Archive for the ‘English Premier’ Category

So the new English Premier League got underway last night. Who’s going to be there or thereabouts for the title this year? Is it going to be the same two teams fighting for the title or is someone else going to step up?

Who do you think will win the premier title this year? Select one team in the poll.

So that’s the winners…but what about the losers? Who do you think will be relegated at the end of this season? You can choose up to three teams in the poll.

Good luck to whichever team you are supporting this season!

As some of you will know, I’m a big football fan, so if I’m home and there’s football in the telly, you’ll find I usually watch it. Well as few days ago I was watching a match involving Manchester City, and part way through the second half they made a substitution, where they brought on Gabriel Jesus. When Jesus came onto the park, the commentator said, “Maybe Jesus can change the fortunes of City tonight”.

This caught my attention as it reminded that just as Manchester City hoped Gabriel Jesus could help change the fortunes of their team when they brought him onto the pitch, so we can change our fortunes if we accept Jesus Christ into our lives.

I don’t know about you, but this Christmas we definitely felt the TV programmes were particularly rotten over the holiday period. Yes, the was the odd half decent programme or film on, but on the whole there were a lot of very average programmes and many of them were repeats!

Christmas TVYou’d think the fact we have Sky we’d not have any problem finding something decent to watch each day over Christmas and New Year wouldn’t you? Sadly this wasn’t the case, as on many occasions we failed to find anything half decent to watch…that is except on days when there was any football on, as then we watched some really good football matches.

We’ve thought in previous years that the TV over Christmas and New Year couldn’t get much worse, but sadly we were wrong, this year was an all time low. I simply hope your taste in TV programmes is different from ours and you found some programmes you wanted to watch unlike us!

Well done to all the TV stations on providing the worst TV schedule for a Christmas period ever!

Today in the UK, it is Mother’s Day, so I’d like to wish all mother’s a very happy Mother’s Day!

I’m sure like me, you thank your Mum often for all she has done, and continues to do for you, and have given your Mum an extra special present today to celebrate Mother’s Day.

Tonight thought I’d like you to spare a thought for those for whom this Mother’s Day has not been the joyful occasion it is for so many others…

There are those who would love to have family of their own, however may have found, for a variety of reasons, they cannot have children. For them Mother’s Day can be a sad reminder for them that they cannot have children of their own.

Mother’s Day can also be very tough on those whose mother is no longer with them. It must be particularly hard for them today and the build up to today with all the advertising and commercialism that surrounds today. Obviously though, the toughest part must be the reminder that their mum isn’t with them anymore. It must leave quite a void in their lives, which must make today difficult.

There is of course another person for whom Mother’s Day must be tough in some circumstances, and that the mothers who have had to cope with the death of a child. Mother’s Day is a celebration of mother’s everywhere, however for mum’s who have lost a child it must be a stark and painful reminder of their lose.

Mother’s Day is a celebration of all mother’s, and all they do for their children, but I’d ask you today to please spare a thought for those for whom today will not have been a happy one.

 

Finally, there is one other family that I feel I have to mention today, and that is the family of Fabrice Muamba. For those of you who don’t know Fabrice Muamba is a 23 year old professional footballer who plays for English premiership team Bolton Wanderers. Yesterday during an FA Cup game at White Hart Lane against Tottenham Hotspur, Fabrice collapsed with no other players near him. He subsequently received immediate medical attention, and was then rushed to a local hospital where he is now in intensive care in a critical condition having suffered a heart attack.

We were watching the FA Cup game on TV last night when Muamba collapsed and I have to say it was obvious from the reaction of the supporters and players of both teams immediately that Muamba was seriously ill. It is on occasions like that when football pales into insignificance and players and supports alike from all clubs, come together to support and pray for the stricken player.

I’d like to take this opportunity to say that I am praying for Fabrice Muamba and his family at what must be a very difficult time. I’d ask that you too pray for Fabrice as he is still seriously ill. I’d also ask that we all pray for all those who witnessed the events at White Hart Lane yesterday as it must have been very traumatic for them too. Finally I’d like to ask you to say a pray of thanks for the medics who rushed onto the pitch to help Muamba as from the reports I’ve read, it seems they had to resuscitate him on the park, and obviously managed to get him breathing again.

Please continue to pray for Fabrice Muamba.

Today I’m going to throw some more words at you, and I want you to note down the first word that comes into your mind when you read each word.

Here goes…

1. Internet

2. Heaven

3. Networking

4. Course

5. Teacher

6. Football

7. Email

8. Food

9. Prayer

10. CD

11. Emotions

12. Musical Instrument

So how did you get on with those words? Did you find it Difficult? Did your answers surprise you or were they just as you suspected?

Here’s my answers to the above:

1. Information

2. God

3. Twitter

4. Learn

5. Maths

6. Rangers

7. Funny

8. Pizza

9. Quiet

10. Blessings

11. Difficult

12. Trombone

Were any of your answers the same as mine? Did any of your answers surprise you? What about my answers, were any of them the same as mine?

I love these word association games, especially if we really do say the first word that comes into our mind when the hear the trigger word. I think when we do that our answers, tell us a lot about what’s on our mind, and what’s important to us. So bearing this in mind, review your answers, does my theory hold true?

As I said before when I posted my first Word Association blog post, I sometimes just pick some really random words and just try this myself just to see what my answers are – I know that still sounds really sad, but I often find it illuminating to discover what is occupying my subconscious…I’d urge you to try it out for yourself.

With the end of the various football sessions in England and Scotland, I thought it was time to reflect on how wonderful football is.

Football supporters of the same team often come from different backgrounds and culture and come with different life experiences.

Competition is great, it’s people from the different backgrounds together supporting the same team.

Isn’t this all a bit like religion? There are many religions, each with different beliefs and cultural backgrounds, however we are ultimately all followers of Jesus.

This means that despite our religious/cultural differences, when the real battle against good and evil comes, we will all stand on the same side, with Jesus, as brothers and sisters.

Yes, there are differences in background, culture, and life experiences between football supports and Jesus’ supporters, however we must all accept, appreciate and enjoy the differences between us all – football supports and Jesus’ supporters.

Come Together by Third Day

You can all call me crazy
For the things that I might say
You can laugh all you want to
I know there will come a day
When we all will come together
And learn to set aside our hate
And we can learn to love our neighbor
Just like we would love ourselvesWe’ve got to come together
‘Cause in the end we can make it — alright
We’ve got to brave the weather
Through all of the storms
We’ve got to come together
‘Cause in the end we can make it — alright
We’ve got to learn to love
We’ve got to learn to love

You can call me a dreamer
But these dreams will come true
Yes, I am a firm believer
In the things that we can do
If we would all just come together
And let the Lord lead our way
There is nothing that we can’t do
There is nothing we can’t face

We’ve got to come together
‘Cause in the end we can make it — alright
We’ve got to brave the weather
Through all of the storms
We’ve got to come together
‘Cause in the end we can make it — alright
We’ve got to learn to love

And I know that there will come a day
When the Lord will call His own away
To a place that He has made for all of us
But until the day of His return
There’s a lesson that we’ve got to learn
We are brothers and we’re sisters
We are one

We’ve got to come together
‘Cause in the end we can make it — alright
We’ve got to brave the weather
Through all of the storms
We’ve got to come together
‘Cause in the end we can make it — alright
We’ve got to learn to love,
We’ve got to learn to love

Ya know we got to learn,
Know ya got to, ya know we got to learn to love
Yeah, yeah
Don’t you know, oh yeah, don’t you know
We’ve got to learn to love

So one match into the new season in the English Premier League. Has anyone caught your eye? Is there anyone you think is destined to be relegated?

Personally, I think  it will be much the same as last year. i.e. Chelsea and Manchester United matching one another right to the end of the season, with one or other of them winning the title. I just don’t think any of the others have improved their squads well enough to compete with these two “big boys” of the Premiership.

So I’d like to ask you to give me your predictions the winners of the English Premier this season – you can select up to two teams in the poll.

So that’s the winners…but what about the losers? Who do you think will be relegated at the end of this season?

My predictions for relegation are Wigan, Wolves and West Brom…sorry all the “W”s. I don’t think Wigan have done anything to improve the squad the finished so poorly with last session and the other two, I just don’t think they have what it takes to stay in the premiership. But I’d be happy for them all to prove me wrong!

Who do you think will be relegated – you can select up to three team.

Good luck to whichever team you are supporting this season!