Sunday, 4 April 2010

Our Outcome

Hey everyone,

Thank you to everyone who downloaded 'History Makers' this past week...

Although we weren't number one in the mainstream Radio 1 chart, we did reach no 4 (http://www.bbc.co.uk/radio1/chart/singles/ ) AND we topped Radio 1's Indie Chart (http://www.bbc.co.uk/radio1/chart/indiesingles/ ) - which is as good as reaching number one.

I have to say that this week has been really tough for me personally - I broke up from school on Wednesday and had to sit my grade 7 piano in the afternoon, and was just completely shattered from a really hectic term - so this has been an encouragement for me in SO MANY ways...

Firstly the success of the Facebook group: thousands strong, the majority of us united in our desire to give our secular Easter back to Him and bring glory to Him, regardless of denomination or doctrinal beliefs. This was highlighted by the lack of disagreement or general bickering that usually is the result of lots of denominations coming together, and the biblical and gentle responses to people trying to discredit our faith by quoting controversial bits of the Bible out of context. This is no feeble group trying to get a relatively unknown song by Ben Cantelon or Tim Hughes to Christmas Number One.

One of the many thousands of wall posts commented that this could be a sign of revival in our country that pastors have been talking about for the last few years (including mine) - whether this proves to be true or not, it's undoubtedly proved to our society that

Jesus is not dead; Christianity is not dead; Christians are not dead; We are ALIVE and KICKING! And we will continue to spread the truth and love of our amazing Saviour, even when it looks impossible.

Secondly, the faithfulness of Alistair Kent, the pastor from Nottingham, also really encouraged me - his decision to pray and fast yesterday instead of continuing to tirelessly promote the campaign really highlighted the real aim of the group - to honour and glorify Jesus, and not Delirious nor ourselves, and to trust in Him. Also the enthusiasm of friends on Facebook, who I was pleased to see also promoted it, despite some Christians who were incredibly and surprisingly sniffy about it.

Also the fact that we made it into the top ten - for me that's equally as satisfying as a number one, and though I had doubts that people would actually download it, I was astounded this week as I checked iTunes everyday and it climbed higher and higher. At one point mid-week it was at number 3! Truly amazing!!

Moreover, how Delirious finally have achieved the recognition they deserve for 17 years hard work and amazing presence - as someone who was at their final ever concert, I can't tell you how happy I feel that I've made them happy, evident from Martin Smith's message - http://www.invadetheairwaves.org.uk/Blog-Posts/thank-you-message-from-martin-smith.html

Furthermore, how God has clearly been at work in something as mediocre as our popular music charts and how He has introduced such a confident asset to our future evangelism and the way the media views us from now on. He can use us all in little ways to make such a big difference - at the time it may feel like nothing, but every little thing has been planned by him and all amounts to something significant in the end.

Hopefully I will come back to blog again soon, now that I only have revision and a driving test to prepare for, but will have to wait and see!

I really hope you've had a lovely Easter (I know I've had the one most focused on Jesus's death and resurrection so far in my life) and God bless,

in Christ,

Imogen xxx

Tuesday, 30 March 2010

... I'm Back!

Hi peeps,

I am back momentarily

(having managed to complete my EPQ (my extended essay of 5,000 words about the printing press), my history coursework (4,000 words), my english coursework (3,000 words EXCLUDING quotations) and my grade 8 cello exam this term so far)

to urge you in this week running up to Easter to....

1) Go to http://www.invadetheairwaves.org.uk/

2) Read everything carefully

3) If you are persuaded and able to do so ... download 'History Makers' ONLY from the links listed on this page http://www.invadetheairwaves.org.uk/buy-the-single.html and join the Facebook group http://www.facebook.com/invadetheairwaves

4) PRAY that this action not only will raise money for projects urgently needed in poverty-stricken countries, but glorify The One who forever changed the course of History, and to whom Easter is ALL about.

Thank you!

Wednesday, 30 December 2009

It's Time To Say Goodbye!

After a lot of thinking these last couple of months, I've decided to discontinue writing, sending and publishing my encouragement messages.

It's been really tough for me mulling this over (it's been a big part of my life for nearly three years), but I'd like to share some of the reasons with you why.

Firstly, I'm at, without a doubt, very busy - I'm in the midst of applying to university, desparately trying to get As in three of the hardest A2s (English Literature, History and Latin), writing and planning an extended essay on the Printing Press, preparing for my cello grade 8 and piano grade 7 exams and trying to live a life built around Jesus. Therefore, I have virtually no time, and any spare time I have gets gobbled up by that online monster called Facebook. I really need to focus this year 'on other projects'.

Secondly, the lack of feedback I receive and the very inactive group (which initially discouraged me) has made me realise something great - true encouragement lies in Jesus, alone. He has given us His words so each of us can be encouraged ourselves, anytime, anywhere. And He has given us other believers, whom we can build strong friendships with, rooted in Him. I do not need to dispense encouragement to you online, when it is already available in the real world.

I strongly urge you, if my messages were the only thing keeping you afloat (I have a feeling this might be true for a couple of you), immerse yourself in God's word - we're commanded to meditate (Psalm 1:2) on it - constantly dwell, memorize and keep God's truths and promises fixed in our hearts and minds. We are so blessed in this country to have access to a variety of Bibles as well as gospel-centred resources to help us glean as much as possible. The best way to do this is reading and studying God's word for ourselves, at our own pace, in the quiet of our rooms, without blinking square-eyed at a humming machine.

I've become increasingly aware recently of the rapid growth of technology, and its impact on the way we view our day to day relationships. It now seems that most people under the age of 50 either have a Facebook account, or are under pressure from friends to get one. And EVERYTHING now seems to be online. In some ways this can be beneficial, but isn't it bleak? Our society could soon be overwhelmed by cyberspace virtuality and over-reliance on technology, especially the internet.

God created us not only for a relationship with Him, but also with others. Messages on a computer can never be a substitute for actually being encouraged by a friend sitting next to you. Throughout the letters to the churches in the New Testament, the Christians are commended for encouraging one another and commanded to build eachother up. This can only properly be done by meeting regularly in person with one another.

I don't necessarily mean we should go to church all the time, but do we meet up with other Christians as often as we can, or do we only confine these vital relationships to Sundays? I know in this area I fall so short. The best encouragement there is is going regularly to a church (no, not a building with a steeple), a gathering of mainly like-minded people, who are willing to pray, to listen and to talk to me. (And if your church isn't like this - do yourself a huge favour and find another one). I don't think a computer is ever capable of fulfilling this role as a support network.

We need eachother in the flesh, and I feel this blog and group are giving out the wrong impression of how we should be interacting.

I'm keeping the website up, so I can look back in a couple of years time and see how far I've come, and in case someone stumbles across it and needs to be encouraged.

I'm still unsure about the future of the group - does anyone want to take over from me as admin (if no one replies, I'll just remove myself anyway)?

As always, God bless, and hopefully see you soon,

In Christ,

Imogen
xxx