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“Give me an undivided heart”

At Emmanuel Westbury on Sunday Julian brought to us God’s ‘cure for a divided heart’ from Psalm 119:113-120, helping us learn to say with the psalmist “I hate double-minded people, but I love your law.”  It reminded me of this song that I’ve come across recently and is often stuck in my head (in a good way!).  I’ve found it helpful to…

The New Creation

‘…at some particular hour when we least expect it, a veil will be lifted and there will be an ending and a beginning, creation purged, healed, and renewed, afterward forever in a new and right relationship to God, who so loves the world. The clocks will stop, and we will find ourselves on the threshold of the everlasting.’ Marilynne Robinson, The Givenness of Things, p.237.

Love bade me welcome

On Sunday, from 2 Samuel 9, we were enjoying King David’s inviting the unworthy Mephibosheth to sit and with him at table – and reflecting on how it points to King Jesus inviting us to sit and eat with Him.  It reminded someone of George Herbert’s famous poem, so here it is for everyone to feast on. Love (III)  by  George Herbert…

OUR DESIRE TO BE DESIRED

‘…all sin, all idolatry, all coping strategies in which I indulge are ways for me to satiate my hunger for relationship, my longing to be known and loved, my desire to be desired.’ Curt Thompson, The Soul of Shame: Retelling the Stories We Believe about Ourselves, p.105.

He died for me

‘Awake, arise, lift your voice, let Easter music swell; rejoice in Christ, again rejoice and on his praises dwell. Oh, with what gladness and surprise the saints in their Savior greet; nor will they trust their ears and eyes but by his hand and feet, those hands of liberal love indeed in infinite degree, those feet still free to move and bleed…

Jesus: the Son of David

When Jesus met the two disciples on the road to Emmaus, Luke tells us that “beginning with Moses and all the Prophets, [Jesus] explained to them what was said in all the Scriptures concerning himself”  Luke 24:27 All the scriptures speak of Him.  But how…?  How exactly does David (in 2 Samuel, for example) point forward to the Lord Jesus? Tim Chester…

Songs for the student weekend away

With the student weekend away coming up in a couple of days, I’ve been pulling together a playlist of songs with a Bible Overview in mind – the Story of the King of Kings. If you’d enjoy a listen, you can find it here: Students:  This is not a promise to sing all of these songs!  But we will sing many.  Please especially…

EW Junior Church Easter Lego Challenge

This year the Junior Church children at Emmanuel Westbury were given a challenge. Each day in the week before Easter Sunday they read a Bible passage and made a lego model to depict what happened. What a great way for our younger members to meditate on Scripture! With lots of attention to detail here are a couple for you to admire…can you…

An invitation to Christianity Explored

Who did Jesus claim to be?  Why did he come?  Why do Christians believe the message he preached to be such good news?  What does it mean to be one of his followers today? If you have questions like these and you’d be interested in finding out more join us at the upcoming Christianity Explored…