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Today I sat in the homes of several of our members who are going through hard times at the moment.   When I get home after such an intense day, I sometimes look back in amazement at how I have been ministered to by being the presence of people who, despite their life’s circumstances, are not decrying God for what is going on in the lives, but continue to marvel at “how great is our God”.    As I reflected on this yet again, I was humbled to think that while they thank me for my visit and my time “because we know how busy you are”, the reality is that they have encouraged me in my ministry and indeed strengthened my faith.    So imagine my delight as I have thought about all these things, and how like those I have visited today, I continue to believe just how great and faithful our God is, that I receive a link to the video below – quirky “instruments” but the words have always been favourites and for the moment this is my new favourite rendition.    So thank you to one of our worship leaders – John, for forwarding this to me, and also to the Irish Worship Band – Rend Collective Experiment.



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It’s been a while since I’ve blogged, I guess because a lot has been happening in my life:  the neighbouring parish is vacant and I am their Interim Moderator (ie I’m taking care of them during their vacancy). 

But in amongst all the busyness I have been reading and talking with God a lot.  And it’s been wonderful because God has filled me with a calming sense of peace.    It’s so good to have an awesome God like that.

I’m studying Ephesians at the moment and I just wanted to share two things – our God is good and our God is able to do more than we can ask or imagine.

“Now to Him who is able to do exceedingly abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that works in us, to Him be glory in the church by Christ Jesus to all generations, forever and ever. Amen.”  (Eph. 3:20-21)

 I will start writing and blogging soon.   

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And God said …

Let there be lightWhen we open our Bible to the very first chapter of Genesis we are confronted by an amazing truth – God speaks.   We are told in Genesis 1:3 – “And God said, ‘Let there be light,’ and there was light.”   There then follows seven more powerful utterances and there was not only light, but an expanse to separate water from water.   Then dry ground appeared.   Vegetation grew.   In the sky there were lights to mark the times and the seasons.   Next the water was filled with living creatures, birds flew across the sky and there were living creatures on the land.   Then God said “let’s people this planet”, and he did.   And that could have been the end of it.   He could have withdrawn to watch his creation from a distance, but immediately after he created the people, he spoke to them.   

All through Scripture, from Genesis to Revelation, you hear of occasions when God spoke to people both individually and corporately.  Many read those stories and come to the conclusion that God only spoke way back then.   Why?   Well, they argue,  he wanted to have a relationship with the peoples of Old and New Testament times since he was laying a foundation of Scripture that would be used by future generations.   Therefore because we have the Bible, God no longer speaks – His written word had replaced his spoken word.  Others read the stories and come to the conclusion that God only speaks to super-religious people.   While yet others conclude – God spoke creation into being and it is through that, that he speaks to them; “You are never closer to God than in a garden”, they say, or on a golf course. 

But the truth is, because God wants to have an ongoing relationship with his people, he did not stop speaking.   How can we know this?   Well, at its most basic, there is no relationship without communication.   And communication is a two way thing.   God spoke to people in the beginning, and he hasn’t stopped talking since.   It’s us who have withdrawn into the noise of our world.   It is us who have become ‘hard of listening’.  It’s us who have forgotten how to recognise God’s voice.   It’s us who think – we alone come up with good ideas.   

One of the most basic claims of Christianity is that God speaks to people.   So … are we listening, or are we ‘hard of listening’?

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