Paintballing painted my life

The wintry shivers went down my spine as my plimsolls covered feet trudged excitedly in the mud.

All excitement wore off when deep in the mud, I plunged, struggled to stand, slipped and finally fell.

However the excitement steamed up like water at it’s boiling point. Blood pumped through my veins to my head and my hands on fire to shoot. Just when I thought I had a good aim, I was knocked down by a fellow team mate. Down in the mud, I laid, funny it seemed but not to me. I was breathless after couple of runs and finally the game was up.

It was another struggle to get out of the zone with so much mud in my feet. I was excited to get a breather, my helmet was so unclear due to my breath, however, I was sad to leave the game.

Then it popped in my head, do many lessons, I couldn’t share just talking to friends. My fingers had to do the talking here and I am sure you would learn some more from this.


The Excitement

The excitement can relate to how we get excited spiritually. At the point of salvation our blood is pumping and we just want to get out and tell it to everyone yet we are not fully grounded and unprepared.

In another sense, we can get excited when we see people in sin, we think the grass is greener on the other side, we think it’s fun till we get out there deep into sin and in the mud. We are unprepared for what the devil throws at us and in that instant, we get more and more in trouble with God. Salvation then seems like a gold-mine only achievable by the spiritually rich.

The Mud

It started shallow as we waded through it, still we were determined to get through with the excitement steaming in us. We didn’t care at that point, but it got deeper and more difficult to tramp. That did not cease the game.

Do I hear DETERMINATION screaming at me?

I heard my inner me saying “Ignore your muddy shoes, just go for it and have fun. You can do it!

I want you to say it to you “I can do it!” No matter that difficult task, keep pushing through and you’ll make it because God said: YOU are going to make it!

You may have walked in the shallow areas of sin and now you ate down there in Satan’s grip. I say to you “Look to Jesus Christdon’t stop firing that gun of prayer, keep at it, salvation is on its way. Don’t go deeper in sin, you can still find your path back to Christ even in the mud because you really don’t have to walk back that way, all you just do is CALL for help and he will come to you.

Are you that Christian, got saved or sanctified or filled with the Holy Ghost but you are still a babe in Christ?
It will surely get deeper and difficult but let me get you excited and with this mindset, strive to GROW in GRACE:
The goal is HEAVEN, your reward is up there. You don’t deserve a life of torment in hell. YOU can make IT!

Don’t give up even when life throws more dirt at you and when it may become cloudy, so unclear just like my helmet. Even when you fall like I did, pushed in the mud of life with the words of Christian brothers or sisters (our team mates), don’t despair. Don’t relax in the mud, don’t quit like I did in the game of paintballing. Get back up and fight harder. Keep firing on as a Christian soldier.

I PRAY TO SEE YOU UP THERE!

 

This is based on the First ME programme that took place on Saturday 1st February 2014 at Orpington – Delta Force Paintballing 
Photo credit: moonfruit.com
 
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Yes! London needs Rejuvenation

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We love London. It our pride, our home. It is full of heritage, culture, the old and the new, diversity, intelligence, stunning architecture and individuality. But it lacks one major factor, spiritual revival.

But from the gated communities of Belgravia, North of the Thames to the council estates of Woolwich, there are thousands of hurt minds, emotionally low people, frustrated individuals, lonely people, lost souls.

Our London need a spiritual and emotional rejuvenation. London needs richness, spiritual richness. London needs a revival. Imagine walking down the street and saying God Bless You to everyone without anyone turning an eye in bewilderment? Imagine everyone smiling from the inside? Imagine being able to open your door freely without the thought of theft?

How could a beautiful city lack its very heart and soul? Look at all those beautiful churches, everywhere. Some, half full. Yet, nightclubs and bars are over reaming with people, seeking things which give temporary happiness. Our churches offer more than happiness, but everlasting joy and teach salvation which gives eternal peace!

We all need to pray for hearts in London to be open to hear the Gospel this year. All evangelism (which is an overflow for our love for Jesus Christ) will be effective, winning some, if not all souls. Yours and my prayer can pass through boroughs to postcodes, underground to overground, down the escalators to bus 453, the shard to community centres, LSE to London School of theology, MacDonalds to Nandoes to Claridges, HSBC to Coutts, glass doors to ceilings. It equips those already lighting their corner and it prepares hearts to open God’s loving voice.

Lets see that December 2013, God willing, London is experiencing sustained revival.

 

I’m part of the fellowship of the unashamed

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“A note found written in the office of a young pastor in Zimbabwe, Africa, following his martyrdom for his faith in Jesus Christ. I quote his letter verbatim: I’m part of the fellowship of the unashamed. I have the Holy Spirit’s power. The die has been cast. I have stepped over the line. The decision has beenmade—I’m a disciple of his. I won’t look back, let up, slow down, back away, or be still. My past is redeemed, my present makes sense, my future issecure. I’m finished and done with low living, sight walking, smooth knees, colourless dreams, tamed visions, worldly talking, cheap giving, and dwarfed goals.I no longer need pre-eminence, prosperity, position, promotions, plaudits, or popularity. I don’t have to be right, first, tops, recognized, praised, regarded, or rewarded. I now live by faith, lean in his presence, walk by patience, am uplifted by prayer, and I labour with power. My face is set, my gait is fast, my goal is heaven,my road is narrow, my way rough, my companions are few, my Guide reliable, my mission clear. I cannot be bought, compromised, detoured, lured away, turned back, deluded, or delayed. I will not flinch in the face of sacrifice, hesitate in the presence of the enemy, pander at the pool of popularity, or meander in the maze of mediocrity. I won’t give up, shut up, let up, until I have stayed up, stored up, prayed up, paid up, preached up for the cause of Christ. I am a disciple of Jesus. I must go till he comes, give till I drop, preach till all know, and work till he stops me. And, when he comes for his own, he will have no problem recognizing me. . .my banner will be clear.“- Book of the signature of Christ

USB, YOUTH CAMP 2013 IS HERE

youth camp USB 2013
2012 youth camp was a great experience and we are delighted to be hosting another camp for all young people to attend again this summer. The youth camp will be held in the Pioneer Centre, Kidderminster, from Friday 3rd May – Monday 6th May 2013. This year, we have guests internationally, including South Africa, so it is going to be a great year again!
Boys, girls, ladies and gents over 13 are more than welcome to attend the camp. Registration closes 14th April, and all camp fees should be paid in full by that date. A £25 deposit is needed to secure your place. We encourage everyone to attend, so don’t let any financial limitations stop you from attending, please complete the form with any financial concerns.
Wondered what USB means? No, it isn’t the devise you store your work on. It is far deeper than that. Well, come along to Youth Camp, figure it out and you may get a prize.

Remember last year’s call of Duty?

We really need to #prayforSyria

The conflict in Syria has reached “unprecedented levels of horror”, peace envoy Lakhdar Brahimi has told the UN Security Council. (BBC)

Middle East Conflicts. Chaos. War. Death. Innocent. Guilty. Discrimination. Oppression. This. That.

Whatever the reason, we need to ask God of Justice, peace and hope to bring peace to the country and the global community. It may feel so far fetch from us as Syria is on a different continent, but there are several people who are hoping that we, the international community, are praying for them.

We can intercede that there will be no more suffering from violence, comfort those who have lost their loved ones, help countries who are taking in Syrian refugees, protect those people who choose to live for peace, and those who continue to use violence…God should change their hearts.

Yes, there has been reported “ethnic cleansing of Christians in Syria”. According to Barnabas Fund, A senior church leader reported that they face “inflation, poverty, growing sectarian enmity, shortages of food and fuel, cold weather, revenge, kidnapping for big amount of ransom, risk of travelling, frequent internet cut off and many such things.” But we have to be the light and show a true reflection of Jesus. It was on the road to Damascus, capital of today’s Syria, that Saul was stopped short in his mission to destroy the early Church. The risen Christ asked him “Saul, Saul, why persecutest thou me?” (Acts 9:4). It was in Damascus that Saul regained his sight again after being struck blind, and it was here that he was filled with the Holy Spirit, was baptised and began his ministry as an apostle. Let us start by committing every soul to the Lord. All they need is an encounter with our Lord Jesus Christ.

Just like Paul.

 

 

 

 

 

On Your Trombone

“Be ye therefore followers of God, as dear children; and walk in love, as Christ also hath loved us, and

hath given himself for us an offering and a sacrifice to God for a sweetsmelling savour.” – Ephesians 5:1-

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Driving behind a truck, I saw a logo that read, “What do you want on your Tombstone?” It was

obvious that the question was about what I wanted on my Tombstone pizza, but it caused me to think.

My husband and I enjoy going to old cemeteries and looking at the tombstones. We see history written on

those stones: men who fought for our freedom; whole families that were lost to an illness for which there

was yet no cure; believers gone to be with the Lord. They all have the dates showing how long they lived,

and the epitaphs that some have are exceptionally interesting. However, most important is the life they

lived between the two dates on the stone.

In our focus verses, we are encouraged to be “followers of God.” Doesn’t that sounds like a good

epitaph? “She was a follower of God.” It is simple, but also profound. Actually, that epitaph may be more

profound than we realize. The Greek translation of follower is one who is an “imitator” of God. That

means we are not just meant to be friends of God or to believe in God; in everything we do, we are to

imitate God.

In the next verse, Paul goes on to say, “And walk in love, as Christ also hath loved us, and hath given

himself for us an offering and a sacrifice to God.” Paul did not waste any time in getting to the heart of

our duty: we must imitate Christ’s love for the Church, a love great enough to cause Him to sacrifice His

life for us. So to be justified in bearing the title “follower of God,” our love for God must take priority

over everything else in our lives. Placing Him first is not something that we can do for just a while, but it

requires a commitment for the rest of our lives.

Would we be worthy to have “follower of God” written on our tombstone? The way we treat

others—especially “difficult” people—will be the proof of our Christ-like love. It will be evident in

our deportment and conversation. We need to love God and His Church enough to put Him above our personal desires, so others will see only Jesus in our lives. And like Christ, our sacrifice will also be received as a “sweetsmelling savour” to God.

No matter what is written on our tombstones, only Heaven will know the souls who found their way

to God because of our decision to follow Jesus.

Delight

“Delight thyself also in the LORD; and he shall give thee the desires of thine heart.” – Psalm 37:4

Think about the word delight. My first thought was to list all the things that I enjoy: eating chocolate,

watching a funny movie, learning new things, spending time with friends and family, etc. But really, do

those things truly delight me? I enjoy them, but delight is perhaps a little more intense. Webster describes

it as “a high degree of gratification; joy.”

Certainly there are times in our lives when we are truly delighted. Even activities such as those listed

above can be delightful, though not necessarily every time we do them. However, of all the wonderful

things we can experience and be happy in, the best are the ones that come from God. True joy only comes

from Him.

One example of a time when I experienced that special joy God gives was a few years ago when

a cousin of mine was married. All who knew the couple were aware that they had prayed about this

decision, and felt confident that this marriage was God’s plan. So on the day of the wedding, as I arrived

to take my place as a bridesmaid, I felt very excited and happy—I was delighted! Most weddings are

a happy occasion for the families involved, but because we knew this pairing was of God and that He

would be at the center of their home, this was truly a time of joy, given by God.

Philippians 4:8 says, “Whatsoever things are true . . . pure . . . lovely . . . of good report . . . think

on these things.” These types of things are what really bring delight. For instance, when we hear of

an answer to prayer, this can delight us. And learning that a loved one has been saved—now that is

delightful! There are many things for us to think about, and many things which demand our attention

throughout the day. But let us remember to set our minds on the things of God. That is where we will find

real joy.

Lord, help us to remember all the wonderful blessings You have given us, and to think on these things. Let

our thankfulness flow out to others that they, too, may see Your goodness. Amen.

 

A Patient Spirit

“And the Lord direct your hearts into the love of God, and into the patient waiting for Christ.” – 2

Thessalonians 3:5

I can always tell how much patience I really have when I put Christmas lights on a tree. Several years

ago, I offered to decorate my sister’s beautiful noble fir because she was knee-deep in Christmas baking.

Before I started, I carefully took each strand of lights out of the box, untangling their delicate wires. Then

I plugged in each coil of colored bulbs to make sure they worked before I encircled her tree with them.

I was mildly disappointed when I noticed that the first set I tried had only half of its lights lit. I tossed it

aside and tried another set. Sadly, this one also refused to fully light. In growing frustration I reached for

yet another set of lights only to end up with the same results.

My sister, hearing my groans, came out of the kitchen to see what was causing me such anguish. Her

calm, “Don’t worry, I’ll go buy some new ones in a minute,” did little to soothe my impatient spirit. I

could feel myself growing very frustrated; I had so much to do and I wanted my sister’s tree twinkling

and glowing now, so I could hurry on to something else.

Suddenly, I realized that I could not change the situation, but I could change my attitude with God’s

help. I began to pray, humbly asking the Lord to take away my impatience and give me a patient spirit.

Soon, calm came upon me, and the fact that the Christmas lights were not functioning properly seemed

just a small thing in an otherwise lovely day.

When we are looking for an important paper, are stuck in traffic, or are just trying to get from point

A to point Z, and we feel stress or frustration start to take over, we need to stop what we are doing. We

need to pray and ask the Lord for help and a patient spirit. Patience is very needful to have as a Christian

because it keeps us from unnecessary anger that could lead to sin. When patience resides in our hearts,

frustration melts away and love can grow.

There is an immeasurable portion of patience for anyone who calls upon the Lord. May we let

patience do her perfect work as we decorate our homes and participate in other activities for Christmas

this year, and may this needful Christian virtue be found in abundance within our hearts year round.