Take the Lead

We’re focusing on our calling. Two pieces back the simple instruction was: Go! Go! And the previous one warned us not to use the convenience of one of the excuses in our arsenal to hide from our calling.

Now Paul has another good suggestion: 12And don’t let anyone put you down because you’re young. Teach believers with your life: by word, by demeanour, by love, by faith, by integrity.

He should turn around the apparent disadvantage or possible handicap because of his young age and utilise it to live his calling.

One of my shortcomings is that I don’t remember so well. It was really bad for me when I realised that I can’t remember much of what I had just read in God’s Word a minute or two ago. So I started to write down what I wrote. Now God is using this «shortcoming» to bring his Word in ordinary words to other people. Soli Deo Gloria.

Do you see that God can hit straight shots with crooked sticks? Do you realise that God also wants to use you just as you are? You are the go-to person for God – right where you are now. And that is where He wants to make a difference by using you. God longs to make an impact in those people you come into contact with. He wants to use an instrument like you! You are the crooked stick with which God wants to hit a straight shot.

What more do I have to write so that you will hear the message and take it to heart? Come on, man, accept the challenge.

It’s not difficult.

And you know what? You don’t need a degree in theology or to have passed a few Bible courses. Even less you need specialist terminology in your head or mouth like you would for a debating competition. No, you simply have to start getting your words and actions in line with Jesus’ words and actions.

Words: It’s easy to talk right when everything is going right, but as soon as your blood starts boiling… what slips out of our mouths then? What do we say when we get a fright? Do we join in when others gossip?

Actions: I suspect our actions are always out of line, because the own self gets in the way. We do everything for our own sakes and away with the rest. And that is not how Jesus acted.

We all need to work. We must consciously watch what comes out of our mouths. When things don’t go according to our plan, we must concentrate and make extra sure that the wrong words don’t slip out. We must make sure that we don’t talk along with other people’s negative talk. We must make sure that we indeed talk positive and that our words bring peace. (Read this last sentence again, it’s quite important.)

Now for the next challenge: Show the people around you what the actions of a child of God look like. Our actions are different from those of the world. We continuously look for places to do good. We don’t ask what we’ll get out of the deal. On the contrary, we ask where we can give of ourselves. Where I, like Jesus, can give my life for sinners (like me).

Despite ourselves and our shortcomings we have to take the lead.

Eish, it’s not easy, because we’re always pulling in the opposite direction. We’ll have to work with God’s Spirit, because we are not able to live this simple command on our own…

Scripture

1 Timothy 4:6-16

Reflection

Where is God calling you?

What must your words look like?

What must your actions look like?

Prayer

Jesus, in a way I understand that You called me to speak your words and carry out your actions wherever I go. However, from experience I know that it doesn’t come naturally to me. I really need your Spirit to help me. Amen.

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The Football Fan – Passion For the Game and For Their Colours

There is no more passionate a supporter about their own sport than the football fan. Their interest stems from their club’s great past history, including the ground, the players, managers right through to the trophies that the club has won.

One main collectors item for any self respecting supporter is the team football jersey. As soon as a new shirt design is made available we are all keen to get our hands on it, we impatiently wait for the unveiling of the new club kit each new season.

There are many supporters who collect all types of football shirts and not just from their favourite club. Some look to wear or collect retro shirts that were worn by their club in past seasons. Most English football clubs have a certain style of shirt maybe from the 60’s or 70’s take the Crystal Palace shirt of the 70’s that is recognised worldwide.

Fanatical supporters go into even greater detail recalling the type of shirt that was worn by the winners of the last tournament be it the World Cup, European Cup Champions League Finals or the League Championship. These jerseys can even become a valuable collectors item.

Past historic shirts come to mind like the England strip from Admiral that was worn by the likes of Kevin Keegan and Glen Hoodle with it’s horizontal red, white and blue colours at the top of the shirt. And who can forget THE famous red World Cup winning shirt from 1966 Final.

Club shirts that I remember well are the Birmingham City shirt, blue with the white stripe vertically through the middle. The famous Arsenal shirts red with white sleeves. (my subbuteo team shirts). Even the yellow arsenal shirts famously worn in the FA Cup finals of 1970-71 and 1978-79 seasons.

New modern shirts have little to compare with the early days of football. Today’s latest technology enable manufacturers to produce fantastic creations from different type fabrics to the type of colours used stripes fading from on side to the other, completely different to the old traditional rugged football jerseys.

The enthusiasm spreads all around the world for football shirts. You can find all types of websites on-line discussing a wide variety of topics to do with their favourite club or countries colours, whether it be today’s club sponsors or about collectible shirts of the past, there are many on-line forums that could keep you busy for hours at a time.

Boots, socks and the shorts are all an integral parts of the football kit itself but the item that gets the most attention is the Football Shirt – The main symbol of the club.

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Some Exciting Tips to Setup Barbeque at Your Backyard

With summer knocking at the doors, the craze of under sky cooking is hitting as the prime trend among the food addicts. But, a well-designed outdoor kitchen will be equally suitable for a year-round cooking experience. An outdoor cooking substitute is as good as an indoor kitchen. It is the second happening living room of your house. However, Barbeque world is stuffed with pretty serious arguments. Gas or Charcoal? Mop or brush? Memphis or Carolina. With so many varieties in vogue, it sometimes becomes quite confusing for the house owner to set up a flexible and well equipped under sky cooking zone. Here are some expert tips, which will help you to start an esteemed external cooking area.

Initiate from the ground:

Establishing the overall floor layout is the starting block of your external cooking arsenal. Keep in mind the diverse weather conditions along with the average weight of the appliances you are planning to install. Tiles or marble floor will be slippery inviting in a bad fall. If there are small children, running here and there along with senior citizens, then the scenario may become worse. Opt for some porous flooring substance, which renders friction and this prevents slippery fall.

Choose a perfect location:

You cannot place your under sky cooking arsenal anywhere in the open space. Pick a corner, far from your main building, such that, the smoke from the grill does not waft back inside your house. Ascertain the wind pattern in your locality and then hit the first hammer on the inaugural nail. Maintain a safe distance from your neighbor's barbeque, to avoid the clash of heat (both real heat and mental heat!)

Choose the appliances correctly:

Under-sky cooking zone demands some special cooking tools, striking a sound difference with its indoor counterpart. The appliances are comparatively larger, and any professional barbeque planner or dealer will be the best person to guide you in this section. Leave adequate space on both the side of the grill to fit enough platters and other tools. Never place the appliances too close altogether.

Arrange something for entertainment:

This kind of cooking is itself an entertaining experience, but if it is accompanied by some soothing music then, the overall effect becomes much more pleasing, both to the ears and to the soul. Clad inside the arms of green nature, under the curtain of blue sky, mouth-watering food, and soothing music is the complete definition of a BBQ feel.

Last but not the least, if you are passionate about barbeque then keep every tool within your arms reach and take your food and cooking seriously. It is the taste of the food, which stays in your mind for a long time.

This kind of cooking area magnifies your living area and enables you to cook, eat, and chat without any prior reservation. Apart from fun, it also helps to keep your house cooler. Indoor oven or stove generates excessive heat in the kitchen, escalating your internal temperature and forcing your AC unit to work hard. So it is wise to create an external cooking setup, to experience a fresh new spree of cooking.

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The Industrial Revolution and Rochdale

Rochdale is a market town that is located in the Pennines. It is just ten miles from Manchester and forms part of the metropolitan Borough of Rochdale. Rochdale was originally an ecclesiastical parish and did not receive a Royal charter until 1251. It quickly became prominent as a center for woolen trade in northern England and was known for its many wealthy merchants.

In the 19th century Rochdale was an important mill town. It was a boomtown from the Industrial Revolution. Much of Rochdales success can be linked to the Rochdale canal, which is one of the largest broad canals in the UK. This canal made it possible to easily transport wool, cotton and coal to and form the surrounding areas. Rochdale maintained its prominence in the textile industry until the 20th century.

Rochdale town hall originally had a beautiful and tall clock tower. That tower was burnt down just 12 years after construction finished and since has been replaced by a much shorter tower. The traditional emblems of Rochdale can be found on the front of town hall. The widest bridge in Europe in front of the town hall as this is the path of the Roch River.

Rochdale is easy to reach due to its proximity to Manchester as well as the many railways that provide transportation. The George Stephenson Summit Railway was just reopened in 2003. It is possible to reach Manchester and Leeds taking the Manchester to Rochdale via Oldham Lane line as well as the Manchester Metrolink tram. Many of the Manchester public transportation has been extended to the center of Rochdale with completion estimated for 2012.

If you are looking for a fun afternoon then Rochdale is home to two professional sports teams, the Rochdale hornets and the Rochdale AFC. These two rugby teams have been playing in Rochdale since the beginning of the 1900s. The Rochdale Hornets is actually one of twenty-two teams that were part of the first every Northern rugby Football Union formed in 1895, therefore the Hornets are one of the world’s first rugby teams.

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The Rivalry Between Liverpool and Manchester United

One of the fiercest rivalries in English football, and even in World football, is the rivalry between Liverpool football club and Manchester United football club.

There is no love lost between the fans, players or managers of the two giants of club football.

A Tale of Two Cities

The origins of this rivalry point towards the rivalries of the two cities since industrial times. Liverpool and Manchester were challenging for supremacy of the north west of England. Manchester was renowned for it’s excellent manufacturing capabilities, whilst Liverpool had long been a major city due to it’s port.

However, once the Manchester Ship Canal was built, ships were able to bypass Liverpool to carry goods directly to Manchester. The loss in jobs in Liverpool no doubt strengthened the hostilities between the two cities.

On the Pitch

The first match between the clubs was on 12 October 1895 which Liverpool won 7-1. There have been 152 league matches. Manchester United have won 58, Liverpool 51 and there have been 43 draws.

If anything the off field rivalries between the cities have been deepened by the great successes of the two clubs. Both clubs have had periods of dominance of English soccer and each of these periods has increased the rivalry between the clubs.

During the 1970’s and 80’s, Liverpool dominated English Football and to some extent European Football, winning 11 league titles and 4 European Cups.

The 1990’s onwards have belonged to Manchester United who also won 11 league titles as well as 2 European Cups.

Significantly in 2009, Manchester United equalled Liverpool’s long standing record of having won 18 League titles overall. The team that came second was…Liverpool. The competition between the two teams reached fever pitch during this season. No more proof of this was required than the ‘War of Words’ between the two club managers, Sir Alex Ferguson and Rafa Benitez. The pair traded verbal blows as the season was heading to a thrilling climax.

Is this rivalry good or bad?

Well, in one sense the intensity of the rivalry spills over into deep hatred and irrational loathing not only from the fans, but from the players and managers too. Sometimes the personal insults that are thrown at each other seem to be going too far.

In another sense, however, you get the sense that it is this rivalry that really creates the massive amount of motivation to succeed. Both clubs are determined to be more successful than the other and this seeps through from the fans to the players to the manager to every person connected with the clubs. It could be argued that neither club would have been as successful as they have been without this fierce rivalry.

What of the future?

With both clubs on 18 league titles, the 2009/10 league season promises to be the most bitterly contested ever as neither team will want to live with the stigma of falling behind in the reckoning.

You can have your say on who is the greatest and also see what others think at the Football Duel.

As another season beckons, hold on to your seats and watch the next chapter of this fascinating rivalry unfold!

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