| ASPIRE 2008-06-11T13:02:50Z Copyright 2008 WordPress brian <![CDATA[Prayer walking]]> /?p=338 2008-06-11T13:02:50Z 2008-06-11T13:02:50Z Prayer DSC00055.JPG

Most days I spend time walking around the University of Glasgow praying, essentially, for revelation. For God to reveal himself, to open eyes so many may see, ears, so that many may hear and believe in Jesus Christ.

I was thinking about Dan Ward this week, how he as a student at the university, a die hard atheist was sitting in an evolution lecture when all the sudden God revealed himself to him and he looked for a church and gave his life to Jesus.

God does this…

Father, may you open many hearts and minds to see you and desire to dedicate their lives to you, coming to faith through Jesus Christ!

brian <![CDATA[Shavuot]]> /?p=335 2008-06-02T14:54:38Z 2008-06-02T14:54:38Z Bible Thoughts Re:Hope Church Photo 17.jpg

“Three times a year you are to celebrate a festival to me.” (Ex 23:14) The first is the “Feast of Unleavened Bread,” the Third is the “Feast of Ingathering.” This Sunday begins the middle celebration, which our English Bibles call, “The Feast of Weeks (Shavuot).”

One of the central features of the ‘Feast of Weeks’ is the remembering of the receiving of the 10 Commandments, which is expanded in celebration to including the receiving of the Torah (first five books of the bible.)

Christians remember this holiday by its Greek name, Pentecost, when the believers of Jesus received the Holy Spirit, which was for them and all whom the Lord will call (Acts 2:39.)

Part of the ‘Feast of Weeks’ is a reaffirming of our commitment to the received words of God. And so, this week we have set aside, as a church, to read through the entire bible, cover to cover, in one hour shifts. This morning I began with the words, “In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth.” And sometime Friday evening we will end with the words, “The grace of the Lord Jesus be with all God’s people. Amen.”

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I find myself earnestly praying that the Holy Spirit will unveil (2 Cor 13) hearts and minds so that this generation can respond to the words of God and the great news about Jesus Christ.

Father, I thank you for the Bible and I thank your for Your Spirit. Make us a people of Your Word. Fill us with Your Spirit. Make us a generation who love you. Revive! Reawaken! Our eyes are on you, our only hope is in your Sprits working. Reveal and intervene, rescue and redeem because of your great love and for the sake of your great name. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.

brian <![CDATA[Nightmares…]]> /?p=332 2008-05-28T12:18:58Z 2008-05-28T12:18:58Z Life Prayer family running late pic.gif

I have two recurring nightmares that pop up from time to time, both of them I find quite ironic. One of my reoccurring nightmares has to do with public speaking. Usually I find myself, the day of a message having not yet prepared. Sometimes it is a Sunday message but more often it is a one-off event like a wedding, funeral, or speaking at a different group. The second of my reoccurring nightmares deals with missing an airline flight, either showing up with out my passport or being delayed in some unusual way. These nightmares seem ironic because God has appointed me to be an international missionary church planter.

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For the last month or more I have been plagued with an unusual amount of nightmares in these two themes. I would ask you to pray for me as I continue teaching and for spiritual protection for my family as we prepare to fly out to the states for a few weeks this summer.

I am asking for prayer because the only explanation I have for our family’s unusual health, and safety is the diligent prayer cover we have received from people around the world. Thank you for interceding on my/our behalf.

PS. Feel free to pray other prayers for us as well:-)

brian <![CDATA[Birthday Evangelism]]> /?p=331 2008-05-24T13:16:27Z 2008-05-24T13:16:27Z Life family Missions Our kids were invited to the neighbours birthday party this afternoon. The dress up theme was ‘Ancient Egypt’. Most of the girls looked like Cleopatra wanna-be’s…

Like good missionaries we sent our kids lightly dressed up as Hebrew Slaves…

(I thought it was funny…)


brian <![CDATA[One Year]]> /?p=329 2008-05-12T12:26:18Z 2008-05-12T12:26:18Z Re:Hope blog-2.jpg

It has now been one year since we moved back into the old red church building on Great George Street. After planning and permission we spent all last week, from early in the mornings until late at night remodeling the front of the church building.
It looks amazing!!!
Tim Bailey lead the rebuilding efforts on our non-existent budget using whatever we already had or reusing the things which we tore apart. So many people gave time to pound nails, to tidy, to climb ladders, to demolish, to rebuild, to do whatever needed doing. I am so amazed by the enthusiasm and hard work of the people in our church.

To watch a time-lapse video of the week click HERE

Thank you to all who prayed and all who worked so hard!!!

brian <![CDATA[My Prayers These Days…]]> /?p=321 2008-04-24T12:31:16Z 2008-04-24T12:31:16Z Prayer Re:Hope Church Photo 15.jpg

These are some of the things I have been praying about these days.

  • Thankful. After 5 years living in Scotland and praying over the University of Glasgow I was finally invited to speak at the Christian Union. It was a great honour to be asked to speak and God seems to really have blessed the time.
  • Thankful. On Sunday our church had a feast. This time we also had an “open mic” for musicians and singers to play. Wade cooked up some fantastic food. Leah, Aimee, and Lesley pulled it off amazingly. (Stephen’s Blog Post)
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  • Fruit. God seems to have used the feast to intrigue people about Church and about Jesus. I am praying that God continues and nurtures this “interest” so that these people give their lives to him.
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  • Thankful. It has almost been 1 year since we have been back in our building. We do not own it yet, but in the mean time God has been so good to us. We perpetually live with the understanding we could be kicked out with the shortest of notice and yet one year later God still allows us to meet here. I do pray that we will be able to buy the building soon, but I am also thankful for this time of cheep rent.
  • Re:Awakening. Next February begins the Re:Awakening conference; a conference targeting the Student population in Scotland. I have been invited to speak at it which completely lines up with my heart but I have been asking God, “Do You want me to speak?” and if so, “Will You powerfully move?” (site not completely ready yet)
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  • Revival and Awakening. One consistent message from our time in London two weeks ago was how Scotland is decades behind spiritually.  D.L. Moody in the late 1800’s was preaching and seeing a massive revival 1/4 of a mile from our church. For a while Scotland burned bright for God, but then generations grew up who knew nothing about what God did in the revival and who chose to reject God. I am praying for something I have never seen; a real reviving and awakening of the emerging generations here in Scotland. I invite you to join with me in praying for this until it happens.

God still hears prayers. God is still moving. I am so thankful for all of you who join with me in interceding for us and for Scotland.

brian <![CDATA[Two Really Cool Bits]]> /?p=320 2008-04-07T14:34:04Z 2008-04-07T14:34:04Z Uncategorized Stephen Irwin has written two interesting blogs on the church.

The first is of our baptism and service yesterday which you can read HERE.

And the second, he found an old picture of our church that is nearly 60 years old which you can read about HERE.


brian <![CDATA[10/40 Window and Glasgow]]> /?p=319 2008-04-03T09:16:37Z 2008-04-03T09:16:37Z Missions 104001s.gif

In missionary circles, much is made of the “10/40” window, roughly described as the nations between 10 degrees north and 40 degrees north ranging from Northern Africa to Asia. In this window we find the centers of the other main world religions such as Hindu, Buddhist, and Muslim… For the record, I want to state that I am a huge fan of mission’s efforts to these desperately dark nations, they need more missionaries, they need Jesus. The other day, I became aware of more Churches choosing to exclusively focus their efforts on this region of the world, and although it seems to have good reasons behind it, It is a short-sighted and unbiblical mistake to ignore the rest of the Jesus needing planet.

I was thinking about the missions need in Glasgow, Scotland. Now I have lived here for 5 years and have interviewed Christian leaders as well as heard reports on the state of Christianity from the Church of Scotland and conclude that I am being generous in the following Glasgow statistic. It seems 1% or less of people under 40 years of age in Glasgow would claim to be a Christian.

  • Using the statistics from the most recent edition of “Operation World,” it seems that if you are in Saudi Arabia walking down the street you are 4 1/2 times more likely to be walking past someone who claims to be a Christian than someone within a decade of my age here in Glasgow.
  • You are almost 13 times more likely to be passing a Christian in Egypt…
  • You are 2 1/3 times more likely to be passing a Christian in Pakistan…
  • You are 2 2/5 times more likely to be passing a Christian in India…
  • You are 1 1/2 times more likely to be passing a Christian in Thailand…
  • And shocking to me, you are more than 1 1/2 times more likely to be passing a Christian in Iraq than someone within a decade of my age here in Glasgow

That said, ‘Never believe statistics.’ There are regions in those nations far, far more absent of the Gospel of Jesus Christ than my generation here in Glasgow. Everyone of those nations in the 10/40 window continues to need more ambassadors for the Kingdom of God. Yet the great commission refers to ‘The ends of the earth,’ Jesus talks about ‘All nations.’ In our zeal to see the gospel sent to the nations let us not run the strategic error of neglecting the rest of the planet, places like Sweden, Argentina, Uganda, Russia…

Let’s not over think missions. Let us get those men and women, called by God, who have been divinely given a heart for a people or a place, to the field God is calling them to. And may they be ready for either years of ploughing hard soil or the altar of ultimate sacrifice. And may those who stay also prepare for years of sacrifice on behalf of the gospel being sent to the ends of the earth.

brian <![CDATA[Humbled]]> /?p=316 2008-03-27T14:51:51Z 2008-03-27T14:51:51Z Life After way too many experiences of humiliation and failure over the past 4 months I have finally passed my driving test. One of the things about being an alien is that even the most little of things, like a drivers license, or opening a bank account seem to be so much harder.

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I am not going to say, “I deserved to pass,” I still can’t believe I did. All I do want to say is a special thank you to all of you who through taunting and laughing helped to produce added humility in this heart of mine.

Also, a special “shout out” to Andy Ashworth for the long hours of patient instruction and the use of your car– “Above and Beyond, Bro.”

I also want to thank the optimistic faith of my father who wrote this card over 6 months ago in anticipation of me, one day, passing the British driving test.
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PS. Those who are wanting to phone us, we continue to be without a home phone line and may be for a couple weeks yet. It is like we are real missionaries now:-)

brian <![CDATA[Seder]]> /?p=314 2008-03-22T19:01:07Z 2008-03-22T19:01:07Z Re:Hope Church Almost 50 people, including children, converged in two shifts for a time of remembering Jesus’ fulfillment of the Jewish Passover at our home last evening. A powerful evening. Leah did a brilliant job both coordinating the meal as well as massively rewriting our Seder service. Here are a few pictures of a fun and full evening.



“Blessed are you O Lord our God, King of the Universe…”