There’s a theme of chains running through today’s readings, and the ‘linked’ (ho ho, pun intended) activity works well with all of the readings. It makes a stunning up-front demo, for services, Collective Worship or holiday clubs, or you can have people make their own version as a memorable take-home for Messy Church, Bible study … More Linked Heart Chains – 1 Kings 19:1-15 Luke 8:26-39 Galatians 3:23-29
Saul: What about fighting? Have you got a black belt?
David: (looks at trousers) Errr … My mum sews elastic in to keep them up.
Saul: Martial arts, you twonk! Can you do Karate? Taekwondo? Judo?
David: Origami? … More 1 Samuel 17:32-49 – The Apprentice
Other times we can find ourselves doing a Sarah – acting out of fear, insecurity and other pretty unflattering motivations, if we are honest. And although God can, and does, redeem our foolish mistakes (and Lord knows I make plenty), the consequences may live on. Sarah didn’t cope well with the consequences of her actions, and Hagar’s distress was the result. … More Genesis 21:8-21
One of my favourite aspects of this song (psalms 42 and 43 are one song) is how the writer alternates between what his heart feels and what his mind knows. He is in a dark place and he does not hide that. He does not pretend everything is alright when it is not. … More Psalms 42 and 43