‘The Word Of Life’, from 1 John (1 John 1:1-4; 2:12-17) by Ken D Noakes is available in audio and video: http://bit.ly/2hlFNXt
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William Taylor, Rector of St Helen’s Bishopsgate, London, sermons ‘Christmas Just Around The Corner’
John 1:12 – available in audio and video: http://bit.ly/2gDw5iL
John 1:18 – available to stream or download: http://bit.ly/2gcFZnF
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I fear being fake.
I have been a Christian for over 20 years now and there have been times when I have felt I have just been going through the motions. Is that wrong?
It is a horrible feeling, but as I have often said it is difficult to control feelings (although it is possible to manage feelings).
Christians are real people. We serve a real God, who really loves us and who is really disappointed when we sin. At this I am ashamed. I don’t want to sin, and I do. I want to be serious and active in my faith and yet at times I feel as if I am just taking it all for granted.
Why is it that we belong?
There is a tension often in Christian communities – the tension of wanting more and more people to feel comfortable and welcome so that they may enjoy a sense of belonging to a body which likes to be together. Yet on the other hand, being a people who believe and respond to the Word of God – when at times that Word challenges, or confronts, or asks something of the person which is not that comfortable.
Which comes first? Belonging or Belief?