Monday, July 25, 2011

Well done Cadel!

Australian Cadel Evans won the yellow jersey in the Tour de France this year. Even the most casual observer of the Tour de France will know that there are a number of colored jerseys given on the race. They are:

  1. The Green Jersey – given to the best sprinter - won by Mark Cavendish (Britain)

  2. The Polka Dot Jersey – awarded to the best mountain climber - won by Samuel Sanchez (Spain)

  3. The White Jersey – the best young rider - awarded to Pierre Rolland (France)

  4. and most famously, the Yellow Jersey – given to the overall leader - Cadel Evans who becomes Australia's first winner

There is another race – it’s the race heading for heaven. The apostle Paul describes it like this:

Brothers, I do not consider myself yet to have taken hold of it. But one thing I do: Forgetting what is behind and straining toward what is ahead, I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus. (Philippians 3:13-14)
You can almost imagine the apostle straining forward on his bike, (yes, I know he did not have a bike back then), climbing the mountain pass, and eager to win the yellow jersey. Can you see him striving to win the prize?

When we have a relationship with Jesus Christ, when our sins are forgiven and we follow Jesus then we are in the race for heaven and we will receive the prize, the winners’ jersey awarded to all those who trust in him, and truly believe in him.

With eternal life there is a winners’ jersey for every competitor who finishes the race. Unlike the Tour de France it is not an exclusive competition.

Are you heading for heaven?

Related posts

  1. Heaven

  2. What is heaven like?

  3. On getting to heaven

  4. Eternity

  5. Every man ready for glory

Tuesday, July 19, 2011

Man finds hidden treasure

In 2009, Terry Herbert, an amateur metal detector discovered a large cache of Anglo-Saxon treasure, buried in a farmer’s field in Staffordshire, England. It was a stunning discovery, which proved to be the largest hoard of Anglo-Saxon gold ever found, containing 5kg of gold and 2.5 kg of silver. It had lain hidden for many hundreds of years. The excitement of making such a find must have been hard to contain and soon became headline news around the world:

Largest ever hoard of Anglo-Saxon gold found in Staffordshire

First pieces of gold were found in a farm field by an amateur metal detector who lives alone on disability benefit (Guardian, 24 Sept 2009)

Huge Anglo-Saxon gold hoard found

BBC News, 24 Sept 2009

Here are some links to some of the items found.


I feel like Terry Herbert and his discovery of long hidden treasure in Staffordshire. Significantly my find was also made in Staffordshire. For me, discovering the story of the Primitive Methodist movement has been like finding a hoard of hidden treasure. It continues to inspire me. In the space of a few short decades this dynamic movement transformed the lives of hundreds of thousands of working class men, women and children. How God did that and the lessons we can learn from this movement are the subject of this blog.

That's why I am writing about Primitive Methodism

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Tuesday, July 12, 2011

Men versus women

As the public debate to redefine marriage gathers momentum, it is important to understand the differences between men and women, and why marriage is a union of a man and a woman. Here are some brilliant video clips on some of those differences:

"Wedding cake" from Man Stroke Woman

Click here to view

Man Stroke Woman - Man Cold

Click here to view

Mark Gungor - Men's Brain Women's Brain

Click here to view

Monday, July 4, 2011

How to view my blog on your iPhone

in four simple steps

1. Install the Pulse News for iPhone app

it's free!

2. Search for "Primitive Methodist Blog"

3. Press the "+" button"

Add "daves-little-blog"

4. Scroll down until you find this blog feed

It's that simple!

Further links

1. The Primitive Methodist Movement Blog

2. Centenary plate

3. Primitive Methodist movement

4. Why Primitive?