March 3, 2012 § Leave a comment
Well! I hope you have all had a good week. If you have had food to eat, clothes to wear and a place to sleep you have had a truly blessed week.
What a start to the weekend, what a breakfast, what a word!
This morning saw the men of City Praise Centre, Gravesend, doing life together by gathering at a chosen beefeater for a mens breakfast. Not the first time and it most certainly won’t be the last. We normally have an attendance of around the eighteen to twenty-two/three mark. Our highest that I can remember, is about thirty-two. Today though was special, our pastor, whom I will refer to as Tom, had a special word for us and to go with this the Lord brought along fifty men, wow! Go Jesus, go Jesus, go!
The bonding was great as usual, sitting with at least one person you have not spoken to before and getting to learn a little bit about them. That does not always happen. Sometimes some of us get wrapped up in our own little friends world, me included, and just don’t want to reach out, but there was something different about today.
Breakfast finished, for most that is, there is always the odd bit cutlery clattering in the background. Tom stood up to bring us the word that he had for the men. Lo and behold! An elderly couple came into the restaurant through the french doors at the far side of the building leading in from part of the car park. I could not hear what the lady said but that was really irrelevant, most of the men just heard Tom retort ‘I don’t work here’. As you can imagine all those expectant mighty macho men roared like the lions they are into a rib tickling, gut busting laughter, to the very slight embarrassment of the gentleman’s wife I believe. Eventually recomposed, Tom and the message got underway.
MEN OF THE HOUSE
Ezekiel 22:30 “I looked for a man to stand in the gap” There was the crux of the message. Stand in the gap for the Lord and bring the word of God to His house, His children, His lost children. Brother fellow-men, be there for them, support them in times of hardship in the spiritual sense of the word. Mentor them if they are new to the fold. Let them see the six core values in you.
FAITH, EXCELLENCE, DEVOTION, STRENGTH HONOUR CHARACTER
Pray to God and ask Him to lay on your heart, the names of at least six or more people who He wants you to be a trusted brother to.
Be a MAN OF THE HOUSE:
There are three key habits that as MEN OF THE HOUSE we need to adopt.
- GIVE BIBLICALLY
- ATTEND REGULARLY
Attend the house of God regularly so that they can see your FAITH shine, your DEVOTION to the house, the bride of Christ and your HONOUR to God. Let them see your EXCELLENCE in the word of God, your spiritual STRENGTH and your CHARACTER that has been built within you by the impact of Gods word on your life.
- PRAY DAILY
February 26, 2012 § Leave a comment
Another week gone by, where does the time go to. I used to think when I was younger that older people sometimes spoke a lot of rubbish, especially with some of the old wives tales that used to be prevalent at that time. I remember hearing many times the words, time goes much faster when you get older, so make the most of your time while you are young.
I used to get fed up with time when I was young, sometimes a week would seem like a lifetime. Funny how things change. Now I wish there were more hours in a day, more days in a week and that the weekends were longer.
Because time seems to pass by so quickly makes me think did I, or do we do things the right way. This brings me to my blog update for the next few weeks. Having recently written an autobiography called ‘The Right Way’ I have decided to examine different sections of the book. To look at what could have happened if I had done things differently. What do I really mean by ‘The Right Way’ and is the right way the correct way.
Join in with me as the weeks progress, leave a comment, do you agree or disagree.
Week 4, Blog 4 ‘The Right Way’
So is ‘The Right Way’ right or wrong. In a nutshell it depends on what you want out of life. Do you want a good life, one which is full of love, happiness, joy and salvation then yes it is the right way. On the other hand if you enjoy torment, vulnerability, uncertainty and sadness. The idea of being used to hurt and deceive others, then yes this may be the right way for you. But it is the wrong way to go.
I can say the above through experience in many areas of life which are open to us if we do not want to follow Jesus.
Let me delve further into my younger years as mentioned in my book ‘The Right Way’. The amniotic membrane that was over my head is said to have spiritual significance when birthed in that way. If it did or not I had no idea and it has meant absolutely nothing to me for the last fifty nine years. Now though two and a half years after writing ‘The Right Way’ I have had time to reflect on what I wrote and of course what has happened since. It makes me wonder where I would have been if I had followed the correct path that God had planned for my life all that time. For me I know now that things could have been very different spiritually, I would not have been in some of the dark situations that I have encountered from time to time.
I cannot say with any certainty what would have happened in my life for only God knows that answer. All I can say is that I am at this moment in my life very happy, content, a work in progress where the Lord is concerned but I know I am going ‘The Right Way’
What about the other way, what could have happened. Well, for a start if things had carried on where motoring convictions were concerned I would have probably have ended up in prison. Married women, if that had carried on I would not like to think what may have happened. I was once threatened with having my throat cut from one ear to the other just for talking to a man’s wife and someone else getting the wrong idea and talking out of turn.
That episode in itself taught me to mind my own business, it didn’t make any difference at the time but I did know. The incident with the coach, if the Lord had not had His hand on my life and my foot had just squeezed a further two MPH out of the engine I could well have been looking at a very long manslaughter sentence. Now is any of this what a well balanced person want for there life, the answer is no and because we would be off balance with our weight of sin brought about by allowing the enemy to be in charge of our lives.
Although I have had visions and revelations over the past six years that I have been back with the Lord, some of the visions over the last two and a half years have been really breath taking. In the main they are to do with the growth of our church but at times they are for an individual within our home connect group. I even get visions for my wife which just cements for me what God laid on my heart when we first met, that we really are soul mates.
Join me next week when I will expand on another section of my book ‘The Right Way’
Meanwhile, stay good-you know you should, and if you tried you know you could.