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Big Jesus At Pride

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!

https://witness.theguardian.com/assignment/53e8a957e4b0380cb18e4165?page=3 


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Rainbow Weekend’ next weekend 21st to 23rd Sept

Blackpool Tower will fly the Rainbow Flag and be lit in Rainbow Lights.

Inclusive church services

North Shore Methodist on Sat 7pm,

Holy Trinity, 5pm Sat and

St Stephens on the Cliffs 3pm Sunday)

UR Potential LGBT Young People’s group will do a pebble drop of stones with inclusive messages and invite people to photograph and post on fb.

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Big Jesus has been out and about in Blackpool

See Facebook for pics and updates

#Big Jesus

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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)

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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!
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Extracts fromJim’s Preach ‘Partially Sighted’

They arrived at Bethsaida. Some people brought a sightless man and begged Jesus to give him a healing touch. Taking him by the hand, Jesus led him out of the city. He put spit in the man’s eyes, laid hands on him, and asked, "Do you see anything?"

He looked up. "I see men. They look like walking trees."

So Jesus laid hands on his eyes again. The man looked and realized that he had perfect vision, able to see clearly.

And Jesus sent him away, saying, ‘Do not go into the city.’ Mark 8:22-26

In scripture miracles are called signs; they’re sign posts to a spiritual truth. In this miracle it appears that Jesus failed to restore the man’s sight the first time and had to try again.

Surely that can’t be right? What could this event be teaching us? Let’s look at it.

On a previous trip to Bethsaida Jesus performed the miracle, we call the feeding of the five thousand. He multiplied five loaves and two fish to feed 5,000 people and have 12 baskets of leftovers. (Mr 6:43). (The Jewish nation was made up of 12 tribes.)

Mark 8 then tells of Jesus visiting a Gentile area called Decapolis. Jesus miraculously fed 4,000 Gentile people with very little and had 7 baskets of leftovers. (Seven Gentile nations lived in Canaan.)

Later some Pharisees caught up with Jesus and challenged him to give them a sign (Mr 8:11). Jesus refused then sailed back to Bethsaida with his disciples.

On the journey the disciples said “We forgot to get provisions we’ve only one loaf.” Jesus replied with a warning "Be careful, watch out for the yeast of the Pharisees” (Mr 8:14,15).

He then said “Why are you on about having no bread, don’t you not understand?

The twelve baskets and the seven baskets. Do you still not understand?" (Mr 8:21)

They didn’t understand him. And often today we don’t understand Jesus either.

They disembarked at Bethsaida the place that had seen the feeding of the five thousand. Jesus touched the blind man and asked a strange question. “Do you see anything?” Surely he wasn’t doubting the man could be healed? Surely not. Just what’s going on!

The blind man said ‘I see people like trees walking around’, meaning he could see shapes and outlines and movement but he could not see the all the details.

Jesus touched the blind man again. His eyes were now fully restored and he could see clearly.

This is the spiritual teaching in the healing of the blind man. Our eyes have been opened spiritually to know Jesus and just like the blind man in the story we often can’t see clearly.

We have all been touched by Jesus and like Jesus’ disciples then we are all spiritually speaking partially sighted in many areas.

We can all think at times that we know it all and get entrenched in what we believe, yet we all fail to understand so much. We fail because we are all partially sighted and it’s not until Jesus touches our eyes again that we can clearly see Jesus and what He’s teaching us.

The disciples missed the meaning of the twelve baskets left over from feeding the five thousand Jews and the meaning of the seven baskets left over from feeding four thousand Gentiles.

Miracles are signs, sign posts pointing to a spiritual truth. The five thousand were are all Jews. Twelve baskets leftover demonstrate that Jesus had more than enough bread for the twelve tribes of Israel.

Then four thousand Gentiles in Decapolis. Scripture refers to the seven nations of Gentiles. So Jesus was attesting that he also had more than enough spiritual bread for the Gentiles.

Jesus is saying, “See I have enough bread for all the Jews and all the Gentiles, that’s how abundant my supply is.”

What about the yeast of the Pharisees? Later Jesus told the disciples that the yeast of the Pharisees is hypocrisy (Lu 12:1).Is Jesus saying to his disciples and therefore Jesus is speaking to us, ‘don’t pretend that you are something you’re not’? That’s what being a hypocrite means.

When we try to big ourselves up to impress Jesus we’ve missed the whole point of grace that tells us we are welcome just as we are.

I think we all have to acknowledge that we, including myself, are all partially sighted when it comes to spiritual understanding. We mustn’t fall into the Pharisees trap of pretending to know everything when in fact we don’t. When it comes to spiritual things we know very little,

We are often spiritually blind and at best we are all partially sighted.

So let us just thank Jesus for what little understanding we do have and, as the disciples did, look to Jesus to lead us into more.

Because the God given understanding that we do have was enough to bring us to know Jesus.

Jesus the bread of life who is our abundant supply. Let’s keep our eyes focused on Him.

 


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