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Soul Survivor Scotland

I’ve had such an awesome week down at Soul Survivor Scotland as a youth leader with WCC Youth.  They are such an incredible group of young people; it’s a constant privileged to get to hang out with them.

It was absolutely amazing to see 1,000+ young people meeting with God in a really powerful way, encountering his real love for them, and making brand new friendships with people from all across Scotland.

Really hope I can be a part of it all again next year!

Ps: here’s a wee lil’ sketch of our campsite… (:

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The Sail

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“It’s the weakness of the sail that makes it sensitive to the wind…”
– Jason Upton

 

We don’t always have to be strong.  To be impregnable.  To be bullet-proof.

It’s often in our weakest and most vulnerable moments when we can have the most lasting impact on the people we meet, on our friends, and on the world…

 

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how will you grow?

This week I’ve been away at a worship leaders conference called ‘The Week’ down in Birmingham with Worship Central.  It’s been such an amazing time: incredible, incredible teaching, and such sweet times of worship.

One of the images that Ken Costa shared was about how the hopes and dreams each of us have are sort of like acorns.  These acorns can either die as young saplings, or grow into strong oak trees.

I don’t know about you, but I want all of my hopes and dreams to grow strong…

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A new heart.

Sometimes our heart can feel so broken: battered and bruised; beyond all hope of saving; “I’m too far gone”…

But I believe that God loves YOU.  I believe that God made YOU.  I believe that God has the power to transform your life, to transform your heart and make it new.  To take away all the hurt, the pain, the struggle, and replace it with hope and joy everlasting.

He is willing.  He only asks that we call on His name.

“Father, Dad, I need You…”

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“Pokémon: gotta catch ’em all…”

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Pokémon is the greatest video game franchise of all-time.  Search your feelings: you know it to be true!

I’ve been playing these games since I was four years old and we were still living in Calgary, Canada.  Even now, ‘Pokémon Red Version’ is still my go-to game if I’m ever feeling ill and in need of a pick-me-up.

I’m kinda sad that I’ve only had time to play through Pokémon Sun (my chosen version out of the two most recent entries in the franchise) just the once.  Normally I blitz through each new game at least a couple of extra times: to find out everything I can about all the new Pokémon, and about the new world I have to explore.

So, out of remorse for the good old days of levelling up my Charizard to level 100 with reckless abandon, and throwing 65 Ultra Balls at Mewtwo until I made him my own, here’s a drawing of the ‘Gen. I’ games: Red Version, Blue Version and Special Pikachu Yellow Version.  They will always hold a special place in my heart (and on my shelf of games!)…

Ps: if you want more Pokémon, my ‘rarmstar’ YouTube channel has a whole bunch of them!  (https://www.youtube.com/user/theRArmStAr)