Archbishop Jonathan Blake

The Most Reverend Jonathan Blake, Presiding Archbishop of the Open Episcopal Church B.A. (Hons), Dip. Pastoral Studies. Bishop's Haven, 105 Danson Crescent Welling DA16 2AS U.K. Mobile: 07767 687711 www.bishopjonathanblake.com bishopjonathanblake@ntlworld.com www.openepiscopalchurch.org www.twitter.com/bishopjonathan The Church is a member of The International Council of Community churches and the World Council of Churches. Married and a proud Dad.

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Gassed in Tehran, seized in Kabul, helped Mother Teresa, almost murdered, raised £300,000, ordained 1981, street sleeper, pilgrim to Auschwitz, Kenya + Pakistan 4 peace, began 1st inter-faith NHS chapel, wrote text on Parliament, arrested, relinquished his 12 year Anglican post 2 be independent, baptised 1000's in homes, on Mt Snowdon + in circus ring, did wedding underwater, wrote ‘For God’s Sake Don’t Go To Church’, nailed 95 Theses to Canterbury cathedral, arrested, co-founded the Society for Independent Ministry, was consecrated a bishop, co-founded the Open Episcopal Church, did 1st gay wedding on prime time TV, sued Associated Newspapers 4 defamation, co-consecrated 1st women bishops 4 England. Wales + Scotland, accommodated the homeless, took Mass 2 sex workers + posted it, elected Archbishop, arrested 4 taking kids on roof, not charged, founded ‘When No One’s Watching', became an ICV, did Jade Goody's wedding , invited 2 Downing St, wrote 'That Old Devil Called God Again', arrested 4 times campaigning against child abuse, had harassment conviction quashed on appeal, appealing a conviction for breaches of restraining order 2 stop a paedophile

Thursday, January 30, 2014

LEARN TO LOVE YOURSELF THAT YOU CAN LOVE OTHERS

We are frantic, looking for someone to say we are OK, to appreciate us, say they like us, approve of us, make us feel special, choose us, set us apart.

We see forlorn faces desperate for love.

We watch crazy choices being made where people tolerate abusive situations just in hope of a shred of belonging.

It is a dead end. A road to no where. A recipe for misery and insecurity.

Stop now please.

Say to yourself. I am OK. I appreciate myself. I like myself and approve of myself. I am special. I choose myself. I set myself apart. I love myself. I belong to myself.

This is the beginning of a new life.

This is the holy grail of discovering your own identity. This is the only real moment you can honestly enter into relationship with others.

For from this personal strength and affirmation, from this inner confidence and self resourcing, you can for the first time make yourself available to others as you choose and allow others to draw close to you.

It's not because you need them, or are looking to gain from them or feed from them or steal their love, but because you are a complete person able to safely engage with others and bless them and be blessed by them.

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