I couldn't resist downloading this photo, it was taken in a moment of weariness after the most amazing drive through Langdale, over the Wrynose and Hardnott passes and then on to Whitehaven for a cheap lunch in Witherspoons (the only place we could find!) We then found our way to Buttermere for rest and photos where this one was snapped.
But how come we are now in the Lake District?
We are amazingly blessed and have friends beyond compare. In a time of financial uncertainty we find ourselves yet again on holiday. This time we have been invited to join Janet and Duncan with their family for a time at the Keswick convention and for rest and relaxation and of course plenty of coffee. Sadly the convention has taken second place but time with new found friends is much appreciated.
I did go to hear Stuart Townend play a concert and was most impressed by his character and amazingly powerful and good words in the songs that he writes. I was also greatly surprised to fine that he is an older man. I expected a spotty youth and discovered a greying middle aged gentleman.
I also went to hear Ravi Zachariah preach and was most challenged as to what my future holds. This world needs the church to be far better than it is and I am without excuse if i do not do my bit. I feel challenged at the superficiality of the British church especially when false religion is on the march and are attacking my brothers and sisters all around the globe. We fight and argue over trivialities as Christians are dying for the truth. Ravi thank you for the challenge, Lord make me fit for the work.
The Lord Jesus promised that because He was hated then that would also be true of His friends. sadly the church to which we belong here in the UK is more concerned at having a good time than it is to being faithful to the witness of the unadulterated gospel. we may be mocked for our apparent out of date faith but we are not hated because we are not as forthright with the whole counsel of God as the scripture teaches us to be and so as we enjoy our little gatherings our faithful brothers and sisters are paying for their faith with everything.
Do we even really concern ourselves with the plight of the church abroad or are we so selfish and content that we do not truly care for what they are going through?
Here I am in the most beautiful part of England, it is stunning in every way, i am so privileged to be here and to have the very nature around me singing the praises and glory of my God but yet I forget Him and His people so easily especially within the business of every day life and even more so within the politics of church!
holidays are wonderful things, conferences are inspiring but the Word of God is painful especially what God speaks so loudly. Britain needs a church that is clear in it's message. The church in difficulties needs our church to be truly concerned! God has called us to be faithful in word, worship, prayer and support but
I took this photo outside of the cottage that we are staying in. It reminded me of the situation that the church finds itself in. The globe flower (perhaps Gary you will tell me what it is!?) is a bit like the earth. The bee on the right was busying itself gathering nectar to make sweet honey but it was surrounded by and under attack by many more wasps that wanted to prevent the bee being about it's service to it's fellow bees and also the wider world. The church has the Word of God which is sweeter than honey but the wasps of false religion hate the sweet Word and will do all in their power to prevent truth being declared!