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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!
Extracts from Jim’s Preach ‘Increasingly Knowing’
2Peter 1:1 A letter From Simon Peter, a servant and apostle of Jesus Christ, To those who have received a faith with us through the righteousness of our God and Saviour Jesus Christ:
Grace and peace be increasingly given to you through the knowing of God and of Jesus our Lord, His divine power has given us everything we need for life and godliness through knowing him who called us by his own glory and goodness.
Through these he has given us his very great and precious promises, so that through them we jointly share in the divine nature and escape the corruption in the world caused by human desires.
Peter begins ‘Grace and peace be increasingly given to you’. Grace and peace, the most important things in our spiritual lives. 17 of the New Testament letters begin with this greeting (17 in scripture is the number of love).
Grace and peace are gifts and according to the letter the gifts are ‘increasingly given’. ‘through the knowing of God and of Jesus our Lord’.
Life is a journey, baby, infant, teenager, adult. We are all at different stages of this journey, humanly and spiritually and in ten years time will have moved on even more.
Specsavers won’t help in our spiritual life, Grace and Faith glasses are needed to help us see life more from God’s perspective and less from our own limited short sighted one.
We all need frequent ‘check-ups’ and ‘adjustments’ in our sight and our perception of things and people, and we all must consider that fact before we criticise ourselves or others.
We will always have blind spots, areas where we cannot see our own many faults and failings. But God loves us and treasures us exactly as we are.
The ‘knowing of God and of Jesus our Lord’ is also an increasing experience with the emphasis on experience. Many moons ago I became aware of an overwhelming desire to know God more. It’s still the most important thing in my life.
The Lord has worked through many events to enable me to know Him more.
I came home from work one Friday and the wife who I’d been married to for 34 years had gone. All the furniture in our luxury country house had gone. There was a note informing me of who her solicitor was. It was very sad that our efforts to save the marriage had failed.
The next day I was on the motorway driving to work in Blackpool and within me I felt the Lord say ‘This is a new beginning!’ And with those words came a joy! I found myself singing praise songs in the car. I knew him well enough to trust what God said to me was true.
The divorce involved a long court case where at one point my barrister asked me ‘ Here’s a woman trying take all you have and you don’t seem bothered, is it the man upstairs?’ ‘Yes’, I replied, ‘she will get with exactly what the Lord has decided, no more no less, so I’ve nothing to worry about.’ And I had a peace about the whole thing.
Then Nina came into my life and the Lord told us both very clearly that He had arranged our marriage, our Heavenly Father had chosen the right partner.
2 years later the bankruptcy I told you about last week. Through all these events the Lord dealt with my ego, my pride and as I saw him care for me through it all, it increased my knowing Him more.
3 years after the Lord told me it was a new beginning, I had a new partner and new Church, Liberty.
The truth in His words ‘its a new beginning’ has increased my trust in Him even more. I have contentment in doing what I know is His will for me. In those 3 years I lost a lot in human terms, but what I gained was an answer to my prayer, ‘knowing God more’. I learned in a deeper way that God keeps His word and blesses me in so many ways and in so many different circumstances.
It was also at this time I sang for the first time ‘All for Jesus’, I meant every word. ‘All I am and have, all of my ambitions hopes and plans I surrendered into His hands.’ Grace and peace followed closely behind, as it was ‘only in His will I was free’. And I was free from the material things and the status I once thought were important.
I have been left relying on God’s promises the first of which was, ‘I will bless you’. I have been rejected by friends and fellow Christians but accepted by you and the LGBT community. I couldn’t be more blessed.
I have increased in the knowing of ‘God’s glory and goodness’ and the truth of all God’s ‘exceedingly great and precious promises’ which I have declared to you over the years.
I close with Philipians 3:7,8
The things that I once considered valuable, I now consider worthless for Jesus. What is more, I consider everything a loss compared to the surpassing greatness of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord, for whose sake I have lost all things. I consider them rubbish, that I may gain Christ Jesus.’
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