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Faith Stuff

Hymn of the day

by Richard on February 25, 2018

Praise the Lord who reigns above
And keeps His court below;
Praise the holy God of love
And all His greatness show;
Praise Him for His noble deeds;
Praise Him for His matchless power;
Him from whom all good proceeds
Let earth and Heaven adore.
Publish, spread to all around
The great Jehovah’s name,
Let the trumpet’s martial sound
The Lord of hosts proclaim:
Praise Him in [...]

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Doing anything interesting for Lent?

by Richard on February 19, 2018

Stephen Wigley writing on Theology Everywhere
…the things which matter most are the things which are worth committing to – and that if we were a little more serious about our commitment to the faith we profess, then others might be a little more willing to take it seriously. And maybe that’s the message of Lent; [...]

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Hymn of the day

by Richard on February 18, 2018

Jesus! the name high over all,
in hell, or earth, or sky!
Angels and men before it fall,
and devils fear and fly.
Jesus! the name to sinners dear,
the name to sinners given!
It scatters all their guilty fear,
it turns their hell to heaven.
Jesus! the prisoner’s fetters breaks,
and bruises Satan’s head;
Power into strengthless souls it speaks,
and life into the dead.
O [...]

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Hymn of the day

by Richard on February 11, 2018

GREAT is our redeeming Lord,
In power, and truth, and grace
Him, by highest heaven adored,
His church on earth doth praise:
In the city of our God,
In his holy mount below,
Publish, spread his name abroad,
And all his greatness show.
For thy loving-kindness, Lord,
We in thy temple stay;
Here thy faithful love record,
Thy saving power display:
With thy name thy praise is [...]

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If you’ve got Jesus, you don’t need a flu jab

by Richard on February 7, 2018

Because, obviously, Christians never ever get poorly at all.

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Pots and kettles

by Richard on February 6, 2018

Scrolling through my twitter feed with my cereal this morning, I came across a link to a video by Tim Challies, the 5 Most Ridiculous Books to Ever Become Christian Best Sellers. Tough call, I thought — the competition is stiff. But I watched the video to see what he thought. Opening with ‘The Prayer [...]

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Hymn of the day

by Richard on February 4, 2018

GREAT is our redeeming Lord,
In power, and truth, and grace
Him, by highest heaven adored,
His church on earth doth praise:
In the city of our God,
In his holy mount below,
Publish, spread his name abroad,
And all his greatness show.
For thy loving-kindness, Lord,
We in thy temple stay;
Here thy faithful love record,
Thy saving power display:
With thy name thy praise is [...]

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Hymn of the day

by Richard on January 28, 2018

Father of Jesus Christ, my Lord,
My Saviour and my Head;
I trust in Thee, whose powerful Word
Hath raised Him from the dead.
In hope, against all human hope,
Self desperate, I believe;
Thy quickening Word shall raise me up,
Thou shalt Thy Spirit give.
Faith, mighty faith, the promise sees,
And looks to that alone;
Laughs at impossibilities,
And cries, “It shall be done!”
To [...]

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Hymn of the day

by Richard on January 14, 2018

Christ, from whom all blessings flow,
Perfecting the saints below,
Hear us, who Thy nature share,
Who Thy mystic body are.
Join us, in one spirit join,
Let us still receive of Thine;
Still for more on Thee we call,
Thou Who fillest all in all.
Move and actuate and guide,
Diverse gifts to each divide;
Placed according to Thy will,
Let us all our work [...]

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Screwtape on prayer

by Richard on January 11, 2018

From the senior demon Screwtape, to his nephew Wormwood

“My Dear Wormwood,
“… it is high time for me to write to you on the painful subject of prayer…
“The best thing, where it is possible, is to keep the patient from the serious intention of praying altogether. When the patient is an adult recently re-converted to [...]

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A sermon for Covenant Sunday*

by Richard on January 7, 2018

Main Text: Jeremiah 31: 31-34 The New Covenant
When we talk about the Covenant Service, we often talk in terms of renewing our Covenant - but it is not.The New Covenant, like the old, is God’s choice, not ours. The Covenant between God and Israel was not one that Israel made, but one that god made [...]

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Hymn of the day

by Richard on January 7, 2018

Come, let us use the grace divine,
and all with one accord,
In a perpetual covenant join
ourselves to Christ the Lord;
Give up ourselves, through Jesus’ power,
His Name to glorify;
And promise, in this sacred hour,
for God to live and die.
The covenant we this moment make
be ever kept in mind;
We will no more our God forsake,
or cast these words [...]

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On being born again

by Richard on January 6, 2018

Adrian Warnock has started 2018 with a commitment to blogging about the commands of Jesus.
At the beginning of this year, I have resolved to look more closely at the commands of Jesus. And to learn to obey them. Since Christians are meant to be followers of Jesus, it is remarkable that we don’t pay more [...]

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Epiphany re-blog

by Richard on January 5, 2018

Epiphany is the day in the church calendar when by tradition the visit of the Magi is remembered. These strange visitors with their even stranger gifts - (”Quick - throw it in the trough!”) - are such an integral part of the Nativity story that it’s easy to forget how odd they are.
Matthew’s gospel is [...]

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A hymn for Advent 1

by Richard on November 27, 2016

Come, Thou long expected Jesus
Born to set thy people free;
From our fears and sins release us,
Let us find our rest in thee.
Israel’s strength and consolation,
Hope of all the earth thou art;
Dear desire of every nation,
Joy of every longing heart.
Born thy people to deliver,
Born a child and yet a King,
Born to reign in us forever,
Now thy [...]

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Hymn of the day

by Richard on July 10, 2016

FATHER, Son, and Holy Ghost,
One in Three, and Three in One,
As by the celestial host,
Let thy will on earth be done;
Praise by all to thee be given,
Glorious Lord of earth and heaven!
Vilest of the sinful race,
Lo! I answer to thy call;
Meanest vessel of thy grace,
Grace divinely free for all,
Lo! I come to do thy will,
All [...]

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Conference today passed a resolution containing this text:
The Methodist Conference believes that the British Isles are enriched by diversity and celebrates the contribution made by those who have come from other parts of the world.
The Christian tradition calls for respect, tolerance, love of neighbour and hospitality to the stranger. All bear the responsibility of speaking [...]

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A task group established to consider whether the Methodist Church’s understanding of marriage and relationships should be revisited has reported back to this year’s Methodist Conference.
Following a decision at the Conference in 2014, people from across the Methodist Connexion have been considering marriage and relationships as part of a process overseen by the task group. [...]

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Hymn of the day

by Richard on February 21, 2016

A change from Wesley today…
Now thank we all our God, with heart and hands and voices,
Who wondrous things has done, in whom this world rejoices;
Who from our mothers’ arms has blessed us on our way
With countless gifts of love, and still is ours today.
O may this bounteous God through all our life be near us,
With [...]

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Hymn of the Day

by Richard on February 14, 2016

Jesus! the name high over all,
in hell, or earth, or sky!
Angels and men before it fall,
and devils fear and fly.
Jesus! the name to sinners dear,
the name to sinners given!
It scatters all their guilty fear,
it turns their hell to heaven.
Jesus! the prisoner’s fetters breaks,
and bruises Satan’s head;
Power into strengthless souls it speaks,
and life into the dead.
O [...]

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