Sunday, February 25, 2007

The Bible and film one liners

Today I was thinking about one-liners from films, and how many I know. Everyone knows the famous ones 'Frankly my dear I don't give a damn', 'No - I am your Father', and many others. Indeed I'm ashamed to say there are films which I have seen so many times I know virtually the whole script. While not everyone may have done that, I'm sure there are lots of film and tv quotes that we know off by heart.
It got me thinking. Do we know our Bible that well? Shouldn't the energy we devote to remembering film one-liners be better directed at remembering the scriptures? After all, the Bible is much more important.
How do we do that? Well the way I learnt all these lines from films was by watching them a lot of times, so it suggests that maybe be devoting more time to Bible study and reading the Bible more regularly - and actually concentrating on what I am reading and being open to God rather than distrated - would make a big difference. Not only that, but we would hear God speaking more clearly to us as we spend more time with Him through His word.
It's a big challenge to me and to us all, as it challeges our priorities and invloves possibly a bit of sacrifice, reading the Bible instead of watching a dvd or a film on tv. It's also not easy at all.
But it is the right thing to do. After all, how cool would it be in the really difficult times to have passages you know off by heart to get you through things, or indeed to have verses to hand with which you can bless and encourage others?
It would be brilliant. Let's get our priorites right and get focussed on scripture and really get excited and passionate about it. It would make a big difference.

Matt Redman - Beautiful News

This is Matt Redman's latest offering and what a superb album it is. Every song is high class, with a real heart and passion for Jesus and to see Him known. It is powerful and inspirational, sending a message of our duty not just to worship God, but to 'Take it to the streets'.
Make sure you listen to it, well worth the money.

Wednesday, February 14, 2007

Wild At Heart - Discovering The Secret of a Man's Soul

Wild At Heart by John Eldridge is an excellent book for male Christians to help them re-capture their true identity in Christ and truly become the men they were created to be. Certainly it helped me understand that it's okay for men to be men, who and what I really am as a man and what that means for my destiny in Christ. For women it's a great insight into the male pysche, and hopefully will help them understand that they need to let men be men as God made them to be, not try to make them into women. It's even 20% off at Amazon at the moment too, so click on the title above and go buy it now.

I commend this book to you all.

Tuesday, February 13, 2007

Time to put God top of the agenda

Well its a new year and a shift in priorites on this site. The political and sporting themes are now virtually off the agenda. I beleive this opportunity and gift of writing I have needs to be used now for the purpose it was given to me in the first place.

On the agenda now will more Christian-based discussion on different areas of ministry and how they translate and can be made relevant practically in today's culture. How the message of God should be communicated to a modern world, where people learn differently than they used to and how the Bible can help us with this.

I'll also be tackling issues like the debate over women in leadership and why I think it's important to read some parts of the Bible in their historicial context and rather look at the underlying principles behind certain teachings. I'll also be discussing Chrisitanity and Politics, and how our faith can guide us in how we vote. Of course though, that's only the beginning. It's going to be interesting to see what God puts on my heart to share over the coming months.

It's a new agenda and purpose for this site and its going to be exciting.