Fresh Hope – 4th August 2016

Each month I write a study for all of our small groups in Champions Church.

Along with the notes, I produce a 5-10 minute introductory video that gets played in the different locations across the area, before the Life group leaders take over the study for that night.

It provides for me a very simple yet effective way of interacting with all of the people on a much smaller scale.

This seemingly simple operation impacts on the time and effort of not just myself but on that of several other people too.

Generally speaking, it takes around two hours to set up and film a ten minute segment, which then has to be edited and burnt onto DVDs ready to be sent out to all our life group leaders.

For anyone that knows me, I’m pretty hopeless at remembering what I’m supposed to be saying in front of a camera, and it’s not unusual for me to do at least five takes whilst others would have done it in one.

As filming has increased and time pressures have got more, I decided that we should invest in an autocue for anyone to use in front of the camera.

It has now transformed the whole filming process, and what took so much stress for me and those trying to work with me, has now made the whole experience far easier and much more enjoyable.

I now simple read my script from the autocue and make it look like I have an amazing memory!

The whole process reminds me of the difference between reading from a script that God has prepared for your life, instead of trying to bluff your way through for yourself.

Now of course, you can do your own thing and please yourself, but to live an effective and amazing life you need to learn to read from God’s auto cue.

He has written the days of your life before one of them came into being and knows you intimately through and through. Your role in life is to find out what God has in store for your life and then get on and do it.

As you begin today, are you floundering in life, just trying to make it up as you go along, which inevitably leads to frustrating ‘retakes’, or are you taking your cues from God?

One of the greatest ways that God can steer your life is by reading from the Bible each day – a practice that I recommend to all and one that I have adopted now for over 35 years.

Start in the New Testament and just read a few verses each day, and you’ll begin to download God’ script for your life.

Don’t worry about the parts that you don’t understand, it’s the bits that you do understand that you need to take to heart.

If you don’t have a modern Bible then why not send us an email and request a free copy today?  Email and we would be honoured to pop one in the post for you.

Psalm 139:13-17 For you created my inmost being; you knit me together in my mother’s womb. I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; your works are wonderful, I know that full well. My frame was not hidden from you when I was made in the secret place, when I was woven together in the depths of the earth. Your eyes saw my unformed body; all the days ordained for me were written in your book before one of them came to be. How precious to me are your thoughts, God! How vast is the sum of them!

Pastor Mark

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