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Through our whole history, God is always coming to us. However there are two very important and definitive ‘comings’. The first one is the Incarnation (Jesus becomes one of us for our salvation) and the Second is the Parousia (Jesus will coming again in glory to judge the living and the dead). Advent reminds us that the two are linked: what happens to us in the Second Coming depends on...
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Every year, advent starts with a warning “Be Watchful, Be alert!” In the reading of the first Sunday from the Gospel of Mark, Jesus is not threatening us but instructing us to stay prepared because we do not know the hour when we will see him face to face.   Joyful Expectancy At one definitive point in history Jesus will be coming again. When the old is dismantled, the new is ushered in. Jesus...
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"You are so glorious Beautiful God You are my warrior Ruler of my heart" Pilgrim&King are one of the four bands that are currently serving in our Youth Ministry. Back in 2015 they released their first EP, 'Glorious'. Christopher Tate, the author of the title track tells us how it was written to remind us to worship God even in the tough times. "This song was written as a prayer to encourage us to worship God even during...
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"Sovereign healer Mighty in power Your mercy delivers us" One of the bands serving in our youth ministry, Pilgrim&King, have just come from our annual weekend, 'The Best Is Yet To Come', which forms part of the SEVEN course that launched last October and is reaching its conclusion this week. 'King of Heaven', one of their original songs, was first released in the 'Glorious' EP in 2015, but it was so well received, it was also included in the...
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This article builds up on our previous article "Vision Correction" A quick look at the more popular fairy-tales and movies reveals a common element: they all live happily ever after. Damsels are rescued, couples are united, the lost make their way home and the world is saved in the nick of time. But this is far from the reality of things. In actual fact, men rarely find a damsel in distress and women do...
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These days, image is everything. When we post a photo on social media, the tendency is to go the extra mile to make our lives look more exciting. Let’s face it, social media is the place to sell a dream. The thought of uploading a photo that is not the most flattering, taken in the best angle with the most appealing filter is unimaginable. For some, the 57 flawless “night out” pictures...
Persistence St Paul echoes the words of Jesus in 1 Thess 5:16 ‘Be joyful always;  pray continually;  give thanks in all circumstances. Seriously? I’m so busy I can hardly find time to pray for a few minutes let alone continuously and with persistence. But if you want to pray seriously it needs to be DELIBERATE. Put aside the time, stop at different moments of the days. God wants us to pray PASSIONATELY None of us ,...
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It’s great to fall in love with someone but it won’t last very long if you never meet and communicate. Decide to Respond In a similar way, the first and most important decision you will ever take in your life is not your career, where you will live or what gadget you will buy. Its whether in faith you will respond to God’s offer of love, friendship and salvation through Jesus Christ. For many...
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One of the greatest mistakes that can be done is to live our faith as a moral code alone. Doing this would be taking out the essence of salvation; supernatural grace. Both are essential. To live supernaturally we need to be people of prayer. Psalm 62 will give us some very practical points as a framework for prayer. Read Psalm 62 #1 Quieten your heart before God and thank him for his presence My soul...
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Because we know that the one who raised the Lord Jesus from the dead will also raise us with Jesus and present us with you in his presence. 2 Cor. 4:14 The resurrection of Jesus is unique. It doesn’t pretend Good Friday and death never happened. Rather they are the means of this new life, the tunnel which one has to go through to live again. Relationship Thank God for our baptism and...