Sing Unto the Lord


EP
November 23, 2006, 8:32 pm
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Hey everyone. Running Home’s new EP is almost done. We still need to get it mastered (its like a spit and polish sort of thing). You can you hear one of the unmastered tracks on our myspace http://www.myspace.com/runninghomeband

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Mawwiage is what bwings us togeva today
November 14, 2006, 3:29 am
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This Sunday is Renae and my first Wedding Anniversary. We are going away for a few days and it should be really fun. It will be our first holiday with just us since or honeymoon. My good friends Adrian and Kelly are also getting married this weekend so marriage is in the air everywhere. I thought that it would be a good chance to write down a few of my thoughts after being married a year. I am by no means wise on this subject but hopefully what I write be helpful for people who have just got married, are thinking about marriage, or are thinking about not getting married.
The first thing that is worth saying is that marriage is not like dating. When you are going out with someone you are not married to them. That seems obvious but still I see so many teenagers trying to replicate a married relationship when they aren’t married. Your girlfriend/boyfriend does not have the same claim to your time as if you were married. Your gf/bf does not have the same claim to your life as if you were married. If you break up with someone it will be a hard time but it isn’t like a marriage break-up. Something else worth noting is that people who are ‘going out’ often idolise their gf/bf in a way that married people don’t seem to do so much. I think this is because when you are ‘going out’ with someone… you don’t really know them. You only know what they choose to show you. As much as you think that you are soul mates, the truth is that you have hardly seen each other’s soul to know.
I found that after I married Renae I saw a lot of things in her that I hadn’t seen before. I saw what sins she struggled with, I saw what her relationship with God was like, I saw how she acted when we disagreed, I saw how she acted in times when it was hard to live with me. Now, it’s the things I know about Ren now that I love, not the things I thought I knew back then. Thus now we can worship God together as sinful humans who are pushing each other towards Heaven, rather than distracting each other from God because we look so perfect in each other’s eyes.
The second thing I’ve learnt about marriage is that your attitude to ministry is key. Many couples get married and choose to have a year off or to let go of a few ministries so that they can care for one another. Others never stop doing their individual ministries and hardly get time to see each other. My opinion (and practise) is that 1 Cor 7 teaches that a married couple will think less about how to please God and more about how to please their spouse. However, there is a way of continuing to push yourselves in ministry that is God honouring and marriage honouring. That is, do ministry together. Lead youth group together and pray for your Youth group kids together. Have a home group in your house and open your house to having people over. Look out for younger new married couples together. Be a team that doesn’t distract but pushes each other on. Many will say that young people shouldn’t get married because it stops them doing ministry. I think that that is unfortunately true, but it doesn’t need to be. On the same hand it would be unhelpful and unhealthy for a couple to live separate lives because they are engrossed in their own ministries. There may need to be ministry changes but not ministry pauses.
The third thing is… don’t get a dog in your first six months of marriage. I learnt that the hard way. All your spare time is looking after the new puppy instead of looking after one another.
And the last thing is have God centred conversation. Read the Bible together, Pray together, share what you are praying for on your own, share your struggles and your doubts. Point each other to God. If you are thinking of not getting married… go for it. You can use your resources and time to better serve God’s kingdom. It is a big thing to be married and it does tie you down. On the other hand though, if you are married, use it. Be married in a way that brings God glory.



A few good Men
November 9, 2006, 7:39 am
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The year group that I look after at Youth Group have just finished their HSC exams. This is a milestone for them and is the first step in I what I hope and pray are mature, strong Christian lives. It is something of a milestone for me also as I think back over the times I have spent with them. When I first became their leader they were only in year 8 and I was just out of school. Actually many of them are now older than I was when I started looking after them. We used to meet in one of their houses and read the Bible together. Our first series was in 1 John, just because thats what my Uni Bible study was doing and I stole the notes. Then we moved on to Ezekiel. That was ambitious of me but it was good fun and the years rolled by.
As the years rolled by it was sad to see many of them stop returning my calls and invitations to Youth Group or other events and slowly slip away. Many of the original boys who I looked after in that Lounge room no longer call Christ their saviour. That makes me very sad. However over the years there have been many who have joined us. And the other thing that has been great and rewarding and fulfilling is seeing all of these guys not only come to Christ (which in itself is a miracle beyond miracles and never to be taken for granted) but also they have become involved in service and ministry and evangelism.
They have become men. and not just men cos they can grow a better beard than me, men in the spiritual sense. Making manly decisions. Godly decisions. I love these men. They will always be my younger brothers. I pray for them every Tuesday and Friday and I hope that doesn’t cease. I pray that they will keep on keeping on and they would fall more and more in love with Jesus. Now as I watch them take on small groups of their own I pray they remember not too much of what I showed them, and a lot of what the Bible has shown them. Pray for my guys as they go on schoolies and pray for them as they head off on their futures.



Wheres all my comments?
November 7, 2006, 12:31 am
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Wheres all the love? If there is no love here soon I might not keep on going. with the Blog that is.



Hymns to new music?
November 4, 2006, 9:38 pm
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Why do you reckon its worthwhile singing hymns to new music?

Should we keep writing new christian songs when so many great songs are already around?

Just thought I could get some discussion flowing.

btw… cd has finished being recorded. just waiting for mixing now.



Christian Science
November 3, 2006, 9:44 pm
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I was just listening to last week’s sermon at Mars Hill.

Driscoll said ‘Christian Science is the most bizarre false advertising ever. There’s nothing Christian and there’s no Science.’

Not the main point but I laughed.