Posts Tagged ‘Faith’

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discard any lingering doubt…

July 19, 2013

I have a confession… I like rubbish action movies… and sometimes I just feel the need to sit down and waste 90 minutes watching the formula unfold…

Rookie team taking on overwhelming unknown enemy… in the first 2/3 thirds the team losing with members being picked off (remember the red shirts in Star Trek)… then when things seem hopeless the hero steps forward delivers inspiring speech… the team comes together… and the the close of the movie show the team overcoming the odds… baddies overcome… air punched… credits roll.

Last night I watched “Battle: Los Angeles”…

Photo: Richard Cartright (C) 2010 Columbia TriStar Marketing Group

Photo: Richard Cartright (C) 2010 Columbia TriStar Marketing Group

same formula… but four words from the hero speech remained with me…

“Discard any lingering doubt”…

These are good advice to any Christian…

Something in This reminded me of verses in Hebrews…

Hebrews 10:19-23 Hebrews 11:1 Hebrews 12:1-3

Since we have confidence to enter the Most Holy Place by the blood of Jesus, by a new and living way opened for us through the curtain, that is, his body, and since we have a great priest over the house of God, let us draw near to God with a sincere heart and with the full assurance that faith brings, having our hearts sprinkled to cleanse us from a guilty conscience and having our bodies washed with pure water. Let us hold unswervingly to the hope we profess, for he who promised is faithful.

Now faith is confidence in what we hope for and assurance about what we do not see.

Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles. And let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us, fixing our eyes on Jesus, the pioneer and perfecter of faith. For the joy set before him he endured the cross, scorning its shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God. Consider him who endured such opposition from sinners, so that you will not grow weary and lose heart.

If you’re finding things tough… If the circumstances you are in are difficult… Have faith… Hold unswervingly… Persevere… Have confidence and assurance..

Discard any lingering doubt.

God will prevail.

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On the road to Loch Carron & Skye Presbyterial Council Annual Rally…

June 7, 2012

Loch Carron, 1st June 2012

This past weekend I had the opportunity of sharing about the work of Street Pastors in Inverness with the Loch Carron/Skye Presbyterial Council Annual Rally at Kilmore Church on the Isle of Skye.  (The photo above was taken on the trip from Inverness to Skye, and is 4 HDR images stitched together to form a panorama of the view over Loch Carron)

It has been close to 13 years since I was last on the Sleat peninsula, and it was just glorious to be back.

In the vestibule of the Kilmore Church is a simple cross etched into a stone about 75cm high and 20cm at it’s widest part.  Stephen Fennell the convenor of the Council explained to me that this had been discovered in a remote corner of the church grounds and archeologists were of the opinion that this stone cross could date back to the 6th Century, to around the time that St Columba landed on Sleat.

The Guild had given me the topic of A Faith to Proclaim to talk on and sharing about why and how Street Pastors share their faith in practical ways to those needing help in the city, and it was a real pleasure and delight to do so.

The impression I was left with was that this church was a ‘thin’ place, soaked in prayer over centuries and that the Presbyterial Council represented the church in Loch Carron and Skye that were equally soaked in prayer.  So it is really special that they have agreed to pray for Inverness Street pastors every month from now on… what a blessing!

My thanks to Stephen Fennell and Anne MacAskill for hosting a fabulous day.

 

 

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from Water into Wine “If you try to believe…”

December 6, 2011

“if you try to believe you will only end up with what you know in your heart is false… Faith is being grasped by a truth which confronts you and which is self evident and overwhelming, and then trusting yourself to the reality which you now see.”

From Stephen Verney, Water into Wine