Pray for the peace of the city

by Peter Burns

During a service just before Christmas I challenged us all to write down 3 places to pray for. One was to be the street where we live and then another 2 nearby streets or buildings or establishments that are significant to us. I don’t know how many did that, and I’ve no idea if you [...]

Looking Forward

by Peter Burns

I’ve never been one for New Year Resolutions, I just don’t have the sticking power, but perhaps we can express one or two hopes and desires. Perhaps we can give thanks more readily, look for the positives in every situation and thank God for them. 1 Thessalonians 5:18; ‘give thanks in all circumstances for this [...]

Hallowed be your name!

by Peter Burns

This line from the Lord’s Prayer came up recently in our evening series on Jesus’ Sermon on the Mount, and caused me to think hard about what it actually means to ‘hallow’ God’s name. In his commentary on Matthew, John Stott suggests we should ‘pray that God’s name be hallowed, ‘treated as holy’, because we [...]

The Power and Privilege of Prayer!

by Peter Burns

One of the great privileges we have been given through Jesus is the invitation and opportunity to speak directly with our God. No longer do we have to share everything with a High Priest and ask him to be our agent. No longer are we limited to approaching the Holy Place on just 1 day [...]

God loves a cheerful giver

by Peter Burns

This quote from 2 Cor 9:7 could be thought of as every church treasurer’s favourite. It’s true we need monetary gifts to finance, to a certain extent, any and every area of ministry. And Paul’s quote reminds us that we each have a part to play, having decided in our own heart before God what [...]

Praise God from whom all blessings flow

by Peter Burns

OK, you’ve come into church you’ve settled into your seat and you are just passing a couple of minutes until the service starts or you get on with something else. Is there anything worth reading on these two sides of A4? How is this going to make me think or feel? What is there to [...]

So what?

by Peter Burns

Here we are into May already and, for many, all the excitement and celebration of Easter is over for another year. So what now? What difference does it all make? Once the chocolate eggs are all eaten, some will return to the same routine and any passing thought of a man on a cross that [...]

When I survey

by Peter Burns

‘As I survey the wondrous cross on which the Prince of Glory died’ (as Isaac Watts puts it in his hymn) what happens? The word ‘survey’ implies a long, hard, detailed study, not just a cursory glance with little interest. I suspect that if more people actually did that, and undertook a proper survey, then [...]

God Knows

by Peter Burns

And I said to the man who stood at the gate of the year: “Give me a light that I may tread safely into the unknown.” And he replied: “Go out into the darkness and put your hand into the Hand of God. That shall be to you better than light and safer than a [...]

Just think about this for a few moments

by Peter Burns

– think very carefully. ‘Light of the world You stepped down into darkness’. God himself, in human form, contracted into the space of a man, left the glory of heaven to humbly enter into the grime and muck and darkness of our world. ‘Opened my eyes, let me see beauty that made this heart adore [...]