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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…

Courage in the Fire

“Blessed are those who are persecuted for righteousness sake, for theirs is the Kingdom of Heaven (Matthew 5:10) This Beatitude feels like a heavy one, and in many ways it is. No-one wants to be persecuted; no-one actively seeks it out. Yet, we are told that when it happens (whatever form that might take), we’re blessed?! What?! It doesn’t really feel like a blessing! It is important to note right at the beginning that Jesus is talking about being persecuted…

Lent: Day 40

YOUR CHURCH NEEDS YOU GLORIFY. As we come to the end of our 40 Days of Prayer and Fasting, ask God how you should l commit to continue praying, fasting and seeking his face as part of your ongoing lifestyle. THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR JOINING US THROUGHOUT THIS 40 DAYS – MAY GOD BLESS YOU ABUNDANTLY! Join us tomorrow for our Easter Sunday worship – 10.30am and 7.30pm. We’d also love to have you join us for our Sunday…

Lent: Day 39

YOUR CHURCH NEEDS YOU It’s Good Friday. Take some time today to remember the sacrifice of Jesus on the Cross. Give him thanks for the sacrificial love that brought victory for your life and for our world. Offer your life again to Jesus in thankfulness. Join us if you can for our Good Friday reflection at 10.30am online. 5 FOR 5 Pray for 5 people you know, who aren’t yet followers of Jesus. Ask God to enable them to see…

Lent: Day 38

YOUR CHURCH NEEDS YOU GROW. Today is Maundy Thursday, the day when Jesus washed his disciples feet just before he went to the Cross. How might you “wash the feet of the saints” by serving within the life of the church? If you’re not serving, ask God where He would like to you to get involved. If you are already involved in serving, ask God to bless and strenghten your work, to bring honour to Him. Why not join us…

Peacemaker

“Blessed are the peacemakers for they will be called the children of God” (Matthew 5:9) We live in a world that is broken and full of injustice. In just these past few weeks, we have mourned over the abduction and murder of Sarah Everard and been saddened to the core by the murder of members of the Asian community in the USA. It seems every time we turn on our TVs or pick up our phones we are greeted by…