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Hi all,

Welcome to my Blog. The idea here is that I will share with you my thoughts and ideas regarding what we do at GC, pop up some of my messages from Sundays, answer questions that you may want answering and give you an opportunity to comment, share ideas etc. You can also follow me on twitter: nathantajones



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12
The Other God
October 12, 2011
Last night I overheard my Daughter Gracie, aged 5, telling Darcy her sister aged 3 that when Jesus came to live on the earth the other God stayed up in the sky. [READ MORE]


09
Patch
September 9, 2011
All that is left to show the tent was up is green faded patch of grass - yet that patch tells a bigger story. [READ MORE]


06
The Red Suitcase
September 6, 2011

There sitting on the inside lane of the M5 this week was a red suitcase! As I drove past I could not help but think about the person who when they went to get thier suitcase saw it had gone.   [READ MORE]



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It's all about Forgiveness
January 21, 2011

Forgive others who have hurt you and get serious about sorting out the stuff you need to keep asking God for forgiveness for. One of my favourite games when I was growing up was Guess Who? For those of you who have not seen it, two people had a board […] [READ MORE]



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Week 1 Grab your Luggage Label for 52 weeks of Challenge
January 21, 2011

On Sunday 02nd January 2011 Pastor Nate challenge the Youth to take on a years journey with Christ that involved 52 different challenges. One each week. [READ MORE]



09
Vandelism for Jesus
November 9, 2010

One of my favourite parts of the Gospels is the story of outright vandalism in Luke 5: 17-20:  17 One day Jesus was teaching, and Pharisees and teachers of the law were sitting there. They had come from every village of Galilee and from Judea and Jerusalem. And the power of […] [READ MORE]



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Can God Create a Stone He cannot lift
October 20, 2010

This has been a question asked of us recently. So here we go:

Can God Create a Stone He Cannot Lift is a question that is often asked by atheists and those outside of the Christian faith in attempts at creating a paradox that would seem to suggest the concept of God as being an all powerful God as impossible.

The answer to the question seems to be either God can create such a stone or he can't. If we answer "he can't", then we have to admit that there is something that God cannot do. Therefore how can we call him omnipotent? If we answer "he can", then we also have to admit that there is something that God cannot do. In this case lifting the stone. Again we have to then admit that God is not omnipotent. The argument would then continue that if God is not omnipotent, is he God?

The crux of the matter lies with the word 'omnipotent'. The compelling problem before us is only a problem if we make the assumption that God's omnipotence means that he can do absolutely anything no matter what. If we use this concept of omnipotence in our arguments then it is logically impossible to prove God's existence or non existence based upon this argument, because God can both make the heavy stone, and then make himself more powerful to lift it. To put it another way. If we assume that God can do absolutely anything then we have no concrete rules to define God by and therefore the concept becomes unimportant. For if God can do anything, then He can make a rock he Cannot lift. But then (because he can do anything) he could simply make himself more powerful to lift the rock. And thereby we create an endless circular argument. But to what end would our argument continue?

You see testing the omnipotence of God under this situation, cannot be used as an argument for or against the existence of God, because we cannot qualify the result. If God can break any rule or law he wants to, you cannot prove to me he doesn't exist, and I can't prove to you that he does just based upon the omnipotence argument.

You see, what many people don't consider is that in reality there are some things that God cannot do. And these 'Can nots' do not affect God's omnipotence. For example here is a list of things God cannot do:

1. Sin (Lie, Cheat, Steal)

2. Learn (He is all knowing and the source of all wisdom)

3. Force you to love Him

4. Break His own laws, rules and boundaries.

All these items have one common denominator. You see God has himself put boundaries on Himself in how he acts and reacts to the world we live in. Even when He came to earth as a man, he gave up his God hood to feel what it was like to be man. He suffered hunger, temptation, pain, and suffering, and even death... as a man. True he was always God, but none the less he set boundaries for Himself while on earth and did not violate those boundaries. He chose to live as a man and never once violated this. God can do anything BUT be less than perfect. To violate one of His laws or boundaries, would cause imperfection. God has the power to do anything. However, He CAN'T break his own laws and his own rules because it would make him less than perfect, which is an impossibility.

For the question at hand about the rock then - God cannot create something that would make him less than perfect. He cannot violate the rule of His perfection. Deu 32:4 He is the Rock, his work is perfect: for all his ways are judgment: a God of truth and without iniquity, just and right is he. To take it to a level of absurdity, can God sprain his ankle? Of course not. For we know that God is perfect. Is God crippled by the fact that He can't cripple Himself? Or that he chooses to live within His own Boundaries? 'No', again remains our answer. "But," you may persist, "If He can't do it, does that make Him less perfect?" Let me answer with an analogy.

Let's say that an average doctor works 9 hours a day. If a doctor cuts back his hours of to only 7 hours does that mean he is no longer a doctor? Of course not. God restricting himself does not make him less God either. (take for a good example, the life of Christ and how the Son restricted his Godhood while in human form. You see the question before us becomes quite easy to answer.. God cannot do anything that would violate His own rules, boundaries and perfection. This does not remove God's Omnipotence from our point of view, because everything impossible for us - is possible for God. It is impossible for us to be perfect.... But for God... it's possible. -

The content of this blog was taken from the Blog of J.R. Hall the Director of bereanwatchmen.com [READ MORE]



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Stabilsers version 2
October 8, 2010

In the Kids ministry blog recently I wrote this and thought I would adapt it and share it on here too. In life kids become more and more independent as each and every day passes, and I guess that many of you would love to be more independend from your parents sometimes […] [READ MORE]



12
Just Love me
August 12, 2010

As a dad I love my kids, so it is not unusual to spend lots of time in play fights, that normally ends in me pinning them down to the floor and pretending I am about to "eat them all up" by tickling them and blowing on thier tummies. Now […] [READ MORE]



10
Sand
August 10, 2010

When it comes to life most of us must confess we can't live without our mobile phones and importantly those unlimited texts. Now I have a lovely Blackberry and it slots into this really nifty holder that keeps it safe and automatically puts my phone into save mode, helping to keep the battery life. Now I […] [READ MORE]



27
Dead is the new Life
July 27, 2010

As I lay in the sun today my daughter Gracie came to me to tell me she was a doctor, that I was ill and needed looking after. She went to get her doctors kit and using a spoon she decided to listen to my heart. She has an amazing ability […] [READ MORE]



15
King
July 15, 2010

There are so many things in life that promise us stuff and actually the Bible is one of them. So how can we trust what the Bibe says to deliver. Let me give you one reason. Many of you will know Psalm 23 really well, but take a moment to read […] [READ MORE]



06
You are not worthy!
June 6, 2010

Have you ever reached a point in your life when you have failed God and as a result felt unworthy to serve God, unworthy for him to use you, unworthy to praise Him, unworthy for Him to bless you? I have good news for you, "you are not worthy"!  Hang […] [READ MORE]



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Longing
May 27, 2010

As I read through the pages of the New Testament I just love watching the way Jesus interacts with people. In every conversation and every action we see Christ speaking and doing, because he longs to see the Kingdom at work in peoples lives.A woman covered in dust, surrounded by men […] [READ MORE]



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Apprentice
May 19, 2010

I love the Apprentice and for the first time I have just started watching the Junior Apprentice. What amazes me about each of these young people is how many of them at such a young age are running thier own businesses and doing well. We can laugh at them getting fired […] [READ MORE]



07
A Life of God Worship
May 7, 2010

Matthew 6:19-34 (The Message) Today we said farewell to a wonderful young man. This was one of the readings at the Celebration of his life service and I think the scriptures just say it all.A Life of God-Worship 19-21"Don't hoard treasure down here where it gets eaten by moths and corroded by rust […] [READ MORE]



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Richard
April 28, 2010

  This week the sad news arrived that Richard Grice, a deeply loved member of our church lost his two year battle to the injuries he sustained following a road traffic accident in 2008. Over the past two years we have prayed for Richard with a deep passion and love and all along […] [READ MORE]



22
Living with mess!
April 22, 2010

Now this is not a rant about having a tidy bedroom, but more a reminder that sometimes life gets messy and that is something we have to accept. I am a bit of a perfectionist if truth be told, I have high expectations of myself, but also of others and especially […] [READ MORE]



21
When Life is not Easy
April 21, 2010

As the sun streams through my office and I reflect back on a great week at Spring Harvest the words of Matt Redmans song "Blessed be your name" come to mind  "Blessed be your name when the sun's shining down on me, When the world's 'all as it should be', blessed be […] [READ MORE]



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Not so quick to judge
April 11, 2010

Christians are good at many things, but one we all seem to excel in at times is our ability to jump to conclusions and judge others. Many young people I know and a fair few adults have the Bible on their mobile phones and like me you may also have […] [READ MORE]