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All I have is Christ

Posted by lauraoli on May 18, 2011

This song was taught to us when at New Word Alive a month or so ago.

It has become the soundtrack to my life at the moment – the lyrics are so incredibly powerful, and every time I am stressed or worried about the dissertation I am currently frantically trying to complete, I listen to this to remind me of the insignificance of my work.

Hallelujah, all I have is Christ,

Hallelujah, Jesus is my life.

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Reverse Thinking

Posted by lauraoli on April 4, 2011

Ephesians chapter 2 really is one of my favourite bible chunks – and this clip, based on what it says is just BRILLIANT.

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From the Depths of Hell to the Heights of Glory

Posted by lauraoli on February 23, 2011

A friend recommended this book (Taming the Tiger by Tony Anthony) a few weeks ago, saying that it held an extraordinary story of a man coming to know Christ whilst in prison in Cyprus. I was intrigued, and so bought it. Once I started reading it, I couldn’t put it down.

The first few chapters recall Tony Anthony’s early childhood, of being sent to China from England to live with his Grandparents at the age of four. His grandfather was a Kung-fu champion, a Shaolin monk, and a direct descendant of the Soo family kung-fu dynasty. Once in China, Tony was trained by his grandfather in the ways of kung-fu, not only in the physical aspects of it, but also in the mental and spiritual side, learning to focus his ‘Ch’i’ and to rely on the ‘god inside of him’. This training set him up to be World Champion 3 times, before becoming a bodyguard to some of the world’s most powerful people. Whilst in his role as a bodyguard, his fiancée died and he started to commit crime. He was eventually caught and sent to Nicosia prison on the island of Cyprus for a total of 3 years. It was whilst incarcerated, that a man by the name of Michael Wright began to visit Tony, and simply spend time chatting about day to day life. After many visits Tony eventually asked Michael why he bothered to visit him, and he explained about Jesus and how much He loved Tony and wanted to be in a relationship with him. Soon after this, Tony confessed his sins to God, and received His forgiveness. The rest of his time he was in prison he spent learning more about God and telling the other inmates about Him. He soon started a regular bible study for those other inmates who had become Christians, and as a consequence of this had to serve extra time in prison. The book continues to tell his life story up until the present day, living in England, married with children and leading the Avanti Ministries Evangelical organisation.

The book really is an incredible picture of how God can work in lives of those people who seem to be the furthest from him. The story of the time Tony spent in Nicosia prison is simply awe-inspiring, and it’s incredible to see the difference Jesus made in the life of the author. It also shows the love of the missionary, Michael, as a great example of how we should live our lives, trying to reach those who don’t yet know about Jesus.

This was a book I thoroughly enjoyed, and was greatly inspired by, and would recommend it to anyone, Christian or not. The early part of the book documenting Tony’s time in China, being trained in the art of kung-fu is particularly fascinating. However, the greatest part of the book, for me, was the amazing story of how God reaches those who need Him the most by ways we just would not think possible.

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New year, new job… for dad.

Posted by lauraoli on January 18, 2010

So, last year, my dad fell foul to the old chestnut, the Economic Recession (capital letters required), and lost his job at a private school where he had taught at for the last 29 years. The establishment treated him pretty badly, and he was gutted when it all came to an end in summer. By the grace of God he got a temporary teaching contract at another local school, for the autumn term, but he finished at Christmas and was officially unemployed.

At his old place, he was doing loads of extra work with PR, the website and the alumni as well as his teaching, and not really getting appreciated for it. Since he finished his 1 term contract in December, I’ve really been praying that God would provide something for him that would use his talents and where he would be appreciated for what he can do.  And so the school he’d been at for a term came up trumps, and created a whole new post, especially for him. He is now ‘Development Manager’, and able to really get himself stuck in doing the stuff he’s good at, as well as doing a bit of teaching.

God really has provided. This job couldn’t be better for him and his self-esteem, and it utilises all those God-given talents he has that weren’t appreciated in his old job. I am so thankful for this opportunity for him!

”This is the confidence we have in approaching God: that if we ask anything according to his will, he hears us.”

1 John 5:14


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