Saturday, March 21, 2009
You need firefox internetbrowser
Go to http://www.downloadhelper.net/ and follow the instructions
This will put a wee button in the toolbar - when you go to the youtube page it will rotate - click on the button and it will download!
Then you need to download something to play the video in ... I recommend http://www.videolan.org/vlc/download-windows.html
Friday, March 20, 2009
Saturday, March 14, 2009
If we died with him,
we will also live with him;
12if we endure,
we will also reign with him.
If we disown him,
he will also disown us;
13if we are faithless,
he will remain faithful,
for he cannot disown himself.
This passage really does speak for itself ... The prayer of us all has to be that we are to die with him, endure and remain faithful
Thursday, March 12, 2009
Aware that people want to show their opposition to what has happened over the last few days and send a clear unambiguous message that we are one united community, the Church Leaders in a pastoral letter (full copy below) ask 'all our churches to offer special prayers for our land and people', recognising that every church and community will naturally find a different way of doing this.
As a more practical sign of expressing revulsion towards violence and the determination of our community to speak with one voice, the leaders are encouraging everyone to wear a purple ribbon or other item of purple clothing. 'Purple is associated with Lenten reflection and is a strong outward symbol of people's commitment to working together for good,' concludes the letter
Tuesday, March 10, 2009
Monday, March 09, 2009
It is interesting in this passage Paul mention three occupations all of which you don't pick up immediately, all of them require a lot of patience, a lot of hard work and a lot of time.
A soldier has to undergo an immense amount of trainning, of disciple, of commanding officers shouting at them to get them into shape, to respond to command, to be ready for fighting as well as doing duty in peace time as well. They are solely focused upon what they are called to do. This reminds me of an experience with the RAF over the summer and the amount of work that goes into keeping the body fit. They are ready to put themselves on the line for their friends, ready to go wherever they are called to be.
The athlete ... just think about the amount of trainning that goes into the race, cold days spent on the track runninng, jumping whatever, keeping the body at its peak ready for the race.
Then the farmer, the dedication need to nurture animals and crops, using knoweldge handed down, ready at all time to do what it takes to get the best from the land.
All three take work, hard excruciating work, back breaking work to get the best. They all demand time and determination. Surely as we think upon this all of this we as ordinands have to struggle with these metaphors, it is what we are being called to. The nurture of those to whom we have been called, running the race, putting ourselves on the line for others, putting ourselves under God's command ready to respond whenever he calls and be ready to do and say what he commands.
The passage today speaks of Timothy having to entrust others with what he has been entrusted with. The whole idea of entrusting and encouraging others to share the gospel is essential. No clergy person can do this task themselves we need to be empowering the body to do what it has been called to do. We need to identify those within our congregations who have the gifts and encourage them to use them to the glory of God.
This is part of my "sensible series" stepping through the pastoral in preparation for ordination - these are purely my own random thoughts.
Sunday, March 08, 2009
2 Timothy 21You then, my son, be strong in the grace that is in Christ Jesus.
Quite a simple message tonight ... be strong.
It is quite nice to get a simple message, strength from what ? the grace that is in Christ Jesus.
Grace is a beautiful word, truly a great Bible truth is resident in this word. In fact, it is a word and concept without which salvation would be impossible. Grace is derived from the Greek charis. Thayer comments thus on charis: "…the New Testament writers used charis pre-eminently of that kindness by which God bestows favors even upon the ill-deserving, and grants to sinners the pardon of their offences, and bids them accept of eternal salvation through Christ…" (Greek-English Lexicon, pg. 666).
Some biblical facts regarding God's grace. The gospel (good news) is a result of God's grace (Gal. 1: 6-9). Grace is presented as sufficient and Christians are called by grace (2 Cor. 12: 7-10, Gal. 1: 15). Humanity is saved by grace, the heart is established by grace, and we are justified by grace (Eph. 2: 5, 8, Heb. 13: 9, Tit. 3: 7). Moreover, we render acceptable service by grace and grace imparts everlasting consolation (Heb. 12: 28, 29, 2 Thes. 2: 16). God's grace also makes us better people and helps us in time of need (I Cor. 15: 9, 10, Heb. 4: 16).
Sourced from http://www.bibletruths.net/Great%20Truths/GT09.htm
A couple of things I suppose to remember from this ... Our work, our ministry is totally and utterly powered by God's grace, we can't do it on our own ... It all has to come from Him who called us. I don't want to do anything apart from him.
We can work under our own strength for a while but it will eventually run out.
Saturday, March 07, 2009
or click http://en.wikipedia.org/wi
The first random Wikipedia article you get is the name of your band.
2 - Go to Quotations Page and select "random quotations"
or click http://www.quotationspage.
The last four or five words of the very last quote on the page is the title of your first album.
3 - Go to Flickr and click on “explore the last seven days”
or click http://www.flickr.com/expl
Third picture, no matter what it is, will be your album cover.
4 - Use Photoshop or similar to put it all together.
5 - Post the results to Facebook with these instructions in the "caption" or "comment" box, and tag the friends you want to join in.
15You know that everyone in the province of Asia has deserted me, including Phygelus and Hermogenes.
16May the Lord show mercy to the household of Onesiphorus, because he often refreshed me and was not ashamed of my chains. 17On the contrary, when he was in Rome, he searched hard for me until he found me. 18May the Lord grant that he will find mercy from the Lord on that day! You know very well in how many ways he helped me in Ephesus.
Today was spent in Bray at the Church's Ministry of healing "Quiet Day" it is quite interesting as what I have written for todays reflection on the reading was written before the day started ...over a cuppa in the rectory but has some relation to what happened during it
I don't know about you but there are times and seasons - times of real growth and vitality in ministry, in relationships, in kingdom of God business and then thre are seasons where things are not going well at all. In this passage we see the extreme nature of this "you know that ... deserted me."
Paul does not claim anywhere that ministry, or the christian life in general is a bed of roses, that there would be nothing concern us, that it will be great the whole way through but rather there will be times of desert, times when friends will foresake us, times when we will throw up our hands and say "is it worth the hassle".
It is in such times when the difficulties come, when the barreness hits us that we have to hang in there, when we have to look to others as Paul did for the encouragement of believers who can strengthen and "refresh us".
There was many things which struck home with me on the quiet day today
firstly the need to listen to God - this may seem such a simple thing to say, especially for someone who is planning to spend His life working for him, but it is sooo important ... if we loose that closeness with the father all the rest of ministry may as well be lost.
Secondly, as this was the ministry of healing quiet day ... the need for healing is HUGE I was really struck by lots of things Baden had to say about his own self ... what he has struggled with and what God has been saying to him about the past and the things that make him him and me me and you you. There are things which are holding us back, things which are deeply programmed into us which are not healthy, memories from school days, things growing up, experiences we have had with relationships which are completely sub-conscious but which rise to the surface time and again which God really really wants to heal, wants to sort them out.
These are huge things, these things which are unnecessarily upon us but which we hide and we put on a facade, a mask to cover over but which in turn buries what is really going on ... mask over mask until we believe that we are who is being portayed rather than being real and open and honest.
Difficulties do and will come, who will be able to help us through them prayerfully and sensitively?
What sort of things are we masking?
Who do we know that needs refreshing today / this week ... how can we be there for them?
Friday, March 06, 2009
13What you heard from me, keep as the pattern of sound teaching, with faith and love in Christ Jesus. 14Guard the good deposit that was entrusted to you—guard it with the help of the Holy Spirit who lives in us.
Surely this has to be the prayer of all preachers - for our hearers - keep what they have heard from us. But with that there is a impetus upon us - to keep our teaching sound - i.e. free from error. There is within this passage a huge responsibility - guard the good deposit that is entrusted to us.
Prayer, trusted friends & colleagues to give us feedback, good reading materials which will keep us in check, and also what it says in the passage ... the help of the Holy Spirit.
speaking personally, I am constantly reminded of the systematic nature of theology, once you pull at one string of doctrine lots of things rest upon it, so keeping our theology in check, of discussing ideas with others really helps cement what "sound teaching" actually entails. Does that make sense ...?
Then if we reverse this statement and become the hearers of the sound teaching there is a lesson to actually keep what we have heard and and guard it. This certainly is a challenge ... I wonder what I have done with the last piece of sound teaching ... have I let it grow or has it fallen on the rocky soil ...mmmm....
This stuff links directly into our ordination vows
Do you believe and accept the Holy Scriptures as revealing all things necessary for eternal salvation through faith in Jesus Christ?
Do you believe and accept the doctrine of the Christian faith as the Church of Ireland has received it?
In ministry will you expound the Scriptures and teach that Doctrine?
We do need to keep our doctrine sound, we are called to expound the scriptures. It is my prayer for myself and all being ordained that we will hold to sound doctrine so that the truth of the Gospel may be proclaimed.
Update 12 noon - Coffee all over the table ... free coffee ... thanks enki!
Update 6pm - woman in the book shop .... RE :-)
Thursday, March 05, 2009
Wednesday, March 04, 2009
Image courtesy of Garrett Casey D&G Press Office
1Paul, an apostle of Christ Jesus by the will of God, according to the promise of life that is in Christ Jesus,
2To Timothy, my dear son:
Grace, mercy and peace from God the Father and Christ Jesus our Lord.
Encouragement to Be Faithful
3I thank God, whom I serve, as my forefathers did, with a clear conscience, as night and day I constantly remember you in my prayers. 4Recalling your tears, I long to see you, so that I may be filled with joy. 5I have been reminded of your sincere faith, which first lived in your grandmother Lois and in your mother Eunice and, I am persuaded, now lives in you also. 6For this reason I remind you to fan into flame the gift of God, which is in you through the laying on of my hands. 7For God did not give us a spirit of timidity, but a spirit of power, of love and of self-discipline.
8So do not be ashamed to testify about our Lord, or ashamed of me his prisoner. But join with me in suffering for the gospel, by the power of God
- What does it really mean to wish someone grace mercy and peace?
- What are the 4 major influences on Timothy's life and are you aware of similar factors on your own?
Tuesday, March 03, 2009
Sunday, March 01, 2009
Well it is for St. Francis hospital in SE Zambia.
A freind who knows the hospital well commented on a recent email
| St. Francis is the largest and best Mission Hospital in Zambia, and
| > often takes both Irish and British medical students on their electives
| > as well as one or two who have already qualified. We met one delightful
| > young lady from Galway on our way through Lusaka who was on her way for
| > a second stint at the hospital having served a short elective there and
| > now returning as a qualified doctor. It serves a *huge* area, and
| > provides a reliable and effective emergency take in service as well as a
| > wide variety of routine health services for what is, even for Zambia, a
| > remote rural area. James Cairns, a Third Order Franciscan, was surgeon
| > there for many years together with his wife Faith, and I had the honour
| > of meeting them last year. Right now the hospital is run by a very nice
| > English couple whose kids were at school with our two. The hospital also
| > acts as a teaching base for nurses, building skills and capacity for
| > Zambia's desperately needy health service and there is a CMS sponsored
| > nurse-midwife tutor.
Details on St. Francis Hospital can be found ...
http://www.saintfrancishospital.net/ (Their website)
http://www.uspg.org.uk/article.php?article_id=367 (The USPG project we are supporting)
Also this question got me thinking about CMS Ireland and the hospital I have seen as part of my trips out there ... Kiwoko Hospital in Luwerro Diocese which is doing some absolutely amazing work with the community.
Details of that hospital can be found here
For those who are interested in helping our appeal cheques (made payable to USPG Ireland) for the hair cutting can be sent to me - Robert Ferris, CITI, Braemor Park Dublin 14.