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Ephesians 3 Prayer

Ephesians 3 Prayer

This is my favourite passage of scripture, so I thought I’d have a little play with it this morning.     We kneel before you, Father We’re named in your love, our whole family in you In heaven and on earth. Out of your glorious riches, too exquisite to behold May you restore us with your power Through your Spirit in our inmost being. May you, Christ Jesus, abide in our deepest hearts Through faith alone. And may we who…

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The Virtual Maundy Thursday Labyrinth

The Virtual Maundy Thursday Labyrinth

Many churches partake in a ‘Labyrinth’ on Maundy Thursday. People are invited to walk through pathways, usually in a church/hall, and pause at certain ‘stations’ to contemplate on Jesus’ journey through this day. Well, I can’t always get out to a church, and I reckon a fair few of you can’t, either. So instead of going to the Labyrinth, I’m attempting to bring the Labyrinth to you. And to me. I hope that your journey through this virtual Labyrinth brings…

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Tale Older than Time

Tale Older than Time

Beauty and the Beast? I’m going to do that thing where you say ‘Ah! That’s a bit like Jesus, that is.’ Sorry. So Adventure Girl and I finally went to see the new movie version. The 90s cartoon version was her favourite film as a little girl, and the movie took me back to hazy Sunday afternoons slumped on the sofa, catching up on sleep while my little girl with her endless energy spun around the room in her somewhat…

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A Walk Through Sacred

A Walk Through Sacred

On the last but one night at New Wine 2016, I took a walk through the camp. A normal stroll, an everyday thing. An achievement for me, certainly, but it turned out to be so much more, because the ordinary hurtled me headlong into the sacred. It was a balmy evening, the last rays of sunshine bathing the showground in a gentle light, the only sign of a huge deluge a few hours before a few puddles where welly-clad toddlers…

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Christmas: It’s for the sorted, right?

Christmas: It’s for the sorted, right?

Here I am; another Christmas, another infection. Actually, the last two Christmasses have been good, infection free, and I’ve been free to join in with all that seems to make Christmas – carol singing, present buying and wrapping, Christmas meals out, Christmas food. I’ve been in on that this year too, well, up to two days ago, when my lungs decided they weren’t going to play ball. Since then, I’ve lain in bed or on the sofa, again observing Christmas…

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What does it feel like to be disappointed by God?

What does it feel like to be disappointed by God?

I hear that phrase a lot. ‘Disappointment with God.’ There’s even a book with the same title (a very good book, actually.) People often ask me if I am disappointed with God, and if I say I am not, say that I should be. And if I say that yes, today actually I am, I may get the ‘oh don’t worry, he has plans to prosper and not to harm’ etc. I know. I’ve used it myself. But thinking about…

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Yet Another SF and Suffering Blogpost.

Yet Another SF and Suffering Blogpost.

I know, I know, there are thousands floating round the internet. But seeing as I am sitting propped up in bed and have just taken painkillers, I have a window where I may be able to pen something that makes some kind of sense. Possibly. First of all I should link to Adventure Bloke’s musings on the subject – he preached it on Sunday, and it is Very Good. http://carterclan.me.uk/sermons/so-what-about-bone-cancer-in-children/ I think that words like Mr Fry’s can be seriously…

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Trust in the Lord with all your heart?

Trust in the Lord with all your heart?

How easy is it to live out Proverbs 3 vs 5-6 when your life does not seem to tally with what it appears to promise? 5 Trust in the Lord with all your heart    and lean not on your own understanding;6 in all your ways acknowledge him,    and he will make your paths straight. I admit to occasionally using this as a slight cop-out. Perhaps in a situation where things don’t go as I hope and where I can’t understand what God is up…

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Where is God when it doesn’t hurt?

Where is God when it doesn’t hurt?

I’ve been pondering on this one a little of late. Over the summer, after I came out of hospital in early June, I felt considerably better. For a considerable amount of time – around two months in all. I had some glimpses into ‘normality’, whatever that may be – life without pain, without my lungs feeling constantly full of rubbish which won’t go no matter how much physio I do and without all the associated stuff that goes alongside this….

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The Great Unknown

The Great Unknown

I’m very taken by some lyrics from a Hillsong United song at the moment. The song is called ‘Oceans’ and the words go: ‘You called me out upon the watersThe Great Unknown,Where feet may fail.And there I find you in the mysteryIn Oceans DeepMy faith will stand….’ There is something in these words that resonate deeply in my spirit. Whatever some may say, as Christians we do not have a golden ticket to a happy, healthy and wealthy life. We…

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