This week we begin a new series “How do we cope with James?” This week we ask “How do we cope with ... Believing?” We all face difficulties in life and James has some great advice.
The Gospel Coalition have produced a playlist of 100 songs inspired by the book of James, and I intend to share some of those songs each day on the Blog, but you can listen to the full playlist during the next few weeks as we continue our studies in this book. I have benefited greatly from listening to these songs over and over again as I have asked God to speak from His word.
You can stream the playlist on Spotify or on Apple Music right now.
Here are the songs for today.
James gives us the example of Abraham as someone who displayed his faith through his actions.
- “All the Stars,” Caroline Cobb - A Song about God’s covenant with Abraham, based on Genesis 12:1-9, 13: 14-18; 15; 17:1-14, 22:1-19
- “Abraham,” Denison Witmer - A rather slow moving account of God’s relationship with Abraham
- “Abraham and the Gospel,” Timothy Brindle - For all of you who love Rap/Hip Hop, this is how Abraham links to the Gospel.
- “Justified,” Shai Linne - If the previous Rap has whetted your appetite for more, then here is one about justification based on Romans 3, which is Paul’s account of being made righteous.
Youtube Playlist https://youtube.com/playlist?list=PLq2dO6q3VUIbGS7l8qyXDSrTrU3iXS_-y
I’ll add the songs to this playlist each day.
Let’s Pray For Social Witness
Pray for all aspects of Older Peoples Services as they continue to work in a stressful and challenging environment. Pray for our residents as they look forward to a more relaxed visiting regime. Give thanks to our Heavenly Father, that we are again Covid-19 free in our homes.
Council for Public Affairs
A number of the Council’s Panels are meeting around this time. Pray for them as they consider the Church’s voice on different issues in the public square including education, peace and reconciliation, human identity, wellbeing and welfare.
Pray for the Clerk of the General Assembly, the Rev Trevor Gribben in his ongoing work,
especially in terms of his liaison with other churches and governments in relation to Covid-19. Pray for the meeting of the four Clerks of England, Scotland, Wales and Ireland taking place this week.
Council for Training in Ministry
Refresher training for Accredited Preachers is provided annually so they can develop their thinking and practice of preaching. Andrew Faulkner is leading the training this year, which will be online. Give thanks for Accredited Preachers throughout Ireland, and pray that the Lord would bless them through this training, and use them as they lead worship and preach his word.
“Reading Between The Lines” a series working through the bible looking at the well known phrases.
The Sea of Galilee provides the location for two of the most famous stories in the Bible. The first involves Jesus asleep in a boat, unaware of a frightening storm that scares even the experienced fishermen on board. The second features Jesus walking on the waters towards the disciples in a boat and Peter’s extraordinary faith as he gets out and walks towards him. Understandably, both of these events raise questions about Jesus’ identity – could this really be the Son of God?
J.John with RT Kendall (30 minute video)
Join @Canonjjohn as he interviews @DrRTKendall about his time as pastor of Westminster Chapel and his 'road to Damascus' encounter with God. Available to watch now on UCB Player.
Adam & Eve
Have you ever wanted to learn a bit more about each character of the Bible? Our Bible Biogs podcast looks at a 'bios' for some of the most significant Bible characters! Listen now on UCB Player.
6 Questions about the Book of Job
Christopher Ash has studied and written about Job and in this short article asks some of the most common questions about the book of Job. It will only take a few minutes to read.
Christopher is writer in residence at Tyndale House in Cambridge and a full-time preacher, speaker, and writer.
CARE NI wrote to the BBC about new drama Three Families, which claims to portray a 'balanced' view of abortion in NI, despite not featuring any experiences of women who suffered after their abortion or those who are thankful for the children they have today because of NI's life-affirming law.
Read the letter here :
The times for yesterday’s Jigsaw
The Bank Holiday Weekend began with some beautiful weather, the Jigsaws this week are from photographs that Deirdre took in Portrush.
Today it will take a little longer as it is Friday.
Play the "Portrush Friday" puzzle!