A very good day to you all and welcome to my Blog. I seem to come to most things a bit late in life – I didn’t marry until I was 28 and then didn’t become a father until I was old enough to be a granddad – and Blogging is no different. The term ‘a bit of a dinosaur’ comes to mind when it comes to me and technology, but I have at last been weaned off just having a website (soooo last year, I’m told), though the website – http://www.house-church.org – will remain up and running for the foreseeable future. So hey…Elvis is in the building….and Beresford is Blogging! But whereas folk obviously know who Elvis is, I imagine that just about everyone and his dog has yet to hear of me. So just who am I?
Well, my name is Beresford Job and the most important thing I can say about myself is that I love Jesus and am doing my absolute darnedest to follow Him. Not that I follow Him very well I have to say, but so doing is nonetheless my honest and solid intention. Then the next most important thing you need to know about me is that in 1984 I cradle-snatched a rather gorgeous young girl called Belinda, having become engaged to her when she was just 18 and then marrying her the following year. And I gotta tell you that 30+ years later she’s even more gorgeous, whilst I’m starting to look seriously close to my sell-by date. Man, I’m one lucky guy – or should that be ‘predestined?’ Anyway, putting the theology of romanticism aside I definitely got predestined/elected/soundly doctrinally superglued (or whatever) to the right wife.
There’s more though, because the next most important thing that happened to me is that this gorgeous wife eventually presented me with the most gorgeous little girl – whom we called Bethany – who is now a most gorgeous 17 year old, and therefore just a year younger than was her mother when I trussed her up and carted her off in preparation for getting hitched. And Bethany, just like me and her mother, loves Jesus and is doing her darnedest to follow him too; and it’s pretty clear to me that she’s going to make a considerably better job of it throughout her life than her poor old dad ever has. In other words, I am a very, very lucky/blessed/spiritually fortuitous man indeed!
I gotta tell you about when Belinda got pregnant though. It was, of course, great fun getting her that way, and although we had just about concluded that we were destined to remain a twosome the rest of our lives, the great surprise eventually happened. After 43 years of treading the boards of this mortal coil and 14 years of fun trying to become a threesome, we hit the jackpot. Belinda was going to be a mum and I – poor child now on the way – was going to be a dad.
And you know I really did try for those nine months to feel whatever a good husband and father-to-be is meant to feel about being a parent, but inside I was actually half scared to death and just keeping my fingers crossed (I mean, trusting the Lord in prayer) that all was going to be well. It wasn’t that I felt negative about it or anything like that, it was that I didn’t actually feel anything at all. I was just desperately assuming that somewhere along the line something would happen that would make me feel the way I should. And eventually it did – but typical of me, it happened at the very last minute. In fact, about two minutes after Bethany (though she was then unnamed) was born. And to cut a long story short, a nurse (so bemused and perplexed was I at the time for all I knew she could have been a Vulcan Starship Medic) handed me this little parcel of – well, of little baby girl – and as I was looking at her with a mixture of utter helplessness and abject terror, she opened her eyes and looked at me. Now don’t ask me why, but whatever I was, or wasn’t, expecting, it wasn’t that. I never expected to get ‘looked at’ by this new life quite that soon; but as she did look at me, and as I gazed back at this utter marvel barely filling the palm of my hand, two things happened that forever changed my life equally as much as meeting the Lord Jesus had done, and then marrying Belinda. Firstly, I fell hopelessly and inexorably head over heels in love with my daughter, all fear, trepidation and uncertainty melting away into sheer nothingness. And secondly, the Lord spoke to me in as powerful a way as I had ever previously heard Him. And what He said to me was basically this: that I was to raise my daughter so that she would one day not need me, but to do so in such a way that she would always want me.
And that is what Belinda and I are still doing. One day (and I’m already in pieces at the thought of it) the Lord will lead Bethany away from us, presumably when the right godly hunk comes along and she starts a family of her own – though does insist, and I’m quoting, “That ain’t going to happen!” (The main complication appears to be that Chris Hemsworth and Johnny Depp are already spoken for.) But in the meantime she is very happy, as are Belinda and I, for us to just be together as a family whether at home or on our many travels. (I’ll come to that shortly!)
So that, in a nutshell, is me! It’s what defines me and what makes me who I am. I love the Lord Jesus, and I love Belinda and Bethany in a way that I don’t, and couldn’t, love anyone else. I obviously try to love others as best I can, but not like I love them! I am both a sinner and a klutz, and I seem to get things wrong more than I manage to do the right and the good! (I know that all too well!) But I am mostly a man who is loved and full of love, because of Jesus. I know the Lord God Almighty as both Master and friend, and am saved by His grace. I have loved a woman and fathered and raised a child. In other words, my life is as complete as complete ever gets, and if I died tomorrow – not, of course, that I am in a hurry – I will go to be with the Lord as fulfilled as a redeemed sinner can be.
But why a Blog? I hear you ask, and well you may! After all, why should anyone be interested in anything I might have to say? Well, they possibly won’t be, but it’s not as if it’s going to cost me anything, merely a bit of my time, so why not give it a whirl? I have to listen to what I say all the time, so why shouldn’t others? (Sounds fair to me!) So here’s the deal! When the Lord found me and I got saved, I knew that he was calling me to dedicate my life to helping others grow in Him and teaching them what His Word means. It all turned out somewhat unorthodox in that I soon found myself virtually completely outside of the traditional church system, but it’s what He called me to do and I am still doing it some four decades later.
I am part of a house church here at home in England that started about 30 years ago (yes, I’m English, so you’ll just have to bear with me on that), in which I am recognised as being both an elder and an itinerant Bible teacher. My calling is to help folk form into churches, and then do what I can to look after them and to nurture them in Him.
So I get around quite a bit doing teaching and stuff, and my family and I especially spend a lot of time travelling in America. I therefore have some things I would quite like to say by way of teaching the whole counsel of God. Hence this completely new venture of starting a Blog. Some of what gets put on it will be stuff I’ve written and posted on our church website and various other places over the years, whilst other stuff will, so to speak, be hot off the press. Some of it might even be just for fun (are Christians allowed to do that?) so you’ll have to send in your complaints accordingly. I trust that my readers will test whatever I end up saying according to scripture, chew on any meat they find and spit out the bones. I will do what I can to only present that which is helpful by way of encouraging us to love the Lord and others more, but of course I can’t guarantee to always get everything right. I am absolutely positive, however, that I will occasionally get things wrong!
So hey, welcome to my world! If you think you’ve got a speck in your eye, man, you should see the Blog in mine!