Worship event on the Haas Promenade

The Haas Promenade, close (1.5km uphill from my house) also known as the peace park had a special event on the sunday before last.

A worship event was on with several churches and Christian organisations jointly together.   There was a speech by the Mayor of Jerusalem, and one of the city’s chief Rabbis, and this was filmed on God TV.  There was speakers from different Christian charities here and also a few Arab believers too.

This was a really good event, although I had to leave part way through, as it overlapped with the normal service at my regular church at 6pm.

Singleness amongst the church

There seems to be a worrying increase in the number of single Christians I know that simply disappear from church life.   There is a lot of pressures for singles to confirm to society’s patterns for relationships, to just live together, if it doesn’t work out, you just move onto someone else, and that marriage is an old fashioned institution.   I think this something that Christians are not immune to.

There is not a lot spoken about what’s ideal  for single Christians.  I  know dating a non-believer is a bad idea, but its not something spoken about much in church.   I think I can count on two hands good friends that have vanished from church life because of this.   But the scriptures only tends to brought up when someone has got into this situation.  Should churches invest more time and resources into these people?

Often issues for non attached Christians are not always about dating and looking, its about your identity.  You get tired of being asked things like “oh, you will meet someone someday..”  “You need to be more holy..”   or being in between teenagers/students and couples isn’t always much fun.   Granted I am friends with couples in churches as well though, but very few of my close friends are single now.

I think this must be much harder here in Israel for both local Jewish and Arab believers in Jesus who are single, as the numbers of other believers are not that many. Most of the social circles in churches in my city seems to be around kids and youthwork, or in college or university and I think nearly all Christians that I know that are recently married met this way.   I am not really into youth/kids ministry, feel the Lord has wanted me to be a first point of contact with new adults in the church, with people in the secular work place, etc.   My work here in Israel has meant this particular season of my life means that meeting someone isn’t likely to happen at the moment.

Doing volunteer work has been good for me in terms of  stretching out and being challenged in meeting new people.  Should churches provide teaching specifically for single Christians that are post-education with fear of any kind of stigma?   Should cell groups speak about issues that affect single people?   Do churches want to invest all that time in young people that are not attached only to find they disappear post-education adult life? How did single Christians meet people from other congregations before the internet?

Christian books for singles.   Some of these do make me want to cringe.   For instance this popular one.  I kissed dating goodbye. The title just seems to scream a nannying kind of attitude.  Ok I will be honest and say I haven’t read this, so maybe this is unfair, there is differing opinions on the Amazon reviews.

Please note I am not interested in being recommended Christian dating sites, nor am I asking for sympathy, I am just looking for a modern and relevant biblical perspectives for today’s Christian singles.

In Sepia: Holyland pictures collection part 3

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Cafe with hand operated orange squeezer with plenty of stocks of citrus fruits.

Tourist shops in the old city.

Street path in Jewish quarter of the old city of Jerualem.

Greek graffiti in the Church of the holy Sepulchre

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St Peter’s fish

This is a Tilapia, also known as St Peter’s fish.  Commonly found in the Sea of Galilee, there are several restaurants in Tiberias (the largest city in this area) and places around Galilee.

Known as St Peter’s fish as its largely thought to be the creature that had the coin in its mouth in the bible.  Matthew 17 : 24

I went down the market and bought one of these for dinner for friday.   The fishmonger gutted it for me and rinsed with a shower head thing that was hanging on shelf.   The market is a good place to get fresh fish, even if the man had a cigarette in his mouth whilst working.

This one is about 6-7 inches long and has dark grey scales and white flesh once cooked, it also has a row of tiny sharp teeth.

After Jesus’ resurrection, after his followers were in disbelief he had come back to see them, he asked Peter for a piece of the fish they were sharing, as way to prove a point he was not a ghost.  Luke 24 : 40 I would take a bet it was some of this type of fish.

25 minutes under the grill at 150 and its looking good.   I need a bit more skill at getting the bones in one go though.   Also meant I found a use for some limes sitting in the back of the fridge. 🙂

I should of taken a photo before I cut the head off. 🙂