Our most basic of needs is to be nurtured and loved. When these are not experienced well we suffer from pain and rejection. Painless people don’t exist except in fairytales and many advertisements. Our experience of rejection can fall into at least broad 3 categories The rejection we all experience as a result of original sin. The rejection many of us experience from imperfect parenting and other difficult childhood experiences. The rejection we experience...
Pharrell Williams’s upbeat and catchy song ‘Happy’ is known all over the world. Maybe few people ask what the lyrics really mean, most especially, ‘Clap along if you feel like a room without a roof’. When someone asked the singer, ‘Why is a room without a roof happy?’ he answered, ‘It is metaphorical for one's space without limit… This emotion can be infinite and achievable by all.’ But is happiness just...
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The call of every Christian is to be a missionary disciple. To be a disciple of Jesus is to be a talmid, someone who learns and listens. Most of all, it means that we develop an intimate relationship with Jesus in prayer and grow in holiness. He wants to work in us and also through us. “In virtue of their baptism, all the members of the People of God have become...
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Before speaking about the baptism, or outpouring, in the Spirit, I think it is important to understand what the renewal in the Spirit is, where this experience happens and of which it constitutes the source and the high point. Then we will better understand that the outpouring is not an event in and of itself but rather the beginning of a journey whose aim is the profound renewal of life...
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The Emmaus disciples encountered the Risen Lord and they strongly urged Him ‘Stay With Us’. Jesus wants to be with us all the times but we need to ask the question: how do I stay with Him? The passage from Luke 24:13-25 gives us some hints. It is suggested it that you would read it first. The so called ‘chiastic structure’ was a literary style used in ancient times and so...
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This is a guest post by Caroline Pullicino - a member of our community Psalm 139 is by far one of my favourite Psalms which never ceases to speak to me, whatever situation I am going through and it proves beyond any shadow of a doubt that God knows us so thoroughly well, inside and out, even more than we know ourselves. Let us take some time and pray this Psalm...
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Many of us heard about it, maybe fewer of us know its origin: the word ‘Lent’ comes from the Anglo-Saxon ‘spring-time’ – the time for the blossoming of new life. This is precisely what we are seeking to live in our relationship with God. So Lent starts with Ash Wednesday where we are reminded that ‘we are dust and to dust we shall return’. We are not here for ever but...
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This is a guest post by Nicky Portelli - a member of our community Recently my 7-year-old niece asked me, ‘Why doesn’t the sky fall down on our heads?’ I smiled at the innocence of the question but also because it reminded me of the many questions I asked when I was her age. Questions like: ‘Why does the moon follow me everywhere I go?’ ‘Why do aeroplanes seem to be flying so...
1. For 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. For a New Song of Joy I waited patiently for the LORD; he turned to me and heard my cry.  He lifted me out of the slimy pit, out of the mud and mire; he set my feet on...
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If you have not yet read part one, it can be found here; Help, I'm not sure how to pray - Part 1 We love to compare ourselves with others! Parents often compare us to our brothers, sisters and cousins. In Part 1, we reflected on the Parable of the Persistent Widow, which is a parable of contrast rather than comparison. In this parable, it is a person - the Pharisee – who is...