Monday, February 17, 2003

Evening all.....

Just back from a great weekend @ Cultural Shift in Southampton with Rice, Ruth and Rach ( and Claire and Graham). Great craic as well as a real feeling of God's presence during the whole conference. Thanks to God also for keeping us safe and sane during the bus journeys! There were four 'seminars' in total and some things really struck me and I'd just like to share them, and you can let me know what you think.....

Firstly something Pete Greig said about teams and mission, particularly ones that are far away, and as we all know cost a lot of cash. Basically he was saying that we shouldn't let money get in the way of following God's call to go to places. Sometimes we say stuff like 'Yeah I'm just praying that God will give me the money to go' while we listen to our minidisc players and enjoy all the other expensive gizmos and stuff that we have but could really do without. He challenged us not to wait for God to just drop a wad of cash into our hands, but to sell stuff we don't need if we really feel led to go somewhere. It's a small sacrifice to make when we consider what God has done. I'm not having a go at anyone but I thought it was very interesting....

On the Saturday Carl Trinion was giving us a good ol' kick up the arse by asking us how serious are we about our sins? Are we gutted when we sin? Or do we just think 'Oh well God is gracious and he will forgive me, so it doesn't matter what I do'. Personally, the latter applies to my own life and that is something that I have to change. He gave us the example of water. He was saying how much he loved water, and would jump into a lake or river whenever he could. But he also knew that he could drown and that water could take his life. That's the same with God and we can't take him for granted. It's so hard to do though and how many times do we know we're gonna commit sin before we do it...God's grace is a precious gift and I can't abuse in the way I currently am...

Later kids