Reflections, Announcements, & Updates from the BCEC

Life With Christ

In our last sermon of 2010, Alex tells this story of a conversation he had with me (it’s about 34 minutes into the sermon). And so, in the same vein of Take That’s behind-the-scenes look at the reconciliation between them and Robbie Williams, and the recording of their new album, I thought I’d share my perspective of that same conversation.

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Is it beginning to feel like Christmas yet?

As I’ve grown older, I’ve noticed I’ve lost a certain sense of excitement and anticipation with Christmas. I can hardly believe that it’s the 23rd of December already! Wasn’t it just November a few days ago? It seems as if time flies quicker and quicker, and Christmas seems to spring up on me without warning.

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anticipation & disappointment

I used to get really excited about Christmas. Not because of the food, friends, family, or celebrations. Truth be told, my materialistic mindset made presents the most marvellous thing about Christmas. I remember getting the very first Nintendo console. The 8-bit grey and black dream machine. My sister and I stayed up until 2am getting past Bowser on level 1-4 of Super Mario Bros. My parents woke up and gave us a stern telling off, but reading the words, “your princess is another castle” left me with a sense of excitement and anticipation of waking up the next morning and continuing the journey to rescue the princess.

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Rejection. It’s a horrible feeling. It’s more than being left behind. It’s worse than just being abandoned or neglected. Rejection is all those things and more. The worst part about rejection is that it’s a decision. Someone doesn’t want you. They’ve looked at you and they don’t want you to be part of the group. It’s the toys being thrown away in Toy Story. It’s the rejects who join Glee. It’s all the people who didn’t get to the next stage of X-factor.

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love beyond

This post is a challenge to followers of Christ. Those of us who call ourselves Christians. Disciples of Jesus. The bride of Christ. His church.

It seems very much that we have settled. We have settled for the life here. We have made roots in the land. We have decided to call this world our home. What defines you? What marks you as unique? What sets you apart from the rest of this world?

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feet washing

In John 12, Mary anoints Jesus. Actually, more specifically, she anoints the feet of Jesus. And then proceeds to wipe his feet with her hair. Mary is washing the feet of Jesus. Judas protests, saying the money could be used for something else. And Jesus says, “For the poor you always have with you, but you do not always have me.”

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What do you worship?

It’s funny. The way we react to another person’s actions can tell us a lot about ourselves.

If someone cuts you off on the road, do you lash out and shout at them? If you’re driving down the street in an ethnically different part of town, do you immediately lock your car doors? If you see the poor begging on the street, do you cross over to the other side?

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