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Nostalgia: In the Prayer Chapel 31st March, 2013

Posted by Scotty in Heart, Multnomah.
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At the beginning of the month—thanks to the gift of airmiles—I was in Portland for one of my best bud’s wedding.  During the trip I dropped by the Multnomah Campus to say hey to a couple of friends and to enjoy some moments of nostalgia.  I had some time to kill between appointments and as usual my feet walked me to the little Prayer Chapel that sits on campus.

I went inside.

I sat there for about a minute enjoying the feel and the smell of the place.  The smell is a funny one for me: I can’t work out if it’s simply that old smell—of old carpets and old wood; or if it’s the smell of years of prayer; most likely it’s a combination of both.

I’d forgotten how much I love this little chapel.  I spent 20-30 minutes journalling and reflecting on the numerous hours I’ve spent with God in that tiny little building, learning from the Perfect Teacher, being operated on by the Master Surgeon, and having my heart renovated by the Great Architect.  Here are some things I thought about:

  • The hours simply praying:  It would be fun to know how many hours I’ve spent in that little place.  (Though I’m sure if I took the number of hours in the Prayer Chapel and compared it to the number of hours I wasted on nonsensical things, I’d not feel so great!)  I spent numerous hours in the prayer chapel praying; praying with friends; memorising Scripture; playing piano and worshipping; reading Scripture or doing lectio divina homework assignments; interceding for friends, family, and difficult situations; asking God to grow and change me.
  • The hours growing:  I arrived at Multnomah fresh, excited and naive.  I’d come armed with lessons I’d learned (or thought I’d learned!), theology I’d absorbed, and ministry philosophy I’d inherited.  It was at Multnomah that I really grew.  There in the Prayer Chapel God took the things I’d learned from others and sifted them through, leading me to embrace some things and discard others.  It was there that my understanding of ministry moved from my head to my heart; and I began to understand who I am and how principles looked when lived out as me, rather than as an imitation of someone else.  Seminary, ministry, and close community teach you lots about yourself.  I often went to the prayer chapel to talk with God about my pride and selfishness, my fears and insecurities, my hopes and dreams.  I went when things were great to praise and thank Him.  I sat there when my heart was troubled and downcast pleading with God to intervene.
  • The hours breaking:  It was there that my heart began to break for the world.  Sitting in classrooms engaging leaders from around the world, hearing the plight of various nations, and pining to return to my own to do what God had called me to… much of this was applied to my heart and carved there in that little prayer room.  It was there also that my heart broke at itself.  Actions, assignments, reflections, and scripture-responses all alerted me to the extent of my depravity; the understanding of my powerlessness to change apart from Christ; coming face to face with my sinfulness and beginning the slow and painful journey of embracing pain and brokenness to walk towards wholeness and holiness.  A journey I’m still walking.
  • The hours transforming:  Although God had been working on me long before I went to Multnomah, I look at that time as the start of a huge season of heart transformation.  While learning about God, and about myself, I saw more of the places where my heart was wrong.  I wish I had one of those instantaneously-fixed stories, but I don’t.  Instead, it’s been the long slow process of gradual change, grieving sin, repenting, making more mistakes, crying out to God, grieving some more, and having Him open my eyes to see my sin as He sees it.  (Oh, but there’s the beautiful flip side of this too: having my heart of stone replaced with a heart of flesh!  My heart began to grasp grace; my identity in Christ; my role in His Kingdom; the gifts He’s given me; and the Power that works through me.
  • The hours committing: On a regular basis I sat in that room offering myself to God.  There were things I committed to not doing (wrong actions, attitudes, sins, etc) and then numerous commitments to doing His work, laying down self, and loving others.  In the prayer chapel, seeking God’s guidance, I committed to pursue the girl who would become my wife—the greatest gift of my life outside of salvation.

Sitting in the prayer chapel again I reflected on the journey God has brought me on.  We talked about my journey around the world and back.  We talked about the massive leaps forwards in facing my brokenness.   We takes about my journey from singlehood, through marriage, to parenthood.  We talked about my season battling cancer.  We talked about friends, conflicts, transitions, fears and blessings.  I thanked God for His guidance, His provision, His sanctification, the gifts He’s poured out, and the way He’s walked with us so closely through everything we’ve faced.

Today is Easter Sunday.

Today we remember and celebrate the Resurrection Power of God.  We rejoice in the incredible work Jesus did to give us the greatest gift imaginable.

Some days I look at my life and all I can see is how far short of Christlikeness I fall.

But today, as I think of the importance of the resurrection, I look back over my life and see how far I’ve come, and celebrate the Power and work of Christ in me.

I would love to say that all those hours spent in the prayer chapel resulted in me walking forward in a flawless pursuit of Jesus.  Sadly, that’s not the case.  But it did result in me walking forward with a greater awareness of my need for Jesus and knowing how desperately I need His power to be at work in and through me.

Oh how amazing it is to know that Christ is Risen.  He is risen INDEED!

Why protestants should pray for Pope Francis 18th March, 2013

Posted by Scotty in Church, Heart, Prayer.
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0315-pope-francis-first-jesuit_full_600Growing up, I never really understood the Pope.  As a child, he was just a really old man in funny clothes.  As a teen he captained the other team and so wasn’t relevant to me.  As a young adult I listened to people debate about him.  But as my faith has matured I’ve grown in empathy for this Roman Catholic figurehead.  My curiosity was piqued reading Dan Brown’s novels, with their details of the conclave and the process for electing the pope.

I was intrigued when Benedict resigned, and began musing about the papal election.  When I was in the airport travelling home from the States all the TVs were focused on the Vatican Chimney, and so I watched and pondered.  As I was reflecting, I found myself more horrified for the man than excited for him, and I realised the tremendous responsibility we have as believers to PRAY FOR THE POPE.  Here’s why:

  • The Pope was appointed by God.
    Scripture is clear: “There is no authority except that which God has established.  The authorities that exist have been established by God” (Rom 13:1), and we are to pray for those in authority (see 2 Tim 2:1-4).  If you believe the Pope is a good and godly man, pray for Him, for He has been appointed by God to lead the Roman Catholic church, and he needs our prayers for God’s Spirit to empower him to govern wisely.  If you believe the pope is the antichrist, pray for Him, for He has been appointed by God, and needs our prayer for God’s Spirit to take hold of his heart.  It doesn’t matter where you fall on this spectrum, the result is the same.  We have a responsibility to pray that God would move in and through this man.
  • The Pope is a sinner and in need of Jesus.
    It is quoted that upon accepting the papal office, he said: “I am a sinner, but as this office has been given to me, I accept.”  This is a truth we need to remember.  The Pope is a sinner and needs to experience Jesus.  He comes to his office with a past riddled with sin, and he will continue in sin while in this office… because he is human.  It is wrong to venerate him as a god, as some will do.  But we must not do the opposite and accuse him of being the devil incarnate, for he is no more a sinner than we are.  A sinner in such a high position desperately needs the Holy Spirit’s guidance.
  • The Pope is the face of Christianity.
    Whether you like it or not, this is the truth!  Ask a random person on the street to name influential Christians, and the person they’ll name is the Pope.  They don’t know Tim Keller, or Mark Driscoll, or John Piper, or your denominational leader… but they know the Pope.  Every move he makes, every success and failure will be broadcast to the world and impact how people view Christianity.  The enemy of our souls would love to exploit this situation to mar the image of Christ, so let us pray that the opposite be true.
  • The Pope immediately becomes the most loved and hated person in the world.
    The instant Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio became Pope Francis, he became a figure adored by 1.2 billion catholics, but hated by millions who are antagonistic towards not only towards Roman Catholicism, but towards religion in general.  I can’t imagine what it must be like to be a “normal” person one day, and one of the most hated people in the world the next day.  Moments after the election I saw an insane number of tweets and facebook posts simultaneously blessing and cursing him.  The media now has their sights set on bringing out into the open any tiny piece of dirty laundry they can find, and conspiracy theories galore can be found with this man’s name as the focus.  Throughout his life time he will receive death threats, curses, and all-night prayer vigils focused on his harm.
  • The Pope has an unfathomable burden of responsibility to bear.
    I can’t begin to imagine what it feels like to carry the burden that Pope Francis now carries.  I think only Benedict and other world leaders can comprehend that amount of pressure.  1.2 billion Catholics are looking to Pope Francis to lead their church.  Within the Roman church competing factions all want him to address or ignore various issues.  The rest of the world is looking on to see what he will do to address the major failings that the media has made us so aware of.  No matter what actions he takes, people in and out of the church will not be happy!  In the midst of all this, he is somehow supposed to seek God, hear Him and do His will.  I would crumple under such a tremendous load.  I have a hard time picturing a Cardinal sitting in the conclave desperate to become Pope for the power and accolades.  Instead, I imagine drops of sweat pouring down the face of any man whose name was read out from a ballot because of the gruelling task of implementing reform that is being called for from both inside and outside of the church.
  • The Pope has an unfathomable amount of power and influence.
    He can use this power for good or evil.  His actions will have incredibly large ramifications, sometimes in the direction he is hoping, and sometimes those consequences don’t go quite as planned.  Through him, more people can be influenced towards Jesus, but equally, many can be turned away.  At the same time, we need to remember that the power to bring someone to Christ lies not with man, but with the Holy Spirit.  God can use any person or any circumstance (good or bad) to introduce people to Jesus.  With such a visible presence, I am praying that God will use this man to draw people to Christ rather than pushing them away.  Pray that God would protect him from the lure of worldly power and use him to influence people toward Christ.
  • The Pope is a Christian.
    Of all the things I’m going to write, I know this is the place where people may get heated.  I believe this pope knows Jesus.  I have read some articles by prominent Christians I respect who know this man personally and attest to his love for Jesus.  I get frustrated when Christians use blanket statements which state that Catholics aren’t “saved” as if being a Protestant is what saves.  I have some wonderful Roman Catholic friends who love Jesus more than most of my Protestant friends and are clearly in a saving relationship with Jesus.  Yes, we disagree on areas of theology, but then I don’t see eye-to-eye with every Protestant either.  (I’m yet to meet a Christian with flawless theology, and those who claim to have it are making a dangerous claim!)  There are people in the Roman Catholic church who think they are saved but aren’t.  That breaks my hearts… just as much as when I look at people in my own church who claim to be saved but live lives that show otherwise.  Sadly, there are many people around the world who attend churches and confess to be Christians, yet they don’t have a saving relationship with Jesus.  I am encouraged that Pope Francis has a desire to ensure that Christ is preached.  And I am praying that God will use the Pope’s imperfect-and-sometimes-erroneous preaching to win people to Christ in the same we He works in spite of my imperfect-and-sometimes-erroneous words to the do the same.

For all these reasons and more, Christians world-wide should pray for Pope Francis.  We can sit back and criticise, or we can pray.  I know which one God commands us to do.

If you are looking for some fuel for prayer, here’s an idea:  Spend some time this week imagining what you would do if you were the Pope.  Consider how you would fare if you were given his responsibility to bear.    How would you address the controversial issues that lie before him?  What backlash do you think you’d have to deal with?  What changes would you make to the church and how would you implement them?  What events in your life would the media dig up and how would it make you feel having them aired to the world?  Would you be able to stay faithful under the pressure and while being enticed with power and riches?  Then allow this to inform how you pray!

Lord Jesus, I pray for Pope Francis.  Enlighten the eyes of his heart that he would know You deeply.  Pour your Spirit over him, filling him with grace and humility to advance your Kingdom, not any worldly system.  If his ways are opposed to Yours, convict him of sin and align him with Your Word.  Give him wisdom to do govern wisely, and use him to bring people to the cross and in doing so exalt the Name of Jesus.  Amen.

2013 ONE WORD 1st January, 2013

Posted by Scotty in Calling, Challenges, Heart.
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Last year I tried something new.  Instead of thinking about New Year’s Resolutions, I decided to pick one word that I would ask God to cultivate in me for the year (see my 2012 word and explanation here).  I liked the simplicity and the focus on it so I decided to do the same thing this year.  And so… my ONE WORD for 2013 is:

GRACE

After sitting thinking that perhaps grace should be my word for 2013, I asked Monica what she thought and with only 2 seconds to process, she suggested grace.  So I guess that’s the right word!

Grace has never been my strong point, both in relation to myself and others.  I have always held myself to a really high standard.  When I fall short of that standard I beat myself into the ground.  And over the last year I realised that I secretly hold other people to that same standard.  Neither of these things is good!  Perfectionists, like me, don’t grasp grace!  There’s no room for error in a perfectionist’s world.  But God has been reminding me that Jesus Christ was the only perfect person and that He specialises in working through broken people.  He has been softening my hard heart, and teaching me the importance of grace.

2012 was a tough year–a year of trial and testing.  Through each trial, God has been teaching me more about my heart and much about His Grace.  We have been brought to our knees on numerous occasions and it was experiencing Grace that set us back on our feet.

God has shown me that:

Grace is God’s strategy for reaching the world!

So for 2013, I’ll be asking the Holy Spirit to make me an instrument of grace.  I want to grow in grace towards myself.  I want to be better at receiving grace from others.  And I want to be quick to extend grace to others.  Just as the one who is forgiven much loves much, so the one who has received grace much should extend grace much.  We want our home and our lives to be environments of Grace where the grace we’ve received can overflow from our lives to bring healing to others.

Lord, I thank you for Your Grace.

2012 ONE WORD 2nd January, 2012

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I’m not one for doing New Year’s Resolutions.  I tend to choose things all through the year that I want to work on rather than lumping them all at the start of the year. Regularly as I encounter things in Scripture or traits I see in others that I want to emulate I journal about it and seek to incorporate it into my life.

In my first year at Multnomah, we were having a special worship time with all the people from our year and Prof. Carley Wecks handed everyone a little square of paper and asked us to think through the fruit of the Spirit (love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control) and to pick one that we would choose to pursue growth in for that semester. I liked that concept and have done a similar thing at various points over the last 6 years.

Well, I recently read something (I can’t remember where or I’d direct you to it) that had a similar (simple) approach to New Year’s Resolutions…  Pick ONE WORD that summarises how you want to grow/change this year.  I like that idea and so… my ONE WORD… for 2012 is:

DISCIPLINE

I felt like this last year I really sagged in this area compared to years past.  With everything from time-keeping to blogging to exercise to spiritual disciplines… I was a bit flabby.  So… this year I’m going to praying for the Grace to be better disciplined again, and will invest my energy in building good habits back into my life.  Feel free to check up on me.

What is your ONE WORD for 2012?

Blasphemous Audacity? 19th March, 2011

Posted by Scotty in Church, Heart-Break, Spiritual Warfare.
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It is heart-breaking to walk around Scotland seeing beautiful church buildings that are no longer places where God’s people come together to worship.  The congregations slowly died off and now many of the beautiful and historic buildings lie rotting; others have become pubs, clubs, restaurants, theatres or school buildings.

Some are worse.

Our friend Josh  took this photo while walking through Edinburgh…

I’m saddened by the thinking that lies behind the name and picture.

We are so depraved.

My heart is heavy.

Come, Lord Jesus!

Disunity (Part II) 28th February, 2011

Posted by Scotty in Challenges, Heart, Pain.
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When processing the idea of unity there is something inescapable… and it is this:  God’s Word divides!

It is important to acknowledge a subtle danger that lurks behind the discussion of unity: The pursuit of unity can quickly become an idol!  And we can so easily lay aside the Truth in order to chase that idol.

The ‘other side of the coin’ is seen clearly in Jesus Words:

“Do not suppose that I have come to bring peace to the earth.  I did not come to bring peace, but a sword.  For I have come to turn ‘a man against his father, a daughter against her mother,  a daughter-in-law against her mother-in-law–a man’s enemies will be the members of his own household’.  Anyone who loves his father or mother more than me is not worthy of me; anyone who loves his son or daughter more than me is not worty of me; and anyone who does not take his cross and follow me is not worthy of me” (Matt 10:34-38)

God’s Word divides!…  Because the values of God are the opposite of the values of the world!  The pursuit of God challenges our values.  In order to put Him first in our lives other things have to go.  And the more our heart and values line up with God’s, the more they will be in opposition to the ways of the world.  God’s Word promises opposition to those who pursue His ways (Matt 5:11-12).

God does not hide this fact.  The dividing lines are clear…for example… there is only one way to God and that is through Jesus (John 14:6) -or- the road to life is narrow and few will find it (Matt 7:14).  God’s Word draws lines!  And it becomes a sore temptation to blur (or obliterate) those lines in order to pursue our idea of unity.  That pursuit can get in the way of standing up for His Truth.

In my last post I expressed the emotions fueling my prayers, which have been awakened through witnessing the attitudes Christians and Churches have toward one another.  (Sadly, often the loudest voices of criticism and condemnation come from those who are ignorant,  never having ventured through the doors of the church they critique.)   Oh that they would humble themselves.  I pray that He would convict us when we elevate ourselves above others and allow our prideful judgementalism to justify our lack of love.

God does not ask us to forsake Truth for the sake of unity.  In fact, the Bible is example after example of the way He defends the Truth, removing people who oppose His standards and rewarding those who defend it (cf Num 25:7-13?!?!?).  When God draws a line, it is important that we defend that line.

The big challenge, however, is this:  Am I able to keep my heart pure toward those with whom I disagree?

Our hearts are quick to be polluted.  It is so easy to allow pride to get in the way.  Very quickly we use their sin as the platform we climb upon to elevate ourselves above them.  Before we know it, we have put ourselves on a pedestal from where we look down at others and condemn them.  Oh that we would remember that we too are sinners and that we too need the grace of God.

Jesus’ other words spring to mind and provide a very important caution as we strive to live according to the Truth:

Why do you look at the speck in your brother’s eye and pay no attention to the plank in your own eye?  How can you say to your brother, ‘Let me take the speck out of your eye,’ when all the time there is a plank in your own eye? You hypocrite, first take the plank out of your own eye, and then you will see clearly to remove the speck from your brother’s eye.  (Matthew 7:3-5)

Lord God, forgive us for the times we fail to love by the way we defend the Truth.
Lord God, forgive us for the times we fail to love by the way we deny the Truth.

Come Lord Jesus

Disunity 16th February, 2011

Posted by Scotty in Challenges, Church, Heart, Pain.
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I hate it! I really really hate it! Right now I’m somewhere between angry and heartbroken as I think about (and experience) the disunity that exists in the church in Scotland.

Scottish Church History is scarred by division upon division. Today, after hundreds of years you can see and hear the bitterness and resentment that underlies much of church life.

  • Two pastors of age-old denominations won’t sit in the same room together because of a split that happened a few hundred years ago, even though they would probably be wonderful friends if they were in the same denomination.  They can’t get past the ancient rivarly
  • Church members bad mouth other churches as they try to sell you theirs.
  • Members of old churches making accusations against new churches they’ve never set foot in nor met someone from.
  • Members of young churches write off older churches without ever setting foot in the door to see the work God is clearly doing.

The old is threatened by the new.
The new is stifled by the old.
The old is against the old.
The new competes with the new.

I’m angered by the things I see and hear.  As I consider God’s heart toward His church my heart breaks along with His at the way His Body behaves towards its other members.

Somewhere along the line we go terribly wrong. We start to care more about our kingdom than His. We see other churches as our competition rather than an extension of ours. We see their methods as wrong rather than different. We turn our hearts against them rather than pray for them.

We don’t take the time to understand. We stand back and throw our stones.

  • How does it feel to be a 100 year old church that has struggled to reach people for years?
  • How does it feel to watch the church you’ve been in for 50 years slowly dying?
  • How does it feel to be a new church plant looking for help and encouragement but only experiencing opposition from the established churches around?
  • How does it feel to be fighting for a church you feel called to and hear someone call it dead?
  • How does it feel to birth a church when God calls you and hear brothers and sisters try to stop it?

What is my motivation? Is this God’s will as modelled by His Son and explained in His Word? Or is this my way, mixed with my pride, my ignorance, my preferences and my environment?

We will never achieve church unity.  We will never be able to get over our issues.  We will never agree or get along.  Only God can make that happen.  It requires a massive move of His Spirit, convicting people of their sin and opening our hearts to love.

It’s not easy.  Truth and Grace are the two hands of God.  It’s hard to know when to bite your tongue and offer Grace or when to draw the line and  stand for Truth.  But… it’s always speaking the Truth in Love… and extending Love grounded in Truth.

We are supposed to be reflecting the Grace & Truth of God to the world.  Instead we are a like a broken mirror.

Lord, have mercy on me. I repent of the ways I have failed to love my brothers and sisters. And I repent of the way we, the Church, have failed to be your Body and stood in opposition to each other. Have mercy on us, in Jesus Name.  Come, Lord Jesus. Amen.

(For the ‘other side of the coin’ in my processing read the next entry)

Hope to the Hopeless 23rd November, 2010

Posted by Scotty in Heart, Ministry, Prayer.
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I had forgotten how much God had broken my heart for the people of Scotland.  When I was in the States I spent most of my time praying for specific people who I’d left behind, who I was ministering to and who I was ministering with.  I’ve been home for about a month now and God has re-shattered my heart for this city and this country.

Our church is currently participating in a week of 24-7 Prayer.  The week has been divided between a number of Christian organizations and we opted to cover the first 3 days.  Knowing that people hate the middle-of-the-night spots I signed up for a 2-4am and two 4-6am slots… and man I had forgotten how amazing it is to be up praying when the rest of the world is sleeping.

God has reminded me just how much He has broken my heart for Scotland.

On Sunday at church, during worship, I wept.  I have a little friend over here who’s a 15 year old orphan.  His parent’s deaths were tragic.  His closest friend/relative committed suicide last week.  He has no self-worth, no dreams, no ambition.  He puts himself in harmful and destructive situations, no knowing any better.   After spending the day with him I was rocked to the core.  My heart breaks for my young friend.

I lay in bed most of that night talking to God about him.  Wrestling with God about the hopelessness of his case.  By church on Sunday I’d learned more about the hurt and pain he’s been experiencing over the last few years and I couldn’t take it any more.  I sat in church, hearing a powerful message from Daniel, and I broke.  Entering in to his pain I sat and wept for him as I cried out to God.  I was wrestling with questions… Can I help?  Will he ever be able to receive love?  Is the wounding too deep?  Is there anyway to help him break free of the self-destructive lifestyle he’s been forced into?  Is he beyond hope?

As I was praying God made me “zoom out” for a moment.  As I sad weeping for my precious friend I realized that God’s brokenness over him is infinitely more than the glimpse I’m feeling.  And that He breaks like this over EVERY one of His children.  The Cross demonstrates how far Jesus is willing to go to enter into our pain… God became MAN… lived here… and was abused and beaten and murdered… so that there is hope for the hopeless.

I began to weep for Glasgow and for Scotland.  So many people who have rejected God, who due to the choices of their parents and grandparents generations, have grown up believing the Gospel has no value to them.  So many people marked by sin and brokenness, making choices that only harm them more, unaware of the damage they are doing to themselves and blind to the reality that the love of Jesus Christ is what their heart is searching for.

So last night, I prayed while the rest of the city slept.  I cried out to God through tears knowing that He hears our prayers.  I allowed Him to re-break my heart for this city that has walked so far away from Him.  I pleaded and argued with Him, holding Him to the promises of Scripture… that ALL things have been put under Jesus’ feet… that He has power over every situation… that His heart is for the widows and orphans, the oppressed and downtrodden… that He came to set the captives free and bring hope to the hopeless… and that nothing and noone is beyond hope.

My heart is shattered.  I’m broken for my people.

But underneath the pain I have a deep-rooted stoic confidence.

Where Jesus rules… there is hope for my little friend.

Here I am Lord, send me.

Disturb Us 2nd June, 2010

Posted by Scotty in Church, Heart, Prayer, Worship.
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We had a really great prayer night at Grace last week where we, as a body, called on God to shake us up.  After 30mins of individual contemplation there were a couple of worship songs to bring us together and to join corporately in raising our voices to God.  During that time Jake read this awesome prayer by Sir Francis Drake.  It is the kind of prayer I long to hear every Christian praying:

Disturb us, Lord, when we are too well pleased with ourselves,
When our dreams have come true
Because we have dreamed too little,
When we arrived safely
Because we sailed too close to the shore.

Disturb us, Lord, when
With the abundance of things we possess
We have lost our thirst
For the waters of life;
Having fallen in love with life,
We have ceased to dream of eternity
And in our efforts to build a new earth,
We have allowed our vision
Of the new Heaven to dim.

Disturb us, Lord, to dare more boldly,
To venture on wider seas
Where storms will show your mastery;
Where losing sight of land,
We shall find the stars.
We ask You to push back
The horizons of our hopes;
And to push into the future
In strength, courage, hope, and love.

Bible Crazy 12th May, 2010

Posted by Scotty in Bible, Heart, Prayer, Spirituality, Worship.
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On Monday Joe and I are heading off to camp for the week, with one goal in mind:  to read the entire Bible in one week.

This is something I’ve been wanting to do for a long time but have never made the time for.  My church at home does Bible Week where the congregation take 1hr slots and they read the entire Bible aloud in the church building.  It usually takes 2-3 days.  I’ve always wondered how it would be to take a week and on my own read through the Bible in one week.

The idea is not comprehension, nor deep mediation and reflection.  It is simply about being saturated in His Word.

In our fast paced world, where we are bombarded with everyone’s version of Truth, we want to spend a week cut off from all distraction, and allow the Word to be our only focus.

We’re both excited.  The Bible.  One Week.

It’ll be tough, but it’s do-able.

I’ll keep you posted on how it goes.