Living without Worry

James Burstow | March 27th 2015

Ever feel anxious? Check out the trailer for Living without worry by Dr Tim Lane, President of the Institute for Pastoral Care. Tim is currently speaking on this subject at locations around the UK, including at Word Alive. Find out more about the book at www.thegoodbook.co.uk

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Ideas for the Easter Holidays

Emily Robertson | March 27th 2015

If you've got little ones that are finishing school for the Easter holidays today then you might be looking for ideas to help keep them busy over the coming weeks.

So with this in mind we've got 2 great books that will keep little hands busy, young minds engaged, and growing hearts full of the big truths that God wants to teach them, while they do activities that they love!

Whether your children love cooking, colouring, puzzles, drawing, simple crafts, interactive stories, games or messy play, these beautifully designed and well thought through resources will provide your children with great fun as well as spiritual sustenance as you enjoy the activities and the Easter break together!

Here's a peak at 'Jesus dies' from Bake Through the Bible

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Friday Quiz

The Quiz Team | March 27th 2015

Can any one of you by worrying add a single _____ to your life?

  • flower
  • dollar
  • hour
  • year

Who is the first person mentioned in the Hall of Faith in Hebrews 11?

  • David
  • Adam
  • Abel
  • Abraham

Which is the shortest Gospel?

  • Luke
  • Matthew
  • Mark
  • John

In which book does God show this concern? "I have heard them crying out because of their slave drivers, and I am concerned about their suffering."

 
  • Nehemiah
  • Exodus
  • Isaiah
  • Daniel

‘Do not muzzle an ox while it is treading out the grain.’ To which church does Paul remind about this part of the Law of Moses?

  • Rome
  • Corinth
  • Thessalonians
  • Ephesus

Which is the correct chronological order of these events?

  • Abram leaves Ur, the Flood, tower of Babel, Sodom and Gomorrah destroyed
  • tower of Babel, the Flood, Abram leaves Ur, Sodom and Gomorrah destroyed
  • Sodom and Gomorrah destroyed, Abram leaves Ur, tower of Babel, the Flood
  • the Flood, tower of Babel, Abram leaves Ur, Sodom and Gomorrah destroyed

Who was chosen to replace Judas?

  • Matthias
  • Simon
  • Peter
  • Thaddaeus

 

Gospel Shaped Church Website

Tim Thornborough | March 25th 2015

We're very excited to be launching the website for Gospel Shaped Church this week. This is a huge project that we've been working on for a long time — and one that we hope will be of benefit to Christ's church for a long time to come. So if you're wondering what this resource is all about, gospelshapedchurch.org is the place to go to get the big picture of what it is, how it works and how it could help transform your church into the community you're called to be.

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Why are you worried?

Dr Timothy Lane | March 24th 2015

Diagnosis matters. When something is wrong with your body and you feel unwell, you need to know what you are dealing with. And that works for spiritual issues, too. For treatment to work, good diagnosis matters.

Defining Worry
So, what exactly is worry or anxiety? (I will use the words “worry” and “anxiety” interchangeably in this article.) It’s a condition common to virtually every human, in every society. Not many people are truly care-free. But what is worry?!

While various factors and components are very important, the Bible cuts deeper, because it says that worry is a deeply spiritual issue. This is not to say that the Bible ignores or disputes the mental, physiological, historical, social or environmental aspects of worry, but that it sees them all as part of a spiritual issue—that worry, ultimately, is a response to life lived in God’s world. Worry is, therefore, a response to God himself.

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Manic Monday?

The Explore Team | March 23rd 2015

Another week, and another barrage of heartbreaking bad news stories in the media. Do you ever look at the world, or your own life, and wonder if God has forgotten about the people he’s made? Perhaps you can echo the words of the psalmist in Psalm 10 v 1: “Why, Lord, do you stand far off? Why do you hide yourself in times of trouble?” But the same Psalmist doesn’t stop there...

12 Arise, Lord! Lift up your hand, O God.
Do not forget the helpless.
13 Why does the wicked man revile God?
Why does he say to himself,
‘He won’t call me to account’?
14 But you, God, see the trouble of the afflicted;
you consider their grief and take it in hand.
The victims commit themselves to you;
you are the helper of the fatherless.
15 Break the arm of the wicked man;
call the evildoer to account for his wickedness
that would not otherwise be found out.
16 The Lord is King for ever and ever;
the nations will perish from his land.
17 You, Lord, hear the desire of the afflicted;
you encourage them, and you listen to their cry,
18 defending the fatherless and the oppressed,
so that mere earthly mortals
will never again strike terror.

This psalm teaches us that the right response to this situation and these feelings is not to cut off communication with God, but to cry out to him.

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Frantic Friday?

The Explore Team | March 20th 2015

It’s Friday! Are you rejoicing? You should be, according to Paul…

 

9 Since, therefore, we have now been justified by his blood, much more shall we be saved by him from the wrath of God. 10 For if while we were enemies we were reconciled to God by the death of his Son, much more, now that we are reconciled, shall we be saved by his life. 11 More than that, we also rejoice in God through our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom we have now received reconciliation.
(Romans 5:9-11, ESV)

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Friday Quiz - Grow!

The Quiz Team | March 20th 2015

Who says, "In my dream I saw seven ears of corn, full and good, growing on a single stalk."

  • Moses
  • Joseph
  • Chief Baker
  • Pharoah

Which is the longest Minor Prophet?

  • Isaiah
  • Amos
  • Daniel
  • Zechariah

‘Consider how the wild flowers grow. They do not labour or spin. Yet I tell you, not even ________ in all his splendour was dressed like one of these.

  • Daniel
  • Joseph
  • Solomon
  • Ahaz

Alphabetically, which is the third last book of the bible?

  • Titus
  • Zephaniah
  • Ruth
  • Song of Songs

I planted the seed, Apollos watered it, but _____ has been making it grow.

  • Titus
  • God
  • Timothy
  • Mother Nature

Who is being referred to? Consider him who endured such opposition from sinners, so that you will not grow weary and lose heart.

  • Pilate
  • Paul
  • Peter
  • Jesus

Which plague did God say would "devour what little you have left after the hail, including every tree that is growing in your fields."?

  • flies
  • hail
  • frogs
  • locusts

 

Inspector Smart on tour

Michael J Tinker | March 19th 2015

Hi. I'm Michael. And I work for the JBI - the Jerusalem Bureau of Investigations. We're a bit like the police... we're on a mission to find the truth! To solve mysteries!

And so starts the way I like to spend an average day.
I am Michael, but I don't actually work for the JBI. What I do (amongst other things) is travel around the country with a rather grouchy puppet called Inspector Smart (who insists on calling me Mikey) and tell kids about Jesus... through song... and silly hats.

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6 ways to grow through Bible-reading

John Hindley | March 18th 2015

Here are 6 ways we can avoid Bible-Reading damaging our health:

1. Read it (not notes!) Just read the Bible.

I think that Bible-reading notes can be helpful, but if you have never read the Bible without notes, can I encourage you to ditch them, at least for a while? Get used to reading the Bible as a book you can understand. Read it as that love letter from Jesus. Read it to find him. You do not need notes to get it.

2. Read all of it

And this applies to all of the Bible. It is all about Jesus. It is all good, exciting, beautiful truth about our Lord and Saviour. It centres on his cross, and it sings, whispers, heralds, shouts, cries and placards his name in every chapter.

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