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Category Archives: freedom
From Scattered Sheep to Sent Shepherds
It’s amazing how you can read a very familiar part of the Bible and yet see something new in it! Recently I was reading about the time when Peter said that he would never deny Jesus (Matthew 26): 31 Then Jesus … Continue reading
Posted in acceptance, Bible, discipleship, Faith, freedom, God loves us, Learning, Life experiences, Relationship with God, vulnerability Tagged Acts 10, Do you love me more than these, failure is a part of life, feed my sheep, free to fail, God restores, jesus restores peter, John 21, Matthew 26, peter denies Jesus, peters denial of Jesus, restoration, scattered sheep, sent shepherds, shepherds, you will deny me 3 times, Zechariah 13 Leave a comment
God Carries the Anxieties of the World
Anxiety is a real problem for many people. According to recent research, 6% of people in the UK suffer with a generalized anxiety disorder¹ and most of the rest of us will have to contend with different levels of anxiety as … Continue reading
Our Sins are Washed Away and the Spirit is Poured Out!
God washes away our sins! This cleansing from sin isn’t just about a ticket to heaven, it’s also about the beginning of a new life in relationship with God. You see, God isn’t satisfied with just cleansing us from sin, he … Continue reading
Posted in discipleship, Faith, Following Jesus, freedom, God is with us, Holy Spirit, Life in all it's fullness, Relationship with God, salvation, Saved by Jesus Tagged cleansed from sin, empowered by the Holy Spirit, he will save his people from their sins, jesus saves us, receive the Holy Spirit, saved by grace, Saved by Jesus, saved from sin, sin, Spirit poured out, Titus 3 4-7 Leave a comment
Today is an Exciting Day!!!!!!!!!
Today is an exciting day for me! Our church boiler which has had no end of problems is being replaced with a larger capacity boiler which is also a very well known make. As our installer was ripping out the … Continue reading
Posted in change, Faith, Following Jesus, freedom, Life experiences Tagged broken, brokenness, finding freedom, God renews, God restores, new start, restoration Leave a comment
A Simple Creative Activity to Remind us that the Cross Cleanses
A simple idea that can be used in messy church, family activity or even a Sunday morning service to illustrate how the cross cleanses us from sin. Start with a blank canvas with some masking tape in the shape of … Continue reading
Posted in Being honest about our faith, creative communication, Faith, forgiveness, freedom, salvation, Saved by Jesus Tagged 1 john 1.9, cleansed from sin, creative learning, cross, jesus died for us, Jesus died once for all, learning through fun, our salvation cost Jesus everything, salvation, Saved by Jesus, why did Jesus die? Leave a comment
Finding Freedom from Guilt
Lots of us live with guilt, but is that what God wants for us? Christians believe that our sins can be forgiven, but we also need to accept that God wants to take our guilt away! This was David’s experience: Finally, I … Continue reading
A Creative Communion Service Inspired by John 8.1-12
At the end of our service last Sunday, our Communion table looked like this. We started the service thinking about the parable of the lost sheep (Luke 15.1-7). We watched a short video animation of the story (see below) and then … Continue reading
Posted in acceptance, Being honest about our faith, creative communication, Faith, forgiveness, freedom, grace, salvation, Saved by Jesus Tagged communion, creative communication, creative prayer, forgiveness, go and sin no more, God has forgiven us, grace of God, Jesus let go of his opportunity to be rescued so that he could rescue us, Jesus rescuer, john 8, lost sheep, Prayer station, saved by grace, Saved by Jesus, saved from sin, woman caught in adultery, you alone can rescue 1 Comment
The One About Insecure Wi-fi
I logged into some WI-FI while I was away recently and I got an error message on my laptop saying that the ‘WI-FI was insecure’. My understanding is that my antivirus software was trying to warn me that anything that … Continue reading
Posted in change, depression, doubt, Faith, freedom, God loves us, Life experiences, words hurt Tagged encourage one another, encouragement, finding freedom, foundation in life, free to fail, freedom from fear, freedom from negative thoughts, freedom in christ, God our foundation, insecurity, Jenga, seeing past flaws, seeing past the negative, self worth, wifi, words hurt Leave a comment
The One Where the Panels Appeared Broken
So, I received an e-mail that said that the solar panels had generated nothing for the previous month. Unfortunately I received it on a day when I couldn’t get to the church to check on the system and so I had to try to … Continue reading
Posted in Faith, freedom, Life experiences Tagged christian analogy of solar panels and the sun, do not be afraid, fix you, fix you coldplay, God restores, God wants to fix you, have a break, investing in our relationship with God, jesus can fix us, life experiences, relationship with God, relationships, restoration, slowing down, solar energy, time is precious, time to stop Leave a comment
The One About the Slippery Slope
Have you ever wondered how Judas the disciple of Jesus become Judas the betrayer of Jesus? It’s quite a change to go from a loyal follower of Jesus to become the person who started the chain of events that led to his arrest, … Continue reading
Posted in change, Faith, forgiveness, freedom Tagged break the cycle of negativity, forgiveness, freedom, freedom from negative thoughts, if you think you are standing firm be careful you don't fall, judas betrayed Jesus, mouth speaks what heart is full of, negativity is destructive, pour our your hearts, responding to negativity, seeing past the negative, smedes forgiveness, To forgive is to set a prisoner free and discover that the prisoner was you, Why did Judas betray Jesus 1 Comment