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Pastor Pete Runs with Olympic Torch! posted 6 years ago by Ollie
Pastor Pete and a crowd of onlookers braved treatcherous 60mph wind and rain to run the Olympic torch on the route from Kendal to Blackpool. Pete's section was so blustery the torch had to be lit inside, the first time on the route so far. Half way through his run, Pete mounted one of Blackpool's old trams and sped along the rest of his route. The BBC's live blog coverage wrote, "Peter's taking it all in his stride - and he's also determined to hold onto his flat cap. Even when the blustery weather whipped it clear of his head, he pulled it back on."

April 2012 Video Update posted 7 years ago by Ollie
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Leaving suitcases behind... posted 7 years ago by Ollie
We had on the first Sunday of the year a lady stood up in Shoreline Church in Southport with a prophecy. She said "this is the year where we have to leave our suitcases behind". God's called us not to walk or jog, but to "run the race set before us and lay aside every weight" (Hebrews 11). Towards the end of Hebrews 11 Paul says, And what more shall I say? For time would fail me to tell of Gideon, Barak, Samson, Jephthah, of David and Samuel and the prophets—who through faith conquered kingdoms, enforced justice, obtained promises, stopped the mouths of lions, quenched the power of fire, escaped the edge of the sword, were made strong out of weakness, became mighty in war, put foreign armies to flight. Women received back their dead by resurrection. Some were tortured, refusing to accept release, so that they might rise again to a better life. Others suffered mocking and flogging, and even chains and imprisonment. They were stoned, they were sawn in two, they were killed with the sword. They went about in skins of sheep and goats, destitute, afflicted, mistreated—of whom the world was not worthy—wandering about in deserts and mountains, and in dens and caves of the earth. And all these, though commended through their faith, did not receive what was promised, since God had provided something better for us, that apart from us they should not be made perfect.

In light of what we've been given in Christ we should not hold back in running the race that's been set before us. We should be living espistles being known and read by all men, being lights in the darkness. As we start this new year, lets reflect on what might be holding us back from running at full speed. Maybe it is something in our human nature that needs addressing, maybe it is persistent sin, maybe it is habits or something practical we need to address. We are the servants of Christ, and what we have committed ourselves to serving him, so its really important to take stock and carefully examine our lives and ask, are we serving him to the best of our ability? We're not running a sprint but we're running a marathon, and when we get to the end, we want our Lord to say "well done, good and faithful servant."

Therefore, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us also lay aside every weight, and sin which clings so closely, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us, looking to Jesus, the founder and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is seated at the right hand of the throne of God.
(Hebrews 12:1-2 ESV) 
When you find the right one posted 7 years ago by Pastor Pete
Yes it really does happen. One of new Partners in the South East at last has found themselves a house for us to purchase. I never cease to get excited about purchasing a new property. I always realise that if we are faithful in our service to God this is going to provide a place of refuge for the marginalised in that particular community for years to come. We are not just sowing for a season but we are buying a field for perpetual harvest. Doesn't that excite you. Wouldn't it we fabulous to have 250 thousand fields like this located in every church community across our Nation. Come on let us change our society for Jesus together. One Body One Church, One Holy Nation, One Royal Priesthood. 
Social Enterprises taking shape posted 7 years ago by Pastor Pete
Our Social Enterprise initiative seems to be really taking shape. Recently we have taken on two of the tenants we house who have really shown great improvement to do part time work for us in helping to do odd jobs in the properties here in Southport. We are employing them for 16 hours and seeing them in early every day this week bright and enthusiastic to get on with that day's task was superb but maybe best of all when we had our Christmas Staff meal yesterday lunch time, to see them sitting amongst the 30 or so other Church and GP staff members and enjoying that meal really brought a song of praise from my heart of the Goodness of God in the land of the living. I believe these two are so close to the Kingdom. Please say a prayer for them. 
Another life transformed! posted 7 years ago by Pastor Pete
What great news I received when I came back from holiday about one of our ex tenants. He had been in and out of prison for a number of years, mid-fifties an alcoholic, has come to know the Lord, helped us as volunteer, found a wife but struggled to overcome the alcohol addiction. He had become so poorly with a damaged liver that he had been referred to a University Hospital. When they examined him a marvellous thing happened. They decided they would begin to treat him there and then. Never in the history of this major hospital had such a decision been made. Thank God for helping in this wonderful way. The great news is that he has now been two weeks without alcohol, looks fitter than ever and looks ready to serve the King for another fifty years. Back to doing odd jobs for the church community. Whoopee. Thank God for His goodness. 
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