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Listening to God
By Helen O’Brien, Life Group leader, Jubilee Church Wirral
Honestly? I don’t like blogs.
I have read the ones on this site but only because I feel a moral duty.
I have read my friend’s one because I love her. I have been blessed but it is, for me, a lot of effort for a little reward.
Now it’s my turn to write one. I really wanted to make a podcast because when I listen to podcasts I can multitask and get blessed.
Cooking dinner I have Christian radio on. Depending who has been at the radio last, either UCB 2 or Premier Christian Radio. I can’t actually work my digital radio so Harry tunes it for me. I prefer UCB 2 but Mick likes Premier.
But I digress.
I can listen to a sermon and cook tea. I can sing praise to God as I wash up. While I am loading the washing machines (6 people yes it is machines) I can be blessed with scripture.
Blogs require both eyes and at least one hand; that does not allow for much multitasking. I read the Bible for food and novels for escapism. Blogs are neither. However, they are Biblical.
Some blogs are testimonies.
They triumphed over him (satan) by the blood of the Lamb and by the word of their testimony
I will declare your righteousness and your salvation every day, though I do not fully understand what the outcome will be. Lord God, I will come in the power of your mighty acts, remembering your righteousness—yours alone.
But Jesus said, “No, go home to your family, and tell them everything the Lord has done for you and how merciful he has been.”
I will praise you to all my brothers; I will stand up before the congregation and testify of the wonderful things you have done.
Come and listen, all you who fear God, and I will tell you what he did for me.
I want you all to know about the miraculous signs and wonders the Most High God has performed for me.
Other blogs are more in the way of inspiring words.
And let us continue to consider how to motivate one another to love and good deeds, not neglecting to meet together, as is the habit of some, but encouraging one another even more as you see the day of the Lord coming nearer.
1 Thessalonians 5:14
We urge you, brothers, to admonish those who are idle, cheer up those who are discouraged, and help those who are weak. Be patient with everyone.
“Be patient with everyone” – even people like me who don’t like blogs.
This blog does not really fit into either type but by explaining the Biblical foundation for both types maybe I can inspire you to write one yourself.
Or maybe make a podcast or like Chantal draw a picture of the things God is telling you. The important thing is not how you listen to God and tell people what He has said to you and what He has done for you – but that you do.
Helen O’Brien with her husband Michael
Gerry Mellors on the joy of knowing that God is in charge and that it is Him, not us, who has the master plan.
Nicki Frodsham on The Queen’s Platinum Jubilee – and why we are called Jubilee Church Wirral.
Elizabeth, Adele, Pam, Nigel and Liam were all baptised on Easter Sunday 2022 – read this blog to find out why!
Dawne Cooper on how creating visual art can be as much a part of worship as other more traditional methods
Guest blogger and ChristCentral leader Jeremy Simpkins on the amazing multi-cultural church that Jesus is building all over the world – including at Jubilee!
Yvonne on how God reassures us that he will supply all our strength for the day’s challenges but that we are not to spend time worrying about tomorrow or days to come.
Andrew Greenhalgh on why it’s so important to ask for help – not just from God but from others.
Danielle looks at perceptions and asks us if we are seeing ourselves as the world tells us to see ourselves or through what God says.
Helen on dealing with fear in the face of wars and impending wars – especially if the war in Ukraine is the first war you have experienced in your lifetime.
Vernon Martin on how the Identity Confirmed through the lens of the Gospel series has challenged him regarding where we should find our identity.
Alison on how God has shown her His faithfulness during some difficult and painful storms and periods of feeling extremely despondent.
Lynne on answers to prayer and how God sometimes says yes, sometimes says no and sometimes says “not yet”
Arlo on how God has our back – reminding us of His truth and unwavering support at all times.
Denise Griffiths on how Jesus sees us through every circumstance – and understands how we are feeling in those times
Andrew Greenhalgh on the joy of serving God at Jubilee, whatever team you are part of.
Chantal Robertson on the ways we can be ecologically sound while decorating – and save ourselves some money into the bargain too.
Nicki Frodsham says thank you to all the members of Jubilee for all the contributions during 2021, however big or small.
Andrew Greenhalgh on the joy of thanking God for the little things in life, from electricity to mince pies.
Matt on God’s faithfulness through years of teaching and why, as a Christian of many years, he made the decision to be baptised.
Lucas, Asher, Zach and Josh on why they made the decision to be baptised at Jubilee on Sunday. Not to be missed!
Julie on how she struggles with waiting – but how she has got closer to God while learning to wait.
Chris on knowing the mind of God by growing in His spirit and loving others as He loves us.
Danielle reflects on Dan Morrice’s book Finding the Peacemakers and how we can be the peacemakers in our lives.
Andrew Greenhalgh on relying on God completely and how it completely changed his life.