Living for Him, Dying to Live

Ever read Psalm 22?  And I don’t just mean read it as one would read the newspaper or a gripping novel.  I mean have you ever read it repeatedly; chewed over the words and thought about them so much that a magnificent picture is allowed to form in your mind’s eye, as...

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Don’t dilute the Gospel

I’m sure everyone has done it… You go into your kitchen thirsting for a drink and after realising there’s no juice, you have to go for the second best option – squash (gutted!). But because your mind was set on juice even before you got to the kitchen, you pour the...

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Persecution Uncovered (Part 1)

“Around the world today, many young people face extreme challenges and attacks on their faith. Confronted with tough choices, time and time again, they choose Jesus and live their costly faith in the face of persecution.” Ever thought about teaching your youth group...

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Change It Up: The Eternal Hope

What do you hope for?  Good relationships?  A friend to come to know Jesus?  A new perfume for Christmas?  I hope for all of these things.  And some other stuff. And then there’s always the hope.  The hope of things eternal, life lived forever in the presence of God....

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Change It Up: Church

“So what church do you go to then?”  The standard question of the Christian.  When we go to church we join usually with a local community of fellow Christians, we have a nice time together (hopefully), worship God, learn about God, share with one another and pray for...

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Change It Up: Desiring Grace

We can do it all.  We’ve got this.  We’re educated to a pretty good level, we might not have tons of money but we’ve probably got basically enough compared to a lot of people, we’re protected by the law and we have competent security services designed to look out for...

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Change It Up: Understanding the Gospel

Change it Up: Understanding the Gospel I’m probably not the first person you’ve heard mutter about a consumerist view of the story of God, our saviour Jesus, and the reconciliation of people to God: the gospel.  We do like to consume the gospel, to see what we can get...

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Change It Up: Mission and the Persecuted

Change It Up: Mission and the Persecuted Release International published a book this year called Jars of Clay which looks at what we Christians can learn from our persecuted brothers and sisters .  We think It’s really good.  Get your copy. At Pain and Passion we are...

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Whatever the Cost

When you count the cost of being a Christian, how often does it REALLY hurt? Those of us who follow Jesus count the cost all the time, even those of us here in the UK, where we’re free to do almost whatever we like.  We count the cost when we end a relationship...

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