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Taking Stock

As we begin a new year we have a natural desire to take stock of the old one, that’s the impulse that lies beneath much of our resolutions. Isaiah’s scathing review of Israel’s condition in the opening chapter of his prophecy serves to gives us two important warnings as we do it: Beware of confidence…

The Aftermath of Christmas

When Christmas is done, the presents all opened, the dinners all eaten, normal life beckons. The question is, for the follower of Christ, what is normal supposed to look like? Joseph’s experience of the aftermath of the first Christmas helps us to reflect on exactly that question with three insights, Find your joy in the right…

God has spoken

in these last days he has spoken to us by his Son (Hebrews 1:2) The beginning of the letter to the Hebrews gives us another perspective on Christmas, a God’s-eye view so to speak. Reminding us that one of the great blessings of the incarnation is the profound increase in the intimacy with which we…

Not a message, but a mission

In our carol service, with readings from Genesis 3 and 12, Isaiah, Luke and Matthew, we tried to recapture the whole of the Christmas story to help us remember, once again, that Christmas isn’t just a message from God but a mission undertaken by God.

Zechariah and Elizabeth

it seemed good also to me to write an orderly account for you … so that you may know the certainty of the things you have been taught (Luke 1:3-4) There’s a great need to recover Christmas as an historical fact, too often it seems to have become little more than a beautiful fable, a children’s story…

A Shakey Start, Part II

Our LifeGroups are working through a study guide on the book of Judges called, “Judges – The Flawed and the Flawless” by Tim Keller. On those weeks, the group who meet in our building also work through the same material. This is our second week, looking at the second chapter and forms the conclusion of the initial study – A Shaky…

Christ’s Victory

Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ! In his great mercy he has given us new birth into a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead (1 Peter 1:3) As we have worked our way through the presentation of the Gospel found in the Two Ways to…

What do we pray?

This, then, is how you should pray Matthew 6:9 In the Sermon on the Mount Jesus is overturning the lies the world has told us: lies about what is important and what is not, lies about how to be happy and, even, what happiness is. In his teaching on prayer he overthrows both the corruption…