| ASPIRE » Church Wed, 15 Dec 2010 15:01:29 +0000 en hourly 1 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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Retreat /?p=646 /?p=646#comments Tue, 26 Oct 2010 12:53:48 +0000 brian /?p=646 Continue reading ]]> The word on the street is that our church retreat was powerful and break-through for virtually everyone who attended.  Tears, prayer, teaching, worship, more prayer…  Barry and Mary Kissell ministered to our church with such constant humility and love.  Their lifetime of experience and maturity was powerful for our young church.

As for me, I spent my time teaching the kids with Brian Luse.  We memorized scripture, taught parables, played games.  It was a blast.

Here are some pics of what “the Brian’s Show” was up to during the main sessions.

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This Kills Me /?p=643 /?p=643#comments Tue, 19 Oct 2010 16:00:49 +0000 brian /?p=643 We ran across this beautiful church building last week with this tragic sign on the door.

Why we do what we do………

This kills me.

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Simply Philippians /?p=583 /?p=583#comments Sun, 28 Mar 2010 09:05:40 +0000 brian /?p=583 Continue reading ]]> Over the last few months we have been working hard at Re:Hope to create an infrastructure to enable to the maximum number of people to use their spiritual gifts in service to Christ. Last Saturday we held an event called Simply Philippians; essentially a one day seminar dedicated to in-depth teaching on the letter to the church of Philippi and the latest in our Simply series.

We started doing Simply events about two years ago with two purposes in mind. First, they are a great way to provide solid Biblical teaching on a given subject, encouraging our church to grow in spiritual maturity and in knowledge and understanding of the Word. Secondly, they are designed as a forum to nurture new leaders. There is nothing more rewarding to me than seeing new leaders use their gifts for the expansion of Gods Kingdom. Bring it!

It is encouraging to see so many capable, gifted people getting directly plugged into the areas where God can use them most.

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2 Big Things /?p=499 /?p=499#comments Wed, 07 Oct 2009 18:05:07 +0000 brian /?p=499 Continue reading ]]> First of all, after months of searching, many “No’s”, and a global prayer effort we have finally received a “Yes!”

Kelvin Stevenson Memorial Church (just a short walk away) has voted to allow us use of their building on Sunday afternoon/early evening; AS WELL AS THURSDAY NIGHTS.

We are also launching a mid-week Thursday night service!!!

Secondly, on another exciting note, our church is teaching a bible overview course this weekend using pictures, maps, and time-lines. It seems there is much confusion on when certain people and events take place in relation to each other in scripture.

To illustrate our confusion, some brilliant people in our church put together this comical promotional video.


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No. /?p=491 /?p=491#comments Fri, 28 Aug 2009 18:24:08 +0000 brian /?p=491 Continue reading ]]>

Our formal offer was denied.

This is now our 5th ‘no’ on the same building and our 2nd rejected formal offer (the first was in 2006). It will be interesting to see where things go from here. Our highest priority is to find a great and affordable location for our church beginning in mid-September and then to sort out our longer-term plan.

This may not be the end of our building quest, but it is definitely a no for now.

Keep praying for us!

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Re:treat – 08 /?p=310 /?p=310#comments Sat, 15 Mar 2008 15:08:55 +0000 brian /?p=310 Continue reading ]]> DSC00239.jpg

Sorry about the terrible picture, but the retreat went great. We had lots of fun and great worship led by Andy and the Re:Band. I am always surprised by how fantastic retreats are. Leah and Mike did a great job putting the weekend together, it is great to be surrounded by such high quality people.

As for the messages, Stephen Irwin describes them HERE on his blog. I am not sure how effective the messages were yet. The messages geared towards us becoming us a missionary people. I guess I wont know how effective the speaking was until I see how people apply the things we talked about.

Thank you to all who prayed, I really needed it. And thank you to Mark Jones who somehow got his hands on Mountain Dew and blessed me with a can for breakfast each morning:-)

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Preaching Jesus /?p=303 /?p=303#comments Mon, 11 Feb 2008 16:39:34 +0000 brian /?p=303 Continue reading ]]> 5118AESWH6L-_AA240_.jpg

Two or three years ago Mike Strunk, of Christs Church Federal Way, Washington, gave me a simple book penned by John Piper entitled, The Passion of Jesus Christ. A more precise title would be, 50 Ways Jesus is Good News. Each chapter is a brief 2-page reflection on a specific verse that identifies a significant aspect of what was accomplished on the cross and why Jesus had to die.

We know some of the more normal ones:

To save us from our sins.
To make peace between us and God.
To rescue us from slavery to sin and death.
To redeem us.
To Forgive our sins.
To make for himself a people of his own possession zealous for good works.

Some less common ones would be:

To redeem us from the futile way of life passed down by our ancestors.
To no longer live egocentric lives but to live for him.
To show that the worst evil is meant by God for good.
To free us from bondage to the fear of death.

As I preach, I want every message to come back to at least one gospel truthone reason to celebrate Jesus. I find in Pipers tiny book, an amazing resource for going a bit deeper in the many faceted great truths about Jesus. Thanks Mike.

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I’m in trouble:-) /?p=289 /?p=289#comments Fri, 14 Dec 2007 21:05:32 +0000 brian /?p=289 Continue reading ]]> Photo 19.jpg

This Monday I am taking my UK drivers test, and after driving today, I realized I need divine intervention to pass this thing. It is not because I can’t drive, I’ve been doing that for 15 years or more, it is because I can’t remember all the British Driving Standard Test Rules…

If you could please pray that I pass, I would be very thankful.

Thanks, Brian.

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American Thanksgiving /?p=279 /?p=279#comments Mon, 26 Nov 2007 18:24:19 +0000 brian /?p=279 Continue reading ]]> IMG_8248.jpg (photo:Tim McDonald)
My wife helped coordinate a fantastic missional Thanksgiving. I heard there was almost 70 people in total. A mixture of Americans, people from church and several moms who Kellie, Britany and Jaelyn know from School. Around 1:30 or so, people started showing up with loads of food. We had two, 22lb turkeys, a huge ham, bowls of mashed potatoes, sweet potatoes, green bean casseroles, five or so big things of stuffing, cranberry sauce, homemade breads, gravy, pies galore, I know I am forgetting things… tons of food.

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Living next door to Tim and Britany allowed us to open our hall doors and people would just flow back and forth. After the meal, in our flat we had NFL Football on the Nintendo Wii going, next door the Apples to Apples game was a hit. Around 6:15 more people showed up and we had some left overs. Being almost comatose by this time, we popped in a movie and vegged for the rest of the evening while others played more Wii.


Living in Scotland, thousands of miles from my family, it is great to see how true Gods word is, when it says, “I tell you the truth,” Jesus said to them, “no one who has left home or wife or brothers or parents or children for the sake of the kingdom of God will fail to receive many times as much in this age and, in the age to come, eternal life.”

I am particularly thankful this year to how faithful God has been to carve out for us a great family in our adopted homeland. God, You have done great things for us and we are filled with thankfulness and joy.

Happy Thanksgiving All!

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