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On fearing God - When the bible commends to us the ‘fear of God’, it can initially be a little unsettling. Attempts to play down the meaning of the word ‘fear’ in the New Testament can often be driven by fear. We may fear (for instance) that if taken literally, we will loose intimacy with God. However, the greek word ‘phobos’ doesn’t give us any wriggle room here. It’s where we get the english word ‘phobia’ and not surprisingly means; panic flight, fear or terror. But aren’t love and fear at odds? After all, doesn’t the bible say, “Such love has no fear, because perfect love expels all fear. If we are afraid, it is for fear of punishment, and this shows that we have not fully experienced his perfect love.” (1 John 4:18 NLT) So yes! Yet, we also read, “The fear of the LORD is the beginning of wisdom, and knowledge of the Holy One is understanding.” (Proverbs 9:10 NIV) And… “Because we have these promises, dear friends, let us cleanse ourselves from everything that can defile our body or spirit. And let us work toward complete holiness because we fear God.” (2 Corinthians 7:1 NLT) So how does fear of God – who is perfect love – take away fear? To....
Is the church heater working? - With winter closing in on us, it’s timely that we check to see if the church heater is working. This church tradition is not new… there’s a story of it happening as early as the 1800’s. Nico Bougas1 writes, “Five young students, before ordination spent a Sunday in London and were anxious to hear some well-known preachers.  They found their way to Spurgeon’s Tabernacle.  While waiting for the doors to open a stranger came up to them and said, “Gentlemen, would you like to see the heating apparatus of the church.”   They were not particularly interested in doing so on a boiling hot mid-summer’s day but consented.  They were taken down some steps and a door was thrown open, and their guide whispered, “There Sirs, is our heating apparatus.”   They saw before them 700 souls bowed in prayer seeking a blessing on the service which was about to be held in the tabernacle above. Their unknown guide was Spurgeon himself.  No wonder Spurgeon’s sermons carried so much power and are still widely read today.”  Nico uses this story to highlight the need for prayer for the work of Hellenic Ministries. May it be an inspiration to us also!  Let’s create heat… a....
The heart of the matter - No doubt you’ve heard of the term, ‘broken-hearted’. What a sad idiom. The heart is often thought of as: the spirit of a person, our true self, our core, the centre of our being and affections. Imagine for a moment that this could be broken. Not just in a ‘country & western’ kinda way but crushed beyond hope of repair. When you think of it, that’s exactly what the bible is all about. It starts with the idea that God created within you the perfect heart – a God-directed heart. Re-directed in a way that should never have been, our hearts get battered and broken. So God finds a donor, someone who can give you and I a new heart. Recently Bron was asking the Lord how she could pray for me (her husband) and she understood that she was to pray that, “my heart would be well guarded”. You see, even though we have a new heart, it is constantly under attack. It makes sense… scripture speaks much about our heart which is the centre of our affections. When it is yielded to God, it makes faith possible and worship acceptable. We are continuously warned against a wayward heart, a rebellious heart and....

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