Love is Our Defence

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Tender Hearted, © Mark Hewitt 2015 Over the past seven weeks we have been having parts of an Open letter read to us from the pauline community of Gospel workers.  Although adressed to the church at Ephesus, tt is for us too. So what were they wanting to tell us? In God’s eyes we are blessed, holy, and blameless.  Forget all …

Living Wisely

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Tender Hearted, © Mark Hewitt 2015 Last week we finished off with “Imitate God, we are beloved children; and live in love, because Christ loves us – a beautiful fragrant love.” What does that mean for you? Or what could it mean? Now that we have grasped we are to imitate God, we are loved a beautiful fragrant love.  We imitate …

Anger to Love

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Stop lying and be honest, for we belong to one another. Let go of anger and make peace instead. Encourage those who would steal, for example, to work with honest labour, and share what they make with the poor. Resist words that hurt and speak instead to encourage each other, so that words will help whoever might hear them grow stronger. Let …

Building Up the Body

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One body – diversity, © Mark Hewitt 2015 Unity – together as one in Christ The key message from Paul, the last sentence he uses a metaphor of a body. This part of the letter to the Ephesians has three areas of emphasis. In the beginning, there is the image of the church as one body called by the one God …

Who Does God Say We Are?

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Like Wind, Like Fire, © Mark Hewitt 2017 Pre our digital age, letter writing was the primary form of communication.  Many of you will would be familiar with them. Who still writes & sends letters? I myself was never much of a letter writer but I did like sending post cards.  Restricted to a 150 characters (sound familiar today?) Is Twitter …

Brush Away the Dust

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Shake off the dust, © Mark Hewitt 2012 How do you think Jesus would have known he was not welcome? This was a missed opportunity for those who made Jesus unwelcome.  Jesus too missed out on a really special time with his home town.  The spirit dwells and moves in ways that do not always conform to our own expectations and …

Reconnection

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Chain Links, © Mark Hewitt Have their been times when you have felt isolated & alone? What of this woman? The Woman shamed & Isolated – unclean all the time, cannot worship & therefore cannot be a full member of the community. This remains a Justice issue even today In the two thirds world Women/Young girls still isolated. What are the wider issues …

Power & Vulnerability

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Ripples, © Mark Hewitt 2018 David is only able to access God’s strength after he discards Saul’s armour and stands before Goliath as his authentic self. Brené Brown argues that “Vulnerability is the birthplace of love, belonging, joy, courage, empathy … and authenticity. If we want greater clarity in our purpose or deeper and more meaningful spiritual lives, vulnerability is the path” (Daring Greatly, Penguin Books …

God’s Role for me

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The Parable of the Mustard Seed, ©Mark Hewitt 1999 1 Samuel 15:34 – 16:13 (NRSV) Then Samuel went to Ramah; and Saul went up to his house in Gibeah of Saul. Samuel did not see Saul again until the day of his death, but Samuel grieved over Saul. And the Lord was sorry that he had made Saul king over Israel. …