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Advent Sunday

Bible reading: Isaiah 2:1-5 (NIVUK) The mountain of the Lord 2 This is what Isaiah son of Amoz saw concerning Judah and Jerusalem: 2 In the last days the mountain of the Lord’s temple will be established     as the highest of the mountains; it will be exalted above the hills,     and all nations will stream to it. […]

Growing on the front line 6 – Going deeper in tough times

Bible reading: Hebrews 12:1-13 (NIVUK) 12 Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles. And let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us, 2 fixing our eyes on Jesus, the pioneer and perfecter of faith. […]

Growing on the front line 4 – Our emotions reveal our desires

Bible reading Matthew 4:1-11 (NIVUK) Jesus is tested in the wilderness 4 Then Jesus was led by the Spirit into the wilderness to be tempted by the devil. 2 After fasting for forty days and forty nights, he was hungry. 3 The tempter came to him and said, ‘If you are the Son of God, tell these stones […]

Growing on the front line 3 – Our desires influence our choices

Bible reading: Luke 10:25-37 (NIVUK) The parable of the good Samaritan 25 On one occasion an expert in the law stood up to test Jesus. ‘Teacher,’ he asked, ‘what must I do to inherit eternal life?’ 26 ‘What is written in the Law?’ he replied. ‘How do you read it?’ 27 He answered, ‘“Love the Lord your God […]

Growing on the front line 2 – Our choices affect our fruitfulness

Bible reading: Genesis 3:1-13 (NIVUK) The fall 3 Now the snake was more crafty than any of the wild animals the Lord God had made. He said to the woman, ‘Did God really say, “You must not eat from any tree in the garden”?’ 2 The woman said to the snake, ‘We may eat fruit from the […]

Growing on the frontline 1 – Growing wherever we are

Bible reading: 1 Samuel 25:2-35 (NIVUK) 2 A certain man in Maon, who had property there at Carmel, was very wealthy. He had a thousand goats and three thousand sheep, which he was shearing in Carmel. 3 His name was Nabal and his wife’s name was Abigail. She was an intelligent and beautiful woman, but her […]

The earth is the Lord’s!

Bible reading (NIVUK) Psalm 24 Of David. A psalm. 1 The earth is the Lord’s, and everything in it,     the world, and all who live in it; 2 for he founded it on the seas     and established it on the waters. 3 Who may ascend the mountain of the Lord?     Who may stand in his holy place? 4 The […]

The Cross at the heart of the Gospel

Bible readings: Galatians 2:19-20 (NIVUK) 19 ‘For through the law I died to the law so that I might live for God. 20 I have been crucified with Christ and I no longer live, but Christ lives in me. The life I now live in the body, I live by faith in the Son of God, […]

Trusting in God’s Provision

Bible reading Isaiah 55:1-12 (NIVUK) Invitation to the thirsty 55 ‘Come, all you who are thirsty,     come to the waters; and you who have no money,     come, buy and eat! Come, buy wine and milk     without money and without cost. 2 Why spend money on what is not bread,     and your labour on what does not satisfy? […]