.

:: ‘the antrim times’
hey, don’t knock it!! i love our wee local newspaper, from the random local stories, to the churches page, and from seeing people i know in the photos to seeing my football results up there!!

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came across this website a while ago thanks to supersimbo and it has made me laugh ever since. some of the cartoons are simply hilarious, yet at the same time making sometimes serious and poignant points which never fail to challenge me.

here’s a small sample of my favourites and then click on the link above to see more! enjoy…

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new podcast episode available

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click on the icon and you’re there!! enjoy…

my God is…

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