| ASPIRE » Books Wed, 15 Dec 2010 15:01:29 +0000 en hourly 1 Six [updated] /?p=408 /?p=408#comments Tue, 24 Mar 2009 08:28:17 +0000 brian /?p=408 Continue reading ]]> bap-4.jpg

I was laughing on the inside yesterday. First of all, it was mothers day here in Scotland. Secondly, we had many visitors at church because we were doing some baptisms. Thirdly, our passage for the week was God destroying Sodom and Gomorrah. You try tying baptism and mothers day into a message on Sodom and Gomorrah and see if it doesn’t send you laughing on the inside. (if you want to hear the message click HERE.)

Even though it seems like a terrible idea, God moved.

My favorite part was baptizing 6 people (three in the morning and three in the evening.) I always find it so powerful when we baptize people. I look each one in the eyes and ask them if they have dedicated their lives to Jesus Christ. I look them in the eyes and ask them if they are going to follow Jesus NO MATTER WHAT all the days of their lives. Each of them answered unswervingly, “Yes.”

It is powerful to see changed lives. It is amazing to hear what God is doing in their lives. And it is an honour to be apart of what God is doing in them. May God continue this good work that he has begun in them and carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus.

What a great day!








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The Rest /?p=293 /?p=293#comments Sat, 29 Dec 2007 19:07:11 +0000 brian /?p=293 Continue reading ]]> SleepIsGood.jpg

This week I have rested. I have just relaxed and spent time with family and friends. It is amazing how stopping brings better perspective and a renewed spirit.

This rest has been made possible by having such a fantastic and diverse team. Tomorrow Wade Thompson will be preaching and I will be doing much less. Andy and Wade have been threatening me that if I didn’t take a break soon they would “Force Quit” me… I don’t know what that means but I decided to pull a “Pre-emptive Strike” (yes, I was born in America) and choose this as a week of rest.

I am excited about Monday, when a few of us are going to spend time working on, in, and around the old boiler room at the church. Who knows, maybe we can get more heat in our building. That would be fantastic.

This year has been filled with obstacles, challenges, and HUGE answers to prayer. I am so glad to be here. God has been good to us and I am so thankful for this church, my team, and all who are making this church possible. May God bless you all.

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Our First Church Split :-) /?p=263 /?p=263#comments Mon, 15 Oct 2007 16:06:27 +0000 brian /?p=263 Continue reading ]]> Photo 50.jpg

3 weeks ago, our church took a big risk and went to two services, one at 10:30 and the other at 6:30. We are doing the exact same service twice and are, in a sense, splitting the church into two groups.  It was a risk because we just didn’t have enough people to justify two separate services. Some of my fears were that one service would thrive and the other would be tiny and loose all momentum. Also, as with any change, you loose people.

Now here we are, three weeks into it, and I can say it was clearly the right move. We are growing twice as fast, this past Sunday was our largest attendance ever, the services are basically the same size (+/- 3 this week.) Both services have energy and momentum.

Sure, the service changes weren’t the only factor. We are in the midst of teaching through what is arguably the greatest short story in all of the bible, the book of Ruth. It is about hope, being heroic, redemption, relationships, manliness, femininity, courage, risk, etc.. I am loving this book. (To listen to the series you can go to THIS PAGE.)

Bottom line, it is an exciting time at the church. Continue to pray that God continues to allow us to remain in this building. Continue to pray that we ‘bear much fruit’ in this city. And pray for me also, that I may be ever better at communicating the message of Christ as clearly and effectively as I ought.

(Yes, I know the picture is a bit random, but here we go again having fun together at church.)

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The First Meeting…Keep Praying! /?p=194 /?p=194#comments Fri, 30 Mar 2007 16:07:46 +0000 brian /?p=194 Continue reading ]]> Stephen and I just got out of the meeting with the new owners. They would like to sell the building for a million pounds (aprox. 1.9million USD.) We told them we are very interested in purchasing the building but not for £1million. They don’t seem to have many options and none who can afford a million.

During the meeting several were outside praying and I know many around the world are praying. It was easy to walk away today being fully confident that God will either provide the money to purchase the building, or they will lower the price and God will provide the money, or God doesn’t want us to be there. It is a peaceful place to be.

I can’t wait to see what God does… keep praying!

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Evidence of the Spirit /?p=156 /?p=156#comments Fri, 01 Dec 2006 10:07:15 +0000 brian /?p=156 Continue reading ]]> Richard.jpg

What a special Sunday!

This Sunday we baptized Richard. He came to Re:Hope last February and then gave his life to Jesus. He has been consistently growing and showing the real fruit of a transformed life. He has been reading through the bible and going through a “Christianity Explored” class. God has truly got a hold of his life and it is evident by how he lives.

Seeing lives change, seeing people come to Jesus, seeing people make big steps to follow and obey is incredible. One thing I’ve noticed about baptism, sure it is a huge thing for the person getting baptized, but it is also a big deal for the people of the church. It reminds people God IS at work in their church and whatever the current challenges are it is worth it because God is moving.

God is being so good to us, may His movement always be the mark of His church. Do you see God at work around you? He is.

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Beautiful Anomaly /?p=117 /?p=117#comments Wed, 16 Aug 2006 20:13:04 +0000 brian /?p=117 Continue reading ]]> anomaly.jpg

I was reading Ed Stetzers book, “Planting Missional Churches” and came across this:

“…The top three qualities people look for in a church (whether consciously or subconsciously) are good parking, nice women’s restrooms, and excellent child care.”

When I read that I had to laugh. We don’t have any parking, we do have a bathroom, and as for child care… well, Heather is fantastic but it is definitely time to step it up.

What I do see when I look at our church are people who genuinely desire to become godly men and women. People who love Jesus. People growing in hunger for the word. I see a passion. A fire. Faith. People who dare to hope… to believe. A people on the brink of overflowing into the west end. It is exciting.

I love the people in our church and am blown away by God’s goodness in bringing us all together… what a great, ever increasing body of Christ!

What do you love about your church?

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King of the Hill /?p=68 /?p=68#comments Tue, 16 May 2006 20:03:04 +0000 brian /?p=68 Continue reading ]]> My fellow missionary Jenny Jack, came across this hilarious excerpt of the television show “King of the Hill.” It is about church shopping (a.k.a. Simon – you know who you are:-)

It is her MAY 5th blog entry…CLICK HERE!!!

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