Thankful for Church & Community

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Church & Community

When i say church i mean “church” and not  “the church”. I’m talking about church as Jesus intended it  and not the political quagmire it often is. Church as community is awesome! When it all works in the way it should it really is fantastic. People rally round and drop things in times of need and you find yourself giving the same treatment. In true community your friendships and relationships are honest true and so so good!

This isn’t just confined to church. The same concepts can be applied to any group of friends but i guess it’s easier to recognise the actions of a tight knot community working well together in a church environment – at least that is what i have seen. As a result of this i am so thankful for our church Oaktree

Oaktree is such a great church. It’s so far from stuffy liffeless churches that so many people assume is what the church is. I have made some amazing friendships and met some really amazing people. They are a great support to Ruth and I and they hold no punches and call me up on stuff too.

If you have pre-defined ideas on what church is i dare you to come to an Oaktree service and think the same afterwards.

Thank you Jesus for Oaktree!

During the season of Advent i wanted to try and be thankful for as much as i can on a daily basis so I’m gonna try and be thankful for at least one thing a day

Thankful for Sunsets

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Sunsets

I don’t think i need so say much about sunsets. I can’t think of anyone who does not appreciate them

Thank you Jesus for sunsets

During the season of Advent i wanted to try and be thankful for as much as i can on a daily basis so I’m gonna try and be thankful for at least one thing a day

Thankful for Music

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Music

Growing up in a musical family has given me a huge appreciation for all music. Music has been a common source of entertainment, inspiration and good times for human beings sinc the dawn of man. I can’t imagine what the workld would be like with out it.

ROCK ON!

Check out my Last.fm page to see my rather eclectic taste in music

Thank you Jesus for music

During the season of Advent i wanted to try and be thankful for as much as i can on a daily basis so I’m gonna try and be thankful for at least one thing a day

Thankful for my ability to Create Films

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My ability to Create Films

I love making films. A For as long as I have been doing it i have loved it. Part of it is in the same Geekfest thread as graphics and web design – figuring out how best to do something. Its alkso to do with my love of film and creating narrative. I suppose you could say i love telling stories and i love to tell them in this medium the most.

In the last few years i have been doing more and more directing to the point now where my job title is Director/Editor. I am especially loving haviong a more holistic view of the process and creating a vision for a project and seeing it through.

Have a look below at some of my  at my YouTube videos.

Thank you Jesus for my ability to create films

During the season of Advent i wanted to try and be thankful for as much as i can on a daily basis so I’m gonna try and be thankful for at least one thing a day

Thankful for My ability to Photoshop

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My ability to Photoshop

AI am in no way ever going to claim to be great at doing graphics. I have realised over the past few years where my skills really lie and graphics is not my speciality but i do love creating stuff and the fun you can have with photoshop is endless. Whether its creating funny shopped photos to creating logs or web designs photoshoping can only be classed as a truly AMAZING tool.

I would be lost with out it and that is why i am thankful for it – see a small gallery of some shopped items.

Thank you Jesus for my ability to design websites

During the season of Advent i wanted to try and be thankful for as much as i can on a daily basis so I’m gonna try and be thankful for at least one thing a day

Thankful for My ability to design websites

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My ability to design websites

Another one for a geekfest nomination. I started this website in 2004. I rember a couple of frineds had blogs and i thought it was a rather cool idea. I think it was my curious nature that drove me onwards to continuously imporrve it na dto get to the poimnt i am now where i can build and run entire websites on my own. I’m no pro and would never claim to be but i would say all the web stuff i have done has been a labour of love. I get huge enjoyment and a sense of achievement when i figure out how to do certain tasks.

Thank you Jesus for my ability to design websites

During the season of Advent i wanted to try and be thankful for as much as i can on a daily basis so I’m gonna try and be thankful for at least one thing a day

How’s this gonna look?

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Philipians: 2 v1-11

So this morning i had yet another comment from another Christian on my “What Jesus Did” video on YouTube. Now I have no problem in people offering criticisms on my video content but i am starting to get a little irritated when other Christians start throwing down negative comments that neither help the cause of the video and bring down the overall view of Christians.

When i was not a christian one of the things that really hacked me off about Christians and made me think that the christian church was a complete joke was the fact that Christians are always arguing amongst themselves. Religion would always get in the way. Pride would get in the way. Now that i am a Christian i find myself really having to make an effort to not be lured in to a debate on theology when the outcome or the subject at hand really does not matter.

With this video I’ve had a few comments suggesting that I’m not giving Jesus enough respect, or that i’m not telling the entire gospel message, or that I’m belittling what my Saviour has done.

Ok.

People are entitled to their opinions and I am more than happy to discuss these matters and be challenged on my attitudes. In fact i welcome the challenge as i believe we constantly need to be re-evaluating our beliefs and why we believe them so that we can appreciate the gravity of why we became Christians in the first place.

HOWEVER!!!!!! – How, When & Where that is done is really important.

I wish these guys would consider sending me a private message with their concerns rather than starting a public debate in the comments threads thus solidifying the opinions of others who think the above – That Christianity is a joke cause Christians just cant agree on stuff.

I was keen for this film to spark a thought and if it makes people think further about Jesus then it is a success.

As I write this the number of views this vid has had on YouTube is: 16,604 – Not a huge number but when you think about the number of people who have watched this film that do not know Jesus. If this video made them think about Jesus for even a fleeting second during that day and then they remember this video at other times and think oh Him again…well them that makes the effort in making this video worth it.

I speak from experience here. When i was not a christian and i passed a church or saw something related to Jesus it would make me think. Not every occasion made me re-digest where i though my life was going or made me re-evaluate me belief system but on some occasions it did and i would remember fleeting moments where i had though about stuff.  For the most part I was usually not interested and would not think about it. On alot of occasions i would feel threatened by it or unnerved or made to feel uncomfortable about it.

So I will respectfully take on board the criticisms and feedback form other concerned Christians but i do wish they would think twice as to who is also going to see their comments and how those comments will be interpreted by others who have not been lucky enough to have Jesus rock their world.

With that in mind i think the above verse comes in to play in the following respect: I want others to challenge me on this stuff. I want them to offer feedback and opinions. I want to be made to re-think.

I also want those doing so to be thinking just as hard about it as i do and will do and about how it will look to others who may be watching in the background.

Comments are more than welcome on this page!

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oh and the video in question:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=w7td0agr7cg

Thankful for My ability to play the guitar

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My ability to play the guitar

This is a skill i have really neglected. There was a time i used to play every day and i had finger tips that were like asbestos. These days my guitars sits in the corner and gets picked up from time and the smae tunes get played on it. The thought of joining the band at chutrch has cerossed my mind once or twice but it scares the crapolla out of me also. I have always loved the idea of ruth and i being able to crack oout a tune opr two at the varuious Robinson parties.

I am really thankful that i can have moments of playing alone or just with ruth. It has a great calming effect on me when i play. dunno if it does the same to Ruth or not but that’s something to ask her…

Thank you Jesus for my guitar skills

During the season of Advent i wanted to try and be thankful for as much as i can on a daily basis so I’m gonna try and be thankful for at least one thing a day

Dodgy Organisations: Quickquid.co.uk

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I’m sitting on the couch watching day time TV and along with that comes the daytime TV advertising. The above website was advertised with a great positive message. Here’s the idea:

If you have a bill to pay but your pay cheque has not come through yet to pay the bill then this site will give you a small load to pay that bill.

It souds pretty innocent except for the fact that the small print pn the screen stated a ludcrious APR percentage:

APR: 2356%

That is absolutely ridiculous! Can anyone spot the organisation trying to take advantage of people in a desperate situation   and completely screwing them in the process!!!!

Having done the CAP money course this just stinks and i would advise anyone finding themselves ever in this situation considering an option like this or looking at the option of consolidating their debts to STOP & THINK! Go check out the CAP website instead.

Thankful for my Bro – Happy Birthday Bro

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I have a brilliant brother. it’s his birthday today. I want you all to know how ace he is.

Like all big brothers he has had a real knack for being a pain in the backside. Be it from stealing food to throwing smelly trainers at me but through all of that he is a guy a deeply respect and i love dearly.

He is:

  • a Great film maker
  • a talented musician
  • great with people
  • brilliantly professional
  • gifted with a great sense of humour
  • good looking (not as gorgeous as me though – obviously)
  • kind heart
  • strong willed
  • intelligent (sometimes – heh)
  • loyal
  • adventurous
  • fun
  • a little bit geeky
  • loving
  • and among so many others: a brilliant big brother

HAPPY BRITHDAY BRO – I LOVE U MAN!

Thank you Jesus for my Bro

During the season of Advent i wanted to try and be thankful for as much as i can on a daily basis so I’m gonna try and be thankful for at least one thing a day

Thankful for My Xbox

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Halo 3: Master Chief

Our Xbox 360

Much like the previous post about computers – this is a geek out affair. Microsoft did an amazing thing in producing the xbox and then the 360. They have collectively probably killed many many valuable brain cells but they have also provided many hours of entertainment and fun  and good times battering the crap out of friends on the screen.

Thank you Jesus for my xbox

During the season of Advent i wanted to try and be thankful for as much as i can on a daily basis so I’m gonna try and be thankful for at least one thing a day