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“A body full of light” (Luke 11)

Jesus talks of having a body “full of light.” It sounds absolutely wonderful, like  a week in a spa resort or the spiritual equivalent of a fat-free diet. So what did he mean? (And how can I get one?) Well, … Continue reading

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“Lord, teach us to pray…” (Luke 11)

Perhaps it is not so strange that the Bible doesn’t contain the request “Teach us to preach” or “Teach us to perform well.” Only “Teach us to pray.” For the truth is that if we can do the last thing, … Continue reading

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Defy the Culture by refusing to get angry

Jesus was the archetypal Culture-Defier. He taught creative ways  to swim against the tide of the prevailing worldview. In a culture of fear, suspicion and prejudice, he taught (and lived out) confident love, empathy and kindness. And where people felt … Continue reading

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Containing the New Wine? (Luke 5)

“Comparisons are odious.” It’s a very old English phrase which means that you can’t compare things that are different. To compare them, they have to connect in some way. “I like cheese, but I dislike jam” makes sense (in a … Continue reading

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What do you do when it all seems too much?

  I remember a TV interview around the time of some terrible disaster. They had brought out a clergyman from the area and the interviewer, with the smug air of someone with all the answers, asked: Is it that God … Continue reading

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Who do you think you are?

In Romans 8, there are eight powerful statements of true identity in Christ. As I read through the chapter again this morning, remembering the cross and the empty tomb, I’m declaring them over my life. In Jesus I have no … Continue reading

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What the Cross achieves, the Spirit effects

  The cross achieves something: the Spirit effects that achievement in our lives and in our world. There’s much to say here, but this morning, let’s just focus on this passage from John 16: “But very truly I tell you, it … Continue reading

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