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Lent – Day 28

Aim for Purity Have you ever heard someone say that the best way to get someone to do something is by telling them not to? It works particularly well with children & young people (so watch out!). A similar thing can happen when we know that something is wrong, but we’re tempted to do it anyway.…

Lent – Day 27

Rethinking Prayer One Sunday at church I asked all the children & young people to pray for their parents. To join them, and pray out loud that God would bless them & help them fulfil their responsibility as parents. It was beautiful to hear the whispers as they prayed – perhaps some praying out loud for…

Lent – Day 25

Firmly Anchored in the Storm Imagine for a moment that you’re on a boat, alone. It’s not a cross-channel ferry or cruise liner, but neither is it a dinghy or small fishing boat. It’s a pretty sturdy vessel of a good size – strong & stable. Looking to one side of the boat you see a…

Lent – Day 24

Doing *Your* Thing What is your thing? What is your gift/talent, or your passion? What one thing are you better at than everyone else in the world? This is no time to put yourself down (oh, I’m rubbish at pretty much everything) – be really honest with yourself. Let’s try asking it a slightly different…

Lent – Day 23

Can You Be Trusted? In yesterday’s reflection we mentioned two types of offering; a tithe (to give 10% of what you earn) and a Sabbath offering (to give 1 day in every 7 to God). Both require a measure of faith. To give 10% requires faith that the 90% will be enough to live on…

Lent – Day 22

You Can’t Out-Give God The subject of giving is a tricky one. It’s something we love other people to do for us, but it’s a much bigger challenge when we’re expected to do it for them. Let me be clear from the start though: I don’t want your money – and neither does God. Let…

Lent – Day 21

Coffee with God So we’re just starting the second half of Lent. I know that making 20 minutes a day to devote to God, explore his Word & reflect on what it says is a real challenge. I hope by now that you’ve noticed a difference – that your relationship with God is somehow deeper, more real,…

Lent – Day 20

Relationship not Rules The Pharisees were real sticklers for rules. They loved them. They loved to keep them. In fact they almost worshipped them, as they thought that following rules would please God & save them. When God appeared on earth in the person of Jesus they were in for an unpleasant surprise. He challenged…

Identity: Covered By Grace

Tonight was the first of our new fortnightly meetings and we spent some time digging into Scripture together. Still following the theme of Identity, but this week looking at a passage from the New Testament and trying to see what it reveals about who we are & how God feels about us. We started by drawing a portrait…