Prayers

Is there any greater encouragement to pray than in the words of Luke 11:1-13? Here we find not only a pattern for prayer but also the huge encouragement of the Lord Jesus himself to: ask and you will receive, seek and you will find and knock and the door will be opened to you. This

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Rewards

Christians are promised that in the world to come ‘they will reign for ever and ever’ (Revelation 21:5). We will reign under Christ and with Christ. Reign over what? Over creation, as humans were always made and meant to (Genesis 1:26), but there is also the possibility we will reign over cities as a reward:

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God is a family God

God is the family God, three persons, Father, Son and Holy Spirit. This is the first family, the original family; every other family derives from this family, the divine family. We are invited into this family by the Father through ‘the door’ who is the Son (Jesus) and by the new-life power of the Holy

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The Bible

The world’s best-selling, least-read book? More than a book, it’s a collection of writings, a library, about 1500 pages long, written by around 40 very different people over a 1500 year period. What does it say about itself? That is, what do Moses, David, Peter, Paul and Jesus (and the others) say about it? First

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God

God has revealed himself to us in the Bible – so we can know him. We could spend an eternity on this subject – in fact, one ‘day’ we will. Does everyone really have a sense of God? What is he like? Come up with some words that you think describe him then go (slowly)

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Hope

Humans need hope. Hope gets us up in the morning and motivates us to do any number of things in the day. Without it we are hopeless and eventually fall into despair. When we are down, a ray of hope can make all the difference. We are hopers, always looking forward to the next good thing –

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Just pray

Rom. 8:26 As we try to pray and do so very imperfectly, as we struggle with words and groans, so, we are told, the Holy Spirit prays perfectly for us because he knows the mind and will of God perfectly (1 Cor. 2 also tells us this). But we must be praying, or trying to

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Well done!

Is this not something we should be saying more to one another? Is this not what we hope the Lord Jesus himself will say to us on that last day that will also be the first day of that forever happiness? ‘Well done, good and faithful servant…’ (Matthew 25). Could he really say that to

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More on Rewards

This is a good place to raise the matter of rewards in the future life. God has promised rewards. The word appears over 70 times in the Bible. We find it difficult because it does not seem to fit well with the idea of grace – God’s free gifts regardless of whether we deserve it or not (we don’t!). It

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