Explore tomorrow

When has a seemingly small errand for God turned out to be more significant than you thought?  Tomorrow at Explore, Roy and Pat help us understand this passage about Peter and Dorcas in Acts 9:36-43.  Ottery St Mary Parish Church, 11.15am.  See you there!

Francesca Battistelli: Breakup Song

I love everything about this song, written by Francesca Battistelli, David Garcia and Bart Millard.  You might not guess it, but Breakup Song is a song about fear sung by Francesca Battistelli.  It uses all the phrases and imagery of a relationship break up, but it’s about breaking a relationship with fear!

Fear, you don’t own me
There ain’t no room in this story
And I ain’t got time for you
Telling me what I’m not
Like you know me; well, guess what?
I know who I am
I know I’m strong
And I am free
Got my own identity
So fear, you will never be welcome here

The full words are:

Sick and tired of being sick and tired
Had of much of you as I can take
I’m so done, so over being afraid

I’ve gone through the motions
I’ve been back and forth
I know that you’re thinking you’ve heard this before
I don’t know how to say it
So I’m just gonna say it

Fear, you don’t own me
There ain’t no room in this story
And I ain’t got time for you
Telling me what I’m not
Like you know me; well, guess what?
I know who I am
I know I’m strong
And I am free
Got my own identity
So fear, you will never be welcome here Continue reading “Francesca Battistelli: Breakup Song”

Brené Brown: Our most vulnerable selves deeply seen and known

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“We cultivate love when we allow our most vulnerable and powerful selves to be deeply seen and known, and when we honour the spiritual connection that grows from that offering with trust, respect, kindness and affection.

Love is not something we give or get; it is something that we nurture and grow, a connection that can only be cultivated between two people when it exists within each one of them – we can only love others as much as we love ourselves.

Shame, blame, disrespect, betrayal, and the withholding of affection damage the roots from which love grows. Love can only survive these injuries if they are acknowledged, healed and rare.”

― Brené Brown, The Gifts of Imperfection: Let Go of Who You Think You’re Supposed to Be and Embrace Who You Are

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Wm Paul Young: The Golden Rule is immensely significant because it is the way God is 

There is a common appeal, whether in the New Testament, the Hebrew Scriptures, the Koran, the Bhagavad Gita, the Analects of Confucius, etc., to what many of us would recognise as the Golden Rule. It is present in all of scripture and wisdom literature. Jesus
stated it this way: “In everything you do, treat people the way you want them to treat you” (Matthew 7:12).

“Do you think the Golden Rule applies to God?”

It is a simple question but with profound implications.  Does God treat others the way God wants to be treated?  If God communicated the same truth through so many messengers, it must first apply to God.  But we often think that God gives commandments as if they are arbitrary tests for us humans rather than expressions of God’s own nature.  And if God’s nature is love then ours is too, because we are created in the image of God.  Any command to love is to call us to incarnate the deepest truth of our being, love.

The Golden Rule is immensely significant because it is the way God is.  God treats me exactly the way God wants to be treated.

Lies we believe about God, Wm. Paul Young

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His eye is on the sparrow

Why should I feel discouraged
Why should the shadows come
Why should my heart feel lonely
And long for heaven and home

When Jesus is my portion
A constant friend is He
His eye is on the sparrow
And I know He watches over me
His eye is on the sparrow
And I know He watches me

I sing because I’m happy
I sing because I’m free
His eye is on the sparrow
And I know He watches me

Dave Gilpin: What you’re experiencing is a storm in a tea cup

A brief thought from Church leader Dave Gilpin:

It’s a storm. It bears all the characteristics of a storm. It’s stressful. It’s uncontrollable. It’s crazy. It’s all consuming. It’s also in a tea cup. It will soon pass. Leave no mark. Not be remembered. Not everything in your life is worth describing as a storm but if you feel like you have to, make sure you add ‘in a tea cup’.

‘Not a hair on their heads was singed, and their clothing was not scorched. They didn’t even smell of smoke!’ Daniel 3:27

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Something different at Explore tomorrow, a film!

Tomorrow at Explore we’re showing a film Flights of Faith, the inspirational story of how God led a small group of servicemen out of the chaos of the Second World War to set up what is now the world’s largest humanitarian airline, the Mission Aviation Fellowship.

We’ll start and finish at the usual time, Pat and Roy will be leading us.  11.15am Ottery St Mary Parish Church.

Jasmine Murray: No Other Love

Jasmine Murray was a finalist on American Idol and she also won ‘Miss Mississippi’!  Her debut album is great.  Check out this upbeat song ‘No Other Love’ from her debut album ‘Fearless’.  There’s the lyric video here and a second shorter video of her talking about the song.

Your love’s divine and mysterious
And it’s as endless as the universe
Your love is more than I can understand
Forever holding me within your hands
I feel my heart is reaching
When I catch a glimpse of who you are
You made this soul to love you
Carefully, wonderfully, fearfully.