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Church Lunch Sunday!

Church Lunch Sunday this coming Sunday!
We’re trying to be more creative in using the AUEA space since we moved in. And following on from Ben Frearson’s message this past Sunday on getting to know other church people that you may not have spoken to before [which you can catchup and listen to here]…  we’re introducing this thing called “Church Lunch Sunday”! It’s our first time, so please join us this Sunday after service downstairs at AUEA for a chance to have lunch, chat and share with each other! Tea and coffee will be available too. And there are rumours of baked goods.

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Connecting in a community

It’s been 2 months since we’ve moved into AUEA. A lot has happened since we moved in!
But today when I saw Chris (our lovely building manager who helps open up and set up the place for us… he’s usually sat in reception ready to help when most people come for service! yes that guy!) I said to him animatedly “You were in my dream recently!” “Oh, I hope it was good!”and I proceeded to explain to him, I was just walking into church on Sunday, and I saw him and a few others having a board-room style meeting in their reception area, and he laughed. I said “It’s official. If it’s in my subconscious now, that we’re here for church each week… It’s official! We’ve moved in!” and then we both laughed and went off our merry ways to do the tasks we were meant to do.

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Nomads, Exile, and Alienation

Over the past few months, I’ve read articles debating the difference between immigrants and expats. The questions of refusing or receiving refugees. The place of foreign workers in countries, and problem of sending them back where they came from. I read a dissertation from a friend about the philosophical problem of alienation, and am eager to read another dissertation on the question of inclusion.

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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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