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“For those who feel their lives are a grave disappointment to God, it requires enormous trust and reckless, raging confidence to accept that the love of Jesus Christ knows no shadow of alteration or change. When Jesus said, “Come to me, all you who labour and are heavy burdened,” He assumed we would grow weary, […]

five on Friday

Jesus said you are to love one another as I have loved you, a love that will possibly lead to the bloody, anguish gift of yourself, a love that forgives seven times seven, that keeps no record of wrong. This is the criterion, sole norm, the standard of discipleship in the New Israel of God.” […]

simplicity

“The Christian mission was not directed merely at centres of power. It was consciously aimed at the common people, and the ideals of simplicity and humility were never far from the minds of those who had to propagate their faith…..” Henry Chadwick, The Early Church

five on Friday

“You don’t follow Jesus like you follow someone on twitter, where you are free to take or leave their thoughts at your leisure. Following Jesus is not letting Him come into your life to be an influence. Following Jesus means submitting to Him in all areas at all times regardless of whether you agree with […]

five on Friday

“When we learn to read the story of Jesus and see it as the story of the love of God, doing for us what we could not do for ourselves—that insight produces, again and again, a sense of astonished gratitude which is very near the heart of authentic Christian experience. “ N.T. Wright 1 Really […]

humbled

as ever to grapple with God’s word. And so today the invited passage, is these immense verses from Colossians 3. It’s another expansive brilliant invitation. To put on Christ. To be renewed and reformed by the very life of the Holy Spirit. To be clothed with Christ. How about it……?

prayer….

is a struggle. And yet it is what we are called to, most of all.  I’m preaching on Acts 4 today, as part of a great series on the Continuing Acts of Jesus. This is a game-changing prayer and its what stirs up faith, life and the mission that God most desires for us. Here’s […]

five on Friday

John Stott in his commentary on 1 Thessalonians: “We must never divorce what God has married, namely his Word and his Spirit. The Word of God is the Spirit’s sword. The Spirit without the Word is weaponless; the Word without the Spirit is powerless.” 1 The sanctification debate afresh, well summarised here.  2 Ministry in the […]

how

Go on. Lead with a yes. Trust people. Encourage people. Nurture the best in everyone you come across. Believe that everyone wants to make a difference in the world. Every believer is a potential church planter. Everyone is a minister and a missionary. The first twelve disciples were not the dream team. They were far from […]

five on Friday

“Listen to your life. See it for the fathomless mystery that it is. In the boredom and pain of it no less than in the excitement and gladness: touch, taste, smell your way to the holy and hidden heart of it because in the last analysis all moments are key moments, and life itself is grace.” Frederick Buechner […]

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