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Churches gathered with one thing in common: God's glorious gospel. Great to be together for the gospel. And now I've set foot in Maidenhead. How exciting.
UCCF: The Christian Unions are all about partnership in the gospel. On Thursday I loved seeing that in action. At 7.10pm I finished my talk in Farnham CU. At 8.10pm I was at Surrey CU (Guildford) where God's same gospel was being proclaimed by Ian Stackhouse. In that hour I walked, and used two nice South West Trains. Oh, and there was the thing with bananas and lemonade which is probably inexcusable, much like Cat's insights about Tescos!
2. Permission to fail
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Pride is so self-deceiving and it's not very nice to have to face up to that. But my sin is not too big. God is God. The gospel is still true. Grace is enough. I don't want to fail, but when I do fail God's gospel does not. This week I think I've seen and hated my sin more than I have for a while. That has made it a difficult week, but also one that has increased my joy in the Lord.
3. Said and done
Let there be light. And there was light.
Be clean. And he was clean.
Get up. And he got up.
Follow me. And he followed him.
Be still. And it was still.
When Jesus speaks, stuff happens. Inevitably.
A new favourite word. Drop that into conversation sometime soon! It means compassion, as in Jesus having compassion on a leper in Mark 1:41. Early on Wednesday morning we discovered that the TNIV Bible uses a different manuscript giving the reading Indignant instead of Compassion - as in Jesus being indignant at the man being unclean and so cleansing him. The overall meaning of the section is unchanged as Jesus demonstrates his authority to cleanse the unclean. Lessons from this - TNIV is strange and the minor differences in manuscripts don't change the meaning.
5. Hedge ate our wingmirror.
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These things happen, usually at 7.30am, not a disaster though a bit frustrating to throw away money to fix it.
6. Pastors and Students
Student leaders and church pastors together on Wednesday lunchtime. Great to hear the humble questions of these young leaders, and the great advice that was given to them. Their commitment to the gospel is a delight. A helpful reminder also that students really should be able to take a lot of teaching, and that they need it in this unmatched time of change and growth in life.
Wednesday was also the day that Rich came around for dinner. Nice.
God has made himself clear and given us verifiable evidence. Thanks to Phil Rout for his lunchbar at Reading this week. Also - notice the way Jesus uses the healing of a paralytic to help people weigh up whether his pronouncements of forgiveness carry weight or not... which leads me on to this morning in Esther with Tom. God's great promises - they are what is real. Circumstances are not ultimate - what God says will happen (see also point 3).
...who knows what the next seven days holds... one thing is sure I must make some serious progress in preparing for the Calvinism-Arminianism "debate" and my "Giving an Answer" seminar... amongst other things... big week ahead! Meanwhile, my Relays head off for a week in Winchester to help the Christian Union in their week of evangelism, and it's school half-term so Em's at home lots!