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Three elements of prevailing prayer

One of my favourite parables is found in Luke 18 where Jesus is teaching about how we should always pray and not give up.  The story is a simple one of a widow who kept petitioning her local magistrate to give her justice over a certain issue.  He refused to

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The community of the Church: Hopes and dreams

In the course of this short series of articles I have sought to make some suggestions that may inspire and encourage you to look at different aspects of church life in a new way, and to remind you to see church as the community of God’s people, just as the

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The community of the Church: Strengthening identity

Significant portions of the book of Acts are taken up with the question of how much of the Jewish law should Gentile Christians be forced to observe, and how much the Jewish Christians themselves should hold on to (See particularly Acts 15). It is easy to work out from some

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The community of the Church: Sacred spaces

The issue of church buildings has become a difficult one in recent years, particularly for those of us in small country churches and chapels where incomes are usually small, upkeep remains important and safety legislation imposes an ever-increasing list of duties and restrictions. The closure of such buildings has been

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The community of the Church: Belonging to the community

Community is about belonging.  Everybody needs to belong to something, not just ‘signed up’ to it but really find themselves at home there, or else we drift, get ourselves isolated and then fall foul of doubts and darkness that overtake our minds.  The modern world is largely losing its sense

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