Retractable Christianity

So Nathan and Amy (the people I’m staying with while I’m working in Cambridge) have recently got two kittens. It’s amazing. My heart is currently in the process of melting due to the unceasing onslaught of extreme cuteness. Quite a nice way to go, all things considered.

Thing is, these little bundles of fur aren’t all warmth, comfort and suspicious damp patches on the settee. No, these kittens have a business end, in the form of 20 miniature knives attached to their heart-warmingly oversized paws… and they haven’t quite grasped how to retract them yet. Ouch.

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Show Justice, Love Mercy, Walk with God.

Yesterday I posted on the topic of the universal Christian family, and how, as a family, we should have the attitude of the early Christians, who “were together and had everything in common. They sold property and possessions to give to anyone who had need (Acts 2:44-45).” This may well be more difficult today, as the church now numbers in the millions or billions, but that’s not a reason to sit down and give up. Jesus said that love between Christians would be the defining characteristic of his disciples (John 13:34-35), and love without action isn’t love at all (John 14:23).

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Atheist Evangelism Challenge

I recently discovered this on a friends blog (original post here), and now I’m torn between wanting to go and manic street preach, and wanting to crawl under a rock and cry. Either way, I hope you find the quote as thought-provoking and challenging as I did!

Written by Mark Altrogge

“The most provoking quote I’ve read all year is by an avowed atheist.  I want to read it regularly to stir me to evangelism.

“… I’ve always said, you know, that I don’t respect people who don’t proselytize. I don’t respect that at all. If you believe that there is a heaven and hell, and people could be going to hell, or not getting eternal life or whatever, and you think that, well, it’s not really worth telling them this because it would make it socially awkward… how much do you have to hate somebody to not proselytize? How much do you have to hate somebody to believe that everlasting life is possible and not tell them that? I mean, if I believed beyond a shadow of doubt that a truck was coming at you, and you didn’t believe it, and that truck was bearing down on you, there’s a certain point where I tackle you. And this is more important than that…” — Penn Gillette, (of Penn and Teller), atheist, quoted in Colin Marshall and Tony Payne, The Trellis and the Vine

May this quote stir us all to pray for boldness and opportunities to share the gospel in any way we can with our friends and families.”

Troubled Times…

I’d like to delve deeper into this, but as it is I’m shattered, so I’ll just leave you with a quick thought:

Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.

Swine ‘flu, the economy, wars, swine ‘flu, Michael Jackson dying, swine ‘flu: these are times full of worry and uncertainty. Me, I’m most worried about Swine Flu, In case you hadn’t noticed, or a pandemic like it, because I think it has the potential to be really bad. What’s the likelihood of me getting through uni without event?

With all of this, it is so, so easy to lose sight of the promises God has given us. We’re not to worry. The rest of the world, relying on itself and only itself has every right, but us? We have God with us, literally. How can we even begin to worry!? So, life may not turn out exactly how we want it to, how I want it to. So what? Do I think I have better plans than God?

He has it covered. So I’m probably going to get swine flu at some point. Big deal. It’s a temporary disease, in a temporary life. I’m destined, you’re destined, for something far greater.

[EDIT: Well, that was a lot of fuss over nothing…]

He’s Got the Whole World in His Hands

March 2nd, 2009. The asteroid known as 2009 DD45, a 10 storey monster, passes us within a fifth of the distance from earth to the moon. That’s only twice as high as some of the satellites orbiting earth! If it had hit, it would have produced a blast with the power of 1000 atom bombs. Which, let’s face it, is quite big.

It got me thinking actually. We were only 72,000 km away from a disaster of a massive scale, and yet none of realised it. How much more are we exposed to each day?! And not even just on a global scale, on a day-to-day basis. Life is so fragile.

And yet, the asteroid didn’t hit. The earth was safe.

God definitely does have the whole world in his hands.

[Found on the BBC (link)]

Entering Canaan, or So you feel like quitting?

The other day God spoke to me. Not in an audible way but quite clearly, through the Bible. See, I was considering giving up piano, because, to be frank, A levels are hard, and what with grade 8 falling at the same time as my exams, it didn’t seem like a good idea, really. So I prayed about it, and asked God to show me something through the Bible. And he did.
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