That’s my father – a poem

The one who created hydrogen bonds,
Autumn and E minor.
The one who breathed the fire in the sky,
Who placed the stars in space and hung the earth perfectly.
He who decided birds would fly and fish would swim.
Who created the tides and the waxing of the moon,
Who breathes air into lungs and who commands the sun to rise.
The one who spoke creation into being,
That’s my father, that’s my God.

The God whose name is higher than any other name,
Whose love is deeper than any ocean.
The God whose rule and reign shall ever be,
Whose word won’t fade and whose power shakes the earth.
The God who loves despite failures,
Who ransoms souls and called me by name.
That’s my father,
That’s my God.

Fighting without sandals

Joshua 5:13-15 describes with only a few words one crazy encounter Joshua had on the eve of battle.

They were looking to overthrow the great city of Jericho. While Joshua apparently needed loads of encouragement at that point he may have thought they already had it in the bag. He had a promise of the land, he had a plan, he had a strategy.

But one day near the city he was stopped by a man with a drawn sword. Perhaps feeling threatened, perhaps looking for support for his plan, Joshua asked this man “Are you for us or against us?” “No!” he replied. This was the commander of the army of YHWH.

Whether this was an angel or an appearance of Jesus the eternal Son of Man Himself (more likely I think as he allowed Joshua to worship him), Joshua asked the man if he had a message. What should we do then, Commander? What’s the great strategy? He soon found out that God’s way of taking Jericho isn’t our way of taking Jericho. Joshua was told to take off his sandals, which is a weird battle strategy. He was told to get into the presence of God.

Of course this was later to become the whole battle-plan with worshippers leading a singing army around the city.

We’re going to be ‘taking off our shoes’ this Friday and Saturday, creating a prayer chain from 9pm to 9pm, and all joining together for the last hour. We want to press into God’s presence together. You can sign up now to pray with us then at thehousething.com/prayer. We’ll make the prayer room at 162 available.

At a crux

We’ve been doing this House Thing for a couple of years now, and as happens from time to time, this is another of those hinge points. This is a crucial moment in our journey where we again need to pause, take a look around, turn our ears to God, assess where things are going and ask “what’s next?”

The contract at 93 will be up for renewal early September, Seb will be jetting off to his fantastic YWAM DTS in Mexico, Jack’s planning to start travelling and Sumanth will likely be with us only to the end of the year. At least one of our houses won’t be affordable. Way more important than all that though is that we always want to be doing what God’s blessing rather than asking God to bless our plans. If the cloud moves, so must we. (more…)

Number Fir Tree Free

We’ve just signed contracts for our second house, which you can call The House Thing II, or Number 33, or my favourite: Number Fir Tree Free.

Fir tree? Yup.

Yonks ago a few of us spent a few days praying individually about the house, and met up on a Friday evening to pray together and share inspirations and what God had been saying about it all. Josh often gets some quite specific words of knowledge but wasn’t sure about one in particular: one thing he heard from God was simply “fir tree.” He had no idea what it was about, and neither did we. (more…)