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Big Jesus wins award for the 'best community entry' in the parade.
We had a unique perspective on Jesus, His fame and renown. If the crowds were silenced even the stones would have cried out to Him. This must be what it was like for Jesus to enter Jerusalem, re-enacted for the benefit of his LGBT people... What does this say for us and for Him?
Sunday and Wednesday 6.30pm @ St Pauls
Egerton Road Blackpool
Jorge’s Coffee Club
JK's Cafe and Grill 14 Birley St, Blackpool
Monthly Age 18+ LGBT swimming sessions at Moor Park Leisure Centre are starting up again on 30th September.
People need to book in advance by emailing or phoning Lancs LGBT
LGBT Walking Group
Sat 18th September.
Nicky Nook near Garstang.
6 mile walk, with a short steep walk up to a viewpoint.
Great views over Morecambe Bay.
Blackpool First Ever Winter Pride
Sat 6th November 2021
Daytime event at Winter Gardens
Evening Winter Ball
After Show Party
Extract from Jim’s Preach 'Grace Children'
The disciples came to Jesus, saying, Who is greatest in the kingdom of heaven?
Jesus took a little child, and put him in the middle of them.
Jesus said: "I tell you the truth, unless you change and become like little children, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven.
Whoever becomes like this little child is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven.
And whoever gladly accepts one such little child in my name, gladly accepts me. Matthew 18:1-5
Jesus showed us that people who have a rank or status in the church here on earth like pastor, vicar, bishop or pope will not be the greatest in the Kingdom of Heaven.
In pointing to a child as being the greatest in the Kingdom of Heaven what was Jesus saying? The scriptural answer is found in Deuteronomy. I’ll come back to that.
The questioning disciples were able to make moral judgements according to their reasoning. Jesus was showing them a young child unable to reason out right and wrong who had to rely totally on its parents. A child seen as innocent.
In the story of God’s first children in the Garden of Paradise the Adam's appeared to be adult but displayed ‘innocent child’ qualities, where they relied on God's do’s and don’ts.
It is quite significant that God’s children in the Genesis story, at the start, did not know what good or bad were. ‘Tobe v’ rah’, meaning good and bad, appear again in De 1:39.
In De 1 Moses gives a brief history of Israel’s journey from enslavement in Egypt, to the giving of the law, to reaching the borders of the Promised Land two years after leaving Egypt. Moses reminds the people that even though God miraculously looked after them in the end they failed to trust Him.
In De 1:39 Moses says to the unbelievers, ‘your children who do not yet know good and bad (‘tobe v’ rah’ Heb) will enter the land, I will give it them and they shall possess it.’ The Promised Land was given as a gift to those who simply trusted the giver.
The Promised Land in scripture symbolises the Kingdom of Heaven. This story in De 1 connects to Jesus saying in Matthew that you must be like a little child to enter His Kingdom.
The Promised Land was a gift from God accepted by faith by the father of faith Abraham. It was promised to the offspring of faith. The gift is for the ones who trust the giver enough to receive it.
A question often aimed at the grace message is, ‘If we can completely rely on the unconditional favour of God and just be ourselves before Him, then can’t we do anything we want?’
The answer is ‘Yes, grace never takes, grace always gives and even gives unconditional freedom to do whatever you want. You can be cheerfully irresponsible if you want.
This is like the child before it knows right and wrong. The child that can do anything it likes. But the child who trusts its loving parent and knows that parent always wants its good relies on its parent’s guidance.
A grace child is the innocent child who trusts its good Dad who knows best. The grace child has a big brother Jesus who always looks out for His brothers and sisters, and a wise nanny, the Holy Spirit to comfort and counsel in times of need.
An innocent child, a grace child, does not have to know ‘tobe v’ rah’ good and bad by itself it just goes by what its parent shows it. Yet scripture tells us the grace child will enter the Promised Land. The Giver will give it them and they shall possess it.’
This is the child that Jesus used as an example, the pure and innocent trusting child, the child that doesn't even know how to work out right and wrong. The one that will enter His Promised Kingdom.
I want to enter that Kingdom right now to worship at His throne. I know the best way in is simply to come as I am in faith, as a grace child, seen by God as pure and innocent.
Thankfully I don’t have to hide behind a mask of pretending to be good to try to impress God bacause God can see all that I try to hide. Pretending to be something I’m not is exhausting!
I want to enter into worship like a young child, not bothered about what anyone else thinks.
We are not free unless we are carefree. God wants us to be carefree about our our relationship with Him and to know with certainty that we could ever stop Him loving us.
So let’s all now come as grace children pure and innocent and carefree into the presence of our King to worship Him in Spirit and in truth.
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