Wednesday, 21 January 2009

Youth House Antics...[January 09]

Get some paint, apply to faces, do some dances and you have a fun (but typical!) evening at Nakhon Sawan Youth House!!

Tea Drinking.... No-body in the whole of Thailand makes (or drinks!) tea like these boys
- they are true experts!

AJ, Bom and Nam drinking tea.
Tea Party - Partii Naamchaa!
This happens every day at 'tea time' (roughly every hour).

Interactive Club!

Interactive Club - on the Rajabhat Campus

Hockey - and dirty feet after hockey!

A selection of random pics from the last month!

Youth House Logo - on a black board!

The coolest flip flops I have ever seen - no joke.

Associates Retreat, Jan 09 - How many Associates can you fit in a car?

Tuesday, 6 January 2009

Uthai Thani - escape to the country!

Lady carrying a TV on a motorbike...

And then on a boat...

The local temple.

Uthai Thani - Church

The service

The Wonderful Sisters: Wear and Way

The youth washing up after lunch!

Sunday, 4 January 2009

Question: Do I love Jesus Christ?

Answer: I do.

But it's a many layered answer. Because yes, basically I do. But in another sense I don't. At least not the way I should. So I need to stop and check myself regularly to think about how I am loving Him and what it even means to love Jesus in the first place.

Last week I was really challenged by this short summary by John Piper of what it really means to love Jesus (read the whole article here):

• I admire Jesus Christ more than any other human or angelic being.
• I enjoy his ways and his words more than I enjoy the ways and words of anyone else.
• I want his approval more than I want the approval of anyone else.
• I want to be with him more than I want to be with anyone else.
• I feel more grateful to him for what he has done for me than I do to anyone else.
• I trust his words more fully than I trust what anyone else says.
• I am more glad in his exaltation than in the exaltation of anyone else, including me.

When I think about my love for Jesus in each of these categories I realise that it falls short in so many ways. Day in day out other things and people win my affections over Jesus.

So yes, I do love Jesus. But it is the love of a sinner who is humbled to realise that even the ability to love Jesus well can only come from Jesus Himself...because left to my own sinful instincts I choose other things above Him every time.

Oh Lord, have mercy on this sinner.