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SHEDNIGHT // SHEDHAPPENS... for Real Men... champion sons of the KING OF KINGS!

SHED NIGHT // SHED HAPPENS is for MEN to support one another. “As iron sharpens iron, so one man sharpens another”. Proverbs 27:17

Strange isn't it how you have to be careful with your words, just in case someone hears you and has a different view point.

It’s even important to monitor your thoughts as they also become words and actions that may offend.

This is especially true when you are dumped into a melting pot of cultures, races, opinions and rituals of a different country. Even more so as I find myself in the middle of the ocean somewhere off the Malaysian coastline on an oil platform.

When you really think about this, is it so different? What you may already realise perhaps, is the subcultures of race, opinions and rituals in our own back yard can create divisions and restrict openness. More importantly, it can shut down your love for others. Others, when it gets down to tin tacks, might be a little different to you and me.

At risk of upsetting you and creating dialog, please let me throw the potential fox into the hen house.
What is your view point on our Muslim brothers?

What I have discovered during my time in Malaysia, not surprisingly, is that many of them just want the same things as you and I. What is impressive is the dedication that they put into this by stopping and praying 5 times a day for good things to come into their lives and the lives of the people around them.
And, what if you were at Sunday service that started at 9.00 am and the pastor was just staring to wind up his sermon at 10:40 am?

You see, for the Christians that I met in Kuala Lumpur, this is normal and it’s just a different viewpoint. Some of you would be excited by such a message and some of you would have walked out already, right?

So what am I trying to say here? Just this, and you might like to add some thoughts, anything that gets in the way of you loving people should be seriously challenged and maybe it’s time to open that closed up heart and see who is missing out on your love.

Love and blessings, JA

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Comment by Luke William Doecke on March 2, 2014 at 21:43

Cheers JA. Definitely is a challenge. I like the way you simply put that. Will be praying that for sure. Keep well mate. GBU

Comment by John 'JA' Ahern on March 2, 2014 at 21:01

Hey Mark... thank you for sending me your love champion!

Comment by John 'JA' Ahern on March 2, 2014 at 20:58

G'Day champion Luke... back in KL on dry land and preparing to return to home to my beautiful wife, family and country.

Mate, I hear you! And for me it's not about preaching to people, it's how you represent Christ to others. My thinking is that Jesus himself didn't hang around like minded people, he shone the light into the darkness and I am sure that He heard his fair share of trash talk with the people he associated with.

So for me, it's not about joining in, it's about asking for God's strength and glory to shine through me by bringing the unconditional love of Jesus to a hurting and struggling world... when you do that, well as best as humanly possible, people start to question their own behaviour and standard of life.

Just keep shinning champion!

Love and blessings, JA

Comment by mark honeman on March 2, 2014 at 16:23
I love you john
Comment by Luke William Doecke on February 28, 2014 at 19:28
Was meant to be *move on. Not move in!
Comment by Luke William Doecke on February 28, 2014 at 19:26
Interesting blog and comments men. I've started vintage in a winery and you certainly meet a huge range of people. I've found it hard and challenging to try and be me in this environment. Especially amongst a group of blokes. The trash talk etc is not what I'm about as you fellas know. The thing is when you're a bit quiet blokes stand around and dribble crap. (You know what I mean.) the interesting thing is I try and just move in and do something on my own. Maybe pressure clean the floor for the 5th time! The times I've spoken to a fella one on one the conversation is completely different. Not sure what Gods trying to teach me through all of this? Any thoughts. I'm certainly not an evangelist so in not speaking or sharing my faith in any way with them unless it pops up. Finding likeminded people here is tough but know that this is fine for now. Great conversation on here fellas. GBU.
Comment by John 'JA' Ahern on February 28, 2014 at 14:56

Thanks men for adding value here... Could do with a few more comments and thoughts so let it rip.

Yes, it is interesting crew out here and I live in a small box with four other blokes. Tight quarters and confined spaces are something you have to get used to.

Generally, the chat has been awesome and people are generally interesting and interested. I really enjoy starting each day with a prayer, to my own God of course, however I am grateful for the break in the day to pray.

And, Watto, I can see these huge fish swimming endlessly around the platform... hundred and hundreds of them! And, the bad news is that fishing is banned! Maybe, that's why there is so many just happily swimming along.

Look forward to getting home.

Love and blessings, JA

Comment by Robert Knock on February 28, 2014 at 11:02

JA

Life can be a challenge for us all and when confronted with racism and other tribes from this God made earth we are then confronted by them and their different culture. I have been there coming from the mining industry and then teaching at TAFE in NSW. It is good for us to mix with other cultures with and open mind and heart. Most of my students were of aboriginal descent and if you respect their way and help them top learn using methods they understand every thing is hunky dory. However I too learned a lot from them. Stopping to pray is something we could all learn from and once I too was in a church service that went for 3 hours and it was awesome .

God continually sends us challenges and it is with His help that we can handle them so that His light shines through us and other believers. God bless you mate

Shalom

Rob Knock

Great blog post JA

Comment by Darryl Redden on February 28, 2014 at 5:41
John this has been a bit of a challenge to me, hence my delay in writing a comment. I appreciate this challenge though as well as Wattos great response. I have been to Men's events and listened to former Muslims who are now Christians with a fantastic story. I may have a bit of a quiet time and contemplate that my future thought process may need to be a bit different. Thanks mate. What a ripper of a blog. Darryl
Comment by Ian Watto Watson on February 28, 2014 at 3:07

JA,

so true about our brothers.If we are consumed with our little dot on the page stuff then it's all about me.

If however we see God's big page we can look into the Hearts of others from our Heart and things change.

I meet up to o dozen blokes a day coming in for a truck lesson .They come from near and far,

are all on a different journey,they can have different accents,colour of their skin ,etc,etc.

But the one thing they all want is for me to take a genuine interest in them.

That's where my business motto "Come and let me treat you like a Champion "came from.

God clearly gave it to me.

I need to ask God to do a job on my heart each day so i can be HIS real deal bloke.

He teaches me to love my brother and he shows me the GOLD in them.

Thanks for your challenging Blog,

I'm looking forward to catching up with you JA.

Go hard

Go GOD

Go Gold

bless ya heaps Watto

PS What's the" fishin " like out there?

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