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This article the last in a three-part article: Come and See based on the passage John 1:35-42 So in the passage, Jesus utters the famous words: “Come and See”. They weren’t enthralled because He had a nice home, or because Jesus was a good philosopher, or because He said good jokes, or because He promised them a good job. They had met someone who penetrated their deep hearts, who had an answer for their deepest longing, their...
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This article the second of a three-part article: Come and See based on the passage John 1:35-42   When we wish to find out more about a person, our first impulse is to look them up on social media; to find out what they like, who their friends are, where they work and where they go on holiday. But to really get to know the person, we need to meet them face to face and spend...
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When was the last time someone enthusiastically told you to ‘Come and See’ something? What can be so new and exciting? These words are heard at the beginning of John’s Gospel. They are an invitation, an appointment none of us would want to miss. Read: John 1:35-42   The Lamb of God In this passage once again John the Baptist appears. He is sending an indirect invitation to all of us: ‘Look, See the Lamb of...
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 1.  A New Experience of God’s Love Because of the Lord's great love we are not consumed, for his compassions never fail.  They are new every morning; great is your faithfulness (Lam 3:23).   2.  New Joy He put a new song in my mouth, a hymn of praise to our God. Many will see and fear and put their trust in the LORD.   Blessed is the man who makes the LORD his trust, who does not look to the...
St Augustine called Bethlehem 'the holiest spot on earth'. It was on this spot, that just like all babies do at their birth, God first cried. But in this cry was also the cry of the Son of God who in unfathomable humility became a man so we would hear the cry of the Father's heart more clearly: “I love you and I want to save you from your sins and...
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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...