Minute from a Minister


28
Jan 2018

I do like sport, both playing it and watching it, but the older I get the more the latter is taking over. And one sport I like to watch, this time of the year, is tennis. And my favourite tennis player is probably your favourite tennis player too – if you too watch tennis. The one thing I am often fascinated about tennis is how often the commentators seemingly jinx someone. And it happens in all sports. And so, the commentator will say something like: “He hasn’t put a foot wrong all......

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21
Jan 2018

Today is ‘Launch Sunday’, our official ‘lift-off’ for 2018. But why do we have Launch Sunday every year, year after year? Well, ask yourself this question: ‘How can an arrow be effective?’ Answer: because it’s 1) targeted and 2) pointed and 3) has energy propelling it — that’s why. 1) So this means … if we aren’t trying to aim at anything, well … we’ll probably hit nothing! Reminding ourselves about what we’re on about as a church and as individual Christians can give us as a church and as individual believers......

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14
Jan 2018

I have just started going through a teaching series called ‘Radical’ by David Platt. It is a confronting and ‘in your face’ series. It is about how Christians in the west live so differently as followers of Jesus to the first Christians. Really, how we have missed Jesus’ teaching to radically follow him! It challenges us to think about our lives, asking the question. “Are you following God or are you asking God to follow and bless you and your dreams, agendas, desires, goals and life in general?” But, when you look......

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07
Jan 2018

By definition an acrostic is a poem (or other form of writing) in which the first letter (or syllable, or word) of each line (or paragraph, or other recurring feature in the text) spells out a word, message or the alphabet. We find seven such acrostics that start with successive letters of the Hebrew alphabet in the Psalms – one of which, we are looking at, at the moment, in our sermons: Psalm 145. Unfortunately our English translations don’t use an acrostic, but our resident Hebrew scholar (thanks PatrickJ) has done one......

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