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Monthly Archives: July 2008

Just Talk To Me
Bill Colclough
Don’t be afraid if you don’t understand
Don’t fear you won’t do it right
Don’t worry about performing
Just talk to me
Don’t need no words you can’t define
Don’t need a special voice you keep reserved just for me
Don’t even have to close your eyes
Just talk to me
Don’t need to wait until you’re hopeless
Don’t need a particular reason to call
Don’t need to fake your holiness
Just talk to me
Don’t worry that you don’t love me enough
Don’t need to do anything special
Don’t pretend you’re someone or something that you’re not
Just talk to me
Don’t need some formal speech about all the social and theological issues of the day
Don’t be afraid I won’t listen
Don’t use lots of fancy phrases you heard some preacher say
Just talk to me
Don’t try to be impressive
Don’t think about your image
Don’t need to be self-conscious
Just talk to me
Don’t think it has make sense
Don’t feel the need to use complete sentences
Don’t feel the need to use words at all
Just talk to me
Don’t pretend to be happy if you are not
Don’t be overwhelmed if you feel hopeless
Don’t worry if I’ll do what you ask
Just talk to me
Don’t feel you have to take all day or all night
Don’t feel the need to be serious or sombre or stressed
Don’t even think about wearing your fancy clothes
Just talk to me
Don’t worry if you’re pleasing me
Don’t think you have to have all the answers
Don’t try to feel anything different at all
Just talk to me
Don’t worry about feeling terribly confident
Don’t try to change the world
Don’t think yourself too bad or too good to do this
Just talk to me
Don’t spend your emotional energy getting all worked up over this
Don’t think of me as a perfectionist
Don’t believe everything you hear down there
Just talk to me
Don’t keep a list or record of when we chat
Don’t need to make an appointment
Don’t stop to talk to the receptionist
Just talk to me
Don’t try to be your preacher
Don’t try to be your mother
Don’t pretend you’ve got it all together
Just talk to me
Don’t need no special glasses
Don’t need a microphone
Don’t worry if it isn’t good
Just talk to me
Don’t lie to me
Don’t question if I understand
Don’t think it doesn’t matter
Just talk to me
Don’t bother about the rules
Don’t bother about whether there are any
Don’t pursue anything by which to measure yourself
Just talk to me
Don’t confuse me with your father
Don’t put that kind of pressure on him or yourself
Don’t try get away from the point of who I am
Just talk to me
Don’t try to impress me
Don’t try to hide anything
Don’t concern yourself about whether you’re wasting my time with trivialities
Just talk to me
Don’t ask if I know about the latest hospital report
Don’t think I don’t know all the latest gossip
Don’t wonder if I know the best possible outcome
Just talk to me
Don’t think anything is too insignificant to bring up
Don’t worry if you cry
Don’t worry if you don’t
Just talk to me
Don’t be afraid
Don’t be unnatural
Don’t be anything you don’t want to be
Just talk to me
Don’t hesitate to shout if you feel like it
Don’t hesitate to rant
Don’t pretend
Just talk to me
Don’t forget to laugh with me
Don’t forget that I’m the one who started all this
Don’t forget I already know what you’re going to say
Just talk to me
Don’t worry about what I might say or think about you
Don’t be concerned if you lose your train of thought
Don’t be surprised if I talk back
Just talk to me
Don’t forget to listen
Don’t forget I care more than you can possibly imagine
Don’t worry about the silence
Just talk to me
Just talk to me
Just talk to me

Too often I get all caught up in the legalistics (is that a word?) of Christianity that I seem to forget the most important part… God loves me… I know it sounds really cliche but its true…

Luke 15

11Jesus continued: “There was a man who had two sons. 12The younger one said to his father, ‘Father, give me my share of the estate.’ So he divided his property between them.
13″Not long after that, the younger son got together all he had, set off for a distant country and there squandered his wealth in wild living. 14After he had spent everything, there was a severe famine in that whole country, and he began to be in need. 15So he went and hired himself out to a citizen of that country, who sent him to his fields to feed pigs. 16He longed to fill his stomach with the pods that the pigs were eating, but no one gave him anything.
17″When he came to his senses, he said, ‘How many of my father’s hired men have food to spare, and here I am starving to death! 18I will set out and go back to my father and say to him: Father, I have sinned against heaven and against you. 19I am no longer worthy to be called your son; make me like one of your hired men.’ 20So he got up and went to his father. “But while he was still a long way off, his father saw him and was filled with compassion for him; he ran to his son, threw his arms around him and kissed him.
21″The son said to him, ‘Father, I have sinned against heaven and against you. I am no longer worthy to be called your son.’
22″But the father said to his servants, ‘Quick! Bring the best robe and put it on him. Put a ring on his finger and sandals on his feet. 23Bring the fattened calf and kill it. Let’s have a feast and celebrate. 24For this son of mine was dead and is alive again; he was lost and is found.’ So they began to celebrate.

Jesus showed us a great example of this in the parable of the prodigal son. The son was scared that because he ran away and wasted all his money (which was actually his father’s) that the father would turn him away. So the son wrote a speech, in the speech he tells his father that he is unworthy to be his son. this i a speech that i am sure he would have rehearsed a hundred times on the long walk home from his partying and sinful days. When his father sees him “a long way off” his father RUNS to him…. now for his father to see him “a long way off” his father must have been looking for him… also his father RUNS to him…

Another interesting part of the story is that the father hugs and kisses him. Then the son finallly has a chance to say his speech, “‘Father, I have sinned against heaven and against you. I am no longer worthy to be called your son.” But his father wasn’t listening… he was too busy planning a party for the son.

we don’t need to come up with some long, Biblical, intellegent speech in order for us to talk to God… He is too busy running towards us.

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what i learnt this week… summarized a lot

“to be extraordinary, you gotta do something extra!” Robert

“Grace is God going to man, not the other way round” – Judah Smith

“So many people treat grace like an alkward hug – grace is hugging you, so hug back!” – Judah Smith

“global warming is creation moaning for God” – Tim Costello

“We need to be transparent enough so people can see Jesus through us” – Joel Houston

“We can’t do everything, but we can do something well” – Paul De Jong

“Love God.Love Others” – Mike Pilavachi

“Worship is the language of Love – the expression of love” – Mike Pilavachi

“When you love someone you don’t just tell him you love him, you tell EVERYONE you love Him” – Mike Pilavachi

“Evangelism is an overflow of worship” – Mike Pilavachi

“Worship that doesn’t come out as evangelism is self indulgent, evangelism that doesn’t come
out of worship is legalism” – Mike Pilavachi

“our actions are an outworking of our hearts” – Darlene Zschech

“Sin isn’t like a vending machine, I’ve never seen a vending machine follow me around” – Judah Smith

“I’m only one but still i am one, i can not do everything but i can do something but because i can’t do everything , i wont refuse to do the something i can do” – Helen Keller

“We can’t bind the devil if we are going to act like him” Joyce Myer

“Just keep doing what God has put in your heart to do – even if it doesn’t work out, keep doing it” – Mike Gugglimucci

Grace – it’s not just a quick prayer you gotta say before you can eat…

It’s God running at you with His arms wide open… even though there is nothing you can do to deserve Him….

Luke 15

20So he got up and went to his father. “But
while he was still a long way off, his father saw him and was filled with
compassion for him; he ran to his son, threw his arms around him and kissed him.
21″The son said to him, ‘Father, I have sinned against heaven and
against you. I am no longer worthy to be called your son.’
22″But the
father said to his servants, ‘Quick! Bring the best robe and put it on him. Put
a ring on his finger and sandals on his feet. 23Bring the fattened calf and kill
it. Let’s have a feast and celebrate. 24For this son of mine was dead and is
alive again; he was lost and is found.’ So they began to celebrate.

So why do we dodge God? Why do we continually turn away?

After having a true revelation that grace is God running towards you, you can no longer see grace as the green light to sin and be forgiven… it’s so much more than that….