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Jonah: it wasn’t supposed to be like this

Jonah: it wasn’t supposed to be like this

Today we get that awkward bit in Jonah. A prophet wasn’t supposed to be upset when a warning is heeded. King’s aren’t supposed to take notice.

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Forgiveness

Forgiveness

For us there’s always forgiveness, no matter what we’ve done, how far we’ve strayed or how many times we have erred. God forgives every time.

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Restoration People

Restoration People

If two of us agree on something it has heavenly consequences. It’s meant to put us on notice. A community marked by love and restoration.

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Is there a burning bush waiting for you?

Is there a burning bush waiting for you?

Perhaps there is a burning bush out there, waiting just for you? Let’s find out more from a God eager to talk about new directions.

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Get out of the boat

Get out of the boat

There were 12 disciples – but only one felt inclined to get out of the boat and take a short walk. Perhaps you are that one person in 12?

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Click here for your free gift

Click here for your free gift

What if you received an e-mail from ‘God’? Would you open it? Would it make a difference if ‘God’ was offering you a free gift but you had to press on a link?

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Water is life

Water is life

The Bible is full of water stories. From Genesis when God moved over the water to Revelation and the river of the water of life. Water, water everywhere!

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My yoke is easy – really?

My yoke is easy – really?

Doesn’t that sound wonderful? Rest. An easy yoke. A light burden. Sounds almost too good to be true, in today’s rapid-fire, high-pressure, no-excuses world.

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It’s good to talk

It’s good to talk

Jesus had told his disciples: “go, make disciples of all nations, baptising them and teaching them”. Jesus was saying: “Tell everyone. It’s good to talk!”

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Jesus applauding the key workers

Jesus applauding the key workers

It was 8pm and it was a Thursday. Jesus was stood outside the front door at the time, applauding the key workers…

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Prepared to be different

Prepared to be different

Jesus says: “I am sending you out like sheep among wolves”. When the going gets tough, you are going to have to dig-in. You must prepare to be different.

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The Trinity and other ways of understanding

The Trinity and other ways of understanding

A long time ago when I was a Reader, I was gifted the privilege of speaking on Trinity Sunday to our Parade Service, which meant lots of children of all ages, including the adult children of our Church. It was chaos!

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The power to glow – 2

The power to glow – 2

That’s what we need this Pentecost – power for the people of God. The power to glow and burst into flame! The power to mobilise us again. To break through the cosiness and comfort within the walls of our buildings and take the gospel out into the community around us!

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How do we get him back?

How do we get him back?

“So, we got Jesus in there. How do we get him back out again?” It must have been a dilemma for God and his angelic extraction team as they figured out how to reunite Father and Son.

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How vast beyond all measure

How vast beyond all measure

As I read and re-read today’s verses from John’s gospel, I found a song growing in my mind. A song which grew louder and stronger: Stuart Townend’s ‘How deep the Father’s love for us, how vast beyond all measure’.                   

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