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Big Jesus wins award for the 'best community entry' in the parade.
We had a unique perspective on Jesus, His fame and renown. If the crowds were silenced even the stones would have cried out to Him. This must be what it was like for Jesus to enter Jerusalem, re-enacted for the benefit of his LGBT people... What does this say for us and for Him?
Photos of ‘Big Jesus’ appeared in ‘The Guardian’ photos of Pride around the world!
Christmas Meal at the Cliff’s Hotel
On Weds 18th Dec at Cliffs Hotel
Meet 7pm at the bar, take your seats from 7.15pm
Quiz Night plus entertainment from Steve Burrows,
Mulled Wine and Mince Pies
Sat 14th Dec 7.30pm £3 at St Paul’s
Red Umbrella Day Tuesday 17th December 2019
International Day to End Violence against Sex Workers
Nina and Susan will support the local vigil to mark the day and take flowers to the Massage Parlours with a message of support from Liberty.
Extracts from Jim’s Preach ‘Five Giants Part 2’
An extract Paul’s letter to the Romans 8 in the Message version of the bible
If God didn’t hesitate to put everything on the line for us, embracing our condition and exposing himself to the worst by sending his own Son, is there anything else he wouldn’t gladly and freely do for us?
And who would dare tangle with God by messing with one of God’s chosen?
Who would dare even to point a finger? The One who died for us—who was raised to life for us!—is in the presence of God at this very moment sticking up for us.
Do you think anyone is going to be able to drive a wedge between us and Jesus’ love for us? There is no way! Not trouble, not hard times, not hatred, not hunger, not homelessness, not bullying threats, not backstabbing
None of this fazes us because Jesus loves us. I’m absolutely convinced that nothing—nothing living or dead, angels or powers, today or tomorrow,
High or low, thinkable or unthinkable—absolutely nothing can get between us and God’s love because of the way that Jesus our Lord has embraced us.
This week we look at David’s need for 5 smooth stones which link to the 5 Philistine giants who were enemies of David. We can gain insights from them for our own spiritual battles.
1. Goliath. His name means ‘splendour’. Goliath symbolises the splendour of the world.
The ideals and values of this world are at odds with God. The world admires the intellect - the first stone struck Goliath’s forehead the seat of the mind and the wisdom of humanity.
The source of good ideas not God ideas. Our intellect can be an enemy of our spirits. Our intellect cannot achieve anything of spiritual value. Jesus said ‘I have overcome the world’.
As Paul wrote Ac 17:28 ‘It is in him we live and move and have our being’ not in worldly ideals and values…..Desiring Jesus and the things of heaven... diminishes the cravings of this world and what it has to offer.
2. The giant Ishbi-benob (2Sa 21:16) means, ‘my dwelling is on the heights’. He symbolises pride. Our pride can be an obstacle to us spiritually. David’s servant Abishai killed the giant of pride. Abishai means gift. Eph 2:8 tells us that faith is a gift from God.
Pride affects us all in different ways but can be defeated by the gift of faith that impresses on us that God alone is the source of our lives, and God is the origin of all our accomplishments.
In faith we can know that apart from Jesus we can do nothing (Joh 15:5) of lasting spiritual value.
3. The giant Saph (2Sa 21:18); ‘Saph’ means ‘door’ and points to hypocrisy. Like a door we all can have two sides to us, and we all want to just show others the side of us we believe they want to see in order to get approval and acceptance.
It’s how Jesus sees us that counts. Turning ourselves inside out to get approval from people is exhausting! It means never being able to relax and just be ourselves. But we can relax and be exactly ourselves with God and still be totally loved.
Sib-bechai another servant of David defeated Saph, Sib-bechai means ‘woven together’ pointing to the way our lives are inter woven with Jesus. Gal 2:4 says it is only in Christ Jesus that we have our freedom. We can be free from trying to be something we’re not.
4. The giant Lahmi, (2Sa 21:19) means ‘full of food’. The wrong kind of food can kill us. Our bodies craves unhealthy sugars and fats. Our lives can be scarred by the appetites and desires of our bodies.
It’s the same for our spiritual health. Our spiritual lives can be scarred by the appetites and desires of our humanity. Our spirituality is best nourished by the sustaining bread of life, Jesus, and the pure water of the Holy Spirit. We need nothing more.
We have to remove the spiritual CRAP from our diet. CRAP meaning Christian Religious Activities And Practices that we do in the misguided belief that our activities can improve our standing with God.
The beliefs and traditions of men to gain God’s favour are called ‘dog shit’ by Paul in Php 3:8. CRAP is spiritual junk food – feels good at first but slowly poisons us spiritually. Lahmi was conquered by El-hanan, which means ‘God is gracious’. God’s grace can really satisfy us and bring us to the end of striving for merit and to that place of rest in Him.
5. The nameless Giant with 6 fingers (2Sa 21:20) who points to our tendency to hold tightly onto things. We hold on to the power we have over our lives; we may say, and sometimes even sing “All for Jesus” or, sing “all my ambitions hopes and plans I surrender these into your hands”
Do we say it, sing it, and then hold on tight to our lives, our possessions, our money grasping on tight for all we’re worth? We try to hold onto the right to control our own lives instead of being able to freely give all over to Jesus to use as He sees fit. Jonathan meaning ‘God given’ destroyed this giant.
When we truly realise that that everything we have comes from God, that makes it easier to keep a loose hold on the things of this world and when God asks us, to let them go.
When we wear our ‘spiritual glasses’, from Grace and Faith the opticians, we are better able to see all that God has done for us, and all that He has given us.
On our spiritual journey, when giant obstacles get in the way of our progress, Jesus has the means to overcome every one of them.
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