Nehemiah: Destruction from war and neglect

During the seventy years of captivity, the leadership of Judah has been taken into exile, and the city of Jerusalem falls into disrepair.  Not only has the city suffered the ravages of the military campaign during the initial conquest, but it has also fallen victim to the erosion of neglect.  The destruction from war and neglect leaves Jerusalem in a state of abject ruin.

A fourth Sunday in the month, so no morning Explore meeting, but in the afternoon, a Bible Study at Colin and Annette’s.  4.30 – 6pm.  We start with tea and cakes and then study.  It’ll be a bit different as we’ll begin by watching a ten-minute video clip of a Chinese man who overcame his greatest fear until in the end he saw it as a gift. We’ll then introduce Nehemiah.  Children are welcome.

If you are reading this after the event, here is the full video (15 mins) that I showed a clip from;  Jia Jiang, What I learned from 100 days of rejection.

‘Basically the idea is for 30 days you go out and look for rejection, and every day get rejected at something, and then by the end, you desensitize yourself from the pain. And I loved that idea.’  Jia Jiang

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Paraclesis: Journeying Together

Have you ever faced hard times? A broken relationship? Job loss? Illness? Bereavement? Do you ever feel alone in your struggles?

Have you ever seen somebody struggling and thought ‘I understand how they feel, but I’m not sure how to help’?

Is your hope for the Church to be a place where people reach beyond the church walls to care for others?

Watch Trevor J. Partridge (pastor, developer of Paraclesis and co-founder of CWR) as he describes the heart, inspiration and importance behind this fresh new pastoral initiative which we will be following during Lent.

John Arnott: Knowing the Father’s love

This is an article by John Arnott, a Church leader I much respect.  It was written in 2000.

I have been a Christian more than 38 years now and my biggest single regret is that for most of that time I did not know the love of God the Father.  I did not understand that He really loved me for who I was and not for what I could do or become.  Coming into this revelation has been the most liberating experience of my life.

Somehow I was slow to realise that God the Father was One that I needed to get to know.

In our search for a relationship with God, I suppose that it is easier for all of us to relate to Jesus, God the Son, who came in the flesh, because we can relate to Him as a fellow human being. In order to be saved, each person begins his spiritual journey with an understanding of who Jesus is and that He wants to not only save you from your sins, but also have a personal relationship with you. I remember receiving this revelation Continue reading “John Arnott: Knowing the Father’s love”