Community Challenged

Only five days gone and sharing your personal space with others has come with challenges and rewards. 1st night sleep and woken at 5am as top bunk buddy gets up with lights on for his devotional,  amazingly instead of anger there came a  challenge  to not lay in bed but get up, pray and start the day with God. 2nd night at 3am top bunk buddy’s phone drops through the gap onto my pillow and under the bed, again no anger, but helped him to find it. In lectures that same day a story was told about traveller who had lost his phone in a tribal community.. word got around and soon the whole village searched for his phone until it was found.

My room mates early rising caused me to reflect on how lazy I had become, the last four days getting up around 5.30 pm have been wonderful, seeing the sun rise red as a backround for jet black tree branches, while the birds and owls sing in the new day is so calming. Giving God that extra time has energized my days and my community time with others.  These last few days have been so rich, choosing to share dorms challenging but so rewarding. To be the best person I can be will happen in community. God sees that it is not good for man to be alone. Hearing how a  church raised over 6 million pounds to buy and renovate this college is incredible. Even more so when that church is in Singapore and some members downgraded cars in order to raise the money so that Wales could keep it’s bible college. Only just started,,,,blown away already…….

4 thoughts on “Community Challenged

  1. Whooa Simon, I would be asking for another room mate by now. Fair play let grace abound… tho I would say that your room mate would be advised to either have a a non obtrusive lamp by his bed or go to another room for his personal devotions. Some people are early risers and others are not and that is the way we are wired… don’t feel you have to fall in with his daily pattern. Keep an open dialogue with him…otherwise I can see it being all one sided in his favour… prefer one another don’t be a doormat… in love of course 🙂

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    1. Hey joe, yep that’s already happened, he now gets up leaves light off and goes to another room, a great guy actually, blessed to have him as a roomie. But I get up after him, not here to lay in bed and am an early riser,,just got lazy and it’s been brill meeting the Lord. Amazing teaching on Romans today, amazing.
      Martyrs prayer;
      I am part of the fellowship of the unashamed, I have the holy spirits power, the die has been cast, I have stepped over the line. The decision has been made- I am a disciple of his. I will not flinch in the face of sacrifice, hesitate in the presence of the enemy, pander at the school of popularity, or meander in the maze of mediocrity. I am a disciple of Jesus. I must go until he comes, give until I drop, preach til all know, and work til he stops me. All in his power , and when he comes for his own, he will have no problem recognizing me…my banner will be clear. ..this is a great course. 😉

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  2. I’m loving the sound bytes … the reality is quite different though, when we mess up God doesn’t kick us into touch as Paul expresses so beautifully in Romans. Its the Christian teaching on grace that sets Christianity as a towering edifice above all other religions…. maybe failing is a necessary part of our walk so that we can appreciate all the more the graciousness of our Lord.

    But I need something more! For if I know the law but still can’t keep it, and if the power of sin within me keeps sabotaging my best intentions, I obviously need help! I realize that I don’t have what it takes. I can will it, but I can’t do it. I decide to do good, but I don’t really do it; I decide not to do bad, but then I do it anyway. My decisions, such as they are, don’t result in actions. Something has gone wrong deep within me and gets the better of me every time.

    It happens so regularly that it’s predictable. The moment I decide to do good, sin is there to trip me up. I truly delight in God’s commands, but it’s pretty obvious that not all of me joins in that delight. Parts of me covertly rebel, and just when I least expect it, they take charge.

    I’ve tried everything and nothing helps. I’m at the end of my rope. Is there no one who can do anything for me? Isn’t that the real question?

    The answer, thank God, is that Jesus Christ can and does. He acted to set things right in this life of contradictions where I want to serve God with all my heart and mind, but am pulled by the influence of sin to do something totally different.

    Romans 7:17-25 (Message Bible)

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    1. Another spin on Romans 7 from our lectures this week is that Romans 7 talks about legalism, law, falling back into works based following which results in loss of power, intimacy and no peace with God. Romans 8 ishe opposite, how to live the Christian life, in the spirit and not from the flesh (sinful nature)…there is life and no sense of condemnation……. all good stuff…..loving Romans. Romans 7 was never Paul’s experience as a believer. He states it should also never be ours, if it is we have slipped back to legalism and a works based Gospel. The power of the spirit is the power to save and to change how we live…..wonderful wonderful teaching this week from les wheeldon, keep us in prayer….

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