Living The Script

From the beginning God made it clear that he intends for us to be significant players in his drama. No doubt, it is first and foremost God’s story. But we can’t passively sit back and just watch what happens. At every stage he invites humans to participate with him.

Here are three key steps to finding your place in the drama.

1.IMMERSE YOURSELF IN THE BIBLE

If we are unfamiliar with the text of the drama itself, there’s no chance of living our parts well. Only when we read both deeply and widely in the Bible , marinating in it and letting it soak into our lives , will we be prepared to effectively take up our roles. The more we read the Bible ,the better readers we will become. Rather than skimming the surface we will become skilled at interpreting and practicing what we read.

 

2. COMMIT AND FOLLOW JESUS

We’ve all taken part in the brokenness and wrongdoing that came into the story. The victory of Jesus now offers us the opportunity to have our lives turned around. Our sins can be forgiven. We can become part of God’s story of new creation.

Turn away from your wrongdoing. God has acted through the death and resurrection of the Messiah to deal decisively with evil , in your life and in the life of the world. His death was a sacrifice, and his resurrection a new beginning . Acknowledge that Jesus is the rightful ruler of the world, and commit to follow him and join with Gods people

 

3. LIVE YOUR PART

Followers of Jesus are gospel players in the local communities living out the biblical drama together. But we do not have an exact script for our lines and actions in the drama today. Our history has not yet been written. And we can’t just repeat lines from earlier in the drama. So what do we do?

We read the Bible to understand what God has already done, especially through Jesus the Messiah, and to know how we carry this story forward. The Bible helps us answer the key question about everything we say and do: is this an appropriate and fitting way to live out the story of Jesus today?

This is how we put the scriptures into action. life’s choices can be messy , but God has given us his word and promised us his spirit to guide us in the way.You are God’s artwork, created to do good works. May your life be a gift of beauty back to him.

 

 

 

A bit of HDR photography

 

 

 

 

 

One of my hobbies when i get some time is to get out and about with my camera gear in tow and try and get creative.

I particularly enjoy HDR photography. So what is this i hear you ask, well…

 

HDR Photography is also known as high dynamic range photography. HDR photography is the process of combining 3 or more exposures of the same image. The idea behind high dynamic range photography is to highlight the best exposure for different parts of the same photograph. HDR photography typically works best in outdoor settings, or settings with a wide range of light ,and texture. Digital cameras however expensive cannot take in all of the range of light and texture variants in the shot. Combining different exposures gives the detail in the darkest through to the brightest parts of your shot.

I process my photographs using specialist HDR software Photomatix pro and then tweek the images in Adobe Photoshop . Playing around with the settings in Photomatix and Photoshop can create some interesting effects , many HDR shots look ‘painted ‘ or even ‘cartoony’ .

Anyway here are some of my efforts.

 

 

bedfordpark

 

church corn

 

 

 

 

 

 

london round tower

falls

 

 

I think that God delights to see us using our skills and talents as photographers to enjoy and document the wonderful world he has created. One thing that made me think about photo’s  is, how many times do you see an old photo of yourself or someone you Know and you say ” wow you look really young there”

Its true we cannot stop time slipping by and we cannot stop getting older , we in this life are truly perishable , but we can however look forward to eternal life with our saviour  because of  the sacrifice he made for us.

John 1:3

All things were made through him, and without him was not any thing made that was made

Remember everytime you look through that camera view finder that everything you see the beauty of your Wife , Children,  animals,  the beach , the moutains or anything else , that it was all created by our One God , our loving father.

 

 

Small Screen – Big Impact Social networking

The link below is to a sermon by a Martin Salter one of the Church leaders at Grace Community Church in Kempston, Bedford.

It is a great insight into the impact of social media on our lives. It is part of a series of 6 talks based around the title small screen – big impact.

Have a listen it will be of great help i,m sure.

He talks about the dangers of social media , and also the great benefits of using social media.

I will try to add each talk in the series daily.

http://www.graceinthecommunity.com/Media/Player.aspx?media_id=98851&file_id=108539

Let no corrupt communication proceed out of your mouth, but that which is good to the use of edifying, that it may minister grace unto the hearers. 
Ephesians 4:29