Monday, October 30, 2006

Alpha / a life worth living :: wk5

Tonight was the 5th week of Alpha and a life worth living... and it was great.

It was fab to see Liz with her new hairstyle - Yes... that is purple! and to hang with Ashley. It was also good to welcome Ross and Angela to the gathering... its weird but they are likeminded people... we kind of clicked and talked about the band Broadcast and I gave them some links to netlabels... Ross gave me a link to his band's myspace page (will blog on them later). Sweet.

For some reason... I felt the band were on fire tonight. Simple yet effective songs :: Shout to the Lord / There is a Redeemer / How deep the Father's love interspersed with some visuals and scripture on love from Olly.

The discussion was great with the group feeling more comfortable to share... and, as the topic was on why / how should I read my bible? I challenged them to read Matthew's Gospel and get inspired with some of the counter-cultural teaching of a true revolutionary ::
"You're blessed when you're at the end of your rope. With less of you there is more of God and his rule.

"You're blessed when you feel you've lost what is most dear to you. Only then can you be embraced by the One most dear to you.

"You're blessed when you're content with just who you are—no more, no less. That's the moment you find yourselves proud owners of everything that can't be bought.

"You're blessed when you've worked up a good appetite for God. He's food and drink in the best meal you'll ever eat.

"You're blessed when you care. At the moment of being 'care-full,' you find yourselves cared for.

"You're blessed when you get your inside world—your mind and heart—put right. Then you can see God in the outside world.

"You're blessed when you can show people how to cooperate instead of compete or fight. That's when you discover who you really are, and your place in God's family.

"You're blessed when your commitment to God provokes persecution. The persecution drives you even deeper into God's kingdom.
Matthew 5: 3-10 (The Message)

Wow! Good times.

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