Paul Coles, Youthworkerish type guy. Present location: Targu Mures, Romania. Married to an amazing girl named Fiona. I'm on a JOURNEY and have no idea where I'll end up other than in the hands of God.

Tuesday, February 25, 2003

Well folks I have finally joined the big guns in the comments box department. It only took me about 2 months but for a rocket scientist like myself that is actually a pb (thats personal best for all of you non sporties). And now that I have made this one small step for man and one giant leap for Paul Coles I will probably have to take a blogging break for about a month just to give my few remaning brain cells a truly deserved rest.


As Christians, how important is unity to us. The only time, I know of, that Jesus prayed for the future believers, us that is, he prayed that we would be one as He and the Father are one. Would you be able to describe the modern day church like that? Are we one? And I'm not even talking about churches in general, or just people that go to church, but about God's people, those who seek after Him. Are we one as Jesus and God are one? Are we in complete unity so that the world may know that God loves the world and sent Jesus into the world?
That’s not the picture of the church that I see and I really doubt that it is the picture that the world sees either.

The more I think about all these things, the more I realize that the greatest of all God’s gifts is Love. Because love is so many things that we are not and yet everything that we should strive to be. But instead we are too proud, too rude, too self-seeking, too easily angered, we keep too many records of wrong, and do not rejoice in the truth, we don’t protect, we don’t trust and we don’t hope. We are all these things because we are human and only by the grace of God can we ever hope for more. But I wish that we, that I, would realize more that it is only by the grace of God that anyone is anything and stop thinking of myself as, in any way, better than anyone else.

Monday, February 24, 2003

What a beautiful day.
Has anyone noticed that the weather has been great lately. We have hardly had any rain in the last month or so. Fantastic.

Rock the Boat
I just wanted to say a big thanks to Anna McCrum for doing something great in her community and in her church. She put together a youth service that took place last night called rock the boat and it was great night, not because I was the speaker, but because she saw a need in her church and put a lot of time and energy into doing something about it. Thanks for listening to your maker Anna.

Tuesday, February 11, 2003

Anyone see Second Comming last night?
I only caught the last bit of it but it was interresting. I think that it was basically an Athiest producer trying to tell the world, in a round about way, to forget about God and get on with life and solve your own problems. He thinks that we worry to much about the next life to do this one very well.
Well I don't know about you but without Love we ain't nothing, and God is Love, so without Him we ain't nothing. And thats beside the fact that we wouldn't even be here.
At least it made people think. Sometimes thats better than nothing.

On the road again today.
Well I ran about 5 miles today and my knees are still feeling good so I think I'm back in the game.
I love running in the morning, as I said yesterday. This morning was beautiful. I got a few honks, and a few waves from the highschool playing feilds, which always gives you a boost. Tomorrow is a day off but I'll be back out to meet the rising sun on Thursday. Can't wait.
It's a great time to pray or sing or think, all those things that we are sometimes to busy for.

Monday, February 10, 2003

Back on the road
I was back running on the roads for the first time in a week today. I have had a few knee problems but they seem sorted so here's hoping. If I want to run the Belfast Marathon I would not need to have any more set backs. It is so nice to be out running in the morning, greeting the dawn with a burst of energy. Thanking God for the wonderful hills and valleys, the trees and the bushes, the sheep and the cows, rain or shine, it's all beautiful in its time.

Busy week at the EDGE
It was a good week at the Edge last week with the Belfast Giant's game, the Saturday night Charity Concert, and Beyond the Edge all going on. Busy but great. Big up's to Mike and the boys for the success of the concert. It was a great night and the place was packed out. BtE was good as well. Not a huge croud but Love for Life were great and the message was dead on. Thank God for a great week!

Wednesday, February 05, 2003

Does QUANTITY of life mean more to us than QUALITY of life???

A bit fluish
I haven't been feeling the greatest for the last couple of days. This has also been compounded by the fact that my knees are not doing the best. Its never good to have sore knees when you are hoping to run a marathon. I am hardly ever sick so this double blow is not good for me. But im sure I will pull through.
Had a great night at the Giants game last night. 38 of us went all together from the Edge and I think at least a couple dozen instant giants fans were born. The second and third perionds were pretty exciting with a fight and a goal in the last second. Literally the last second, no joke. OUr bus never arrived to take us so we all had to drive which was a bit of a bummer but it all turned out alright. I do reccomend it to anyone, especially if you have never seen a hockey game before. It is a good game.

Mojo got beat up. for all of you who know Mojo, he is not doing too well right now. I don't know the whole story so I won't go into any detail but he somehow got in a fight and got beat up by a couple of guys. He has a broken nose and a dislocated shoulder. Please pray for him. He is not the fighting type. Also pray that this will not start something bigger between the different groups in this town. And pray that those Christians from the Edge and the town that know these guys will be able to be salt and light in this situation.