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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)


Panic! (self-deprecation at its best)

2 Apr


>Read this: Big Brother could be watching you!

13 Jan


Something rather alarming has been brought to my attention by Matt Rider, an old friend from our church at Reading Vineyard (thanks Matt…). I have copied his email for your perusal, in the hope that those of you who read this and reside in the UK might want to sign the petition too. Again please pass this on to anyone else or post it on your own blog. Obviously, the more signatures the better, and it shouldn’t take too much of your time.If you’re reading this from the States, please…pray, for us brits!! I know in the scheme of things, there are many more things to be worried about than this, but still – I feel CROSS. And I feel that as a Christian in my country, I want to make a stand for what is just and right. But this feels neither just nor right. So please read on and sign… Thank you.

The government’s proposal to introduce road pricing
will mean YOU having to purchase a tracking device for your car and paying a
monthly bill to use it. The tracking device will cost about £200 and in a
recent study by the BBC, the lowest monthly bill was £28 for a rural florist and
£194 for a delivery driver. A non-working Mum who used the car to take the kids
to school paid £86 in one month.
On top of this massive increase in tax, you will be tracked.
Somebody will know
where you are at all times. They will also know how fast you have been
going, so even if you accidentally creep over a speed limit in time
you can probably expect a Notice of Intended Prosecution with your monthly
bill. It has also been estimated that implementing this technology will
cost the taxpayer £60 Billion in total. Just think how that could improve the
existing road network or public transport – and don’t even get me started on
giving it to the NHS!
The idea of tracking every vehicle at all
times is sinister and wrong whilst road pricing is already here with the very
high level of UK government taxation on fuel. The more you travel – the more tax
you pay.
Road charging will be an unfair tax on those who live apart from
their families, who commute distances to work and indeed senior citizens and
low income families who will not be able to afford the high monthly costs.If
you care about our freedom and stopping the constant bashing of the
car driver, please sign the petition on Downing Street’s new
‘democracy at work’ website and pass this on to as many people as possible
Many thanks
NB: Ex-pats can also sign this petition – as I seem to know a worryingly increasing amount of you!!! Perhaps you all saw this coming!!

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