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Posted in Useful Resources Tim Thornborough|12:12 PM EDT|March 25th 2015

We're very excited to be launching the website for Gospel Shaped Church this week. This is a huge project that we've been working on for a long time — and one that we hope will be of benefit to Christ's church for a long time to come. So if you're wondering what this resource is all about, gospelshapedchurch.org is the place to go to get the big picture of what it is, how it works and how it could help transform your church into the community you're called to be.

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Posted in Useful Resources Dr Timothy Lane|8:46 AM EDT|March 24th 2015

Diagnosis matters. When something is wrong with your body and you feel unwell, you need to know what you are dealing with. And that works for spiritual issues, too. For treatment to work, good diagnosis matters.

Defining Worry
So, what exactly is worry or anxiety? (I will use the words “worry” and “anxiety” interchangeably in this article.) It’s a condition common to virtually every human, in every society. Not many people are truly care-free. But what is worry?!

While various factors and components are very important, the Bible cuts deeper, because it says that worry is a deeply spiritual issue. This is not to say that the Bible ignores or disputes the mental, physiological, historical, social or environmental aspects of worry, but that it sees them all as part of a spiritual issue—that worry, ultimately, is a response to life lived in God’s world. Worry is, therefore, a response to God himself.

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Posted in Fighting the Monday Feeling The Explore Team|5:58 AM EDT|March 23rd 2015

Another week, and another barrage of heartbreaking bad news stories in the media. Do you ever look at the world, or your own life, and wonder if God has forgotten about the people he’s made? Perhaps you can echo the words of the psalmist in Psalm 10 v 1: “Why, Lord, do you stand far off? Why do you hide yourself in times of trouble?” But the same Psalmist doesn’t stop there...

12 Arise, Lord! Lift up your hand, O God.
Do not forget the helpless.
13 Why does the wicked man revile God?
Why does he say to himself,
‘He won’t call me to account’?
14 But you, God, see the trouble of the afflicted;
you consider their grief and take it in hand.
The victims commit themselves to you;
you are the helper of the fatherless.
15 Break the arm of the wicked man;
call the evildoer to account for his wickedness
that would not otherwise be found out.
16 The Lord is King for ever and ever;
the nations will perish from his land.
17 You, Lord, hear the desire of the afflicted;
you encourage them, and you listen to their cry,
18 defending the fatherless and the oppressed,
so that mere earthly mortals
will never again strike terror.

This psalm teaches us that the right response to this situation and these feelings is not to cut off communication with God, but to cry out to him.

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Posted in Fighting the Monday Feeling The Explore Team|12:30 PM EDT|March 20th 2015

It’s Friday! Are you rejoicing? You should be, according to Paul…

 

9 Since, therefore, we have now been justified by his blood, much more shall we be saved by him from the wrath of God. 10 For if while we were enemies we were reconciled to God by the death of his Son, much more, now that we are reconciled, shall we be saved by his life. 11 More than that, we also rejoice in God through our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom we have now received reconciliation.
(Romans 5:9-11, ESV)

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Posted in The Good Book Quiz The Quiz Team|8:23 AM EDT|March 20th 2015

Who says, "In my dream I saw seven ears of corn, full and good, growing on a single stalk."

  • Moses
  • Joseph
  • Chief Baker
  • Pharoah

Which is the longest Minor Prophet?

  • Isaiah
  • Amos
  • Daniel
  • Zechariah

‘Consider how the wild flowers grow. They do not labour or spin. Yet I tell you, not even ________ in all his splendour was dressed like one of these.

  • Daniel
  • Joseph
  • Solomon
  • Ahaz

Alphabetically, which is the third last book of the bible?

  • Titus
  • Zephaniah
  • Ruth
  • Song of Songs

I planted the seed, Apollos watered it, but _____ has been making it grow.

  • Titus
  • God
  • Timothy
  • Mother Nature

Who is being referred to? Consider him who endured such opposition from sinners, so that you will not grow weary and lose heart.

  • Pilate
  • Paul
  • Peter
  • Jesus

Which plague did God say would "devour what little you have left after the hail, including every tree that is growing in your fields."?

  • flies
  • hail
  • frogs
  • locusts

 

Posted in Useful Resources John Hindley|4:58 AM EDT|March 18th 2015

Here are 6 ways we can avoid Bible-Reading damaging our health:

1. Read it (not notes!) Just read the Bible.

I think that Bible-reading notes can be helpful, but if you have never read the Bible without notes, can I encourage you to ditch them, at least for a while? Get used to reading the Bible as a book you can understand. Read it as that love letter from Jesus. Read it to find him. You do not need notes to get it.

2. Read all of it

And this applies to all of the Bible. It is all about Jesus. It is all good, exciting, beautiful truth about our Lord and Saviour. It centres on his cross, and it sings, whispers, heralds, shouts, cries and placards his name in every chapter.

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Posted in Interesting Thoughts John Hindley|10:07 AM EDT|March 16th 2015

For years, I have struggled with Bible reading. Most Christians I know struggle to read the Bible (though we don’t like to talk about it).

 

We wonder why it doesn’t seem to make a difference to us. We wonder why we don’t miss it when we don’t read it.

 

We know we should read its words, but often we don’t really feel like reading it. We know it’s true; we don’t remember it’s beautiful.

 

Maybe you’re in that position as you read this. Maybe you are in church leadership and wish your church family would read the Bible more (even as you wish that your own Bible-reading was more than doing your duty).

 

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Posted in Fighting the Monday Feeling The Explore Team|5:09 AM EDT|March 16th 2015

When was the last time you felt completely at a loss to know how to handle challenging circumstances?


1 Lord, how many are my foes!
How many rise up against me!
2 Many are saying of me,
“God will not deliver him.”
3 But you, Lord, are a shield around me,
my glory, the One who lifts my head high.
4 I call out to the Lord,
and he answers me from his holy mountain.

Psalm 3:1-3

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Posted in Fighting the Monday Feeling The Explore Team|12:10 PM EDT|March 13th 2015

We live in the day of the corporation—the way to get it is through slick advertising, bold slogans, innovative marketing. And then there’s the kingdom of God…

 

Why is the kingdom not like Coke or Nike—big, successful, all-conquering? What has been going on for the 2,000 years between the time Jesus came to establish the kingdom and the time we live in?

 

18 Then Jesus asked, “What is the kingdom of God like? What shall I compare it to? 19 It is like a mustard seed, which a man took and planted in his garden. It grew and became a tree, and the birds perched in its branches.”

20 Again he asked, “What shall I compare the kingdom of God to? 21 It is like yeast that a woman took and mixed into about sixty pounds of flour until it worked all through the dough.” Luke 13:18-21

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Posted in The Good Book Quiz The Quiz Team|8:45 AM EDT|March 13th 2015

Which book starts, "In my former book, Theophilus…"

  • 1 Theophilus
  • Luke
  • Acts
  • 2 Thessalonians

In the centre, round the throne, were four living creatures, and they were covered with _____, in front and behind.

  • gold
  • sores
  • eyes
  • straw

Which is the longest book (by chapter) with an odd number of chapters?

  • 2 Chronicles
  • Genesis
  • Proverbs
  • Leviticus

As for zeal, persecuting _______; as for righteousness based on the law, faultless

  • Jesus
  • the church
  • the disciples
  • the Jews

Which Gospel contains the parable of The Good Samaritan?

  • Matthew
  • Luke
  • Mark
  • John

Who is the first king mentioned in 1 Kings?

  • Jehu
  • Saul
  • Jotham
  • David

‘What shall I do, then, with Jesus who is called the Messiah?’ Pilate asked. They all answered, ‘_______ him!’

  • Crucify
  • Release
  • Worship
  • Un-friend

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