Psalm 23 v. 4: Fear will never conquer me


Psalm 23:4, The Passion Translation:  

Lord, even when your path takes me through
    the valley of deepest darkness,
    fear will never conquer me, for you already have!
    You remain close to me and lead me through it all the way.
    Your authority is my strength and my peace.
    The comfort of your love takes away my fear.
    I’ll never be lonely, for you are near.

Rend Collective: Counting Every Blessing

Loving this song from Irish band Rend Collective.  There are two versions on their album Good News, this isn’t either of them!

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

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Danny Silk: Two fundamental commitments

More from the book Keep Your Love On by Danny Silk:

Do you want to win the battle between fear and love in your relationships? You can start by making these two fundamental commitments:

  1.  It’s my job to control myself. I do not get to control other people.
  2. My number-one goal and priority in relationships is building and protecting connection.

These commitments are among the most powerful choices you can make, and they will require more of you than anything you can imagine. But the person you will become, and the relationships you will be capable of experiencing as a result, are absolutely worth the investment.

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New Book from Bob Goff

During December and January we loved going through Bob Goff‘s book, Love Does.  It was actually published in 2012, and Bob has a new book coming out 17 May (Kindle version available 17 April).  It’s called Everybody, Always.


In his wildly entertaining and inspiring follow-up to the bestselling phenomenon Love Does, Bob Goff takes readers on a life-altering journey into the secret of living without fear, care, constraint, or worry. The path toward the outsized, unfettered, liberated existence we all long for is found in a truth as simple to say as it is hard to do: love people, even the difficult ones, without distinction and without limits.

Driven by Bob’s trademark hilarious and insightful storytelling, Everybody, Always reveals the lessons Bob learned about what it means to love without inhibition, insecurity, or restriction. From finding the right friends to discovering the upside of failure, Everybody, Always points the way to embodying love by doing the unexpected, the intimidating, the seemingly impossible. Whether losing his shoes while skydiving solo or befriending a Ugandan witch doctor, Bob steps into life with a no-limits embrace of others that is as infectious as it is extraordinarily ordinary. Everybody, Always reveals how we can do the same.

Explore tomorrow

The rain has come and the thaw is happening, so we’re hoping to meet as usual tomorrow.  Only drive or walk if it is safe for you.

Colin will lead us in looking at the rich young man that Jesus told to sell everything in Matthew 19:16-30.  In what way is it hard for a rich man to enter the Kingdom?  What did Jesus mean when he said here that ‘Many who are first will be last, and many who are last will be first’?  We’ll be looking at how we can welcome the least in society and encourage an appropriate view of possessions.

Ottery St Mary Parish Church, 11.15am.

Photograph taken by Dan Hoare, posted on Ottery Matters Facebook page.  You can view the full picture and Dan’s post here.