‘Follow Me’

Then he called the crowd to him along with his disciples and said: ‘Whoever wants to be my disciple must deny themselves and take up their cross and follow me. For whoever wants to save their life will lose it, but whoever loses their life for me and for the gospel will save it. What…

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‘Send Me’

In the year that King Uzziah died, I saw the LORD, high and exalted, seated on a throne; and the train of his robe filled the temple. Above him were seraphim, each with six wings: with two wings they covered their faces, with two they covered their feet, and with two they were flying. And…

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Carry Me

A thousand noises, sights and smells surrounded us. The roads flowed with scooters, mopeds and motorbikes, the streets full with early risers. After the struggle of the past few months it felt amazing be here, with the team, in Vietnam, at the centre of Ho Chi Minh City. Yet there was still anxiety within me.…

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The Darkest Valley

Depression has cast a shadow on my life for about five years now. It hit its worst when I was sixteen. I thought that it would never change, that I would never get better. But then I did. And yet it stayed lurking nearby, and I could feel it coming back again last Christmas, sneaking back…

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The Boy Who Lived

These stories, that were a light to me in times of darkness, a friend in times of loneliness, have been given so much more meaning still, when I read them as a Christian. Yes, Harry Potter is a story about magic, but it is a story, too, about love, sacrifice, life, death, friendship and hope.…

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What is Prayer?

‘Prayer.’ It’s a big word, right? Maybe even a scary word? Perhaps we all have an idea of what it means, but maybe not quite how to approach it. As Christians, prayer is a vital part of our life. Prayer is a privilege. And yet we can find it so hard to pray, so hard…

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‘…A Light Has Dawned’

The people walking in darkness have seen a great light; on those living in the land of deep darkness a light has dawned. – Isaiah 9:2 It was dark. Very dark. The darkest of darks. It was as if there was nothing there. The very air itself cast a black blanket around her. It surrounded her,…

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‘Be Perfect’

‘You have heard that it was said, “Love your neighbour and hate your enemy.” But I tell you, love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you, that you may be children of your Father in heaven. He causes his sun to rise on the evil and the good, and sends rain on the…

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Coming Home

Last Sunday I was baptised. It was wonderful, it was a truly special day. I was given the chance to share the good news of Jesus with some of those that I loved most and publicly proclaim my faith to my church. And more importantly unite myself with Jesus and acknowledge everything that my God has done…

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The Big Picture – Part Two: Glorious Ruins

 And the ruins of the tempest were returned to glory, the light casting itself upon the world as it was meant to be, the world in which everything good that had been destroyed was restored. And so to follow from ‘Part One: Creation’ I turn to a burning question. That God created the world, the universe,…

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