Bigging it up


this does not represent anyone who will be at the conference!

Today I head off to a conference for larger ministers ministers of larger churches*. It is run by the Mission Department of BUGB. I have been before and found it helpful, but this time I have decided that if I prepare myself I might get more out of it.

I am looking forward to it. And have decided that it is best to go with some expectations, hopes, ambitions or wishes. These are:

  1. To be blessed by a fresh encounter with Jesus
  2. To be blessed by meeting old friends and making new friends
  3. To discover new insights and ideas about being a minister of a church our size
  4. To come home refreshed, not exhausted

They seem to be achievable and I will keep you informed about how it goes. I may be able to keep up some sort of running commentary, but it will be sporadic as the programme is quite packed. [Can you have a sporadic running commentary?]

Anyway, my reflection for you, dear bloggite, is to ask you what your expectations, hopes, ambitions or wishes are for this week? Have you turned them into prayers? What can you do to help make them a reality?

“The LORD bless you and keep you; the LORD make his face shine upon you and be gracious to you; the LORD turn his face toward you and give you peace.”
(Num 6:24-26)

May you sense God’s smile over you today.

Be blessed, be a blessing.

(I may have told this joke before, if so, sorry!)

A boy was sitting on a park bench with one hand resting on an open Bible. He was loudly exclaiming his praise to God. “Hallelujah! Hallelujah! God is great!” he yelled without worrying whether anyone heard him or not.

Shortly after, along came a man who had recently completed some studies at a local university. Feeling himself very enlightened in the ways of truth and very eager to show this enlightenment, he asked the boy about the source of his joy.

“Hey” asked the boy in return with a bright laugh, “Don’t you have any idea what God is able to do? I just read that God opened up the waves of the Red Sea and led the whole nation of Israel right through the middle.”

The enlightened man laughed lightly, sat down next to the boy and began to try to open his eyes to the “realities” of the miracles of the Bible. “That can all be very easily explained. Modern scholarship has shown that the Red Sea in that area was only 10-inches deep at that time. It was no problem for the Israelites to wade across.”

The boy was stumped. His eyes wandered from the man back to the Bible laying open in his lap. The man, content that he had enlightened a poor, naive young person to the finer points of scientific insight, turned to go. Scarcely had he taken two steps when the boy began to rejoice and praise louder than before. The man turned to ask the reason for this resumed jubilation.

“Wow!” exclaimed the boy happily, “God is greater than I thought! Not only did He lead the whole nation of Israel through the Red Sea, He topped it off by drowning the whole Egyptian army in 10 inches of water!”
*Other sized churches are available and are equally important and significant. This is not an elitist group, it is a recognition that churches of different sizes face different challenges.

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