Thought for the Week

A prayer for power

Last Sunday, we were studying Paul’s wonderful prayer-report in Ephesians 3:14-21, and I suggested that we try praying it every day this week.  It then occurred to me that it might be helpful to re-write it as a prayer – which might make it easier actually to pray!… Our great Father, You are Father indeed:

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What’s wrong with rights?

Individual rights are part of everyday life.  There is the right to vote, the right to a fair trial, the right to free speech and freedom of religion, and (in some parts of the world) the right to bear arms.  We may even be heard exclaiming with exasperation, “Don’t I have the right to some

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I have a dream

Fifty years ago this week, Martin Luther King delivered his famous “I have a dream” speech in Washington DC. I learned that, although he had used those words in previous speeches, he wasn’t planning to use them in his prepared speech for that day – until a friend of his, the gospel singer Mahalia Jackson,

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Jesus is human, too

Is Jesus the Son of God? Yes, of course he is! However, we can be so used to affirming and defending this truth that we can forget or neglect the complementary truth that he is human. (Note that Jesus is human still, as well as divine. Having become a man once, he has remained a

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Confessions of a perfectionist

I think I’ve known it for many years but lived in denial, and you may well have suspected it, but the fact is now undeniable: I’m a perfectionist.  Recently, I was recommended a talk with this wonderful title: “Perfectly Dreadful – recognizing and overcoming perfectionism.”  As I listened, I thought, “That’s me!”  Given that there

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Passing thoughts

Sometimes I find myself thinking it would be easier to be a Christian facing persecution rather than living, as we do, with the silent seduction of our materialistic society. For most of us, life in this world is so comfortable and pleasant – or at least it promises to be – that we can easily

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What do you want?

Human beings have desires.  It’s part of what it means to be human.  We want all sorts of things: some are good and some bad; some we’re happy to own up to, while others are closely guarded secrets; some we’re barely aware of ourselves.  The thing is, what we want, what we really want, is

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Changing Grace

Changing grace You could easily miss the letter of Jude in your Bible.  It’s so short and it has only one chapter. In case you haven’t found it yet, it’s tucked in just before Revelation.  And it may be small, but it packs a punch – as we’ve been discovering in our evening services.  It

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How to have a ‘Quiet Time’

    I thought I would pass on the wisdom Giles shared with us on this topic at the weekend away – or at least what I can remember of it.  A ‘quiet time’ is simply time alone with God, reading his word and praying.  It’s not commanded in Scripture, but it’s a good habit

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True Love

True love   This week I heard a story about a woman who wore a locket on a chain around her neck.  She had never been married, so her friends wondered whose picture could be inside.  Was it someone she had loved and lost – perhaps a member of her family, her mother or maybe

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