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Numbers 30 Breakable Vows

Sun, 23/03/2014 - 10:30 -- James Oakley

Do you think you should be more committed to the church or less?

I’m sure many of you would expect me to say that you should be more committed to the church. Come more regularly. Give more money. Offer more of your time. And so on.

I’m going to surprise you this morning by saying that, for at least for some of us, we should give less. Do less. Come less often.

That’s probably not what you’d expect the vicar to say. It’s not something I’m planning to say frequently. But today’s Bible passage takes us exactly there.

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Numbers 17 Authenticating the True Priest

Sun, 16/03/2014 - 10:30 -- James Oakley

In our day and age you’re allowed to talk about Jesus. But what you’re not allowed to do is talk about him in any kind of exclusive way. To suggest other religions are wrong. To suggest he’s the only way to God. Those kinds of claims really stick in people’s throats today. They’re too hard to swallow.

A couple of weeks back I was talking to someone who doesn’t come to church. She explained that all religions are basically the same. They’re just wearing different clothes.

I guess that’s what a lot of people think today.

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Leviticus 13 Leprosy

Wed, 26/02/2014 - 10:30 -- James Oakley

It’s never pleasant to be ostracised. To have your family, your friends, your village turn their back on you. Decide they don’t want to know you.

I’ve heard stories of it happening in villages like this. Someone breaks some unwritten rule about how to belong to the community. Everyone doesn’t ignore them. But people who used to stop and chat no longer do. And you feel the cold shoulder.

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Exodus 28 Our Great High Priest

Sun, 09/02/2014 - 10:30 -- James Oakley

Would you say you’re close to God, or distant from him? Is he close to you, or is he somewhere far away.

This matters. Assuming there is a God. He’s powerful. He’s personal. He can do anything he chooses. You’d want to know him. Be close to him. Know that you’re in his good books.

And to be sure of that, we have to know what he’s like.

I want us to steer a path between two very common misconceptions of God.

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Genesis 50:15-26 A Good Disaster

Sun, 26/01/2014 - 10:30 -- James Oakley

I don’t know which is harder – to have life going well, or to have lots of difficulties. I’d rather life was good. Of course I would. But I don’t know which makes it harder to follow Jesus. Harder to live for God’s purposes. Harder to trust God’s promises.

If life is tough, God can seem so distant. How do we trust a God who doesn’t do anything about the problems we’re facing? If life is good, God can seem unnecessary. Why do we need to trust God, if life seems to take care of itself, and God’s already given us what we need.

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Genesis 37:1-11 Two Dreams and a Coat

Sun, 19/01/2014 - 10:30 -- James Oakley

Have you ever felt that God might have some great plans for your life? Ways he could use you to bring blessing to others. If it wasn’t for the fact it’s you we’re talking about.

I know I’ve felt that way at times. Mistakes made. Character flaws. Bad habits I can’t kick. I’m sure God could have used me. But somehow I disqualify myself.

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Genesis 24 Isaac and Rebekah

Sun, 12/01/2014 - 10:30 -- James Oakley

With more than a year to go until the next general election, the politicians are lining themselves up. Grand promises. If we put them in power, here’s what they will do. But will they?

We’re right to be sceptical. They may be in government, but they’re not in power. So much is outside of their control. It’s hard to guarantee anything. A coup in a foreign land 4000 miles away could impact a key export market and send the pound into a dive. They can promise. But can they deliver?

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