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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?
Photos of ‘Big Jesus’ appeared in ‘The Guardian’ photos of Pride around the world!
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Walking and Coffee Club
Meet on Thursday for walk 12md North Pier
Coffee @1.30pm at West Coast Rock Cafe
(next door to Greenwoods)
Lancs LGBT Walking Group:
The next walk will on Sat 15th September. A moderately strenuous 7 mile walk from Dunsop Bridge. Easy riverside walking at the start and finish, and in between some rough moorland, and several moderate climbs. Meet for 11am outside the Pudddleducks tearoom.
There is some free parking at the side of the cafe, or a pay and display car park nearby. (£2.20) Postcode is: BB7 3BB. Bring water, a packed lunch, and sensible walking gear. Hiking boots are advisable!
Horizon Blackpool also run groups see: https://www.facebook.com/HorizonLGBT/
Extracts from Paul’s Preach
‘Salt of the Earth’
(Jesus said) "You are the salt of the earth. But if the salt loses its saltiness, how can it be made salty again? It is no longer good for anything, except to be thrown out and trampled by men.
Brother Andrew is a Dutch man who has taken the message of the gospel to hostile places all over the world. Early in his life he regularly smuggled bibles to Christians in Eastern Europe in countries where possessing a bible was illegal and could lead to a long prison sentence.
Andrew had to cancel a speaking engagement at Soul Survivor (a Christian festival) at short notice and some months later two of the festival organisers went to visit him in Holland.
They met an elderly man with white hair and a twinkle in his eye, like a nice grandad. But in his study were photographs of him with armed extremists from countries across the globe, all people he had shared the gospel with. He explained that he cancelled his speaking engagement in England as he had got an opportunity to meet with Islamic extremists in Afghanistan and he was able to speak to them about the love of Jesus.
As the visit came to a close they all prayed together. Andrew said ‘God, I pray that you inspire with so much of your love that we would be willing to crawl through a field of broken glass if it meant that one person would be saved’. The visitors knew that he meant it and that his prayer reflected the way he had lived his life.
Ten years ago I had the opportunity, as part of my job, to study for a second degree at Lancaster University. That year two other people from Liberty Church were going to Lancaster University. Two is company, three is a society!
I prayed about starting an LGBT Christian society at the University…….after meeting with different people I was approached by the President of the University Christian Fellowship. He asked if I would do a joint event with him.
Jim and Nina and myself were booked as speakers and we were on!
Jim and Nina spoke about how Liberty Church came into being and what it meant to people who became part of it. Then my slot was to try to explain to a mainly straight audience something of what it is like to be LGBT and Christian.
I compared my experience of coming out to Lazarus’ experience coming out of the tomb. Jesus raised Lazarus from the dead and when he came out of the tomb he was still wrapped up in the linen that the people of that time wrapped round a dead body – I imagine it was like the wrappings round an Egyptian mummy.
It must have been very difficult for Lazarus to walk and, if there was linen over his face, very difficult to see. The disciples were shocked and were just staring at him. Jesus had to tell them to go and help him and to ‘take the grave clothes off him’. Once that was done Lazarus was free to move around and start functioning again.
For me, coming out had similarities. Living pretending to be someone I wasn’t felt like being in a straitjacket. I wasn’t able to move freely or live fully. When I came to the point of being able to come out some people were shocked and didn’t know how to react. I was very vulnerable.
I didn’t need people to tell me to choose to be straight or to tell me I couldn’t now be a Christian. Those things are deeply wounding. I needed acceptance and support from people to be able to get out of the straitjacket to function fully and to be myself.
It was acceptance and support from people who cared about me and valued me as me that helped to remove that straitjacket that were like Lazarus’ grave clothes and allowed me to be free.
One young man was in tears after I told about my experience. His sister had recently come out to his parents and he said that he now realised something of what she had gone through.
For me it had been like facing a field of broken glass to bare my soul in that that way. But I had felt impelled to do it by the Holy Spirit. And one person was reached.
Perhaps all that event and the work before it was God’s way to reach just one guy. If so it showed me how deeply God loves him and his sister.
I’d love to see this church jam packed with people. But they won’t come all at once. They will come one by one. Particular people God leads to come here at a particular time in their lives. And God values each one.
There may be times when some of us face our own field of broken glass and know that sense of being impelled to cross it. It’s worth facing when we reach that one person.
I pray that we will be the salt of the earth and will not lose our flavour.
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