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Blog Spot – Metamorphosis

Metamorphosis. John 3:3 & 2 Corinthians 5:17 Larvae,Earth-bound grubbing along,Legs in motion, going now-where fast.Head down,mandible working overtime,Self- focused, endless consumer.Concerned with self- preservation,Camouflaged.The freedom of the sky, a world awayIgnorant of transforming potential,Or deep within perhaps,a sense of there being somethingmore to life.Divine timing steps in,to Creator’s transforming purpose;self- surrenders, spinning cocoon- encasement.Soul rests,wrapped in Grace,Mercy weaves His mystery,Life changing, refashioning works from within.A gentle laying down or internal wrestle?Radical re-shaping.He alone seesThe chrysalis womb as hard as a…

Blog Spot – Butterfly Moments

“There are so many discoveries to be made of this ever-changing world. Life isn’t somewhere else. Life is here – all around you and inside you, a succession of astonishments. True artists write hymns to ordinariness. True artists find meaning in the small wonders of life. The art of godly living is making every event a real do, making every moment count, even turning “senior moments” into “God moments.” (Leonard Sweet, Soul Salsa).  I read this today in the chapter…

Be Extraordinary

If you know me at all, you will know how much love I have for Christmas and the festive season. I love the twinkling lights, the carols, sitting in front of a fire with mince pies watching a cheesy Christmas movie. I love the Christmas drinks that suddenly appear in the coffee shops, the smell of a real Christmas tree, getting my “craft” on and making a wreath for my front door. I love that there is a sense of…

Blog Spot: Power of a Name

John 10.2 The shepherd walks right up to the gate.  The gatekeeper opens the gate to him and the sheep recognise his voice.  He calls his own sheep my name and leads them out. Wow… when God calls your name it’s special… it means something… YOU mean something…. A name means something….your name means something.   We had a discussion in life group sometime ago in response to the question “what would be the most encouraging thing you could do for a newcomer…

New Blog Spot!

From November onwards, we will having a monthly “blog spot”, where a guest blogger will bless us with their words of wisdom, poetry, short devotions, or anything else they feel God has put on their hearts. So, keep your eyes peeled and your hearts open for some excellent blogs coming your way!

Keep Your Head

“Salvation is not a reward for the righteous, it is a gift for the guilty” – Steve Lawson The final piece of armour to put on (though not the final piece in the whole outfit) is the helmet. The helmets of the Roman era were made of bronze or iron, with bits that protected the cheeks, jaw and back of the next, and they were HEAVY! They were lined with felt or sponge to make it more bearable to wear.…

Flaming Arrows

“In addition to all this, take up the shield of faith, with which you can extinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil one” (Ephesians 6:16) A shield is a piece of armour that we are probably very familiar with. Soldiers have shields, knights have shields, police have shields, superheroes have S.H.I.E.L.D (ok, that one is slightly different!), but we are familiar with the job of a shield – to protect the carrier. This particular shield (Scutum) was made from…

These Boots Were Made For Walking

“Wear shoes on your feet which are the Good News of peace” – Ephesians 6:15 Now, I’m no Imelda Marcos but I do love a good shoe – namely a brown boot, or a flip flop (mostly because it’s fun to say!). Whilst shoes are fun to collect, they serve a very functional purpose – to protect our feet and help us move from one location to another without injury (most of the time!). And no shoe was more practical…

Totally Righteous dude!

“Nothing can damn a man but his own righteousness; nothing can save him but the righteousness of Christ” – Charles Spurgeon The next item of armour Paul says we are to don is the breastplate of righteousness (Eph 6:14). The breastplate was the piece of armour that covered the neck to the thigh. It consisted of two pieces – one that covered the front and one that covered the back. Typically, it was made of bronze or chainmail, with hoops…

Belts and Braces

“Wobbly Christians who have no firm foothold in Christ are an easy prey for the devil” – John Stott Of all the pieces of armour Paul could have started with, he started with the belt of truth. Seems like a bit of weird place to start, with an item of clothing that just holds your trousers up. However! The belt of truth is far more important and indispensable than we may first think. The belt of a Roman soldier’s armour…

God Suit

“It is not suggested; it is commanded. The Bible would not have told us to take up the whole armour of God in order to withstand evil if evil could have been withstood without doing that”  Stormie Omartian The theme for the next few blogs will be the armour of God (Ephesians 6: 10 – 18). It’s a topic that I remember being talked about a lot when I was a child but, as an adult, I have to admit,…

Be-Attitudes

“Remember who you are. Don’t compromise for anyone, for any reason. You are a child of the Almighty God. Live that truth.” (Lysa Terkeurst) We have come to the end of our look at the Beatitudes (or the “be attitudes” as I like to call them). I feel like I’ve been on an emotional operating table, where my heart has been investigated, dissected and then popped back together again, but in a (hopefully) better working order! There is so much…