Psalm 139: God Knows Your Heart

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Psalm 139:

Lord, you have examined me
    and know all about me.
You know when I sit down and when I get up.
    You know my thoughts before I think them.  
You know where I go and where I lie down.
    You know everything I do.
Lord, even before I say a word,
    you already know it.
You are all around me—in front and in back—
    and have put your hand on me.
Your knowledge is amazing to me;
    it is more than I can understand.

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Matt Redman:  His Name shall be 

 

Oh, can you hear the angels’ song
That rang so sweet and clear
When heaven’s light and music fell
And mercy found us here
Glory in the highest and
On the earth be peace
Glory to God the angels sing!

He came to tell the Father’s love
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Five Advent Lessons From The Life Of Mary: The Barriers Were No Barrier

Tomorrow at 11.15am Ottery St Mary Parish Church, Kay‘s going to begin a new series trying to apply lessons from the life of Mary.  Today Kay explores how we often discount ourselves.

Mary was young and female. Those two things would surely have been enough to rule her out of God’s plans to save the world. But there was a third problem too. She was poor.

Then when the days stipulated by Moses for purification were complete, they took him up to Jerusalem to offer him to God as commanded in God’s Law: “Every male who opens the womb shall be a holy offering to God,” and also to sacrifice the “pair of doves or two young pigeons” prescribed in God’s Law.
[Luke 2:22-24]

Instead of sacrificing a lamb as part of the ritual purification process for their child, Mary and Joseph were forced to go for the bargain bins and offer instead a pair of pigeons (‘But if she cannot afford a lamb, she is to bring two doves or two young pigeons…’ Leviticus 12:8).

So what do we learn from this? Does God prefer poultry? That’s not the point; you see, no one is excluded being part of God’s plan.

We all have reasons to consider ourselves ‘unusable’ — our past, our failures, our doubts and fears, our age, wage, insecurities or pains. But God has a different ruler by which he judges our suitability. As he reminded Samuel when he went to anoint the bloke who was to be king of Israel ‘…The Lord does not look at the things man looks at. Man looks at the outward appearance, but the Lord looks at the heart.’

Too poor? Too old? Too young? Too different? Too broken? What lies do you believe about yourself that you really need to change?

We have based this series on Craig Borlase’s blog, which you can find here.

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A thousand times in history, a baby has become a king

A thousand times in history a baby has become a king, but only once in history did a King become a baby.

We hope to sing this song at Explore this Sunday:  How Many Kings, a fab Christmas song from band Downhere:

The words:

Follow the star to a place unexpected
Would you believe after all we’ve projected
A child in a manger?

Lowly and small, the weakest of all
Unlikeliest hero, wrapped in his mothers shawl
Just a child
Is this who we’ve waited for?

How many kings stepped down from their thrones?
How many lords have abandoned their homes?
How many greats have become the least for me?
How many gods have poured out their hearts
To romance a world that has torn all apart?
How many fathers gave up their sons for me?

Bringing our gifts for the newborn Saviour
All that we have whether costly or meek
Because we believe
Gold for His honor and frankincense for His pleasure
And myrrh for the cross He’ll suffer
Do you believe, is this who we’ve waited for?

How many kings stepped down from their thrones?
How many lords have abandoned their homes?
How many greats have become the least for me?
How many Gods have poured out their hearts
To romance a world that has torn all apart?
How many fathers gave up their sons for me?
Only one did that for me

All for me
All for you