thinking

Take away the stone

Take away the stone…so they took away the stone How sensitive are you to bad smells? I personally am not over keen but travel to Africa has certainly enlarged by idea of how bad smells can get. But no smell i have come across is close to the smell of a body that has been decomposing for four days. They say that because of the preservatives that are in our food, if we were to die the preservatives would keep us for a lot longer than we would previously. In jesus’ day there were no preservatives (apart from salt, and

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Father I thank you that you have heard me

Father I thank you that you have heard me. How many times do we pray and we do not even consider whether God has heard us, and actually come away in doubt ore than faith that he has heard us. Why does it seem so difficult to trust and believe you? Lord help our unbelief that we ask in confidence, knowing that if we ask according to our will you will hear us. He is a good father and cannot give bad gifts to his children, he delights to answer our prayers and give us the desires of our heart.

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Our delicate hearts

Our hearts are so delicate and we must guard them so very carefully. For there is an enemy out there who will try and destroy us, and sadly, using other believers to wield the sword. The writer of the proverbs had something when he said above all else guard your heart for it is the well spring of life. How easy is it for someone to say something and we let it defile our hearts, we let it defile the streams of living water that flow out from us. Like a dead sheep in a stream that poisons the flow

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Listening to the spirit

John 11:6 So when he heard that Lazarus was ill, he stayed two days longer in the place where he was The obvious thing to do would be to act immediately when you hear that someone is ill, especially in those days when a sickness could easily result in death. But Jesus stayed longer. I was watching Miss Potter last night and when she heard of her to- be fiancé’s sickness she went immediately – there was a sense of urgency that correlated with the level of love she had for Him. Now Jesus loved Lazarus. He would have know

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Streams of living water

John 7:38 Whoever believes in me, as the Scripture has said, Out of his heart will flow rivers of living water. I have often wondered what this means, that we should have rivers of living water flowing out of us. There is a dynamic in which we can drink from each other. It seems to imply that conversely there are rivers of death that could flow out of our hearts – have you encountered people who short circuit you? Who drain you of life? There are people who obviously operate in this way, not through there own design (apart from

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Giving up

Failure can feel like a punch in the gut. And when it keeps happening it’s tempting just to give up. But you can’t; you must ‘get up again.’ Failing doesn’t make you a failure, quitting does. H.E. Jensen said, ‘The man who wins may have been counted out several times, but he didn’t hear the referee.’ A failure-free life feels safe, but it fosters boredom, apathy and low self-esteem. Ever noticed that the devil never reminds you of what you’ve learned? No, he wants you to keep reliving the painful details. Learn the lesson, then forget the details! Victory requires

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being part of it..

Dont you want to be part of something that is bigger than you? I imagine that the early disciples joined Jeus because they knew that he was different and that they were caught up in something more than themselves, the sense of destiny was murmuring within and they knoew that the world had nothing to offer. I certainly feel that longing to be caught up in something bigger than myself, to be part of a bigger plan. Ultimately I know that it is only in Him will I be satisfied, wherever I am and whatever I am doing. he is

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food and drink

When Jesus said that we can come to him and never hunger and never thirst it is difficult to imagine what this is like when you are in a Western society. We have so much to eat and drink and so much choice. Having recently read ‘The Hungry always get fed’ – a blog/diary written by Heidi Baker et al. I was struck by the simplicity of the Gospel that they share and how complicated we seem to have made it. When Jesus said come to me all you who are weary and heavy laden He didn’t put any riders

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Acts 2 & 3

I have been thinking about what happened when the Holy Spirit came at Pentecost and just from a casual reading you can see that the coming of the Holy Spirit causes a reaction – there are various adjectives describing people when they come into contact with the manifest power of God. The people were perplexed 2:12, amazed, 2:12, cut to the heart 2:37, filed with wonder and amazement 3:10, astonished 3:11. All of the emotions are quite dramatic – and that is what happens when God comes. I remember working with a couple of guys – one who was nonchalant

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Pentecost

I know that in the church stream that I am involved in we tend to not look at the traditional church calendar and it is only because of our involvement with ‘church’s together’ that I am aware of the upcoming Pentecost Sunday. I have also been focusing my reading on acts, particularly the first few chapters. From reading them I cannot help but long for another Pentecost and I always hope that on Pentecost Sunday maybe God would break out again – not that I think that he is restricted to a day of the year when he can move

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Smith Wigglesworth – 1947

During the next few decades there will be two distinct moves of the Holy Spirit across the church in Great Britain. The first move will affect every church that is open to receive it, and will be characterised by a restoration of the baptism and gifts of the Holy Spirit.

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2 Corinthians 1:21-22

2 Corinthians 1:21-22 21And it is God who establishes us with you in Christ, and has anointed us, 22and who has also put his seal on us and given us his Spirit in our hearts as a guarantee. I love the word when it strikes you as you read it. When you cannot resist going back and reading it again, when you know that there is life in the words. I remind my self every time I come to the word that it is living and active and sharper than a two edge sword –  I love the life in

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prayer

prayer

The Bible says my King is the King of the Jews. He’s the King of Israel. He’s the King of righteousness. He’s the King of the ages. He’s the King of Heaven. He’s the King of glory. He’s the King of kings, and He’s the Lord of lords. That’s my King. I wonder…Do you know Him? My King is a sovereign King. No means of measure can define his limitless love. He’s enduringly strong. He’s entirely sincere. He’s eternally steadfast. He’s immortally graceful. He’s imperially powerful. He’s impartially merciful. Do you know Him? He’s the greatest phenomenon that has ever

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thinking out loud and coffee

Blogging, I promote it and reckon that it is a good idea but dont actually do it. So why not try and think out loud over a cup of coffee, after all isnt St. Arbuck the patron saint of coffee? Put the two together and you will get some thoughts and ideas  – may be you’ll like them or maybe not.

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