| ASPIRE » Life Wed, 15 Dec 2010 15:01:29 +0000 en hourly 1 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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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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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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Simply Holy Spirit /?p=515 /?p=515#comments Wed, 16 Dec 2009 07:03:36 +0000 brian /?p=515 Continue reading ]]> church.jpg

Just over a week ago I found myself sitting in an old church building in Scotland listening to young men honing their teaching skills. The weekend was called Simply Holy Spirit. A weekend of teaching our people some of the doctrine of the Holy Spirit, some about spiritual gifts, and some about the fruit of the Spirit.

Todd Weller put together the vast majority of the content and coordinated the teaching effort. There were two focuses for the weekend. First, to teach our people about the Holy Spirit. Second, to train and give opportunities for young people to explore teaching or worship leading gifts.

Our church is both a church and a mission. Although we are clearly a local church, which gathers weekly to worship and learn and spur one another on towards love and good deeds, we are not just a local church. We are also a mission to Glasgow and to Scotland. What I saw in these young teachers made me smile, knowing God is rising up a new generation of preachers who have the potential of seeing thousands return to believing in Jesus Christ, convinced that God is who the bible says he is, and certain that God will do everything he says he will do.

The future is looking a bit brighter.

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Brian & Shauna Now In Renfrew. /?p=492 /?p=492#comments Wed, 09 Sep 2009 17:13:45 +0000 brian /?p=492 Continue reading ]]>

Our team is thrilled for Brian and Shauna Luse who are expanding Jesus work in Scotland at Renfrew Baptist Church just a few miles outside Glasgow. I will be speaking at their induction this Saturday. Brian will begin preaching there this Sunday. It seems the whole community of Renfrew is excited about Brians arrival; I spoke to a man on the street in Renfrew today who had never attended the church but knew about the new minister arriving soon.

The church in Renfrew made a bunch of these great flyers.


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Incredibly Unlikely? /?p=487 /?p=487#comments Thu, 20 Aug 2009 16:47:21 +0000 brian /?p=487 Continue reading ]]> nottheend.jpg

Our Solicitor (a lawyer who writes formal offers for real estate property transactions) considers our hopes for this building incredibly unlikely. We are making an offer three times lower than what the owners would like. In our defense, we had a formal appraisal done on the building last week and based on that we are offering a bit more than the value of this church building if used for a church. In the unlikely event the owners are desperate to sell and against all odds accept our offer, he believes, in this current economic climate, getting a loan will be even more unlikely.

No matter how incredibly unlikely this seems we refuse to stop trying. We pray, we act, and we wait to hear back. Tomorrow our formal offer will be submitted and we hope to hear a response early next week.

Our situation requires Gods intervention followed by more of Gods intervention. It will be interesting to see how this resolves. Good thing God still hears prayers!

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Exile 2009 /?p=480 /?p=480#comments Mon, 20 Jul 2009 15:05:46 +0000 brian /?p=480 Continue reading ]]> sign1.jpg

I know I am overdue an update on our church location situation. There has been a bunch of work and ministry going on with the people of the church and the investigation and negotiating process for the old building, but most of it cant be talked about in this public medium as yet. Thank you for understanding.

As far as our church building is concerned, the owners still want much more than we can both afford and what we believe its actual value is. The problem is that the current owners bought this building at the height of the market out bidding 35 other offers, meaning that they paid more at the height of the market than 35 others felt it was worth.

So what we are going to do is have the building surveyed and valued. In a few weeks we will find out how much the building is actually worth, and based on that information make an offer.

I am praying God will intervene at several key moments.

First, in the assessed value of our church building. It is very difficult to value an old church building here in the UK and I am not entirely sure what to expect. Its value will determine how much money we are going to need to come up with to put down on it and how much we will be able to borrow. I am praying God will intervene in the valuation of our building.

Second, even though we will attempt to make an offer based on our buildings value, the current owners are likely to not accept it. They seem to want at least twice its value. It would be amazing if at this first attempt they would accept our offer. It seems only 20% possible but hey, we will keep praying

Third, raising funds. We are reasonably close to being able to afford this church building, but we are not quite there. Over the next couple weeks I am going to attempt to raise some one-time gifts for our down payment, and some monthly funds for our ongoing expenditures from our church body here and those interested around the world. Pray God would put this on many peoples hearts to give.

I am building a website for fund raising purposes, but in the mean time if you want to give toward our future location (hopefully the old building) you can donate HERE if you are in the US or HERE if you are in the UK. Obviously, I cannot guarantee we will purchase this particular location, however no matter where we go from here will require us to raise funds.

We have been exploring many other possibilities including schools, lecture halls, warehouse spaces, property, other church buildings, etc. So far we have hit dead end after dead end, mostly because the costs have been so much more (double, triple, quadruple) the cost of purchasing our old church building, but we keep looking.

I expect someday, no matter what happens, we will all look back at this time and be amazed at how clearly God made our way forward. I already see his hand in the forming of our church, in the timing of this exile, and in the global support and concern about our situation. Stay tuned in to see what God is about to do with us here in Scotland.

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The Wednesday Update /?p=462 /?p=462#comments Wed, 03 Jun 2009 12:08:58 +0000 brian /?p=462 Continue reading ]]> sign.jpg

Again I sit here thinking about the situation we are in and am filled with thanks knowing people are praying for Gods intervention from all around the world.

Since Monday we have been investigating all sorts of venues around the West End of Glasgow. In 48 hours much has been accomplished. The people of Re:Hope have been unified and are filled with faith as we explore options of where to meet. We met again Tuesday AM and Wednesday AM to pray and plan.

Our best short-term plan has us renting the Queen Margret Union at the University of Glasgow. The space is right, the price is right, and the location is just behind our current building. However, there wont be storage and we will be moving our stuff in and out weekly. This is only available until September. The hardest bit is the inability to do our evening service, which accounts for significantly more than half our adult attendance, but at the same time we have found no reasonable options that would have allowed for an evening service thus far.

We are also investigating some warehouse space in the area that could be purchased or leased as a mid to long-term home for Re:Hope. This has exciting possibilities but with a large price tag.

As an answer to prayer I believe, in the last 48 hours I was contacted by the company who own the building and had a quick and unexpected meeting with them yesterday. We have actually begun discussions about purchasing our church building. They are keen to sell. We are keen to buy. Will we find an amount that is acceptable for both sides? Only time will tell.

At any moment these doors could close. At any moment new doors could open.

Keep praying. I am feeling quite strained in this moment of crisis. We are making decisions with so many unknown variables, forced into the smallest of time frames. Pray for strength, clarity, and Gods clear leading.

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Humbled /?p=316 /?p=316#comments Thu, 27 Mar 2008 14:51:51 +0000 brian /?p=316 Continue reading ]]> 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 cant 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:-)

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Bible Study Methods and Owen /?p=262 /?p=262#comments Tue, 02 Oct 2007 20:47:16 +0000 brian /?p=262 Continue reading ]]> Mike Libolt and I have been putting together our church’s first ever Bible Study Methods Class. Here are some pictures of our first night.




BTW- Pray for my son Owen, he has hand-foot-mouth disease. Not a big deal, but he is pretty miserable. To read about it you can click HERE.

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