“Vindicate me, Lord, for I have led a blameless life; I have trusted in the Lord and have not faltered. Test me, Lord, and try me, examine my heart and my mind; for I have always been mindful of your unfailing love and have lived in reliance on your faithfulness.” verses 1-2 The Psalms have […]
Over the last term, at Kingsgate Community Church, I spoke about three glorious world altering cultures found in the benediction in 2 Corinthians 13:14: May the grace of the Lord Jesus Christ, and the love of God, and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit be with you all. These cultures are: A community of people […]
The following prayer is from The Valley of Vision (a collection of puritan prayers and devotions). What a prayer!
”Holy Scripture is the garment which our Lord Christ has put on and in which He lets Himself be seen and found. This garment is woven throughout and so wrought together into one that it cannot be cut or parted.” – MARTIN LUTHER
‘Behold, the virgin shall conceive and bear a son, and they shall call his name “Immanuel”‘ (Matt 1:23) Familiarity can so quickly lead to the loss of awe. I think this is especially true with the Christmas message. For example, hearing the word Immanuel should send shudders of joy and excitement surging through our bones! Why? Let […]
A week ago we started a three part series, looking at the topsy-turvy nature of Christmas. What I mean by this is, have you ever stopped for a moment and considered how topsy-turvy, upside-down and back-to-front the story of that first Christmas really is? It may be familiar to many of us, but there is nothing normal […]
This week, as we return to my series of thoughts and reflections which arose during the course of my sabbatical, I would like to talk about the importance of being present. ‘Just then his disciples came back. They marveled that he was talking with a woman, but no one said, “what do you seek?” or […]