Ask, seek, knock

We had our Cell Group tonight (like a house group but different!) and we looked at that passage where Jesus talks about prayer and says that whoever asks will receive, whoever seeks will find, whoever knocks will have the door opened to them.
We’d puzzled about it a bit, wondering if Jesus actually meant that we would have whatever we asked for etc etc.
It then struck us that he ends the passage talking about how much God wants to give us the Holy Spirit and that he won’t give us less than the best. Perhaps the “ask, seek, knock” stuff is all about the Holy Spirit … if we ask for it (more properly Him) we will receive; if we seek the Spirit we will find and if we knock the door it will be opened and we can walk right in to the fullness of the Holy Spirit.
Just a thought but it got us quite excited.
Well, have a good night. God bless you.

Today has been a great day. I read one of the Bible readings at my friend Vicky’s ordination service this afternoon: the only clergy person not dolled up in cassock, gown, alb, stole etc! In fairness some of them only wear them because Anglicans have to, but it’s quite nice being conspicuous sometimes!
Anyway, it was a great service and Vicky’s husband George – a retired priest – preached a very good sermon on clergy being ambassadors for God: I particularly liked the idea of us being sent to represent the monarch in a foreign country.
I guess that’s true for all Christians, we have to get used to representing God in a society that doesn’t think it needs him.
As someone once said, we are the only institution that exists for the benefit of the non-members, or at least we would be if the Church did its job properly.
Let’s get back to the point. It was a great service and then I went on to one of the small country chapels I pastor for a service bringing two people into membership: that was terrific and such an encouragement for the chapel.
Yes, a good day. A God day.

Make Poverty History

It’s the big Live8 day tomorrow and I’ve just been watching the BBC South West news programme from the Eden Project. They are hosting Africa Calling, a day of African music as part of the MPH events.
If the G8 leaders have any sense, surely they will take the opportunity to slash debt for the world’s poorest countries.
Of course it’s not the only solution but it is something we can do and, more crucially, it is something we should do. If it is combined with more and better aid and proper trade rules it will make a difference.
At the Methodist Conference we heard from Bishop Robert Aboagye-Mensah, the Presiding Bishop of The Methodist Church in Ghana. He said: “You can see it like this. People talk about wanting a level playing field and if you have free trade then the playing field is level. However, we have a saying in Ghana that if the giraffe and the antelope are standing on level ground their situation is not equal if all the leaves are high up in the tree. We do not have all the advantages of the West the industry, the transport and the large commercial farming. Therefore we are not equal. Sometimes the antelope needs to be lifted up to be able to compete on equal terms.

What we need is flexibility that enables us to develop our own trade policies. At the end of the day we need fair trade not free trade.”

Join the ride

Well folks, here we go. This is a new adventure for me so come along and share the ride.
I have just got home from this year’s Conference of the British Methodist Church. It was in Torquay, a coastal town in the south west of England.
Today (Friday) is my day off and I am just chilling.

… and I'm looking for the key