Relentless Spiritual Warfare (2) I am tempted to believe that my agenda is what matters (2 Samuel 20 v4-10)

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

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Relentless Spiritual Warfare (1) I am tempted to believe that I have no share in the inheritance offered by Christ (2 Samuel 20 v 1-3)

In my sermon on Sunday I identified 4 types of temptation that we face. The context was that we were looking at 2 Samuel 20 and we saw that David faced relentless trouble and op position in the later years of his reign following his sin with Bathsheba. We live in a fallen world and this means that spiritual warfare is an ongoing, persistent and seemingly relentless aspect of the Christian life.  Continue reading

Troublemaker

Sarah and I went to see Avengers: Infinity War the other Saturday. You’ve really got to feel for those super heroes. The action is relentless. It’s a classic Marvel film with humour, running, shooting and fighting not to mention super powers and special affects galore.

But every time the heroes win through, every time they solve a problem, every time they win a skirmish and just when you think they deserve a reprieve, the enemy comes at them, bigger badder and stronger than before. Continue reading

When my enemies attack (Psalm 3)

Our 930 and 1115 Congregations are currently exploring 2 Samuel 14-24. These chapters tell the story of Absalom’s rebellion against David. Alongside the main teaching, we are encouraging people to reflect on some of the Psalms providing reflection, commentary and response on the events. Our preacher on Sunday picked up on Psalm 3 which David wrote about the time when he was on the run from Absalom. Continue reading

We will remember them

I’ve found that as you get older your tastes and preferences change. One thing for me has been the festivals and seasons that I prioritise and that move me.  As a child it was very much all about Christmas.  Now I find that the two marker points through the year are increasingly are Easter weekend (including our Good Friday breakfast and communion) and Remembrance Day/Remembrance Sunday. Continue reading

Beasts and Dragons (Revelation 12-13)

When Sarah asked the young people what they knew about the book of Revelation, she got the answer “It’s full of beasts and dragons and cool stuff like that.”

Well, for those of you who have just been looking forward to the “beasts, dragons and cool stuff.” We have arrived! “Here be dragons!” Continue reading

Will war ever cease?

The First World War was meant to be the war to end all wars. The world was shocked by the extent of cruelty and suffering experienced.  Organisations like The League of Nations and later the UN were meant to bring war to an end. Sadly history tells us that human efforts to bring World peace end in failure. Continue reading