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May 03, 2007

Encouraged or Convicted?

Thanks for the Prompt Bobbie ;o)

2 questions

1) What is your greatest encouragement to date?

2) What is your greatest conviction?

I’ll share mine later…

July 25, 2006

Is being a Christian fashionable?

So many things in life follow fashions and trends, often on the say so of others. "This years black is the new Brown" (or is it pink now?, I lose track) comments like "it's sooo last week!" (thanks for inspiration James, LOL) are often sayings that come and go as fashions too.

So what are your thoughts?

Is being a Christian fashionable?
Should it be fashionable?

Fashionable Gentlemen

February 22, 2006

Work–Life balance, what about Christian–Life balance?

I resolved to address my work-life balance some years ago. I achieve this by dropping the the word 'work' and it suddenly took on a whole new perspective. 'life balance' allowed me to look at it without the emphasis on work.

But what about 'Christian-life balance'? obviously the solution is not the same in this case

How do you balance the necessary worldy aspects of your life (work, socialising with non-christian friends, possibly family if their not Christian) with your Christian life?

I often find myself sacrificing one for the other, any suggestions?

January 06, 2006

What you do you once you're a Christian?

It's a question many of us ask ourselves after being born again. Similarly I have been asked by friends and family the same question too.

The obvious things to list are Prayer and grow faith in God.

Another is to

Treat others as you would wish to be treated yourself.

This is found in Matthew 7:12. The whole of Matthew needs to be followed but Verse 12 sums it up.

It doesn't get any more complicated than is.

An example of this for me was last night. On Thursday nights my friends always have a friendship meal. It's open house for Christians and non–Christians alike. It's an opportunity to get to know people and be hospitable. As Thursdays are always busy I made myself a drink. I thought how nice it would be if someone was to make a drink for me. So then I decided I would do just that for everyone else. The end result was making some 30+ drinks, which takes a while with a normal house kettle that will fill about 4 cups. Keeping track of who I had asked and who I hadn't was a task as many people arrived at different times. A simple thought turned into a mission but I felt it worthwhile, especially as there were some people I hadn't met before and it's always good to feel welcomed when you visiting someone for the first time. In the end I succeeded in making sure everyone had a drink or had at least been asked and said 'no'. One brother did manage to have three drinks made in the middle of all this which was quite amusing.

It wasn't so much the act itself that was good; many do good acts without faith. The fact that I was thinking of God and thinking of others while doing it was the most beneficial, I think I gained the most from the exercise.

December 15, 2005

The Sinner's Prayer

So what do you do if you now believe?
How do you become one of 'those Christian people'?

Firstly, Congratulations!

So what now? what do you do next?

Well, you can start with a prayer

A very specific one called the sinner's prayer. What is the sinners prayer? I here you ask, here's a useful link

I would strongly advise that you seek out people who are already Christians. Either get in touch with whomever has been a good influence to date or, if you have reached this point on your own, contact me.

December 14, 2005

Taking on the Yoke – Why name my site this?

Well every blog needs a name; to distinguish it from another. Itís also helpful to pick something that tells the reader a little about yourself or the subject and purpose for the blog. In my case, I wanted something that the reader would identify with being Christian.

Itís taken from the book of Matthew 11:28–30 in the new testament.

"Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy and my burden is light."
Matthew 11:28–30 NIV

One thing you quickly learn with reading the bible is that the meaning of scripture can appear superficially to mean one thing and then on closer inspection mean something quite different. For me this is one such piece of scripture. In it Jesus uses the analogy of using a Yoke. I first read this to be a Yoke like the type used when carrying water, a singular Yoke. I later realized that he meant it to be a double a yoke, like the ones used with oxen for plowing. Looking at the scripture again I realized that Jesus wants us to walk with him at the same pace, so that we can learn from him, not just carry his burden as I had misread it previously. I now find the message far more comforting and easy to digest.

December 09, 2005

Mere Christianity by C.S.Lewis

Written after being asked to do a short series of programmes for the BBC, it was orignally intended to show that Christianity has a place in post war Britain. the success of the book mean it is a 'must read' for anyone curious about

I was very fortunate that someone suggested I read this book and to them I am eternally grateful. If your a non-believer, uncertain about God or if Christianity is for you I cannot enphasise enough that you should readthis book. It addresses a lot of thoughts you may have about faith and puts them into a more rational perspective.

C.S.Lewis is wonderfully pragmatic and breaks the subject down to it's base level so that you can see it clearly. I say pragmatic not in the way it is usually used, with a negative slant, more in an objective way.

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