| ASPIRE » brian Wed, 15 Dec 2010 15:01:29 +0000 en hourly 1 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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Needfully Vague /?p=677 /?p=677#comments Tue, 07 Dec 2010 08:39:43 +0000 brian /?p=677 I could use an extra amount of prayer this week.

2 major decisions to make, both pertaining to Re:Hope staff team structure and our church’s future.

Thank you.

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Beautiful. Cold. /?p=682 /?p=682#comments Wed, 01 Dec 2010 15:34:03 +0000 brian /?p=682

(University of Glasgow from Kelvingrove park)

(Where we worship)

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Lisa Clarke /?p=678 /?p=678#comments Wed, 24 Nov 2010 17:13:30 +0000 brian /?p=678 Continue reading ]]> There is something so right about baptizing people in the name of the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit!

On Sunday I had the joy of baptizing Lisa Clarke who has been an intern, our creche director and has joyfully served the church in countless different ways the past 2+ years.

I love baptisms!

(photo from Monica Burn’s Facebook page)

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Sick. /?p=675 /?p=675#comments Fri, 19 Nov 2010 10:19:52 +0000 brian /?p=675 Continue reading ]]>
Sick. Sick. Sick.

Kellie awoke this morning to a high fever… again.  Last week she finally got over 2 long weeks of being sick.  Earlier this week I also had a high fever and was sick.  The kids have been off and on sick these past several weeks as well.  No one loves being this sick.

Sick. Sick. Sick.

Whilst walking the kids to school this morning Ethan said, “Dad, they have started teaching R.E. (Religious Education) again at school.  The teacher asked if anyone knew the story of the Good Samaritan. I was the only one.”

And so I asked, “How many kids in your class go to church?”

“None of them do unless I bring Jacob.”

I was just struck again how completely absent the gospel is in our city who once sent out great missionaries all over the world.  A spiritually sick city.

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KidTOUGH /?p=659 /?p=659#comments Mon, 08 Nov 2010 13:52:15 +0000 brian /?p=659 Continue reading ]]>

Last month Kellie and I hosted Jerry and Jennifer Blanchard from Christ’s Church in Federal Way, WA USA.  They wrote an incredible curriculum for children called KidTOUGH –  We were so blessed by them as they were willing to come over here to Glasgow to help us get it going at Re:Hope as well as Renfrew Baptist where Brian and Shauna Luse serve.

KidTOUGH is the champion of the small to medium size church – its biblical, relevant, easy to use, cost effective, great for volunteers, interactive and purposeful.  The kids LOVE it and it has gone down well with our volunteers.

A big thank you to Jerry and Jen for all their encouragement, leadership, and the fun we had sharing Scotland and our ministry.

Here are some pictures Jennifer took whilst here.


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Remembering /?p=655 /?p=655#comments Wed, 03 Nov 2010 19:35:05 +0000 brian /?p=655 Continue reading ]]> I spent the day with Darren, Scott, and Monica walking through the entire city re-vision casting and remembering our city’s up and down spiritual history.

While on our walk we passed this hidden gem.  It is an old and difficult to read memorial stone about three men who were killed for their faith here in Glasgow 326 years ago.  May God rise up a new generation filled with these ancient Glasgow men’s courage and faith.

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Quick Prayer Encouragement /?p=650 /?p=650#comments Sat, 30 Oct 2010 10:51:22 +0000 brian /?p=650 Continue reading ]]> I just want to encourage you all to join me in being especially diligent in prayer for this Sunday.

It is halloween. Clocks change here in the UK. We had a powerful retreat last weekend and the enemy would love to strike back.

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What A Night! /?p=651 /?p=651#comments Thu, 28 Oct 2010 12:40:18 +0000 brian /?p=651 Continue reading ]]>

Last night was unusual and extraordinary.

Monday, I received an email reminding me that I was scheduled to speak Wednesday night at the Glasgow University Christian Union (like Campus Crusade in the USA).  I reopened all my old emails and read through the passage in Ephesians they were requesting.

I would not have chosen to speak on that particular passage as it has difficult content and addresses sin issue after sin issue.  But the leadership assigned it to me and it seemed like this is what God wanted.

Seeing the topics that had to be addressed, I invited some people from our church to come with me and be available to pray with people afterward.  The timing could not have been more perfect.  This past weekend, at our retreat, Barry and Mary Kissell had been teaching us how to pray for each other.

Now, I was a bit nervous for two reasons.  I knew the topic was going to be hard, and I also knew what needed to happen after the message was out of the ordinary.  But I felt the Spirit saying, “Do this.” So we did.

I called people to be lights on their university campus by NO LONGER living like the unbelievers do (Eph 4:17).  In that passage Paul confronts what we talk about (gossip, lying, course joking…), not sinning in our anger, forgiving those who have sinned against us, drunkenness, and sexual immorality.  Basically it was a call to holiness.

After preaching, I lead people through confession and repentance prayers, recommitting their lives to Jesus and his ways.  If anyone felt completely stuck or trapped in a sin, or were struggling with unforgiveness, I invited them over to be prayed with.

I figured since they hadn’t done this before only a few would be brave enough to go for prayer, but the response was overwhelming.  God’s Spirit had moved in a powerful way and brought about deep conviction of sin and a real desire to get right with God.  You can’t manufacture this stuff.  God was moving and his people were repenting and responding.  A truly powerful night.  It felt like the beginnings of a wee revival.

May God continue to reawaken His people in Glasgow and in Scotland!

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