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Churches That Change The World: Costly Forgiveness

29 January 2023
Let’s not fool ourselves: forgiveness always costs something. Always did, always will. Relationships will occasionally rupture. Forgiveness is the way they can be repaired. How do we do this?

Churches That Change The World: Open Hearts

22 January 2023
Faith in Jesus means nothing if you don’t love Jesus’ friends. And love means nothing if it isn’t accompanied by action. It’s what we do, not what we say.

Churches That Change The World: Subverted Hierarchies

15 January 2023
This church lived at a time when everyone knew their place. Rank mattered and brought privileges. If you were at the top of the pile you could order people around. Paul modelled a different way. He chose to appeal rather than to order. He demonstrated how we subvert the natural hierarchies.

Churches That Change The World: Names Matter

8 January 2023
As we learn one another’s names and enter one another’s stories, we are given the opportunity to grow more than we might ever have imagined…

Hoping for Newness

18 December 2022
The angels met shepherds and told them that peace had come to earth. Foreign wise men made an epic journey to see the new king. The poorest and the richest knew that things needed to change. It's our joy to be able to say: change can happen. There is something new to be experienced. Now that's good news at Christmas time.

Waiting for Home

11 December 2022
The world can seem quite dark but there is a light that gives us hope, and that can shine the way home for others. Christmas reminds us that God became like us. He got tired, hungry, thirsty, and could be injured. We know how all that feels. But we are waiting for the day when this is a memory, on the day we step into eternity. So what will it be like when we die? Is it worth waiting for?

Daring to Hope… for an ultimate future

27 November 2022
Christmas is coming. And we will celebrate God coming as a baby. But there is a bigger story. There’s more than a manger. There will be a day when Jesus will return, and the earth will be fully restored to all that God intended. It’s a beautiful hope to be reminded of at Christmas time.

Daring to Hope… for the future

20 November 2022
When hope goes, we die. Zechariah wanted the people to know that they had a future that would be good. That hope is really important when we face hard times.

Daring to Hope… for peace

13 November 2022
This year we have seen the awful consequences of war in Europe. How do we continue to pray and hope for peace, when some seem to push for war? Zechariah could see a king coming who would bring peace, not by force but through humility. Jesus walked in those very footsteps. He still does.

Daring to Hope… for justice

6 November 2022
What’s God's picture of prosperity? What does blessing look like for a nation? What will life be like when Jesus, the King, returns? How do we live this out in practice ahead of that day?

Daring to Hope… for good leaders

30 October 2022
From childhood we tell stories about super-heroes who will save us. It’s easy to point out all the ways that our leaders fail us. It’s almost inevitable, they are as fragile as we are. What Zechariah knew was that a new leader was needed. He had a job spec, but he didn’t live long enough to see the one who would take the role. It was Jesus, the one we all need.

Daring to Hope… despite our weakness

23 October 2022
God seems to take great delight in using people who don’t feel capable to do remarkable things. The main reason may be that He wants us to remember that He is doing the work – it's just that He invites us to be part of it. So, to those who don’t feel particularly strong, there’s good news. You’re the sort of people that God loves to work through.
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