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faith, Jesus, Theology

Exercising an Exorcising Faith 


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I love thinking about Jesus. Because  His name is inextricably linked with infinite, creative power, even my thoughts about Him hold potential to change my heart. Indeed, the epic hymn Be Thy My Vision exclaims,

Thou my best Thought, by day or by night…

So, settling down with the Bible in hand and regularly spending time soaking in Jesus’ gospel stories – His words, actions, thoughts, prayers – is the best thing you’ll ever do.

He Could Not Be Hidden 

But there’s one moment in the life of Jesus that has always left me particularly confused. (more…)

Theology

New series: Ready


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To find someone in need who desperately needs your help, complete the following 5 simple steps:

1) Wherever you are about your day,  look up from whatever you’re doing

2) consider what you see

3) pray for discernment

4) pray for courage and wisdom and power

5) open your mouth/move your feet

We’re soon starting a new blog series called “Ready” because we’re convinced that most of us aren’t.

Ready for what?

For the second coming of Jesus Christ!

In Ephesians 2:12 a scene is painted that is unimaginably awful: living in the world without Christ and without hope.

The chronic brokenness in people’s lives is as obvious and constant as the rising sun and you and I are called to be life-giving hope in Jesus’ name!

Whether you think about it a lot, only occasionally, increasingly, infrequently or as little as possible, the reality is that Jesus Christ is en route to planet Earth as King and as Judge. We have to be found living ready, like a present, continuous tense.

We’re called not to bunker mentalities of passive, fruitless waiting, but to *urgent* lifestyles of prayer and worship and bold intention to tell of Jesus.

You know you are!

We’re looking forward to welcoming special guest writers to the blog so please join us over the coming weeks and make this blog series happen.

>>Sign up for this series here<<

Thanks so much for reading

Maranatha

music, Music and Song, Worship, Worship, Music and Song

Lion and the Lamb (Leeland//Bethel Cover)


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I’ve found this song so helpful to sing that I thought I’d record a rough office cover version! [WARNING] I’m about 6bpm too fast 😉

Leeland and Bethel have brought together a simple but very beautiful blend of melody, lyric and confession that simply blows me away.

“For who can stop the Lord Almighty?”

Leeland’s new album “Invisible” is available in the link in the YouTube description box.

Hosea, Marriage, Theology

We Are Gomer


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This is the seventh and final post that I’m going to do on the book of Hosea. But seventh in the series though it may be, I want to treat it as though it is the first and the last.

Layered over the timeless theology of this minor Prophet’s book, and this series, has been a certain amount of poetic thought. I hope it’s been clear; I hope it’s been helpful.

But, in just a few paragraphs, what is the message of Hosea? (more…)

Jesus

Be Born In Me


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Happy Christmas, Everyone!

Especially if your experience of life going into Christmas (*Festival of the Christ*) this year is one of ‘manger mess’ be encouraged by this supreme song.

With love & blessings

Nick & Mairi

“Be Born In Me”

Everything inside me cries for order, everything inside me wants to hide
Is this shadow of an angel or a warrior? If God is pleased with me, why am I so terrified?

Someone tell me I am only dreaming, somehow help me see with Heaven’s eyes

And before my head agrees, my heart is on its knees…

Holy is He; blessed am I.

Be born in me, be born in me

Trembling heart, somehow I believe that You chose me

I’ll hold You in the beginning, You will hold me in the end

Every moment in the middle, make my heart Your Bethlehem

Be born in me

All this time we’ve waited for the promise, all this time You’ve waited for my arms

Did You wrap yourself inside the unexpected, so we might know that Love would go that far?

Be born in me, be born in me
Trembling heart, somehow I believe that You chose me

I’ll hold You in the beginning, You will hold me in the end

Every moment in the middle, make my heart Your Bethlehem

Be born in me

I am not brave
I’ll never be

The only thing my heart can offer is a vacancy

I’m just a girl

Nothing more

But I am willing, I am Yours

Be born in me, be born in me
I’ll hold You in the beginning, You will hold me in the end

Every moment in the middle, make my heart Your Bethlehem

Be born in me