Tuesday, 17 March 2009

Forum 2009!

Calling all CU leaders, check out the video and sign up!

Let's hope we get the weather shown on the video! It can't be as wet as last year, can it?!?!?!

Monday, 16 March 2009

When I look at the stars...

I have been meaning to write this post for a while after looking up at some fantastic clear winter skies at night.
Everytime I look up at a starry sky I am reminded of the Switchfoot song "Stars" in which the following lines appear:

"When I look at the stars I see someone else...when I look at the stars I feel like myself."
But more importantly Psalm 19v1:

"The heavens declare the glory of God, and the sky above proclaims His handiwork."

For me one of the great things in the creation that points towards an awesome Creator is the sight of a starry sky. Next time there is a clear sky on an evening, and particularly if you are out of the city with all its light pollution, look up and I believe you will join with me in being overwhelmed by the greatness and glory of God. It should keep us humble too, realising just how small we are in this universe, but also amazed at the grace and love of God in saving sinners like us. Let's praise Him when we look around at His beautiful creation.

Monday, 2 March 2009

Album Review - Valley of Vision

After re-listening to this album over the last couple of days I thought I would write a review. Sovereign Grace Music have produced some excellent albums and this is no exception. Inspired by Valley of Vision, a book of Puritan prayers and devotions, the cd of the same name has a great mix of devotional songs suitable for reflection, personal praise and quiet meditation (In the Valley; The Precious Blood) as well as songs which I am sure will be congregational classics in years to come (Heavenly Father, Beautiful Son; Let Your Kingdom Come). There are songs which stick in the mind very easily and you find yourself humming and singing them as you go about the day. What is also very encouraging is that there are songs expressing varying emotions from joy to sorrow and varying themes from grace to perseverance. Heavenly Father, Beautiful Son is a fantastic, expressly Trinitarian song which is rare in todays contemporary worship music. I highly recommend this to anyone who enjoys listening to praise and worship cds and anyone looking for new songs for their church to sing.