Tomorrow there is a special joint service with the other Churches in Ottery at 10.30am, part of the week of prayer for Christian unity. The service will be followed by a Bring and Share lunch for all in the Dorset Aisle. Come along, but because there is a 10.30 service, there will not be an Explore service. Colin’s been asked to represent St Mary’s this year in choosing one of the hymns, and he, Annette and Gill are going to lead us in singing My Song is Love Unknown!
“Do not lose your inner peace for anything whatsoever, not even if your whole world seems upset. If you find that you have wandered away from the shelter of God, lead your heart back to Him quietly and simply.”
From the book It’s Not My Fault by Henry Cloud and John Townsend:
We have seen how important it is to look at the meaning that you attribute to failure, because negative feelings and conclusions can cause you to remain stuck. The next step is to figure out what you do at that point, in order to do that, you must evaluate those feelings and conclusions. How did they affect your responses to failure, and what can you do differently?
When you fail, do you:
* Get angry at yourself?
* Get angry at someone else?
* Give up?
* Not try again?
* Change courses impulsively?
* Eat, drink, or medicate yourself in some unhealthy way?
* Look for meaningless distractions that get you no closer to what you want?
* Make excuses?
* Avoid looking at it and remain in denial?
* Run to some area of strength to make yourself feel better instead of looking at your weakness?
The negative meanings you place on failure and your emotional reactions to it always generate accompanying behavioural patterns. You must uncover your own negative patterns and take steps to change them. To do that, you will probably need Continue reading “Consider your responses to failure”
When Justin Welby told Premier Christianity magazine that he spoke in tongues daily, neither the interviewer nor the editor thought much of it. After all, millions of Christians do too. No big deal. But within hours of the interview being released, a host of mainstream media channels including The Guardian and the BBC were running the story, with the BBC putting scare quotes around the offending phrase in their headline: “Archbishop Justin Welby prays ‘in tongues’ every day”. Here is that interview from March last year.
Justin Welby prays in tongues every day. Whether or not you think that is a newsworthy fact about the 105th Archbishop of Canterbury, it was remarkable enough to generate several articles in The Guardian and The Times newspapers at the beginning of this year
The comments were made during a wide-ranging interview I conducted with Welby on the challenges and opportunities he has faced six years into his role as the leader of the Anglican Communion.
Not that Welby saw speaking in a heavenly language as something “to make a great song and dance about”. He freely offered the information as an unremarkable fact about his morning routine. After all, around half a billion other Christians in the charismatic and Pentecostal traditions would claim something similar.
Why would you ever complain, O Jacob, or, whine, Israel, saying, “God has lost track of me. He doesn’t care what happens to me”? Don’t you know anything? Haven’t you been listening? God doesn’t come and go. God lasts. He’s Creator of all you can see or imagine. He doesn’t get tired out, doesn’t pause to catch his breath. And he knows everything, inside and out. He energises those who get tired, gives fresh strength to dropouts. For even young people tire and drop out, young folk in their prime stumble and fall. But those who wait upon God get fresh strength. They spread their wings and soar like eagles, They run and don’t get tired, they walk and don’t lag behind.
Join us tomorrow for the second of our new series. How can I be generous like God? Don’t I need to grab what I can and then ‘sit on the can’?! If I am generous, won’t I find I don’t have enough? Gill challenges us about A New Beginning with Giving.11.15am, Ottery St Mary Parish Church.