ACTS 9: JOY AND SUFFERING – THE UNLIKELY BEDFELLOWS OF THE CHRISTIAN

READ “I [God] will show him [Saul] how much he must suffer for my name” (Acts 9:16) THINK “In the secular view, suffering is never seen as a meaningful part of life but only as an interruption.” – Tim Keller I think the verse above is remarkable because it forces those of us who are followers of Jesus to confront the issue of suffering. In fact, … Continue reading ACTS 9: JOY AND SUFFERING – THE UNLIKELY BEDFELLOWS OF THE CHRISTIAN

Pause: Guerilla Warfare Praying

“Lead me to the rock that is higher than I” (Ps 61:2b) As you slurp coffee and power up your laptop for another day at work, why not take a quick pause to consider the powerful and subversive nature of Psalm 61. In verse two the Psalmist prayerfully longs for some rather radical things: “Lead me” requires humility and not arrogant assurance. It’s a life … Continue reading Pause: Guerilla Warfare Praying

GETTING THE RIGHT PEOPLE IN THE RIGHT PLACE DOING THE RIGHT THING

READ So the word of God spread. The number of disciples in Jerusalem increased rapidly, and a large number of priests became obedient to the faith. Acts 6:7 THINK This is quite a remarkable verse! In the book of Acts, where advance and growth ooze out of most chapters, we’re told here that when the church in Jerusalem fixed an organisational challenge, they saw the rapid spread of … Continue reading GETTING THE RIGHT PEOPLE IN THE RIGHT PLACE DOING THE RIGHT THING

A Relentless Forward Movement

READ “Day after day, in the temple courts and from house to house, they never stopped teaching and proclaiming the good news that Jesus is the Messiah.” (Acts 5:42) THINK I love rugby league, which in my humble opinion is the only real type of rugby there is. However, in both rugby league and rugby union, you will often hear a commentator talking about how a team … Continue reading A Relentless Forward Movement

Every fold and crease of your indiviuality

Here is a wonderful quote from C.S. Lewis about importance of understanding our humanity in the context of God’s saving work. “It is not an abstraction called Humanity that is to be saved. It is you… your soul, and in some sense yet to be understood, even your body, that was made for the high and holy place. All that you are… every fold and … Continue reading Every fold and crease of your indiviuality

Acts 5: Filling Grea Yarmouth with the Story of Jesus

This blog post was first published on our church website here. READ “The apostles were brought in and made to appear before the Sanhedrin to be questioned by the high priest. “We gave you strict orders not to teach in this name,” he said. “Yet you have filled Jerusalem with your teaching (Acts 5:27-28a) THINK You’ve filled Great Yarmouth, Lowestoft and the surrounding towns and … Continue reading Acts 5: Filling Grea Yarmouth with the Story of Jesus