This is That

The Kingdom of God is it.
It’s what we are all longing for, deep down: every human being on the planet.

Thoughts from Martin Young

November 24, 2021
Let the Word of God change your mind

Jesus is the lens through which we see our world, and also the Bible. A lens makes things clearer so that you can discern properly, something that makes attitude and character different as we tread the path.

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November 17, 2021
Rumours of my death have been greatly exaggerated

As we are surrounded by news and views that may or may not be true, we really do need something that will enable us to think and feel in the way that God, our designer, intends.

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November 10, 2021
Vicissitudes

Avoiding pain means avoiding disappointment which means avoiding the expectation of desires that so often don’t get met. But our reality is that nothing will stop the ultimate pain of loss and grief.

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November 3, 2021
Let the one who is wise heed these things

Look back to look forward. Recognise the ruin and have vision for blessing

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October 27, 2021
Silent Ignatian Retreat

Thinking about the times when I have known God close by and the times when I have felt him far away

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October 13, 2021
Wisdom for Living

For wisdom on how to live life, look at the bible with an attentive and open heart

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October 7, 2021
Symptoms of Withdrawal

Changing the usual rhythms and activities in order to be both newly settled and surprised by the comfort and inspiration of the Holy Spirit.

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September 29, 2021
Take off the grave clothes

Jesus is the risen one who speaks life even to the most infected and deathly situations.

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September 22, 2021
How to make a drama out of a crisis

Artists are prophets; they shape truth in such a way that it seeps into our souls or crashes into our hearts

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September 15, 2021
The cost of caring

In the Old Testament a tithe is introduced - not a tax by the regent - but a principle of giving and sharing

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September 9, 2021
Rescue From The Storm

The church needs to be a place of welcome, sanctuary and wellbeing - shelters from the storms.

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August 4, 2021
Everyday Radical

Along with celebrating greatness and success there is also the reality of who we are as creatures – finite, limited and our image-of-God-ness marred and tainted.

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July 28, 2021
Here, there, and in-between

This season is quite trapeze-like – the exhilaration of a new kind of social freedom and the frozen dread of finding ourselves in solitary isolation

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July 22, 2021
Crown of Honour

Medals aren’t always needed but rituals of honour are rich and meaningful.

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July 14, 2021
Crucify Him!

Most of us are aware of the sharp change of mood and turn of events in such a short time as Jesus goes from hero messiah to common criminal.

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July 7, 2021
"It's up to you!"

Is it best for each of us to take responsibility for ourselves or to be told what to do and how to do it?

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July 1, 2021
Who can discern their own errors?

How do we know what is right or what is wrong? Different people have different ideas of morality and the impact of being ‘immoral’.

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June 23, 2021
Time

It may not feel that our own actions have the weight and consequence of a society that is broken, but actually, our own personal worlds are just as thorny and toxic as the culture we find ourselves in.

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June 18, 2021
Am I my Brother's Keeper?

The Old Testament is full of ways to act as an older brother, using the power and resources to create a great environment for the whole family.

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June 9, 2021
Your word is a lamp to my feet and a light on my path

The bible is great collection of human experiences and writings, from lots of perspectives, all of which help us understand our condition because it is so honest and authentic.

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June 2, 2021
The good, the bad, and the downright painful

Although Psalm 121:3 says 3 “He will not let your foot slip”, actually in practice, he may.

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May 27, 2021
The life is in the blood

Shedding blood is a strong theme, not just in literature, but in the bible.

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May 19, 2021
Faultlines

As well as faultlines between nations and ethnic and regional peoples, there are faultlines that run in families – patterns of behaviours.

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May 12, 2021
Letting Go

Much of Jesus’ teaching is reassuring, kind and lovely. But there is a huge amount that is challenging, mysterious and even annoying

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May 5, 2021
Chaos

Have you ever been in a position where you have considered all that you have to do, and it is overwhelming?

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April 28, 2021
The desperate need for breath

The fight to breathe is dominating our planet, expressing the sin, sickness and death of a world far from its creator

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April 21, 2021
This is That

Martin's new book is about how the Kingdom of Heaven was always God’s plan for humanity and creation, and how to see it everyday living.

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April 14, 2021
Look, Watch, See

The art of being a follower of Jesus is the art of seeing; the nurturing of the ability to not just look but to find; to watch and have vision

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April 7, 2021
Crawling Between Heaven and Earth

Jesus did not let his humanity and earthliness dictate his thinking and mission. He showed that you can inherit the Kingdom while living on the earth.

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March 31, 2021
Signs of Life

Why did Jesus curse the fig tree? Had the tree been naughty or was it a prophetic statement about what really matters?

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March 24, 2021
Census Time

If you ticked Christian, how will you live that out so that others will see your good works and glorify your father in heaven?

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March 17, 2021
Balancing Extremes

The life we’ve always wanted has to be about our own experience of being centred, whatever is happening around us or to us.

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March 10, 2021
Push and Pull

There are forces that help us move forward through pain and dread toward freedom and peace.

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March 3, 2021
Prayerful Thinking

Changing the attitude of our hearts and minds can change the way we pray and think.

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February 24, 2021
Walking Through The Wasteland

Even though he was facing rejection, cruelty and murder, he set his face towards these things and on the way not only avoided misery but brought joy.

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February 17, 2021
Is this the sign that you've been looking for?

The way to exercise prophecy and to fulfil prophecy is to get on with living like Jesus in the here and now.

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February 10, 2021
“You have no authority here, Jackie Weaver!”

What happens when a community is anxious? Factions, underlying politics, power struggles and poor behaviours start to emerge.

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February 3, 2021
Trust the seed

It is very hard to have patience and trust these days, but hiddenness can be a place of development and growth.

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January 27, 2021
Winter Clarity

What can we learn from this hibernation when everything is stripped away?

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January 20, 2021
Overwhelmings

Overwhelmings can be exhilarating and exasperating. How can we deal with them without being destroyed by them?

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January 13, 2021
Revealings

What did the chaos in Washington DC reveal about us as individuals and how can we deal with it appropriately?

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January 6, 2021
Man Cannot Live By Chocolate Alone

As Easter eggs replace mince pies at the shops, can we see this as an act of prophetic faith in resurrection and new life as well as the next marketing opportunity?

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December 16, 2020
Tis the Season to be Creative

The Church has to do Christmas ever year, so there is probably a little pressure to find new ways of communicating the same classic tale.

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December 9, 2020
Winter But Never Christmas

An actual experience of God’s love and power releases us from the anxiety of circumstance and the restlessness of the soul - the good news of the Kingdom.

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December 2, 2020
Turbulence and Kindness

There is something profound about the safety that we find in goodness and kindness when we travel through stormy weather.

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November 25, 2020
What Spirit filled lives leave at high tide

Like the sea that comes lapping, rolling or crashing into our lives, the Holy Spirit also leaves evidence of his presence and power.

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November 18, 2020
How to Live and Speak

How does the church learn to live and speak, so that our voice is truly prophetic and our actions bring the heavenly power of God into our world?

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November 11, 2020
Sailors Who Pray

The story of Paul's shipwreck can help us learn about the practical solutions to problems as well as relationships, motivations and spiritual responses to the storms we find ourselves in.

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November 4, 2020
Calm in Chaos

The story of Noah is more relevant today that we may think. There are three things that make sense of what feels so out of control around me in the world in 2020.

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October 14, 2020
Donkey Laws

Donkey Laws from the Old Testament can teach us how we should treat and help people today.

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