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For we are God’s workmanship, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do. Eph 2:10 On my recent visit to Florence recently, I went to the Galleria della Accademia to see the famous Four Prisoners of Michaleangelo. I was reminded of this story. Out for a walk with his friend in a garden in Florence, Michelangelo stumbled across a block of marble lying...
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SEVEN 2015 has now come to an end. Over 7 weeks, more than 400 participants embarked on a journey of a discovery of God and how faith really helps us make sense of our lives! During each session we answered 7 questions on the character of God, the meaning of salvation, how to connect in prayer, why the Bible is the Word of God and how to overcome obstacles to...
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Blog post by Andrew Consiglio, Leader and Director of Youth Fellowship The last time I saw him he didn’t speak to me with words but with a broad smile. Our community meeting had just finished and Gianni’s devoted parents were getting all the kids organised into the car whilst I stopped to chat with them before we all rushed off for Sunday lunch. Just a few weeks later, we received the...
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Blog post by Andrew Consiglio, Leader and Director of Youth Fellowship Johnny enters the kitchen whilst his mum is placing a dish of roast beef into the oven. ‘Can I kill this?’ he asks her with panic in his voice. His mother answers: “It depends what ‘this’ is Johnny.” If it were a cockroach, the woman would have joined her son in exterminating the creature; if it were the intrusive stray...
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Blog post by Andrew Consiglio, Leader and Director of Youth Fellowship Recently I was out for my jog. Although it was after 6.30p.m, the sun was still beating down on us, making the run even more strenuous than it would usually be. Eyeing a stretch of shade on the other side of the road, I signalled to my friend that I was going to cross the street for some respite from...
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The days are longer, exam time is over, the heat very much felt and a time of unwinding and resting in summer is most welcome for many students and young people. To beat the heat we have air conditioners, fans, swimming, outdoor BBQs and so on. But there also is another ‘heat’ we need to ‘beat’ - various temptations, spiritual laziness, the struggle to remain faithful to prayer and keeping...
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Gone are the days when I used maps when we are driving abroad. Our GPS device not only helps us plan our journey but immediately finds our exact location. Despite this, there are times when the signal is not caught and I know of people whose GPS played up and crashed - with no map to refer to, they found themselves at a loss. In our spiritual lives, periodically we need...
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No matter how long we have been practising our faith, God still has surprises in store for us. In my recent missionary trip to Ethiopia, I was able to discover the Lord's heart in a new way - in the poorest of the poor.  As Michael Card’s song of the same title goes, ‘In His distressing disguise, He hopes that we'll realise, that when we take care of the poorest of...
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Maybe many of us have been told something unpleasant but at the same time, whoever it was who was telling it to us said ‘but don't take it personally’. Maybe the person meant well or maybe they didn’t. But as afar as the events of Holy Week are concerned, the One who proclaims the Good News to us not only means very well but invites us to take it very personally: the...
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For anyone even slightly familiar with the Bible, the name ‘Exodus’ evokes images of the Israelites being freed from slavery and crossing the Red Sea into freedom. The word is still used today to describe the movement en masse of people from one place to another. Maybe fewer know that in the original Hebrew bible, this book is called ‘The Book of Names’ because the title is taken from the first...