Category Archives: Holy Spirit

Comfort to Keep

2015-05-14 07.53.02

A parent had to go away on business.

Something needed to be accomplished that couldn’t be done here, the main site had to be the place.  Neither was it appropriate for the rest of the family to go with them – there was a life to be carried on where they were.

The spouse was worried how they’d cope alone, shouldering all the responsibilities and work alone – but knew they would be able to talk on the phone, to mull things over together and seek advice.

But one of the children was not so easily convinced.  I’ll miss you, I need you; how will I even remember what you look like, sound like, smell like?

And so the parent left something behind.  A special teddy.  The child knew that it was the parent’s.  Battered, loved and very theirs – it even smelt of them.  It was a part of them, a present reminder of the parent who was somewhere else for a time, though very much still watching out for them and loving them – and a reminder of the promise that they would be back.  It reminded them that they were loved, and it made them just a little bit braver to carry on with what they had to do.  It gave them strength that they didn’t know they had – and was a sign of the promise that the parent was coming back.  They still felt bemused and bewildered at times, but they knew they were not abandoned.  They were loved and their parent was cheering for them – if from a different place.

Acts 1:6-11 (CEV)

Jesus Is Taken to Heaven

While the apostles were still with Jesus, they asked him, “Lord, are you now going to give Israel its own king again?”

Jesus said to them, “You don’t need to know the time of those events that only the Father controls. But the Holy Spirit will come upon you and give you power. Then you will tell everyone about me in Jerusalem, in all Judea, in Samaria, and everywhere in the world.” After Jesus had said this and while they were watching, he was taken up into a cloud. They could not see him,10 but as he went up, they kept looking up into the sky.

Suddenly two men dressed in white clothes were standing there beside them.11 They said, “Why are you men from Galilee standing here and looking up into the sky? Jesus has been taken to heaven. But he will come back in the same way that you have seen him go.”

Book Cull :(

I am getting rid of books.

Not lightly, and in most circumstances not because they are no good – though I confess some have never been opened.  I have to move on, Circuit Ministry is not happening for me at the moment.  We do not have the room and all these books have been unlooked at for nearly eight years, so I would rather someone else had them if they are any use.

They are just as they have come out of their storage box.  Some are yellowed, some do have my scribbling in.  They all have address labels stuck in the front page.  Just because I own them, doesn’t mean I agree with them – I cannot be held responsible for the views inside them!  Some are simply outdated, but may be interesting if you’re writing essays and trying to put a subject into context. If you would like one, please let me know.

If you want more details, I will do what I can.  I am not asking anything for them, but postage costs would be appreciated.  Drop off points may be possible.  Please also bear in mind that as someone with a chronic illness, I am slow – but doing my best 🙂 (and the same reason they’re not listed in alphabetical order!)

Oh and in case of more than one request, it will be first come – rubbish I know, but this has to be stress free – sorry!

So, here is a list, hopefully in some kind of order:

Devotional

Max Lucado                                                                 And the Angels Were Silent
Paul T Harris                                                               The Heart of Silence
Karen Moore                                                               Wellspring
Walter Wangering Jr                                               Reliving the Passion
Joyce Huggett                                                            Listening to Others
Margaret Cundiff                                                     Living by the Book
Bruce Larson                                                             What God Wants to Know
All Year Round 1998 (Meditations for the seasons, designed for worship – in a loose leaf folder)
Janet Morely                                                             Companions of God – Praying for peace in the Holy Land (1994)
Dawn to Dusk – The 1996 Methodist Companion
Margaret Pawley                                                    Praying for People
Frank Topping                                                        Lord of the Evening
Frank Topping                                                        Lord of Time
Frank Topping                                                        Lord of the Morning
Frank Colquhoun                                                 Prayers for Today
Eddie Askew                                                            Many Voices, One Voice
The SPCK Book of Christian Prayer
The Lion Christian Poetry Collection
The Lion Prayer Collection
Joyce Huggett                                                        Joy to the World
Agatha Christine Mallowan                            Star Over Bethlehem
David Winter                                                           Hope in the Wilderness
David Winter                                                           What’s in a Word?
Philip Newell                                                           Promptings From Paradise
Kevin Scully                                                              Sensing the Passion
Adrian Plass                                                             And Jesus Will be Born

Christian Life

Rita Bennett                      Making Peace with Your Inner Child
Eric Liddell                         The Disciplines of the Christian Life
John Allan                          Shopping for a God
Elizabeth Goldsmith     Going Places
Ruth Graham                   In Every Pew Sits a Broken Heart
Nicky Gumbel                  Questions of Life
Michael Mitton               The Rainbow of Renewal
Philip Newell                    One Foot in Eden
John Ortberg                   Everybody’s Normal Till You Get to Know Them
Pete Ward                          Liquid Church
Hannah Hurnard           Hinds’ feet on High Places
Meg Scott                           The Tug of Two Loves
Bill Hybels                          Too Busy Not to Pray

Schools/Children – practical and theory

Flatpack – Ready-to-go assemblies for 11-14s
Janet King                           52 Easy to Use Assemblies for Middle and Secondary Schools
Sue Relf                                 100 Instant Children’s Talks
John M Hull                        Utopian Whispers – Moral, Religious and Spiritual Values in Schools Ishmael                                 Reclaiming a Generation
Michael Botting (ed)       Drama For All the Family
Michael Botting (ed)      For All the Family
John M Hull                         The Holy Trinity and Christian Education in a Pluralist World Patricia St John                 Would You Believe It?
Eleanor D Gatliffe             Death in the Classroom
William L Coleman          My Magnificent Machine
Lynda Neilands                 50 Stories for Special Occasions Chris Chesterton
77 Talks for 21st Century Kids Penguins Family Adventures (from the creators of Veggie Tales)
Margaret Cooling            Wisdom for Worship – 70 Reflective Assemblies for Primary Schools
Learning with the Sunday Gospels – Trinity Sunday to Christ the King
Steve Chalke                      The Parenttalk Guide to the Childhood Years

Bible
Josephine Laffin                     The Duffer’s Guide to the Old Testament
Bible Handbook and A-Z Bible |Encyclopedia
John Rogerson    Atlas of the Bible
David Kossoff                 Bible Stories
Christina Buchmann and Celina Spiegel (ed)     Out of the Garden
Mike Coles                            God’s Reality Show
Tom Houston                       Characters Around the Cross
H L Ellison                                The Message of the Old Testament
Gerd Theisson                     The Social Setting of Pauline Christianity
Graham N Stanton             The Gospels and Jesus
William Neil’s One Volume Bible Commentary
Wendy Virgo                          The Prophetess
F F Bruce                                  The Pauline Circle
John Ziesler                           Pauline Christianity
Richard Coggins                  Introducing the Old Testament
Adrian Plass                           Never Mind the Reversing Ducks

Family

Rob Parsons                         The Sixty Minute Father
Rob Parsons                         Loving Against the Odds
Rob Parsons                         The Sixty Minute Marriage
Something to Celebrate – Valuing Families in Church and Society
Margaret Withers             Where are the Children?

Health/Healing/Suffering

Geoff Walters                                    Why Do Christians Find it Hard to Grieve?
Althea Pearson                                Growing Through Loss and Grief
Parker, Fraser and Rivers         In Search of Wholeness
Philip Yancey                                   Where is God When it Hurts?
Donald Eadie                                   Grain in Winter

Ministry

5000 Quotations for Teachers and Preachers
W J Limmer SHeppard           Great Hymns and their Stories
Howard Belben (ed)                 Ministry in the Local Church
Robert L Randall                         What People Expect from Church
Eddie Gibbs and Ian Coffey   Church Next
The Lion Christian Quotation Collection

General

Gordon Thomas             Magdalene
Colin Blakely                     It’s The Gospel Truth
Riah Abu El-Assal           Caught In Between
John Wesley: Contemporary Perspectives (1988)
David Lyon                         Postmodernity
Jane Craske & Clive Marsh (ed)   Methodism and the Future
Eddie Stobart                     Only the Best Will Do
Helena Wilkinson             Puppet on a String
Malcolm Folley                   A Time to Jump – Jonathan Edwards
Adrian Plass                        Ghosts

One of Us #adventbookclub – Day 4

Luke 3:21-38 (CEV)

The Baptism of Jesus

21 While everyone else was being baptized, Jesus himself was baptized. Then as he prayed, the sky opened up, 22 and the Holy Spirit came down upon him in the form of a dove. A voice from heaven said, “You are my own dear Son, and I am pleased with you.”

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The Ancestors of Jesus

23 When Jesus began to preach, he was about thirty years old. Everyone thought he was the son of Joseph. But his family went back through Heli, 24 Matthat, Levi, Melchi, Jannai, Joseph, 25 Mattathias, Amos, Nahum, Esli, Naggai, 26 Maath, Mattathias, Semein, Josech, Joda;

27 Joanan, Rhesa, Zerubbabel, Shealtiel, Neri, 28 Melchi, Addi, Cosam, Elmadam, Er, 29 Joshua, Eliezer, Jorim, Matthat, Levi;

30 Simeon, Judah, Joseph, Jonam, Eliakim, 31 Melea, Menna, Mattatha, Nathan, David, 32 Jesse, Obed, Boaz, Salmon, Nahshon;

33 Amminadab, Admin, Arni, Hezron, Perez, Judah, 34 Jacob, Isaac, Abraham, Terah, Nahor, 35 Serug, Reu, Peleg, Eber, Shelah;

36 Cainan, Arphaxad, Shem, Noah, Lamech, 37 Methuselah, Enoch, Jared, Mahalaleel, Kenan, 38 Enosh, and Seth.

The family of Jesus went all the way back to Adam and then to God.

If ever there was proof that Jesus was one of us…

Jesus joins in, he is baptised.  He doesn’t sit and watch others do it, he takes part too.  He joins with what they are doing.

And then we have his ancestry, his family line.  This is where Jesus has come from, who he is.

If ever there was proof that Jesus was God…

At his baptism the public recognition, a statement by God,

This is my own dear son

And in his family line, traceable “All the way back to Adam,

And then to God

This is no upstart, no charlatan, no fly-by-night imposter.  This is God, here, living with us, in a human form.

God was, and is, one of us.  Living the life we live, showing us his way to do it.

When we wonder at things, and wonder what God would do, we can look at Jesus and his life.  When we ask, but what if God were here – he is.  Here for each and every one of us, here with each one of us, in the lives that we lead day by day.  His presence is woven through the history of humanity, and it is woven through our history.

Jesus brings God to it, brings

wholeness, healing and completeness (p27)

What if God Were One of Us?

Thank You God,
for being One of Us,
coming to the world,
showing us your ways
in the life of Jesus.

Thank you for being willing to become like us
that we might see and understand
what your ways are.

Help me
to follow your example,
to learn to live your ways,

This year, several of us are reading Beginnings and Endings by Maggi Dawn and joining together to comment on it.  Do join us at the Adventbookclub Facebook page, follow #adventbookclub on Twitter or comment below.  If you are also reading and blogging on this book, let me know and I will link to your blog.