4th January 2015

Big Picture Blog

Big Picture: Day 350

Readings: Ephesians 1-6. It is difficult to summarise a book like Ephesians. With others of Paul’s letters, there are obvious key themes to identify. Letters like 1 & 2 Corinthians have a clear purpose because they were written by Paul in response to questions or problems raised in the church. However, Ephesians does not appear Read more about Big Picture: Day 350[…]

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Big Picture: Day 349

Readings: Colossians 1-4; Philemon. Often when I read the book of Colossians I focus my attention on that amazing passage in chapter one which speaks of Jesus’ supremacy over all things. I’ve regularly read those verses at the beginning of Sunday services, or during times of sung worship, to encourage the congregation with the incredible Read more about Big Picture: Day 349[…]

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Big Picture: Day 347

Readings: Acts 24-26. There’s something very powerful about testimonies. Millions of people have come to faith in Jesus through hearing someone else’s testimony of his influence on their lives. Often the testimonies we most celebrate are stories of people who have been redeemed by Jesus from obvious and life-controlling patterns of sin. While we are Read more about Big Picture: Day 347[…]

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Big Picture: Day 346

Readings: Acts 20-23. As someone who preaches, I feel a particular resonance with one section of today’s readings. The ideal length of a sermon is a topic of much debate among church leaders. Some advocate preaching short sermons, in keeping with research which suggests a declining attention span among average people. Others favour longer sermons, Read more about Big Picture: Day 346[…]

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Big Picture: Day 343

Readings: Romans 8-10. I have to admit, I’ve found these last couple of blogs a real challenge to write. Romans is such a rich book, full of deep theological truths and foundational doctrines of our faith. Paul writes passionately and powerfully; affirming our salvation, testifying about God’s grace, glorifying Jesus. There is so much to Read more about Big Picture: Day 343[…]

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Big Picture: Day 342

Readings: Romans 4-7. It’s been said before that there is no such thing as a perfect church, but if there was it would cease to be so as soon as one of us joined it. Try as we might, we can never reach perfection. However, perfection is exactly what God requires of us. We are Read more about Big Picture: Day 342[…]

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Big Picture: Day 340

Readings: 2 Corinthians 10-13. Have you ever had a friend who liked to boast a lot? Maybe that friend was you. I’ve had a couple of friends like that. They’re exhausting! You quickly reach a point where you can’t be sure whether what they say is true or their exaggeration. Paul writes in today’s readings Read more about Big Picture: Day 340[…]

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Big Picture: day 339

Readings: 2 Corinthians 5-9 This is a guest post from Nanette Hesketh (Iain’s mum in case you were wondering): I’ve been asked to write a blog on part of the scripture reading 2 Corinthians 5 to 9. The passage I’d like to concentrate on is chapter 8:1-15. Before we look at this, I will give just Read more about Big Picture: day 339[…]

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Big Picture: day 338

Readings: 2 Corinthians 1-4 The message of 2 Corinthians stands in stark contrast to the culture of today, just as much as when Paul penned this fantastic letter. Paul’s apostleship was being questioned because some prominent leaders in Corinth thought that he suffered too much to be a credible apostle. In our society, it seems Read more about Big Picture: day 338[…]

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Big Picture: Day 337

Readings: 1 Corinthians 15-16. Have you ever found yourself working really hard and yet unnoticed? It can be very frustrating! When this happens, we can easily convince ourselves that all our effort is for nothing. That can be a very disheartening thought. Similarly, we can begin to think that way when we work hard for Read more about Big Picture: Day 337[…]

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