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Identity: so then everything went and changed.

Posted in #theology, Uncategorized on November 7, 2010 by timwindsorbrown

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It’s not been a fantastically fun few weeks.
My course seems determined to kill me. Mainly with work, then tried to explain that an ideal future career designing microprocessors is something wonderful.

Just so you know, it’s not.

I’d rather move to a hemp farm, wear tie-died clothes and try to pretend communism is still awesome.

Apart from that, I’m struggling with my identity a lot. I spent the last year obsessing with my successes and failures, letting them utterly define me. It definitely doesn’t feel right. This isn’t the life I wanted.

So then I watched this video, and something blew up in my head. When it comes down to it, what God says about you wins. Wins against anything else anyone ever said.

In Christ I am Redeemed, and made utterly valuable. My identity is a Christ-Follower before anything else.

So now I live, with the same successes and the same failures, knowing that life is often crap…but because of my identity, everything has changed.

…And then Jesus changed my Career. #3of3: Money

Posted in Uncategorized on November 3, 2010 by timwindsorbrown

Behold, I am sending you out as sheep in the midst of wolves, so be wise as serpents and innocent as doves. – Mt.10:16

FINISHING a 3 part series on the career.

After hitting calling and family, I lastly want to share where God has led me concerning money wisdom.

Because lets be honest, you career choice will determine whether you’re rich or poor (or wherever inbetween). To sum up a lot of Bible teaching, Jesus doesn’t really care how much you make, more how you steward it. There are godly rich (the centurian) and godly poor (john the baptiser)

Here are some thoughts:

The church is always poor.

Playing the money game for Jesus.

Since when did Jesus say ‘I dont want you earning money‘?

Be a good steward, learn to give joyfully and sacrificially. Its very good for your heart (screw flora).

So in summary, is it so wrong to plan (by Gods grace) to be a godly steward of a lot?

I pray I find a career that earns a mint, so I can give more away. Just sayin.

…And then Jesus changed my career #2of3: family

Posted in Uncategorized on October 31, 2010 by timwindsorbrown

So last night I wrote about calling, now it’s family.

I say family because te Bible is very clear the family you build and cultivate is important, Jesus was born into a family and the relationships within a local church should look like a family…you get it, God has a thing about them.

So if you’re presently at uni, you probably aren’t planning how to build a family. And neither are my course buddies, in fact when I told them, they clearly thought it was weird.

Legacy changes things

Legacy changes things.

But if you love Jesus, chances are you will eventually have offspring, and all your hopes and dreams will change. forever.

So when you look at a career, are you really thinking ‘How can I be an awesome parent to my children?’ or ‘How can I leave a family legacy of people who honor God?’

Investment Banking has one of the highest divorce-because-your-job-demanded-everything figures. I’m not gonna be that father.

So I’m making some decisions.

Fallen People, Grace and Drawings

Posted in Uncategorized on September 2, 2010 by timwindsorbrown

“forgive us our debts, as we also have forgiven our debtors” Matt.6:12

So working at Starbucks sometimes sucks.

It’s also a place where God shows me a lot of grace (undeserved good things). Pride is generally  as stubborn as genital warts. Not fun, and means God has a lot of work left to do in me.

Pride is:

“a high opinion of ones own dignity, importance, merit or superiority” (Dictionary.com)

It says I’m the King of everything. It’s very bad, very irritating and before God, false.

So God kindly shows me how irritating my pride is by exposing me to other proud people. And it sucks.

To demonstrate how God asks me to be gracious to others, (just as he is patient with me), I drew a picture. You’re welcome.

Being a Grace Cannon to irritating people.

This is a lifelong painful process. But totally worth it, because humility (archnemesis of pride) is brilliant.

And following God is better than drugs. FACT.

So what’s with the street preachers?

Posted in Uncategorized on June 17, 2010 by timwindsorbrown

Saturday  was roasting.

In the middle of town the lamb-chop clad Presbyterian street preacher was as per usual, surrounded by 100+ scallies, exercising their freedom to spit at him, whilst he persistently told them Jesus is awesome.

It broke me because my life was in no-way that blunt with the gospel: everyone needs Jesus, and I was avoiding God’s call to ‘make disciples’. That said, is this what Jesus meant by ‘make disciples of all people?’ Because open preaching doesn’t work like it did in Acts….

Here’s the problem: Culture.

People communicate values and truth through their culture. In ancient Ephesus  and Jerusalem they had public speaking and debate, in 2010 Manchester we have TV, film, and newspapers broadcasting opinions which we take seriously.

How often do you see ‘everyone is lost and needs Jesus’ in mainstream media? I thought not.

God made our world this way and to transform culture, let’s transform media first.

People of Manchester unsure how to respond.