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Thy Kingdom Come!

As a child of the 80’s I well remember Belinda Carlisle singing “Heaven is a Place on Earth!” Whatever the lyric was meant to mean, I’m sure it was never intended to be taken literally. Heaven is not a place on earth. And yet something of heaven should be found here, and now. “The Kingdom…
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Hope horizon

Hallowed Be Thy Name

The first requests of the Lord’s Prayer, like the first instructions of the Ten Commandments, are concerned with God and the greatness of his name. “Hallowed be thy name”, or as one modern translation puts it “may your name be regarded as holy!” It is deeply saddening to see how God’s name has become little…
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Father compassion

Our Father who art in heaven

Pray as a family member Last week we focussed on the glorious gospel truth of adoption. “But to all who did receive him, who believed in his name, he gave the right to become children of God, who were born, not of blood nor of the will of the flesh nor of the will of…
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Prayer

This, then is how you should pray

I had a surprise visit from a very kind member of the Church family on Monday morning, and he came bearing gifts- books to read! One of those books is by Philip Keller, it’s subject ‘The Lord’s Prayer’ I have had in my mind throughout this pandemic the possibility of reflecting on the topic of…
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Bread of life

The Bread of Life

I hope you enjoyed your Burns’ Night on Monday. When I was first exploring a call to full time vocational ministry I spent a year studying at Belfast Bible College. It was a great experience; to be part of a community of people from all over the world, yet wonderfully one in Christ. On Burns’…
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Cross on mountain

Behold the Man!

“Then Pilate took Jesus and flogged him. 2 And the soldiers twisted together a crown of thorns and put it on his head and arrayed him in a purple robe. 3 They came up to him, saying, “Hail, King of the Jews!” and struck him with their hands. 4 Pilate went out again and said…
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Merry Christmas

The Seasonal Song that (nearly) got away!

Comparing some of the most well-known Christmas songs with the true message and meaning of the season has been an interesting experience. I thought I had chosen a decent selection, until yesterday. Deborah said ‘I’m surprised you never chose Santa Clause is coming to Town’. I hate to admit it, but she was right- I…
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Christmas tree gifts

The Greatest Gift

We have a new addition to our Christmas tree this year, a ‘tree skirt’. For the uninitiated, a tree skirt is like a woolly blanket which sits at the foot of the tree. It looks good, but will -soon enough- be covered over in presents. And early (too early) on Christmas morning the girls will…
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Hope horizon

The First Thing He Did

As I write, it’s 30th November, St Andrew’s Day. I’m not sure why St Andrew is the patron saint of Scotland (and Romania, Greece, Russia, Ukraine and Poland) but it’s got me thinking about him. Unlike his brother, Andrew doesn’t feature prominently on the pages of Scripture. There’s a lot we don’t know about him.…
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God so loved

God so loved

Much to the girls’ excitement our Christmas tree is now officially up! I remain unsure how ‘Christian’ the tradition of the tree actually is, but there are certainly things in it which can point us to the true message and meaning of Christmas. Firstly, as presents gather at the foot of the tree we ought…
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