brianingraham.com | ASPIRE » Leadership http://www.brianingraham.com Wed, 15 Dec 2010 15:01:29 +0000 en hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.0.3 Shavuot /?p=335 /?p=335#comments Mon, 02 Jun 2008 14:54:38 +0000 brian /?p=335 Continue reading ]]> Photo 17.jpg

“Three times a year you are to celebrate a festival to me.” (Ex 23:14) The first is the “Feast of Unleavened Bread,” the Third is the “Feast of Ingathering.” This Sunday begins the middle celebration, which our English Bibles call, “The Feast of Weeks (Shavuot).”

One of the central features of the ‘Feast of Weeks’ is the remembering of the receiving of the 10 Commandments, which is expanded in celebration to including the receiving of the Torah (first five books of the bible.)

Christians remember this holiday by its Greek name, Pentecost, when the believers of Jesus received the Holy Spirit, which was for them and all whom the Lord will call (Acts 2:39.)

Part of the ‘Feast of Weeks’ is a reaffirming of our commitment to the received words of God. And so, this week we have set aside, as a church, to read through the entire bible, cover to cover, in one hour shifts. This morning I began with the words, “In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth.” And sometime Friday evening we will end with the words, “The grace of the Lord Jesus be with all God’s people. Amen.”

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I find myself earnestly praying that the Holy Spirit will unveil (2 Cor 13) hearts and minds so that this generation can respond to the words of God and the great news about Jesus Christ.

Father, I thank you for the Bible and I thank your for Your Spirit. Make us a people of Your Word. Fill us with Your Spirit. Make us a generation who love you. Revive! Reawaken! Our eyes are on you, our only hope is in your Sprits working. Reveal and intervene, rescue and redeem because of your great love and for the sake of your great name. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.

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Who Cares? /?p=305 /?p=305#comments Tue, 04 Mar 2008 14:25:50 +0000 brian /?p=305 Continue reading ]]> These past few weeks of ‘silence’ have been some of the most challenging and personally enlightening days of Re:Hope. Times of tragedy and challenge can be profound in revealing what we are actually made of.

2 weeks ago, 25-year-old Chris Gaston died suddenly in his sleep without warning instantly stunning his family, our church, and all who knew him. The family invited me to travel to Northern Ireland to preach about Jesus to what turned out to be just under 600 people- half of whom didn’t believe in Jesus. (the memorial service in Northern Ireland can be listened to in it’s entirety HERE- I start talking around the 16:30 mark.)

Two days later, our church did a combination memorial service and church service for Chris hosting many from the Glasgow School of Art who came to remember Chris (the message can be listened to HERE.)

This season has revealed that we are a church who cares, who really do love one another. This season has revealed hidden pastoral gifts amongst the people of our church as they choose to pursue one another and listen and cry and sit with one another. This season has revealed our urgency as messengers of essential and good news.

As a church we grieve with Tony (Chris’ brother) and his family. In life Chris was loved and gracious… Not a day goes by I am not thinking about Chris and his family…

May our father of compassion, the one who is close to the broken-hearted be close to you.

I care…

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Pray Now!!! /?p=190 /?p=190#comments Thu, 29 Mar 2007 15:24:41 +0000 brian /?p=190 Continue reading ]]> phone.jpg

I just received the call about the Red Church Building. It is time to pray hard. Stephen and I will be meeting with the new owners on Friday 30th of March (tomorrow) to discuss purchasing the church building. They want much more than we can afford so… Pray that they will come down in price and that God will provide the funds necessary to purchase and maintain this building.

It is time to pray!

Friday morning at 9:15 I am going to have a prayer time at my flat for God to move on our behalf… please join me and intercede on behalf of our church!!!

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The Dan Brick. /?p=176 /?p=176#comments Fri, 09 Feb 2007 20:31:09 +0000 brian /?p=176 Continue reading ]]> If you haven’t been to the Re:Hope website reciently (www.rehope.co.uk) we have just added a section entitled “Re:Hope Bricks.”  We are in the process of recording an introduction to some of the people in our church mainly so that we can further get to know oneanother.  Beth was recorded a few weeks ago and I noticed Dan’s audio is now posted.

Someone told me they were thinking of calling them Re:Hope bricks to highlight that even though we have no building of our own yet, we continue to be part of God’s building in our city.  Each person is a brick, a living stone, a piece of what God is puting together here.  Even though I know Beth and Dan a bit, it was great to hear, ‘in their own words,’ another facet of their thinking these days.  I hope you enjoy getting to know them a bit better as well.  If you are willing to go through this painless process talk to Stephen at church.

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Still waiting… /?p=143 /?p=143#comments Thu, 02 Nov 2006 13:06:37 +0000 brian /?p=143 Continue reading ]]> TS courage.jpg

We heard back regarding our bid. Apparently our bid was not accepted and although we offered as much as we could based on all that was given we didn’t have enough money.

What we don’t know is if we will get the building or not. Confused? Everything about the accepted bid is confidential including their contingencies and proposed use. If (most likely) the accepted bid is contingent on planning permission to change the buildings use (US- zoning) there is a high chance the city will deny such application.

If the city denies that application we will have another chance at the building again. In the mean time we continue to pray and it seems we need to raise a bit more money.

Bottom line: We didn’t get our bid accepted today, but there is a good chance we will have another shot. So we will continue to plan and prepare as well as scout out other old church buildings that are potentially coming on the market in our area.

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PLEASE PRAY! /?p=138 /?p=138#comments Tue, 24 Oct 2006 09:24:36 +0000 brian /?p=138 Continue reading ]]> This Friday at noon all bids are to be in for the purchase of our old church building.  We are praying for a miracle.  Please intercede with me, that God would move and we would get the building!

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Updated Prayer Requests /?p=127 /?p=127#comments Fri, 22 Sep 2006 08:33:45 +0000 brian /?p=127 Continue reading ]]> At the top of this page there is a tab entitled “Prayer Requests.”  I just posted an update of things we need prayer for over the next 2 weeks or so.  We need all the prayer we can get right now.  Thank you.

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Reading for What? /?p=122 /?p=122#comments Sat, 09 Sep 2006 07:52:19 +0000 brian /?p=122 Continue reading ]]> heschel.jpeg

Abraham Heschel says in his book, God In Search of Man, that while the Greeks studied to comprehend, and western thinkers study to apply their knowledge in a practical way, the ancient Hebrews studied to revere God.

I guess that begs the question do I stumble into moments of reverence and awe, overwhelmed by the amazingness of God, or do I pursue them? Do I read the bible only to understand it, or do I also have times I read it just to be blown away by how incredible God is? Both are important. Maybe it is time to revive the lost art of reading to revere?

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Prayer Request (UPDATED!!!) /?p=119 /?p=119#comments Fri, 01 Sep 2006 07:56:47 +0000 brian /?p=119 Continue reading ]]> I have heard that Hutcheson’s is planning on asking us to be out of the building as of the middle of the month meaning we are homeless for a season. We are praying that they will change their mind, since we are attempting to purchase the building. We are also looking interim space between the middle of September and when we can move in to the building permanently.

On my mind this morning is the story of David leaving Jerusalem, being driven out by his son. He spends a season on the move, but eventually God brings him back.

Please pray with us!

UPDATE: The phone call happened and God changed their minds, allowing us to stay in the building a bit longer. There will be no heat, no janitorial, no guarantee from week to week, but we aren’t out yet!!! God moved.

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Moses’ Question /?p=111 /?p=111#comments Wed, 02 Aug 2006 20:39:15 +0000 brian /?p=111 Continue reading ]]> moses.jpg

I was reading Exodus this week and this one thing in Chapter 33 just jumped off the page.

Moses is talking to God and he says, “What else will distinguish me and your people from all the other people on the face of the earth?”

He was talking about “God’s Presence.”

May ‘God’s Presence’ once again distinguish me and the people of the kingdom of God from all the other people on the face of the earth.

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