brianingraham.com | Church. Life. Missions. http://www.brianingraham.com Thu, 24 Feb 2011 22:48:59 +0000 en hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.0.4 Ancient Title Deeds /?p=728 /?p=728#comments Thu, 24 Feb 2011 20:27:22 +0000 brian /?p=728 Continue reading ]]> Things continue to move steadily forward towards the conclusion of our purchase of Partick Congregational Church’s building.  I spent several hours today pouring over ancient title deeds, proposed changes, and speaking to our solicitor about various items.  Lots of details. Lots of hard reading.

Here is a picture of a copy of page one of eleven from the original hand written title deed dated 1899.

This is really happening!

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Re:Hope Android App /?p=723 /?p=723#comments Sat, 19 Feb 2011 12:40:38 +0000 brian /?p=723 Continue reading ]]> Dan Roundhill and Dave Morrow are legends…again!

After months of design and testing we have exciting news for all of you with Android phones. We are now going LIVE with our Android phone app. You can download it for FREE from the Android Market by searching for Re:Hope (or rehope.)

Yes, an iphone app will be coming soon.

We are preparing the Android app’s code to be given away freely as an open source project.  With a few tweaks (graphics, text, etc) the app can be changed to suit another church body. If you are involved in technology for your church and are interested in using this please let me know.

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“The Force” /?p=722 /?p=722#comments Wed, 16 Feb 2011 10:53:44 +0000 brian /?p=722 Continue reading ]]> A day or two after the Superbowl my wife phoned me from Seattle and told me I MUST show my kids the “VW: The Force” commercial on YouTube.  She said, the kids would think it hilarious!

If you haven’t seen it CLICK HERE before reading any further.

We also talked about filming the kids reaction to the commercial so that she and the family could enjoy seeing it.  That got my wheels spinning… and so I pulled out my phone (which can record video) and 45 minutes later, I sent this video back to her.  Enjoy.

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The Street Thief? /?p=716 /?p=716#comments Mon, 14 Feb 2011 09:59:13 +0000 brian /?p=716 Continue reading ]]> A few days ago, my son Owen and I were looking out the window of our flat watching for mom to get back from her run.  Owen was looking down the way and I was looking up the way, but then we saw the strangest thing.  Some crazy lady, dressed all in black, wearing black running gloves and a black beanie hat, was running down the street with a largish picture something over her head.   “Uh, mom’s back.”

Now Kellie has been known to enjoy decorating our home with rubbish she finds, but this one was over the top.  When she got this picture thing up to our flat I saw that it was actually a massivly broken mirror.  In fact, one third of the mirror was completely missing.

So there I am thinking Kellie has really lost it this time.  Seriously?  A broken mirror? I think she must have anticipated my internal reaction because she just said, “It has a beautiful frame that I want to do something with… and it’s free.”

When it comes to having a vision for street rubbish, Kellie has a pretty good record so I merely shrugged and said something like, “whatever you want, dear.”

Within 2 hours, this broken mirror became a feature in our entry way.

Other street rubbish finds include, but are definitely not limited to…

…these windows from 1902-ish

…or both the chair and the dresser, neither of which were white when found.

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Getting to Know One Another /?p=708 /?p=708#comments Wed, 26 Jan 2011 13:28:26 +0000 brian /?p=708 Continue reading ]]> On Sunday I was the guest minister at our new church building. Partick Congregational Church invited me to speak to their people. A few of the Re:Hope folks came along too. The process has begun for Re:Hope to own the building this Spring. Meanwhile, we are still just in awe of what the Lord has done with the gift of this building and are getting to know the few elderly people who have decided to pass on their legacy to us. IMG_0639 IMG_0635 IMG_0634 IMG_0633 IMAG0280 IMG_0627

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A Miracle Has Happened /?p=700 /?p=700#comments Tue, 18 Jan 2011 18:40:20 +0000 brian /?p=700 Continue reading ]]> In November, at our elders meeting, something odd happened.  Each elder talked about how, independently, God had placed on their hearts a strong burden to pray about our location situation.

It had never come up before, and we were set on staying in the church we have been renting for the last 13months… and so I said to them, OK -here is what we are going to do… we are going to commit to praying about our location situation… but we are going to tell nobody.

Two weeks later I got a text from Brian Luse who was worshipping in N. Ireland and in worship he felt compelled to stop and intercede about Re:Hope having a building of our own.

Now this is where it gets interesting.  You know that I am not only a pastor, but also a missionary.  Part of my missionary duties are to visit other churches and see if there are ways we can help them or pray.

On Sunday it was my plan to visit a church across town, but it was snowy and icy.

And so I went to visit Partick Congregational Church, just near my flat, our church office, and my kids’ school.  On my way I was praying, “God, I am just going to worship with them… I have no agenda, if you want to use me I am here… do what you want.”

When I got there, the church was closed due to snow and ice.  I walked around it twice and then as I was leaving I saw an old man at the side of the building, “Are you closed this week?”  I asked.  “Yes,” said the man,  “Would you like to see the building?”

“Absolutly,” I said… and for the next 45 minutes I listened to him tell the story of their church and how they were getting near the end.  After our chat he gave me the number of the leader of the church.

Not one for subtlety I went home and called the man, and said, “Hello, my name is Brian Ingraham and I am with Re:Hope Next Generation Bible Church, and I was wondering if you would consider selling us your church building?”

And he said, “I am going to need to call you back.”(which in my experience means no… or a long 2 week wait)

Less than an hour later my phone rings and it was him.  “Do you have any money?”, he asked.  Not one for negotiating either, I said, “Well, we raised about 50k for a down payment.”  “Ok,” he said, “I think God might be in this… would you like to meet and discuss further?”

“Yes, when?” (I tried not to sound too eager)    “This Friday at 10am.” He said.

Only 2 hours previous, I thought I was just attending the church…the day before I was planning on attending a completely different church… God was all over this one.

That Friday, I met with the leadership of their church, and I mostly listened to their story… and they told me how they had recently had the building valued because weeks would go by where the offerings couldn’t even cover the heating bill.

He said the building was valued at 150k.

People, that is sooo much less than the 500k we were stretching and trying to offer for our old building last April.  150k vs. 500k… wow.

And then he looked at me and said, “Brian, God is in this, and I want to honour God… I am going to propose we try and sell you this building for 40k so you will not be in debt and you will have some money to renovate.

Last Sunday, January 9th, on Re:Hope’s 6th birthday, their congregation vote YES to sell us their building… God has done something miraculous.

This is taken from my notes on Sunday as I told the story of Re:Hope to our own people and shared the miracle of the gift of this building.

So this is what I want you to remember:
#1  Re:Hope is God’s Church.

#2  Re:Hope was God’s idea.

#3 God wants THIS church to exist.

#4 This church exists only because he has intervened consistently when we have found ourselves completely unable.

#5 He is still with us.

#6 He is still leading us.

#7  He is still helping us.

On Dec 1st.  I wasn’t even looking, or hoping for a new home… But God has heard our prayers these past years… and he has done an incredible thing for us.

GOD STILL HEARS PRAYERS.

GOD IS STILL MOVING.

THE EARTH IS THE LORDS AND EVERYTHING IN IT.

IT IS NOT BY MIGHT, NOR BY POWER, BUT BY HIS SPIRIT.

God has not given up on this city, and he is establishing us by HIS intervention for a purpose… To testify about his goodness and that he is ACTIVELY working to reveal himself in our days.

This year, God seems to be giving us an incredible gift… He is with us… and so let us go out this year and declare his incredible greatness to anyone who will listen.

The writer of Psalm 126 captures how I feel right now,

1 When the LORD restored the fortunes of Zion,
we were like those who dreamed.
2 Our mouths were filled with laughter,
our tongues with songs of joy.
Then it was said among the nations,
“The LORD has done great things for them.”
3 The LORD has done great things for us,
and we are filled with joy.

People let the nations be excited because the Lord is doing great things for us, and let us be filled with joy.

It looks like sometime late April this year, will see us worshipping for the first time in our new building… Exciting days ahead.

I told my dad this week, and he said to me, “Son, you are a young church, with not much money, and yet you are going to have a building with extra money to renovate it and be debt free.  This is extraordinary.  This doesn’t just happen.  God is with you.”

Yes, people, God is with us.

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Remembering Glasgow /?p=696 /?p=696#comments Wed, 12 Jan 2011 16:51:59 +0000 brian /?p=696 Continue reading ]]>

The sermon at church was quite different than usual this week. It was a vision message reminding ourselves of our city’s unique spiritual heritage.

Here is a slice from my notes:

Glasgow did not begin to develop until about 550 ad with the arrival of St. Kentigern (Mungo), who established a Christian community here.

How was Glasgow established?  With the arrival of Kentigern,  a true and godly Christian who came as a missionary to this area.  He was striving to reach this land with the gospel of Jesus Christ.  A person, who planted at the beginnings of this city, a group of true Christians dedicated to proclaiming Jesus and living out true Christianity.

Glasgow was founded by a missionary to be a missionary centre for this whole region.

This is at the very heart of our spiritual legacy and mission as a city.  This is the founding purpose of our city- to be a missionary centre for this whole region.

If you want to hear the whole message you can download it HERE.

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24 Hours of Prayer and Fasting. /?p=694 /?p=694#comments Wed, 05 Jan 2011 11:06:44 +0000 brian /?p=694 Continue reading ]]> Our leadership team at Re:Hope has committed themselves to 24 hours of prayer and fasting and I would like to invite any of you to join us in concentrated prayer and possibly fasting with us.

We will be doing this from 12:30pm (GMT) this Saturday until 12:30pm Sunday.

We are praying about our future and decisions that are being made about our future this week. We feel we need extra and urgent prayer for this week and the days ahead.

If you want more clarity you can send me an email.

Thank you again,

Brian.

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Our Team(s) /?p=691 /?p=691#comments Wed, 15 Dec 2010 15:01:29 +0000 brian /?p=691
Pictured:  Our CRM missionary team, the Re:Hope staff team, the Re:Hope Elders, and the Re:Hope Directors and spouses.
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Christmas is Coming! /?p=687 /?p=687#comments Sat, 11 Dec 2010 17:52:32 +0000 brian /?p=687 Kellie has been hard at work getting ready for Christmas… Cookie anyone?

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