Our gifts to a king 1

2015-01.1 Matthew 2:11 Monday, January 5, 2015 “What can I give Him…?”   A European artist’s “bleak midwinter” scene which, however, depicts a season of adversity with nothing evident to give – a good starting point. Matthew 2:11 (NIV)“…They saw the child with His mother, Mary, and they bowed down and worshipped Him. Then they opened their treasures…

Live Strong: Community as a Body 3

2014-10.3 Philippians 2:3, Romans 12:10 Wednesday, February 26, 2014 Preferring one another   Bethel team pastor Danny Silk’s book Culture of Honor is a must-read, coming out of an ongoing experience of sustained revival and presence of the Holy Spirit – a key to which, Danny says, is the church body relating in a Christlike…

Live strong: Community as a Body 1

2014-10.1 Romans 12:1-5 Monday, February 24, 2014 New mind, new perspective Our sense of entitlement bumps into everyone else like a backpack   Romans 12:3-5 Do not think of yourself more highly than you ought, but rather think of yourself with sober judgment, in accordance with the measure of faith God has given you. Just as…

Strong Man or Strong Church 2a

2014-03.3 Mark 6:11 Wednesday, January 15, 2014 Who is the occupying force of this ‘place’ Aidan of Lindisfarne – Celtic church leader of the 8th century WE SAW yesterday that there seem to be some kind of hierarchy of demonic forces and we may assume that they have different spheres of responsibility. Some are “crouching…

Year end 1

1 Samuel 7:12 Saturday, December 28, 2013 Marking what God has done, honouring Him 1 Samuel 7:12 Then Samuel took a stone and set it up between Mizpah and Shen. He named it Ebenezer [stone of help] saying, “Thus far has the Lord helped us.” ONE of the things that comes from a growing understanding of covenant, is…

Second-mile grace

Summary for the week Saturday, June 8, 2013 Second-mile grace Let’s look again at this week’s headings (covering 1 John 3:11-24): When friends prove fickle… learning to flow in grace… live generously. Values which hold us and guide us – like Speen Church’s values of being together, empowered, effective. We need values to hold us,…