Thursday, 26 July 2007

Momentum 2007 'The Suffering and The Glory'

Yesterday morning I packed down my soggy tent, swapped by mud-coated wellies for trainers and left the Bath and West showground where I had spent the last 5 days praising God, hearing his word and experiencing the power of the Holy Spirit at Momentum 2007.

The theme of the week was 'The Suffering and the Glory' and many of the talks focused on how we can turn around our negative life experiences, our weaknesses and failures and let God use them for his Glory. Below are some very brief gems of wisdom from the talks that stuck in my mind....

  • 'We are not always delivered from trials, but we are always delivered through trials' David Porter

  • 'God gives Men and Women equality yet distinctiveness' Rodger Ellis

  • 'All of us are asking Who Am I? the answer is always Who do I belong to and what do they think of me?' Andrew Croft

  • 'Silver is purified in the furnace till a reflection is visible. God purifies us untill his reflection is visible in us' Unknown

  • 'If your bible is in pieces your life won't be!' 'The only way to the father is via king's cross!' 'Too many Christians worry about what they don't have - use what you have!' J John

  • 'The church should be a blessing to the community, instead of telling them how bad they are!' Unknown

  • 'The kingdom, the power and the glory belong to God. Never claim for yourself the work of the Lord!' Joyce Reece

  • 'Prayer always makes a difference, if not to our circumstances then to us. God can prevent us from hardening our hearts when times get tough' Unknown

All in all it was an amazing week. It was such a blessing to be able to spend time with my friends and grow deeper in God. Bring on Momentum 08!

Thursday, 19 July 2007

The prerequisites of a revolutionary

''The people who make a durable difference in the world are not the people who have mastered many things, but who have been mastered by one great thing. If you want your life to count, if you want the ripple effect of the pebbles you drop to become waves that reach the ends of the earth and roll on into eternity, you don't need to have a high IQ. You don't have to have good looks or riches or come from a fine family or a fine school. Instead you have to know a few great, majestic, unchanging, obvious, simple, GLORIOUS things - or one great all-embracing thing-and be set on fire by them"
John Piper