Leicester City 2 Blackpool 0

So the boys move on with their amazing unbeaten run now stretching to three games! Maybe a touch of sarcasm there but this victory did propel us into the play off places for the first time in 18 months, and that has to be cause for celebration. Blackpool are managed by a former City manager, Ian Holloway, but fortunately they did not give too warm a welcome to him (bottom pictured below) and his team.

After an even first half City dominated the second – BBC stats tell us that they had 21 shots on goal (10 of which were on target). Things are looking good at king Power Stadium, and Nigel Pearson has shown his calibre in bringing stability and sensibility to a squad of talented individuals. Maybe this is the time for things to turn around and momentum be established for a great push to the Premier League in 2012.

Reports here, here and here – and pictures from lcfc.com

John Wesley, a man of one book

Wouldn’t it be great if when it comes to desiring and reading the Bible, we all had the same spirit as John Wesley,

“I am a spirit come from God and returning to God… I want to know one thing. the way to heaven… God Himself has condescended to teach me the way… He has written it down in a book. O give me that book! At any price, give me the book of God! I have it: here is knowledge enough for me. Let me be homo unius libri (a man of one book). Here then I am, far from the busy ways of men. I sit down alone. Only God is here. In His presence I open, I read His book; for this end, to find the way to Heaven.”

702 Christian Apologetics: Kreeft Chapter 6, Miracles

Based on Pocket handbook of Christian apologetics (2003) by Peter Kreeft & Ronald Tacelli. This is a course taught at LTCi, Siliguri. Notes for this teaching are found at these locations:

http://www.slideshare.net/rdc2506/apologetics-kreeft-chapter-6-miracles

http://www.scribd.com/doc/74111944/Apologetics-Kreeft-chapter-6-Miracles

How's your church?

I enjoy reading articles by Perry Noble – not that I always agree with him, but he is one of those guys who makes me think a little differently and I enjoy the discomfort of that. Having said that I really enjoyed this article suggesting 15 signs your church is in trouble. I have been in “this church” many times, all too often under my own leadership. Leaders and followers alike, look, think and repent.

1. When excuses are made about the way things are instead of embracing a willingness to roll up the sleeves and fix the problem.

2. When the church becomes content with merely receiving people that come rather than actually going out and finding them…in other words, they lose their passion for evangelism!

3. The focus of the church is to build a great church (complete with the pastor’s picture…and his wife’s…on everything) and not the Kingdom of God.

4. The leadership begins to settle for the natural rather than rely on the supernatural.

5. The church begins to view success/failure in regards to how they are viewed in the church world rather than whether or not they are actually fulfilling the Great Commission!

6. The leaders within the church cease to be coachable.

7. There is a loss of a sense of urgency!  (Hell is no longer hot, sin is no longer wrong, and the cross is no longer important!)

8. Scripture isn’t central in every decision that is made!

9. The church is reactive rather than proactive.

10. The people in the church lose sight of the next generation and refuse to fund ministry simply because they don’t understand “those young people.”

11. The goal of the church is to simply maintain the way things are…to NOT rock the boat and/or upset anyone…especially the big givers!

12. The church is no longer willing to take steps of faith because “there is just too much to lose.”

13. The church simply does not care about the obvious and immediate needs that exist in the community.

14. The people learn how to depend on one man to minister to everyone rather than everyone embracing their role in the body, thus allowing the body to care for itself.

15. When the leaders/staff refuse to go the extra mile in leading and serving because of how “inconvenient” doing so would be.

You need vision

All men of God who look to achieve anything of note live within the constraint of a God-given vision. This is what Oswald Chambers had to say on the matter;

“However, I consider my life worth nothing to me, if only I may  finish the race and complete the task the Lord Jesus has given me.”     Acts 20:24

It is easier to serve God without a vision, easier to work for God without a call, because then you are not bothered by what God requires;  common sense is your guide, veneered over with Christian sentiment.  You will be more successful, more leisure-hearted, if you never realise the call of God.  But if once you receive a commission in Jesus Christ, the memory of what God wants will always come like a goad; you will no longer be able to work for Him on the common sense basis.

What do I really count dear?  If I have not been gripped by  Jesus Christ, I will count service dear, time given to God dear, my life dear unto myself.  Paul says he counted his life dear only in order that he might fulfill the ministry he had received; he refused to use his energy for any other thing.  Acts 20:24 states Paul’s almost sublime annoyance at being asked to consider himself; he was absolutely indifferent to any consideration other than that of fulfilling the ministry he had received.  Practical work may be a competitor against abandonment to God, because practical work is based on this argument – “remember how useful you are here,” or – “think how much value you would be in that particular type of work.”  That attitude does not put Jesus Christ as the guide as to where we should go, but our judgment as to where we are of most use.   Never consider whether you are of use; but always consider that you are not your own but His.

“When God gives a vision by His Spirit – of what He wants, and your mind and sould thrill to it, if you do not walk in the light of the vision, you will sink into servitude to a point of view our Lord never had – you can never be the same after the unveiling of a truth.  That moment marks you for going on as a more true disciple of Jesus Christ, or for going back as a deserter.”

Oswald Chambers

Portsmouth 1 Leicester City 1

Once again Leicester failed to gain back to back wins – a dismal statistic that shows why we are mid table rather than in the top six, and challenging for automatic promotion. If you are a cup half full type of person then take heart in a two match unbeaten run! Pompey old boy, David Nugent, managed to score an excellent goal against his former club (something he also did against Burnley a few weeks ago). It is very early days in Pearson’s second go at Leicester and I am sure he is identifying the weak links and the places he might want to strengthen in the new year sales (known in footballing terms as the January transfer window). Pearson was quoted after the game saying much the same,

 “Ultimately, we need to raise the bar somewhat and strive to win tight games like this.

“The fact we have been waiting for back-to-back wins for a considerable time shows why we have not really asserted ourselves on the league yet.

Reports here, here and here – and photos from the excellent lcfc.com