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BCEC English Retreat 2016

At BCEC, we’ve been exploring a lot about our roles in our families, workplaces, schools, community, church and kingdom lately. I’m not entirely sure we can say we’re all experts and we’ve got it all sussed. But the good thing is, we’re exploring it, and seeing what it says in the bible about it, and trying to apply it to our lives.This year our BCEC English Retreat will be focusing on the 2016 church theme of seeking “His Kingdom Come”.

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2016 His Kingdom Come

I’m sorry. I’ve just come out of hibernation (Ok. Well not really. Just a hiatus from blogging). What? It’s 2016 already! My my!

So our awesome pastor Bert has introduced to our congregation/church, the annual theme of “His Kingdom Come”, an epic theme–as divinely inspired by our Mandarin side Pastor Li Qiang! It seems incredibly fitting in light of all the things happening in the media/world/our neighbourhoods/lives. We’ve spent the past couple of weeks at church exploring some things already, and will continue to embark on seeking first His Kingdom this year.

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16 ways of developing good bible reading habits

How’s your quiet time/daily devotional/time spent with God and in His word?
Whichever way you want to ask that question, yes, we should invest in time with God on a regular basis. And truth is, many of us struggle. Many of us don’t know which of the many resources to choose (why is there just so many out there?!) I don’t know about some of you, but I really like to see what resources are out there, I like to peruse and check out new devotional stuff, check out old devotional stuff, explore and see which methods work (or which methods I’m not keen on).

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The calling God has placed on your life

Every Christmas, at the BCEC we have our Christmas Special Service. And as always, our youth group iD write, film and put together a video. This year, we had Sam help out, and yep, iD videos have gone up a whole new level! But here’s the written script of what we said in the video, followed with the video itself for your viewing pleasure. It’s too good to keep it a secret 😉

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Out of the dark places

A few weeks ago, in the twilight zone between waking and sleeping, I had this picture that’s been circulating in my mind since.

In this story I had been in a dark, pitch black pit for some time, stuck in the depths of despair. Suddenly I began to see the beginnings of an opening above me, and as the opening got wider I could see the brilliant light of the sun and the blue sky above. As the door of the pit widened still, what emerged was many hands reaching down to help me up and up into the light, and faces with radiant smiles and shouts of encouragement. When I reached up and was pulled out, I started joining others to reach down and help those who were still in the pit.

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Refugee Crisis Goods Donation Christmas Appeal

With Europe facing its worst refugee crisis since World War 2, many charities and groups are asking for help with the recent influx of refugees requiring aid, be it financial donations or through goods being donated. Project Tom is a charity we have been in communication with in previous years, and this year for Christmas, they have asked us to get on board with their Refugee Crisis Christmas appeal for donated goods.

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Dare you to move

Over ten years ago, on the Christian music scene, there was a song that really grew big and popular. Even I was listening to it on repeat (I still do every so often!). It’s called “Dare you to move” by Switchfoot. It was made popular also due to a Christian film called “A Walk to Remember”. I remember people had pre-warned me that if I wanted a good cry, this film would do just that… and yep, it did. (side point, I also remember back then Bert made it a big deal and refused to watch it… I’m not sure if he’s still seen it or not? Hmm.) Anyway. Everyone knew the storyline. The main character dies and then the boy repents from his old ways…. (sorry about ruining it for you if you haven’t seen it.)

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the power of a praying family

I don’t know about you, but my favourite Pixar/Disney movie has to be “Inside Out”. It’s knocked off all the others (and that’s saying something! I mean I loved the incredibles, nemo, monsters inc etc. but still!)
Inside Out, without giving away too many spoilers, was soooooo good. Why? Because it had a huge emphasis on emotions, changes in life and family. The above image shows of one my favourite scenes in the film, and yeah, it was proper waterworks for me, the two times I saw it in the cinema. (Can’t wait for it to be out on DVD now! I predict more waterworks!)

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