Sunday, 11 January 2009

Dear Friends,

Do you remember the question Jesus asked his disciples after checking out what other people were saying about him?  He asked:  and “who do you say I am?”  Question around identity are important – so let me ask you a question:  “Who do you say you are?”

How do you describe yourself?  What words or categories do you rely on to give expression to your identity?  I guess many of us find our identity from the work we do, like the advert going around at the moment that says:  “You are what you do, so why not do the exceptional?”  It is a catchy phrase, but it is a lie.  Others of us may draw our identity from our nationality, religion, culture, language or even still the colour of our skin…, but who do you say you

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Husbands and Lovers are?  How we answer this question forms a massive part of the foundation of our lives.  And like a building’s foundation it is hidden from view, but all determining in what it supports above the ground.  Beyond this morning’s sermon I hope we will all take time in the coming days to engage this question.

We are not only individuals – we are a community and the same question applies:  Who do we say we are at the Central Methodist Mission?  To wrestle with this as a community I hope you will attend Connections

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which starts this Wednesday at 7pm. 

In hope and with joy, Alan.
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Sunday, 4 January 2009

Dear Friends



I wonder what New Year resolutions you have made?  Even if you don’t consciously do that sort of thing it is difficult not to carry at least some desire within us for a NEW year—a different year—a more fulfilling year—a less stressful year etc.

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I have been reflecting on the New Testament reading that we read on Christmas Day—a letter from Paul addressed to a person by the name of Titus.  There is something in it that I find inviting to live into.  It carries within it a vision of a way of life that promises to make 2009 truly NEW in the meaningfulness of that word.  Listen:


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God’s readiness to give and forgive is now public.  Salvation’s available for everyone!  We’re being shown how to turn our backs on a godless, indulgent life, and how to take on a God-filled, God-honouring life.  This new life is starting right now, and is whetting our appetites for the glorious day when our great God and Saviour, Jesus Christ, appears.  He offered himself as a sacrifice to free us from a dark, rebellious life into this good, pure life, making us a people he can be proud of, energetic in goodness. [Titus 2:11-14—The Message]

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May we be a people Jesus can be proud of, energetic in goodness—Alan Barbie in the 12 Dancing Princesses rip Husbands and Lovers dvd




Sunday, 28 December 2008

Dear Friends,

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What is your prayer for 2009?  What is the single most important word you desire to bring to God?  Ted Loader defines prayer as “my heart is in my mouth” – so let me ask you the same question another way: what sound does your heart make when it is in your mouth and you speaking with God?   Sleuth movie full

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It may be helpful to ask ourselves another question in order to assist us to discern not only what our prayer

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but what our prayer should be!  So let us ask:


What prayer should we be praying for Jesus to be more deeply loved, more faithfully followed and more fully glorified in each of our lives?

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We can start by praying: “Lord help me to discern what prayer I need to be praying so that I can love, follow and glorify Jesus more in my living in 2009.”


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Peace and Joy to you – Alan.


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