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
There are some verses of scripture that don’t really need that much explanation, rather they need to be read, reread and then slowly digested so their living truth becomes our living reality. I think Psalm 33:16-18 is one such section of scripture: Continue reading Read sloooowly …
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
“You turned my wailing into dancing; you removed my sackcloth and clothed me with joy, that my heart may sing your praises and not be silent. Lord my God, I will praise you forever.” (Psalm 30:11-12) Here in this Psalm we are reminded of what is at the very heart of all true worship — a grateful and glad response to God’s work. God is … Continue reading God’s Work
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
Making time every morning to submerge myself in a Psalm helps me: See God as he really is See the world as it really is See the sin that lurks in my heart See the ‘stuff’ of this world as the temporary trinkets of a world that is passing away See my daily need for a saviour And much, much more… Continue reading Rythmic Wonder: Devotionally Reading the Psalms Daily
“Praise the LORD, my soul, and forget not all his benefits” (Psalm 103:2) Eugene Peterson, writing about this verse says “Forgetfulness atrophies [wastes away] the muscles of praise and leaves them flabby and passive.” Forgetfulness, for the Christian, is similar to me not lacing up my running shoes. The effects may not be seen straight away, but the inevitable creep of flabbiness and lethargy will eventually become … Continue reading A Prayer for the Spiritual Flabby
This prayer was first published on our church website here HERE IS A PRAYER IF YOU ARE FEELING PARCHED BY THIS CURRENT PANDEMIC: Sovereign Lord, with parched hearts, caused by the disruptive effects of this pandemic, we turn our eyes to you and pray. We long for the days when hands can be shaken, hugs can be administered, coffee cups can be slurped (and on occasions, … Continue reading Feeling Parched?
This article was first published on our church website here READ “Joseph, a Levite from Cyprus, whom the apostles called Barnabas (which means “son of encouragement”)…” (Acts 4:36) THINK This really is quite a remarkable verse! In these 15 words from Acts 4, we read about a man called Joseph who made such an impression upon the Apostles that they started to give him a … Continue reading Acts 4: What is your nickname?
This devotional was first posted on our church website here READ On their release, Peter and John went back to their own people and reported all that the chief priests and the elders had said to them. When they heard this, they raised their voices together in prayer to God. “Sovereign Lord,” they said… (Acts 4:23-24a) THINK Pressure often reveals (or squeezes out of us) our … Continue reading Sovereign Lord