How (not) to let your heart accuse you

A long-lost relative of an eccentric New York heiress, stood to inherit 19 million pounds (R320 million) of her 300 million POUND fortune.  Unfortunately, the relative, Timothy Gray – a homeless man, age 60, was found dead from hypothermia under a bridge in rural Wyoming, in the US. Timothy Gray was a millionaire but didn’t […]

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Perspective – Gospel Remembrance

“Remember that you were slaves in Egypt and that the LORD your God brought you out of there with a mighty hand and an outstretched arm”(Deuteronomy 5:15)   The words quoted above are taken from the Sabbath Commandment and call upon Israel to keep the Sabbath in remembrance that it was the LORD who redeemed […]

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Perspective – The Radical Disciple

“Whoever wants to be my disciple must deny themselves and take up their cross and follow me” Mark 8:34 (2011 NIV) Some years ago, I came across John Stott’s book entitled the Radical Disciple. I love reading anything that Dr Stott wrote, but I was particularly attracted by the title of this little book. Two […]

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Presiding Bishop Newsletter December 2017

BC AD DC A voice cries: “In the wilderness prepare the way of the LORD; make straight in the desert a highway for our God. Every valley shall be lifted up and every mountain and hill be made low; the uneven ground shall become level, and the rough places a plain. And the glory of the LORD […]

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Perspective – The Greatest Gift Ever Given

“For God so loved the world that He gave His one and only Son” John 3:16 John 3:16 is probably the most famous and most quoted verse in the Bible. It speaks of God’s love and God’s gift, the gift of His One and Only Son, the greatest gift ever given. In a world filled […]

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The rise and (down)fall of Modern Spirituality

Modern spirituality claims that it is possible to know God through a variety of ways: whether it be a spiritual encounter, private conviction or an angelic spirit-guide. God is like buying groceries – it doesn’t really matter which supermarket you shop at, as long as you get bare essentials.  Some people might prefer Spar,  or […]

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The Christians’ struggle with sin

Often as Christians we’re discouraged by sin in our lives.  We’ve come to faith in Jesus, we’ve received the gift of the Holy Spirit and we want to life lives that honour God. And yet we still lose our temper, still succumb to sexual sin, still covet our neighbour’s donkey or BMW, still tell lies, […]

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Perspective – Generosity

“Command them to do good, to be rich in good deeds, and to be generous and willing to share” (1 Timothy 6:18) The words quoted above are part of Paul’s closing instruction to Timothy and are directed to those who are “rich in this present world” (6:17). We may think that these words don’t apply […]

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Presiding Bishop Newsletter October 2017

Tomorrow we celebrate one of historys most momentous events. The Protestant Reformation. In October 1517 Martin Luther lodged a protest against an almost pagan Medieval Roman Church that has continued to have a ripple effect into our 21st century. Martin Luther and the other Reformers rediscovered the Biblical doctrines of grace that have become the heartcry […]

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Perspective – True Freedom

“If the Son sets you free you will be free indeed” John 8:36 This October we celebrate 49 years of God’s grace at St James. How thankful we can be for all that the Lord has done, as we trust Him for future blessings. In the Bible the number 7 and its multiples are important […]

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