Thursday, 25 November 2010

A fork in the road.

For a while now I have been doing my university application, and today it finally all came together and I sent it off. After the initial shock of finding the price has gone up (it's now £21!!!) I clicked the send button and now it's just a waiting game to see whether anyone actually wants me.

Making the decision on where I would like to go is the tough part. There are five choices, hence the reason this post is called "A fork in the road".The five choices that I have are Canterbury, Winchester, Exeter, Nottingham and Chichester, all to study Theology. 
 At the moment, I really don't have a clue where to be heading, so I am seeking revelation from God as to where I am best suited to be and where I will be able to glorify his name the most. Obviously a good church is vital for making this decision and I know that in all those places there are some pretty decent churches, which is great!
It's exciting as so many of us will be moving on to new places, meeting new people and growing both in self and in Christ.

All the best...

Friday, 19 November 2010

Time fly's when you are having fun...

This morning as I was walking to work, it hit me that actually I have been in Poole now for two and a half months. Where has the time gone? It will be Christmas soon! It always seems to be that way though. When you are enjoying something, time just goes so quick.

Anyway, tonight I am heading back to Winchester, let's hope the weather is good...I highly doubt that though. 
It is going to be a very busy weekend, seeing family on the Saturday, then Church Sunday morning and evening before heading back to Poole.

It is going to be great seeing family and friends again. It has been a while since I last saw most people, and I can't wait to hear stories and attempt to relax.

Until next time...

Tuesday, 16 November 2010

Straight to the heart of...

All I can say is, I am three chapters into this one and I already feel compelled to recommend it so that others can get what I have got out of it.

Phil Moore has written a truly great commentary series here, one that is so understandable, even I get it. He truly goes "straight to the heart" of the books and brings forth their mains themes, characters and application for our own lives. The bible is often very tough and challenging to read, yet Phil makes it come to life.

If I can recommend one commentary series that a young and seasoned christian should buy, get the "straight to the heart" series. As an office team, we are reading the Revelation commentary and it creates a great atmosphere to lead into worship.

Wednesday, 10 November 2010

All's well in Poole.

It's a Wednesday afternoon, just me and Matthew in the office, and seeing as he is doing preach prep it is very quiet so I thought I might as well do an update on how everything is going.

Every time I post an update I seem to boast about how amazing the weather is...well I'm sure you are glad to here that the weather is being a bit erratic at the moment. It can't decide whether it wants to rain or not. Yesterday was especially bad. Thankfully my landlord gave me a lift into the office which was great.
I will hopefully be back on the bike within the next few days. I have not been riding for the past three or so weeks because I had a minor accident and consequently needed a new chain...AND a helmet! The parts are on the way so I look forward to cutting the journey to work by 30 minutes or so. 

On Sunday we had our first youth band meeting. This is something that I am setting up in order to get the youth leading worship in the children's work. I was very encouraged to see everyone come together, and the youth were a real encouragement to me. Leading worship was never something I really explored before I moved here, but it has been great seeing my gifting grow as I use it. People have really got around me and given me the push I need which I am thankful for. 

I shall be heading back to Winchester on the 20th-21st of November. I'm really looking forward to seeing everyone again and for the baptism's taking place on the 21st. After that visit, I will not be back until Christmas. 
Christmas in Poole is going to be exciting. We have our annual carol service, that I am helping to organise and run. I am also thinking of exercising my vocal chords and boosting the testosterone levels of the choir...we shall see!

Until next time...

Thursday, 4 November 2010

New bible reading plan...

I have just done my first day of the "10 Lists" bible reading plan designed by Professor Grant Horner. It's a very unusual and challenging plan considering you have to read 10 chapters a day, but I enjoyed it and it didn't seem to take to long. 
The idea is that you get to know the bible very well in a relatively short amount of time.

There are 10 lists, and you read one chapter from each list a day. Once you have finished a book, you move on the the next one.

LIST 1: Matthew to John.

LIST 2: Genesis to Deuteronomy.

LIST 3: Romans to Colossians (Hebrews is added to this list).

LIST 4: 1 Thessalonians to Revelation (excluding Hebrews).

LIST 5: Job, Ecclesiastes and Song of Solomon.

LIST 6: Psalms.

LIST 7: Proverbs.

LIST 8: Joshua to Esther.

LIST 9: Isaiah to Malachi.

LIST 10: Acts

I will give updates shortly on my progress with this plan...