He’s our Rescuer

We enjoyed singing this song yesterday at Explore; Rescuer:


He’s our rescuer
He’s our rescuer
We are free from sin forever more
Oh how sweet the sound
Oh how grace abounds
We will praise the lord, our rescuer

2 Timothy 3 v. 16: Written by the Holy Spirit

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Every Scripture has been written by the Holy Spirit, the breath of God. It will empower you by its instruction and correction, giving you the strength to take the right direction and lead you deeper into the path of godliness.

2 Timothy 3:16, The Passion Translation

Image from the 2018 Bible Society Calendar.

Tomorrow at Explore: Leisa’s last Sunday!

With possible heavy snow forecast Saturday night and all day Sunday, there’s a bit of us that want to worship together and another part that hopes snow calls it all off and we have to play in snow instead!  If the weather is borderline, please only walk or drive if it is safe to do so.

Tomorrow is Leisa’s last official Sunday leading services in Ottery St Mary.  11.15am, Ottery St Mary Parish Church.  Annette will lead the service about Blind Bartimaeus in Mark 10.  Leisa will lead us in Communion and we’ll pray her on her way to lead a group of churches in the Isle of Wight.  The service will be followed by a large Bring and Share Lunch with local churches at 1pm.

The photo above is Leisa in the snow earlier this month!

Not an afterthought, but the first thought

A soul invigorating piece from Theologian C. Baxter Kruger:

‘Many years ago I met a man in Scotland named Francis Lyall who had done extensive research on the ancient idea of adoption.  He pointed out that in the Roman world a natural son or daughter could be cut out of the family estate, but an adopted child could not.  Once adoption had taken place, the child could never be rejected;  it was a permanent position.  So it is with us in Jesus:  we are included forever.’

Kruger continues ‘But in The Shack, Paul Young’s focus is not only the fact that our position is eternally stable;  rather he is enamoured with the nature and purpose of the gift given to us in adoption – that is, not merely legal standing, but inclusion in the life of the family.  Inconceivable as it may be, in adoption, we are made heirs, joint-heirs with Jesus, and what we inherit is not rights and privileges and position, but the Father himself  (see Romans 8 vv. 15-17).

Paul is talking about being included in a family relationship, about being given a place not just at the table, but in a shared life.  Adoption is inclusion in the family itself, so that the love and joy, the interests of the family become ours, too.  We are not only Continue reading “Not an afterthought, but the first thought”