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Posted in Interesting Thoughts Helen Thorne|12:33 PM BST|September 23rd 2014

Where would we be without our weekly notice sheets? They’re an invaluable hub of communication. But all too often they don’t get read or they don’t get read with joy.

The problem is, church notice sheets tend to be quite good at setting out what is happening or needed. But they are often very bad at focusing us all on why such things are happening and why our involvement is so vital. Week after week, they invite us to ‘do things’ rather than encourage us to reflect, pray and function as the body of Christ is called to do (1Cor 12:12-31). They encourage us to become burdened instead of inspiring us to serve.

It’s time to put Jesus back at the centre of our notice sheets!

Next time you are advertising a service or event, try to avoid merely saying where and when it’s happening. Remind people why it’s happening. And how it fits with the overall mission and vision of the church. Is it an exciting opportunity to get to know Jesus better? Or an event that is great for introducing non-believers to Christianity? Let people know how it will enhance their personal relationship with God or equip them to serve him more.

And the next time you are looking for a volunteer, be clear that you’re not just looking for someone to do a task, but that the role is a chance to serve our heavenly Father, using Spiritual gifts in ways that glorify Jesus. It’s an opportunity to be part of the mission of God and the mission of the church. And prayerfully getting involved will help both personal growth and progress the gospel.

With Jesus right at the centre, we might just find that people start reading the notice sheet that little bit more enthusiastically!

This blog post was originally posted on The Good Book Blog on September 28th 2011.

Posted in Useful Resources Dean Faulkner|9:52 AM BST|September 23rd 2014

How often is your faith challenged, I mean really challenged? In the course of the last five years, I've been in situations where God has really been in control and has blessed me immensely in many different ways. Equally however, in that time I've been in places where I also wondered where God was, what he was doing and of course why. It's only looking back that now I can see the answers to those questions, but when you are in the middle of a storm (as I often seemed to be a while back) your mind gets clouded, pressures close in and that is when the doubt sets in even though in our Lord Jesus Christ we have something more wonderful than we could ever deserve.

Alistair McGrath's, Doubt in Perspective addresses many of the doubts we as Christians experience in the modern world and their origin.

It's clear, says McGrath, that doubt isn't just a Christian phenomenon but a universal one. However, as Christians, we have the opportunity to let our doubt grow and strengthen our faith.

The book is both sensitive and practical and is a vital read for any Christian plagued by doubt. Read more HERE and get the ebook for just £4.99 until midday on Thursday. Use the code dip0914 at the checkout.

Posted in Interesting Thoughts Helen Thorne|2:50 PM BST|September 22nd 2014

Atrocities in the world flash across our screens daily. Newspapers detail the horrors of terrorism, torture, murder and injustice. People around us crumble under the weight of relationship strife, bereavement, illness and more. Our own lives too, at times, plunge to the depths.

And sometimes, just sometimes, the question crosses our mind: has God really got everything under control?

Paul, in his letter to the Colossians, couldn't have been more convinced about the answer.

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Posted in Relevant News Helen Thorne|12:11 PM BST|September 22nd 2014

There are lots of great Christian conferences around this autumn, so why not take the opportunity to get some great training? Register now for some short, biblical, practical days - it's never a waste to spend a few hours getting better equipped for Kingdom living.

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Posted in Fighting the Monday Feeling Rachel Jones|9:40 AM BST|September 22nd 2014

I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith. Now there is in store for me the crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous Judge, will award to me on that day—and not only to me, but also to all who have longed for his appearing.

2 Timothy 4:7-8

Posted in Best Buy Friday Dean Faulkner|9:24 AM BST|September 19th 2014

In the last couple of weeks many of us with children will have seen the return to school. For many it will be to new classes with new teachers. And in some cases it will have been starting school or moving to an entirely new school. These can be scary times for the children but equally as stressful and challenging to parents.

It is not a surprise that, as Christian parents, we worry about the way we bring up our children. It's increasingly difficult to deal with the influences of a materialistic, secular world. A world where our faith and Christ as our focus is challenged more than ever before. A world of indifference in schools and among our children's peer group.

All this serves to put pressure on a Christian family and household - take it from me, our family is there right now!

In the slightly oddly-named World-Proof Your Kids, Tim Sisemore gives some practical advice and so much biblical backing to help deal with this area of our lives. If you need to break the habits or cycle of disillusionment and distraction that can come with coping with your children in this world, then look no further than this terrific, well thought-through and well researched book.

Read more and get it HERE for just £4.99 until midday on Monday. Use code wpyk914 at the checkout.

Posted in Christianity in the News Phil Grout|3:27 PM BST|September 18th 2014

Anglican dean blames Islam for rise of Islamic State

Archbishop of Canterbury: my doubts about existence of God

Facing death, Sudanese woman relied on her faith

NHS worker who 'bullied’ Muslim by praying for her


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Posted in Interesting Thoughts Anonymous|9:57 AM BST|September 18th 2014

For years the word stuck in my throat. The six letters that Jesus used so often, seemed unimaginable to me. Father. A term worse than a swear-word - a title that made my skin crawl.

For years my father hurt me. For years his words blighted my life. "I wish you'd never been born" - "You disgust me" - "I hate you" - "Why can't you do anything right?" - "Just get out of my sight". It's not what a father is supposed to say but it's what he did say. What he said most days. It's what he meant from the depths of his heart.

Soon I learned to shudder whenever I heard the word, "father". I couldn't say it. I couldn't think about it. I couldn't love it - couldn't love him.

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Posted in Useful Resources Tim Thornborough|3:31 PM BST|September 17th 2014

One of the reasons we want to encourage systematic Bible preaching and teaching in churches is because it forces us to focus on the harder parts of scripture. If we just pick and choose, we end up filtering out the difficult bits, or the things that will stretch us or disturb us.

It's the same with daily Bible reading. Over about a five year period, if you stick with our popular Explore daily Bible reading notes, you'll work your way through the whole Bible, and be exposed to the whole counsel of God. Including all the tough bits, the stories that make you squirm, and the parts that just have you scratching your head in bewilderment!

Image caption: Brooklyn Museum - Woe unto You, Scribes and Pharisees - James Tissot - Public Domain

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Posted in Interesting Thoughts Carl Laferton|9:18 AM BST|September 17th 2014

A Christian need never feel harassed, nor experience helplessness. Never.


Because a Christian is never without a shepherd.

Life is full of harassed-inspiring challenges and busy-ness, and helplessness-inducing events and unknowns. It’s what Jesus noticed about people as he travelled round, preaching and healing; it’s what aroused his compassion for them:

“He had compassion on them, because they were harassed and helpless, like sheep without a shepherd.” (Matthew 9 v 36)

If you don’t have a “shepherd”—someone to rely on who is in control, who knows what they are doing, and cares about you as their own possession—then you’re going to know the feeling of being harassed and helpless, because you’re thrown back on your own abilities, and life is so often too big or confusing for our minds and strength to handle. If you don’t have a shepherd, you will be harassed and helpless.

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