Be strong!

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Eph 6:10-20

  Life is war. That’s not all it is. But it is always that. Our weakness in prayer is owing largely to our neglect of this truth. Prayer is primarily a wartime walkie-talkie for the mission of the Church as it advances against the powers of darkness and unbelief. It is not surprising that prayer […]

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Walk in Love

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Ephesians 5

    People’s views about what love is like, can vary like our British weather. You ask people what’s love like? And You’re likely to get all sorts – goodness, lust, compassion, passion, bitter-sweet, it’s unconditional, it’s conditional. Sure enough there are some commonalities across answers but the differences in opinions highlight how subjective such […]

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Being built up

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Ephesians 4

Good sermons hook your interest, show you some truth from the Scriptures and then how to apply it to daily life. Paul’s letter to the church in Ephesus is similar. He starts off with the mind blowing lavish spiritual blessings they already had because of Jesus. Then he unfolds the wonders of the grace of […]

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My favourite prayer

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Eph 3:14-20

The gospel is incredible. It is the manifold, or multi-coloured, wisdom of God to be made known everywhere on heaven and earth. As Paul explains it, you can tell he is blown away by it and wants to pray and praise God. He bows the knee, putting down his pen to talk to his Father […]

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Earn it?

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Ephesians 2

At the start of the movie Saving Private Ryan, an old man is visiting the D-Day cemeteries in Normandy with his family. He breaks down crying in front of row after row of white crosses and finally mumbles: “Did I earn it?” It turns out, he is the Private Ryan saved by Tom Hanks’ platoon […]

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Who we are in Christ

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Ephesians 1

Wow what an incredible chapter! There is so much in this chapter. I have read it several times and got something new out of it each time. This passage speaks so much of our identity – who we are now we have Christ in our lives. V7 ‘Since we are now joined to Christ, we […]

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Bearing one another’s burdens

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Galatians 6

Yesterday we saw Paul sneakily sum up the whole law as “love your neighbour” (Gal 5:14) If we walk in the Spirit doing that we fulfil it. Sneaky because although “Love God” would have been the more obvious choice – we can fake that, whereas loving people is hard to fake and really needs empowering […]

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Freedom!

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Gal 5

One of the worst sermons I ever listened to started with a glorious exposition on the grace of God from Romans 6. It ended with the application point that we must still obey the ten commandments to be a good Christian. In the final ten minutes the preacher undid all the grace he had taught […]

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I don’t like thorns!

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2 Cor 12

I don’t like thorns! We spent a happy afternoon in September picking the juiciest blackberries to freeze for winter. We are enjoying blackberry and apple steamed puddings and crumbles at the weekends now. But I don’t like all the thorns as you are picking them. They are sore and hard to get out with tweezers. […]

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