King David is under attack from Sheba, a worthless man. He has sent the new commander of the arm, Amasa to muster the soldiers of Judah but Amasa is delayed in returning. We are not sure why Amasa takes so long. It is possible that despite his loyalty and willingness, he isn’t an affective commander. It’s also possible that as a younger, inexperience leader he doesn’t carry the same clout as Joab and Abishai yet. Continue reading
“I would never do what David did … I would never be unfaithful, take advantage of someone else, use violence against a rival.” That’s what our minds tell us isn’t it. We see David’s sin in terms of the extreme actions. We compare ourselves to him and we feel better about ourselves. Continue reading
On Sunday I stated that the church should not be a place where people are made vulnerable because of harassment and abuse from others (often though not exclusively men) who use power to manipulate and control for their own personal gratification. Continue reading
What is power?
Q asked at 21 CD youthclub last week
-Power = strength, might, force, dynamic. It’s to do with authority. It’s often linked to money.
-Power at play – Westminster, Hollywood
-Sin and power – who is in control …what kind of authority?
“God’s power is very different” – place your life within his power, authority and care.
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Why we need to talk about Sin
We need to talk about sin. It’s the last thing we want to talk about, especially in church. Church is where we sing happy songs and talk about how God is love and we are saved by grace. Sin encroaches on our safe space. Continue reading
Power has been unavoidably on my mind over the past few weeks. Not, I hasten to add because I’m in the middle of a power struggle but because this word seems to sum up a lot about what is happening in the wider world and because it is a key theme running through our Bible teaching Continue reading
Why do we come to church?
– Escapism, get away from the terrible things in the world and the hardness of life
– A social exercise
The reason will affect/shape how we go out into daily life – does what we do here relate to work/family/community? Continue reading