Friday, 16 November 2012

Nov 16th

As you can see, it all getting very long and bushy!
Over the last few days I was at the Pentecostal Bible College of Germany. I was was frequently asked why I had let my beard grow and once I was even asked why I was choosing to look like a Tramp?
So I thought today I would share with you all the real reason why I am letting it all grow!
The answer can be found in the Bible, in the book of Numbers, Capital 6:
Numbers 6: 1 - 8 (NIV)
The Lord said to Moses, 2 “Speak to the Israelites and say to them: ‘If a man or woman wants to make a special vow, a vow of dedication to the Lord as a Nazirite, 3 they must abstain from wine and other fermented drink and must not drink vinegar made from wine or other fermented drink. They must not drink grape juice or eat grapes or raisins. 4 As long as they remain under their Nazirite vow, they must not eat anything that comes from the grapevine, not even the seeds or skins.

5 “‘During the entire period of their Nazirite vow, no razor may be used on their head. They must be holy until the period of their dedication to the Lord is over; they must let their hair grow long.

6 “‘Throughout the period of their dedication to the Lord, the Nazirite must not go near a dead body. 7 Even if their own father or mother or brother or sister dies, they must not make themselves ceremonially unclean on account of them, because the symbol of their dedication to God is on their head. 8 Throughout the period of their dedication, they are consecrated to the Lord.
So you see the reason I am letting everything grow for 6 months is because I want to show the world that I belong to God. The Bible makes it clear that Christians are different to the rest of the world, and in our culture most people shave. The more people look at me funny, or ask questions why, the more I am able to share that God is so real to me that I want to show the world that I wish to dedicate my whole life to him.
As for looking like at tramp.... If you read the life of Jesus, He was a tramp... 20 Jesus replied, “Foxes have dens and birds have nests, but the Son of Man has no place to lay his head.” (Matthew 8:20). And seeing that every Christians goal should be to be more like Christ, I have no problem when someone tells me I look like a Hobo!
During the last 16 days I have already learnt a lot about what it means to stick out in a crowd for Jesus. People say horrible things, sometimes even the Christians. I am really looking forward to the rest of my time which I have devoted to the Nazarite vow. And trust me it is not easy! There is Grape juice in nearly everything!
To quote my lecturer from the last few days, the blessed, Pastor Peter Schneider "I guess you can call me a Fundamentalist. But I am only a fundamentalist in the Biblical sense. I mean I have a fundament in my life and it is the word of God, everything is built on top of it!" How i wish I could describe myself as so and it be really true!

I would encourage every male Christian to at least once in his life take the Nazarite vow, to show the world that he belongs to God. There is power in God's word like a double edged sword, which pierces the heat of men.
I pray you too will make a stand and let it grow.
Be blessed!

Wednesday, 7 November 2012

7th Nov

Not much has changed, beard is still here and so is the president. I was asked who would I vote for if I was American, and my answer would have to be Obama, but only because he would look so cool sporting a beard!
Although the picture is a fake I agree with the sentiment. Many of the earlier US Presidents had beards or cool forms of facial hair. What ever happened? Please Mr President let one grow?

Tuesday, 6 November 2012

6th of November

Today is my Daughters 4th birthday. Because  Monday is my day off we celebrated her Birthday yesterday which was great, apart from 1 incident which really showed up the Tyranny of this shaven society! For her Birthday, Kaja was given a wee toy cat. My wife promptly took a photo of her with the cat, my son and I in the background, pulling funny faces. As she normally does, she then posts the Photo on facebook with the caption " our new house-PET", meaning the cat. All of our friends and family, think she means the bearded me and all comment accordingly! Oh, we laughed. But just goes to show that when it comes to beard prejudice's... I guess you know what I am getting at.
As you can see my baby is growing and getting quite bushy now. I cant wait to see how it looks after a month or so!
Thought I would also give you a close up just so that you can really take notice, yes my beard is growing grey, and I am well proud of it.
Proverbs 16: 31 "Grey Hair is a crown of splendour; it is attained by a righteous life."

Wednesday, 31 October 2012

October 31.2012

Today I am really excited! Today is the day, the official start of Skyfall in Germany. Of course I am going to the Cinema with some of my youth this evening, to the first ever showing of the new James bond film in Schorndorf.
Tonight I will be sporting in good Bond style my beard!

I say in good Bond style, I mean Bond is characterised as a real manly man! and nearly all bond actors have sported facial hair. take a look:

"...the male beard communicates an heroic image of the independent, sturdy, and resourceful pioneer, ready, willing and able to do manly things."
Be a hero, grow a Beard!

Tuesday, 30 October 2012

The end of Oktober

Welcome to my no shave November blog 2012. As you can see I started early this year! And I will not be stopping at the end of November but a little later, maybe in April (if my wife doesn't chop my beard off beforehand.

You maybe asking why am I doing this? I believe that every man should at least once in his life wear a beard. It is very manly, but sadly wearing a beard has been pushed out of modern culture. I think we should let our facial hair grow and be united against the no beard culture. Lets be real hairy men!

I invite you, for the month of November not to shave, raise money for charity by doing so if you wish! but don't cut any hair for a month and stand up to the tyranny of this clean shaven world!

so everyday which I am in the office, I will post a picture of how my beard is comming on. What would be great, if you choose to partake in this united stand, would be if you would set up your own photo Diary so that we can all wonder at your facial folicales

God bless Alex