Worship

Thursday, 21 September 2017 13:13:23 Europe/London

According to Collins dictionary it is “to show religious devotions to love and admire”. The 1647 Westminster Catechism states “in teaching that man’s chief end is to glorify God and to enjoy him forever.” 

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Posted By David Tibbs

Why Pray?

Tuesday, 11 July 2017 14:06:05 Europe/London

Why Pray?

How to Pray.

When to Pray.

What to say or not.

Types of Prayer.

It is one of the ways humans relate to God – we are dependent on God for our very existence.

It helps develop our personality. Prayer is a journey of discoveries. It requires us to trust God with our inner most thoughts and actions. Prayer is more, much more than words – it is a time for our whole being to come to God and feel his love.

Basically, prayer is simply talking to God about anything and everything – sad or happy. He knows all about each of us, but loves it when we take time to talk to him and share our lives with him. It is the “way in” to a conscious relationship with God. Prayer has been with mankind since creation – God talking daily with Adam and Eve in the Garden of Eden. It is at times part of our fundamental nature, that is instinctive.

Prayer is dangerous

The negative side is that it is a temptation to use it as a type of “wish list” asking for things for ourselves – selfish or to want Him to harm people who have hurt you.

How to Pray

How to start – there are no set rules – some people prefer to stand, others to kneel, others to sit and some even prostrate. Quietness is important as it helps one to concentrate and “switch off” so to speak to the hustle and bustle of life – that includes turning off mobile phones!

Should our eyes be open or closes, again it is up to the individual – most find it easier with their eyes closed – it helps concentration on God. Should our hands be together – again different people prefer different ways, some together, others open up ward on their laps or held raised upwards.

The most important thing is that you are spending time with God and enjoying each other’s presence.

When to Pray 

Simply, anytime, anywhere, day or night. It does not matter to God, He is a 24/7 God, 365 days a year – so no excuse. Please don’t pray only when things seem difficult, frightening or sad. Pray especially giving thanks to God for all his blessings. Do not be a fair-weather prayer.

How to begin to pray 

Again this is up to you. Some helpful starter “Dear God ..”; “Our Father ..”; “Heavenly Father..”; “Abba Father ..”; “Wonderful God”; “Dear Loving Father..”. Use whatever feels right to you.

What to Say 

Anything and everything, hoeever5 silly or trivial. It matters to God because you matter to him, you are his child and he is your Heavenly father. It says in the Bible (Matthew 11:28)“Come to me all who are heavily laden, I will give you rest”. He wants to hear your worries and concerns about your life and enjoys rejoicing with you with your successes. Some find it easier to have a guide:

A.C.T.S. = Adoration, confession, thankfulness and supplication.

How to end the prayers 

Again a few helpful ideas are a simple “Amen” or “Lord hear my prayer”.

Types of Prayers 

Meditation, praying in tongues, intercessions, public prayers, set prayers – the Lord’s Prayer, Book of Common Prayer, Grace, Blessings. 

Meditation

Individually or with a group. Important when concentration on God, never let your mind go blank – it allows the devil to enter in.

Praying in tongues

Privately or praying together. If someone speaks in tongues spontaneously at a gathering, it is only valued if it can be interpreted.

Intercessions

Usually a member of the congregation is asked to do this act during the church service. He / she is representing the congregation, saying prayers for the church, the world and leaders and events etc, for the sick and suffering, and requests and thanks for the church in which they belong.

Lord’s Prayer

Explained by Jesus in Matthew 6:5-13

Book of Common Prayer

Alas despite its title it is used less and less these days. It dates back to 1662.

Grace 

Usually said before a meal to give thanks for our food but can be said after as a thanks giving.

Blessing

Said at the end of a service as a form of farewell and encouragement when we say Goodbye to people as we leave them. It is a form of saying God Bless you.

If you are interested in learning more about praying, buy a prayer card or the Book of Common Prayer online.

Posted By David Tibbs

Bible Stories on the Silver Screen

Wednesday, 5 July 2017 14:45:46 Europe/London

Bible stories are some of the most powerful and poignant examples of life we are given. Everyone loves going to Sunday school before church because they know they will be discussing, in detail, one of those powerful and fascinating stories.

The stories of the Bible are incredibly compelling and relatable. That is why Bible stories portrayed at the box office always do so well. More than just being compelling stories of interesting and historical events, everyone knows the stories of the Bible and are excited to see how those stories will be portrayed on the big screen. Here is a list of some of the greatest Biblical movies of all time:

The Ten Commandments (1956)

Who could forget this epic tale of Moses, the son of Jewish slaves turned Egyptian prince then, turned rescuer and leader of the Jews. One certainly cannot forget the larger-than-life personalities of Charlton Heston and Yul Brynner playing Moses and Pharaoh respectively. This film set a new standard for Biblical films and became a timeless landmark for epic cinematography.

The timely release of this film was no less unforgettable. In 1956, the nations of Israel and Egypt were in a modern-day conflict called the Suez Crisis which, similar to the story portrayed in the film, concerned Egypt challenging the legitimacy of the nation of Israel by attempting to block trade access along the Suez Canal.

The Passion of the Christ (2004)

Mel Gibson’s The Passion of the Christ is perhaps starkly different from all other the films depicting Christ that came before it. It is less a story and prompt of Christ’s teachings and more of a reminder of His suffering. While most films recount the totality of the life of Jesus, approximately 100 minutes of this 127-minute film are dedicated to the detailed events of His suffering, humiliation, and death on a cross.

While this film’s graphic nature may be hard to swallow for many viewers, it is perhaps the best that film can do at portraying the true pain and torture Jesus endured. For Christians especially, this film, more accurately than others, conveys the what they believe in the most. That Jesus, through pain and ultimately death on a cross, loved us so much that He would endure such agony.

Ben-Hur (1959)

Starring Charlton Heston, yet again, this epic blockbuster is essential to the list of great Bible movies. While not based on a specific story in the Bible, the writer of the novel Lew Wallace, took great inspiration from many well-known Bible stories about Jesus to make this timeless gem among historical fiction films.

The film is still considered one of the quintessential epics and was redone in 2016 starring big names like Morgan Freeman – banking renewed success on the popularity of the 1959 original. While the remake may not have been as popular, do not be deterred. The original is a must see for all film lovers.

The Prince of Egypt (1998)

In this animated version of Moses rescuing Israel from the clutches of Egyptian rule, we see yet another example of epic actors and actresses portraying larger-than-life characters. With the likes of Ralph Fiennes, Patrick Stewart, Sandra Bullock, Val Kilmer, Helen Mirren, and Jeff Goldblum to name a few, this film aims to please both children and adults.

The Prince of Egypt is one of the most successful Bible-based films of all time when adjusted for ticket inflation. The film grossed $101.4 million at the box office in its first week. The film is also a must see for film goers who love musicals. The Prince of Egypt won the 1999 Academy Award for Best Original Song.

The Robe (1953)

Much like the film Ben-Hur, The Robe focuses on fringe characters from Biblical stories. Taking place primarily after the death and resurrection of Christ, The Robe chronicles the life of a Roman centurion named Marcellus who, in a game of dice during Jesus’ crucifixion, acquires the robe of Jesus.

For its day, this film was quite sobering and shows scenes from Jesus death as well as the torture of one of the main characters. This film was also one of the highest earning Biblical movies of all time – taking in $36 million in 1953, or about $531 million when adjusted today. The Robe does a fantastic job at portraying life in the Roman Empire shortly after the death of Jesus. It was perhaps one of the first films to focus on the impact Jesus had on the life of outlying characters.

Noah (2014)

Starring Russel Crowe, Jennifer Connelly, and Emma Watson, this film is guaranteed to at least be interesting. While the film makers have taken creative license in this rendition of the story of the epic flood, the film stays true to the essence of the original story found in Genesis and has some of the best scenes in a Biblical film.

High quality graphics in these modern times are a must and this movie delivers. With superb battle scenes and even the intricate detail of the Arc, this film is perfect for all the CGI nerds and Bible story lovers alike. Especially when it comes to Biblical films, good graphics can make or break experiencing what we have always imagined the flood or parting the Red Sea would have looked like.

Buy Bibles Online 

Whether it is David and Goliath or Moses parting the Red Sea, these movies have a Disney-like familiarity to them. And, like most movies based on a book, the book tends to be better. After all, the book offers the story in more intimate detail. Just like Disney, Bible stories have prolifically made their way onto the silver screen. Reading these stories will not only be exciting, but as with all texts in the Bible, they are sure to bring edification to our lives and the lives of our loved ones. Buy a Bible online today and become part of the timeless epic stories found in these great films.

Posted By David Tibbs

9 Great Bible Stories to Read to Your Children

Tuesday, 20 June 2017 09:06:50 Europe/London

The Bible is huge and has some admittedly odd and even gruesome stories. It can be hard enough to know where to begin and what to focus on for ourselves, much less for our children. That is why we want to suggest what we believe to be 7 great Bible stories to read to your children. This will give you a good place to start and hopefully give you the encouragement and confidence you need to explore further afterward.Read More
Posted By David Tibbs