Thursday, February 28, 2008

Sensing The Passion of Christ

Many of us are very familiar with the story of the last few days of Jesus. But how might our understanding of the cross be enhanced if we literally engaged our senses to think about what Christ has done for us at the cross - 'The Greatest Expression of Love that the world has ever seen!'
On Friday 21st of March (Good Friday) we are holding an event called 'Sensing the Passion of Christ' at Dalton Baptist Church, which will enable us to do exactly that. When I put this event together a few years ago, I was very wary of the need not to have just a 'touchy feely' service and even though we are using our senses - the event gives a direct explanation of the reason that Jesus had to die and makes it clear that a response (repentance and trust and belief in Jesus) is necessary for the forgiveness of our sins.

God has used this event to bring a number of people into a living relationship with him through Jesus Christ.
Sensing the Passion of Christ was took place last year during a mission on a tough estate in
Sheffield. At the end of that evening, two people made a first time commitment to Jesus as their Lord and Saviour and are now regular attendees of their local church and on fire for God.

If you are local you may want to come and join us. I request one thing only: that if you do come - you bring a non Christian friend with you!

The BBC are airing a film throughout Holy Week called ‘The Passion’ and this is expected to have audiences of up to 10 million viewers. How easy this year it would be to ask our friends and neighbours if they have been watching ‘The Passion’ on BBC’ and then add a ‘By the way, we are doing something on the same theme as the film at church – why don’t you come along and see?’

How wonderful it would be if the Lord was to ‘add to the number, those being saved’ through this event again.

Friday, February 15, 2008

Narnia Holiday Club


I am busy putting together an Easter children's holiday club based on CS Lewis' Chronicles of Narnia. Building on the work and connections we have made at Upper Whitley Infant and Junior school, in Grange Moor Huddersfield, we hope that a good number of children will come to know the deep meaning and good news of Easter as we think about Aslan, but also about the real King who came to set us free from the consequence of our sin.

The two day event will have two themes: (1) Slave to Turkish Delight (2) Freed by the King. We will have games, craft and teaching based on these themes. We are very encouraged about the the school's involvement, in that they are allowing us to watch the whole of the film in class, allowing a promotional colouring competition, and an Aslan themed assembly.

I for one am getting really excited about this and believe great things can happen through the message we give and the connections we make. I would value your prayers!!!

Monday, February 4, 2008

Genocide!


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I had a conversation with a friend today who told me of a relation who is suffering from mental health issues. He believes that a major reason for this is because she has earlier in her life had an abortion.

I do not wish to condemn anyone who for what ever reason has had an abortion, the guilt and suffering that those people go through must be horrendous and certainly healing can take place only through Jesus Christ (see video on my blog dated January 4th below). We in Britain can however condemn the system that allows abortion so freely!

As I understand, according to British Law, the legal grounds for abortion are:
(1) A risk of the pregnant woman loosing their life
(2) A risk of permanent 'grave' physical harm to the pregnant woman
(3) A risk of mental health to the pregnant woman if the pregnancy goes to full term
(4) A risk of serious handicap (mental or physical) to the baby

Never the less, the Christian Medical Fellowship report 'Higher rates of major depression, suicidal ideation, illicit drug dependence, and overall mental health problems' for those who have gone through with abortion.

Why then have the number of abortions risen so dramatically over the last 40 years? In 40 years in Great Britain there has been no less than 6.7 MILLION abortions! Last year alone the figure touched 200,000. Even David Steel who led the campaign to legalise abortions admits that abortion is now being used as a form of contraception in th UK.

(I was going to publish an horrific picture of a 24 week old aborted baby with this post, but I decided that it was too disturbing to view: instead I have downloaded a scan of a living 24 week old baby.)

In God's name: Isn't it time that this genocide was brought to an end?