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Category: Devotional

Waiting by the waters

Lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from the evil one

It’s been a while since we last looked at the Lord’s Prayer together. We’ve honoured God, asked him to meet our physical/material needs and then turned, lastly, to our spiritual need in asking for forgiveness. If our last petition dealt with sins committed in the past, today’s petition looks forward to the dangers that lie…
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The Hunt for Happiness and Hope…

I’m anticipating a lot of smiles on Sunday as we gather together in the Church building for the first service in a long time (even if said smiles are hidden under facemasks!). As a young boy, I always went to Church on Easter Sunday with a smile on my face. I knew there was a…
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“Forgive us our debts, as we forgive our debtors.”

Both parts of this petition can be difficult for us to understand. Forgive us our debts.. Firstly, why must Christians keep on praying ‘forgive us our debts’? Weren’t we forgiven when we first came to Christ? Why keep asking for forgiveness? Can’t we just pray the ‘sinners prayer’ get forgiven and get on with our…
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Bread of life

Give us this day our Daily Bread

As we’ve noted already, the Lord’s Prayer (like the 10 Commandments) begins with God; his holiness, his kingdom, his worth. Then about halfway through the prayer, we come to our needs praying “give us this day, our daily bread.” Some (who have the luxury of taking food for granted) have struggled with this transition between…
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Super moon here

Thy Will be Done

As we come to the third petition of the Lord’s prayer, we might ask a simple question. Why would we want to pray “Thy will be done”? Isn’t prayer asking for what we want? Why pray “thy will be done” and not “my will be done”? There is much we could say in response to…
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Cross with sun piercing through

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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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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