Saturday, 26 September 2009

Be Examples of Christ

Hi Folks,

Week one complete and I am knackered! Monday 21st September 2009 - 09:15 registration, and meet my fellow students. Permit me to introduce the people whom I will have the pleasure of spending the next 4 years. There are 4 guys and five girls. Robert, Daniel, Gary and myself. The Girls are Pamela, Laura, Caz, Rosemary and Rachel.

The stark reality of what lies ahead for me, is not some large theological question. I was sitting in the admin office and my eyes settled upon a piece of A4 paper, bluetaced to the wall. Printed in bold font with a landscape format, it read.


Don't worry that children never listen to you; worry that they are always watching you.” it is a quote by Robert Fulghum


It brought a whole new meaning to the saying actions speak louder than words. I have to be honest and say that if you were to ask my daughter what kind of dad I have been, she would tell you everything she has seen me do, and nothing about the things I have told her.

However, this quote also gives me hope, as It would direct me to a practical ministry. I have believed for many years that we must be examples of Christ to our friends, neighbours and peers. This was Jesus ministry many watched what he was doing and followed him
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Over the next number of year I hope its not what I say, but what I do that shapes the lives of the people I engage with.

Bill



Tuesday, 15 September 2009

Deep Water

I cannot quite remember what starting Primary School was like, 1966 was a long time ago. I do remember my first day at High School in 1973, but mostly with saddness as my father died the day before. On leaving school in 1975 I attended Falkirk Tech College to study Mechanical & Engineering as an apprentice engineer. School was not my finest moment, I was not an academic. College I enjoyed, because I could relate to the practical aspects.

It is 43 years since I began my education as a small blond haired, blue eyed boy in shorts, and 30 years have past since I last was at college. This week I have been able to empathise with all the kids going to school for the very first time. Man am I nervous, who needs laxatives :0)

I entitled my blog "Walking on the Water" but I feel more like a fish out of water!!!

This morning God gave me a vision from my childhood that I would like to share with you. I was around 5/6 years old, and as most summers they were spent in the local public park with my mother and younger brother (Summers were great back then, warm & hot.) In the park there was a paddling pool, where I spent many a happy hour swimming. Well I say swimming, but the water was that shallow I was really only pulling myself along the bottom.

I remember it so vividly, as if it were yesterday. I could see myself running to my mum "did you see me swimming mum?" My mum just smiled, "Yes William, you were good" Not long after this my mother took me to the public baths for swimming lesson. Why I thought, I can swim. As I entered the shallow end (all 3' 6" of me) I soon discovered there was more to swimming.

God began to speak to me:- His first words were "Yes William you are good" but now the lessons begin. Contrary to what you might think it is easier to swim in deep water, but firstly you need to learn who to swim. This is not about swimming, its about "Water Walking" I am taking you into the deep water, and some times stormy waters, out of the comfort zone as your mother did all these years ago. Listen carefully to your teachers, follow their instructions and you will be just fine. I have given you My Spirit, and you can accomplish everything because I am strengthening you.

I believe God has prompted in my Spirit to share this with you, because some of you are in a similar situation. God wants to take you into the "Deep Water" I know that I am a very competent swimmer and not afraid of deep water. In fact I feel reasonably confident and competent in many areas, as many of you do. Education is not an area of comfort or confidence for me. When God reminded me of my childhood experience I could see the connection. Where is your "Deep Water" are you happy in your comfort zone, or is God call you to "Get out of the boat"???

May God Bless You

Bill

Thursday, 10 September 2009

Sunday, 6 September 2009

Do You Want To B:1:2

Hi folks,

as I mentioned in my last blog, God has shown me some of the exciting projects He has in-store. One of the visions is to establish a Christian Fellowship, a place where Christians can meet to worship and fellowship "in Spirit and in Truth." Here on earth we have so many labels, but these will either 'burn off' if you go to hell, or will 'fall off' when you enter heaven.

The bible indicates that we are to 'Love one Another' and in doing so all men will know that we are His disciples John 13: 34-36. If we are to reach a fallen world we must first demonstrate our love for each other, setting aside our labels that seperate us and focusing on what unites us. So let me explain about B:1:2. This vision is aimed predominately towards youth, but not solely for youth.

B:1:2 Christian Fellowship will be an alliance of evangelical Christians in the Falkirk Area.

B:1:2 will be a body of serving evangelical Christians in Falkirk whose 'membership' is made up of many denominations, churches, organisations and individuals who believe that Jesus Christ is “The Way, The Truth and The Life” He is the only means by which we can have a relationship with God.

B:1:2 promotes unity and truth, acts as an evangelical voice to the town, society and the wider church, and works collaboratively with members and other evangelicals, to present Christ credibly as good news for spiritual and social transformation. Our goal is to promote a ‘uniting to change society, and engaging with the disengaged’

B:1:2 has been birthed to encourage Christians to fully engage in their communities as responsible citizens, and we strive to make evangelical truths publicly accessible.

Our emphasis is on Christian young people meeting to worship together and encouraging them to serve their communities by supporting one another in love. The youth of today get such bad press, perhaps it is time we had some 'Good News' stories? The vision God gave me did not include only young people, but people of all ages. I keep hearing it said that "The young people are the Church of the future" I believe that they are the Church of today.

Why B:1:2?

"Your life is the song that you sing, and the whole world is listening"

Jesus called is disciples, is he calling you to B:1:2? Whatever we are in Christ Jesus, you can B:1:2

It is anticipated that we will organise an event for the Thursday the 8th October 2009 @ 07:30pm, and see what God does. Then it will be the second Thursday of each month, venue to be confirmed. Please pray about this venture, tell your friends and most importantly prayerfully consider coming along.

Clark, this quote is for you. "Its Church Jim, but not as we know it"

Blessings in Jesus Name

Bill

Thursday, 3 September 2009

Getting out of the Boat

Today I have set up my blog page, which will track my progress as I begin life as a student. On the 21st of September I attend the International Christian College (ICC) to study "Youth Work & Applied Theology" which will last for 4 years. Hopefully, God willing, it will see me achieve a degree in said subject.

I have considered this career on a number of occasions, but have always found an excuse not to proceed. However, I have finally taken the step of "Getting out of the Boat" It all began when I was asking God what the purpose was for my life, and God began to show me. I could not quite believe what I was seeing (Similar to Peter) and I found myself asking the same question. "If it is really you Lord, bid me to come?" Stupid I know, at my age I should have known better.

The words were clear and true "COME" Now I am looking for a life jacket, rubber ring (do we still get them?) or water wings, so please check your garages/lofts etc.

God has shown me where we are going on this journey, and some of the exciting projects he has in-store which I look forward to sharing in the future. Please pray of Jennifer, Stephanie and myself as we embark on an adventure of a lifetime.

Bill