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Too Excited for Words

12 Sep

….so this will have to do!

When I read it – it hit me right between the eyes.
Not literally you understand . Obviously.

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The Heart-Mouth Connection by Rick Warren

“Hard work is worthwhile, but empty talk will make you poor.” (Prov 14:23)

The Bible makes a direct connection between your heart and your mouth. For instance, if you have a problem with profanity, that’s not a problem with your mouth. That’s a problem in your heart. If you tend to be critical and say sarcastic things, that’s not a problem in your mouth. That’s a problem in your heart. If you tend to exaggerate things and shade the truth, that’s not a problem with your mouth. That’s a problem in your heart. If you tend to say things that you think people want you to say rather than what you really need to say, that’s not a problem with your mouth. That’s a problem in your heart.

What you say has a direct connection to your heart.

Whatever your heart is filled with is going to come out of your mouth. If you’re filled with anger, anger is going to come out of your mouth. If your heart is filled with depression, it’s going to come out of your mouth. If your heart is filled with joy, that’s going to come out of your mouth.

The Bible says, “You must love the Lord your God with all your heart, all your soul, all your mind, and all your strength” (NLT). Another way to say this is, love God with all your talk, all your feelings, all your thinking, and all of your acting. God shaped you to primarily be either a talker, feeler, thinker, or a doer.

Heart people have a real hard time being quiet. They’re talkers. When you’re a heart person, you’ve got to let it out. You’ve got to tell other people. Heart people love to tell stories. They love to sit and converse, especially in heart-to-heart conversations.

The world needs people who are communicators. We need people who can lead discussions and who can verbalize what the rest of us feel. We need teachers, counselors, and coaches who can teach us and direct us. We need comedians. We need preachers. We need all of these people who are built on verbal skills and who are able to move the world forward.

And then this.
This last bit was written for me.
Directly.
It really was as if God was speaking straight to me.

God’s warning for talkers is this: You also have to act. Proverbs 14:23 says, “Hard work is worthwhile, but empty talk will make you poor” (CEV). That means you’ve got to move ahead. Some people never get past the discussion stage. What are you doing with your life? “I’m talking about doing this.” How long have you been talking about it? “Three years.” When are you going to stop talking and start doing? “I’m aiming to.” When are you going to stop aiming and pull the trigger?

Talk It Over

What is it that you’ve been talking about doing maybe for weeks or even months?
You need to move ahead. What steps will you take today to move forward? Don’t just talk about it. Do it!

I’m a talker.
All my life I have been dubbed “The Family Chatterbox”.
But that post by Rick Warren, it shut me right up.

It’s time for me to get on and DO what I have been talking about doing for years and years.

I have embarked on step 1 of many, many steps. There is a 5-year ‘plan’ I’m hoping to see come to fruition – but as I’m pretty sure it’s God’s plan, I’m going with it….

And I feel purposeful, excited and alive in a way that I haven’t felt for….well… years and years.

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WE ARE NOT FINISHED

4 Sep

#2 in the series “Punch-Packing
Not my words but these echo 100% where I feel the Church is at in this day and age and what I am called to as a devoted, adoring follower of Jesus Christ.
The world so desperately needs us to ‘stand up and be counted’…
So – listen up!

I am deeply concerned that those who inherited freedom have lost sight of its high cost! I grieve over a gospel that is cloaked in benefits but requires no responsibility. Some bask in His victory while the nations continue to live in oppression, poverty, and despair.

I don’t doubt our victory nor do I question our great calling…but I wonder at lack of resolve that many Believers have to engage society at the level of their greatest pain and carve out a path through the snake invested jungle, carrying the weak to a place of safety.

We are not called to polish our armor or hold a Body-building contest! We have been left behind to transform the world. Contrary to popular opinion, Jesus said He was finished, He didn’t say we were!

When Paul spoke of his apostolic credentials he unleashed a list of beatings that would have scared Arnold Schwarzenegger. The very man that taught us about great grace was entrenched in a battle that scared his body and troubled his soul. Yet many Believers are convinced that we will tip toe through the tulips, or win the nations through some garden party.

Where are the women and men with radical faith and outrageous courage? When will the righteous reign and the demoniacs flee at the very sight of a child of the King? How long must we stumble through this darkness before we rise with wisdom that stuns the kings of this world? Who will step out from the crowd and dare to leave the cesspool of unrighteous living to embrace a life of purity?

These are the questions that plague my very soul. As for me, I wasn’t born to live near the sound of church bells…I was created to destroy the gates of hell! Are you ready to incite a revolution?

(K. Vallotton, senior associate leader at Bethel Church, Redding, CA)

>Fire Engines to Albania (FETA)

18 Apr

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As some of you know, Mark (AKA Mr Wibbs) went out to Saranda in Albania as part of team 2 of what has become known in our church as ‘Mission FETA’ … He left Thursday 10th April and came home on Wednesday evening (16th) – to much rejoicing! Below – in red – is a brief description of the project (published as part of a recent newsletter for the Prostate Cancer Charity, of which one of the team members is Chief Executive…)

With help from the local Fire and Rescue Service and local businesses in the area, two fire appliances have been bought and will be driven by a team of five from Reading Vineyard Church the 1,200 miles to Saranda in Albania starting on 4th April. This follows a successful mission last year when church members drove a fully equipped ambulance to the Albanian town.

(This is a picture of the ambulance on a call while the team were out there!)

Once there, the team will spend time with local fire fighters training them to use the vehicles and kit. Youth worker and ex fire-fighter, Paul Lowe, organiser of the trip, said:

“I am currently undertaking a project to deliver two equipped fire engines to Sarande which is situated in the southern most tip of Albania. They currently have a poorly working water tanker and the fire fighters out there do everything. Should they be a part of the European Union the area of ground they currently cover would require a minimum of thirteen fire engines. I am a part-time youth worker for Reading Vineyard Church and currently studying for a BA honours degree in Youth and Community Work and Applied Theology. Prior to this I was a fire fighter for seven years. I became involved in supporting the people of Albania through my church and I am now coordinating numerous fundraising initiatives with the young people to raise funds to equip and deliver a fire engine. Recently we were able to purchase a second appliance and we are now looking to equip it. This is a standard UK Dennis fire engine and the first a 6×4 Range Rover fire appliance. The Saranda Fire Department has an old, donated fire truck that is, in reality, nothing more than a glorified red lorry with a small pump and some canvas hose. The brigade had no protective clothing until we donated some. The fire engines and equipment we are bringing now, will transform their ability to do their jobs properly.”

The journey to Albania will take about five days, passing through France, Belgium, Holland, Germany, Austria and Italy. Saranda is a town on the southernmost tip of Albania with a population of 35,100.

“This is a fantastic opportunity to help a very deprived community. Currently they have only one fire engine to cover a community of over 35,000 people. This will be helping the community in Albania.” (John Neate – Paul’s father in law, also part of the FETA team)

Here are a couple of fairly representative shots of the training the guys were able to carry out during their time in Saranda.

I wanted to post about this because I was totally delighted that my Mark got to be part of something so exciting, practical, and ‘kingdom-building’ in its essence… He came back very energised and revitalised in his faith and sense of purpose, which is sometimes easy to lose in the hum-drum of daily existence.You can see more photographs of the trip here on Facebook.

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