Monthly Archives: August 2016

Offering Thanks on Sunday Morning (and going to the bookies.)

Offering Thanks on Sunday Morning (and going to the bookies.)

On the 14th of August and 31st of July I spoke on the Offerings of Thanks that we have used and modified, it was hard to try and speak to all of the concerns people have raised. I aimed not to defend the prayers but to help people to understand my heart and reasoning. I’m hoping now that we can put this bed. There is one exception, I didn’t get round to talking about one …

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Waiting and Pressing In (ELA3)

All of our kids love being dated.  Caroline and I take them out from time to time, one on one.  Elias likes Costa Coffee, Daniel and Emmanuelle like Macdonalds.  As an introvert thinker Elias doesn’t offer many thought or feelings in the normal run of life. After a whole bambiccino (or whatever they call them in Costa) and maybe a snack he will open up and I rejoice in the gems. Dan and I had …

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Stating the Obvious (ELA2)

“Love your neighbour,”  “Love your enemy,”  “It’s the kindness of God that leads to repentance.” These are are revolutionary words, but familiarity has bred indifference.  It’s entirely possible that Christians walk through every day without interacting on any deep level with anyone outside of their own family, colleagues and friends. These are people we love (or at least know well) and many of them could be believers.  So when we see “the culture” “the world” …

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Psalm 67 (ELA 1)

“May God be gracious to us and bless us and make his face shine on us— so that your ways may be known on earth, your salvation among all nations.” ‭‭Psalm‬ ‭67:1-2‬ ‭NIV‬‬ If you turn this psalm’s opening into a prayer, you start by asking God to bless you. Asking him to give us a countenance like Moses. You could paraphrase it by saying, bless me and make me look great, so that your …

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Summing Up (NW6)

So, I’ve been a bit more prolific whilst in conference mode.  Having left New Wine, totally lost it preaching on Sunday, (A 10 minute plan became a lengthy passionate exhortation, no idea what I said, might need to get the podcast. ) I’m now up at the European Leaders Advance in glorious Yorkshire.  I think I need to change the name of this blog to “First Drafts,” I often forget that anyone is going to …

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