Acts 4: Rescue won’t come from anybody else!

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‘How did you do this?’ they asked them. ‘What power did you use? What name did you invoke?’

Peter was filled with the holy spirit. ‘Rulers of the people and elders,’ he said, ‘if the question we’re being asked today is about a good deed done for a sick man, and whose power it was that rescued him, let it be known to all of you, and to all the people of Israel, that this man stands before you fit and well because of the name of the Messiah, Jesus of Nazareth, whom you crucified, but whom God raised from the dead. He is the stone which you builders rejected, but which has become the head cornerstone. Rescue won’t come from anybody else! There is no other name given under heaven and among humans by which we must be rescued.’

When they saw how boldly Peter and John were speaking, and realized that they were untrained, ordinary men, they were astonished, and they recognized them as people who had been with Jesus. And when they saw the man who had been healed standing with them, they had nothing to say in reply. 

Acts 4:7-14, New Testament for Everyone

Danny Silk: Expressing our needs

This is great, taken from Keep Your Love On, by Danny Silk:

Expressing our needs and building relational connections are closely intertwined—in fact; they are completely dependent on one another.

The level of communication we need to reach in order to build a strong relational connection is the level where we express our needs to one another. You simply can’t build a strong bond of trust without being able to communicate and meet one another’s needs.

If you cannot communicate your needs to another person clearly, it is obviously going to be very difficult for that person to meet them. That’s why one of the primary tasks of reaching maturity is learning how to express thoughts, feelings, and needs. Those who never learn this skill, however, expect relationships to function without it. They say things like, “Well, if you love me, then you will just know what I need. Didn’t you notice that that bothered me? Haven’t you been paying attention? I can’t believe you don’t know that about me.”

Where does this desire or expectation that loved ones have a telepathic ability to know our feelings and needs come from?  Continue reading “Danny Silk: Expressing our needs”

I was lost, now I’m found by the Father

Another line from Counting Every Blessing:

I was blind, now I’m seeing in colour
I was dead, now I’m living forever
I had failed, but You were my Redeemer
I’ve been blessed beyond all measure

I was lost, now I’m found by the Father
I’ve been changed from a ruin to treasure
I’ve been given a hope and a future
I’ve been blessed beyond all measure

I am counting every blessing, counting every blessing
Letting go and trusting when I cannot see
I am counting every blessing, counting every blessing
Surely every season You are good to me

I was lost

Explore tomorrow: There are no outsiders

Come and join us for Explore tomorrow.  We’ll be discovering that life can be a great adventure of relationship with God!  We’ll be reflecting on the different circles or networks of people that we’re part of, and Colin‘s going to use the story of Philip and the Ethiopian in Acts 8:26-40 to see that God keeps drawing the circle bigger.  Steve will be with us and leading us in Communion.  We’ll be singing 10,000 Reasons, My Living Hope, Rescuer and Good, Good Father.  It’s Emilie‘s last Sunday with us before she leaves to study Medicine at University and we’ll be praying her out!

Lauren Daigle: Still Rolling Stones

The album Lauren Daigle released last week is great.  Sounds like she’s been listening to Adele, but if this was Adele’s new album it would be a very good one!  Here’s the song Still Rolling Stones.

All at once I came alive
This beating heart, these open eyes
The grave let go
The darkness should have known
You’re still rolling stones