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"In Jesus, amen" - pt 1 (Lord, teach us to pray)

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Dan Sheed kicks off our new series, "In Jesus, amen" looking at prayer as Jesus did and as we can, emphasis being on the fact that this is all about pursuing Jesus as the One to emulate.

Most people are bored with prayer because they aren’t actually praying. They’re pretending. They are filtering things and then bringing what’s left to God. The Psalmists don’t do that. Morning, noon and night they honestly cry out to God.
— John Mark Comer

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"In Jesus, amen" - Prayer of Examen

This is a special podcast edition releasing our "In Jesus, amen" series audio resources. "Prayer of Examen" is a prayer exercise which helps you to reflect on your day with gratitude and notice where God was at work.
(Sourced from ignatianspirituality.com, produced by Strahan Coleman, voice by Shana Lang, music by Rhys Machell, recorded by Vivek Gabriel)

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"In Jesus, amen" - Lectio Divina (pt 1/3)

This is a special podcast edition releasing our "In Jesus, amen" series audio resources. "Lectio Divina" is a guided reading of Luke 11 for you to explore the scripture reading in a deeper way.
(Written and produced by Strahan Coleman, voice by Shana Lang, music by Rhys Machell and record by Vivek Gabriel)

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"In Jesus, amen" - Spiritus Oratio

This is a special podcast edition releasing our "In Jesus, amen" series audio resources. "Spiritus Oratio" is instrumental music, ideal for you to use for your own free prayer. No words, no rules, just beautiful music and freedom.
(Music by Rhys Machell)

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Guest Speaker: Sam Harvey

Guest speaker Sam Harvey shares on Isaiah 6, and our response to God's nature, God's mercy and God's mission.

We’re more sinful and flawed in ourselves than we ever dared believe, yet at the same time we are more loved and accepted in Jesus Christ that we ever dared hope.
— Tim Keller

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Guest Speaker: Scottie Reeve

Guest speaker Scottie Reeve from Blueprint Church in Wellington shares on how Jesus went to the wrong places, at the wrong times, to the wrong people – and challenges us to do the same.

To be present to God is to be where God is–to be present to God with our hearts but also our bodies–it’s not enough just to relocate our spirit, we must relocate our bodies as well, and that is where the transforming discipleship happens. ... Anchor your soul in the depths of God and your feet where Jesus is.

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Making Room - pt 2 (What's happening at my table?)

Dan Sheed takes us through the second part of our Making Room series, looking at how central meals were for Jesus and what we can replicate in our quest to make spaces that welcome strangers to become friends.

When Jesus himself wanted to explain to his disciples what his forthcoming death was all about, he didn’t give them a theory, he gave them a meal.
— N.T. Wright

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Faithful Presence - pt 12 (1 John 5:13-21 / The last song)

Dan Sheed finishes our Faithful Presence series by wrapping it up simply with an analogy on how John wrote 1 John and a few key reflections. (Note, it's Mother's Day today so our gathering had another element that shortened our message time down significantly.)

John’s letter has been like a set of music, and here the final chord of the song rings out: “Dear children, keep away from anything that might take God’s place in your hearts.”

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Faithful Presence - pt 9 (1 John 3:11-18 / Love each other)

Guest speaker Mathew Newton shares in our Faithful Presence series, exploring how we are to live life right now as people with one arm out to the broken world and one arm out to God's love.

We can be Christ only this way: holding onto the brokenness of the world with one hand and the love of God with the other. In this cruciform-shaped tension is how the love of God is going to be able to bring healing from here to there.

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