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Posted by Rob Brewis, 23 Apr 2014

Rob Brewis listens to a sermon on Genesis 28 by Martin Ayers.

Martin Ayers is a member of Church Society, author of Naked God and Keep the Faith (published by the Good Book Company) and curate at All Saints, Preston.

Preaching on Genesis 28, Martin brings us face to face with the god-ness of God, the grace of God and the life of faith.

‘We want a God that rewards faith with comfort, but he loves us more than that…’ It’s a real faith builder! Hear it here.

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Posted by Mark Smith, 18 Apr 2014

As we come to Good Friday, it’s instructive to see the particular theological and devotional emphases that the Prayer Book Collects appointed for the day aim to bring out. There are three special Good Friday Collects, which I provide below with some brief reflections.

Almighty God, we beseech thee graciously to behold this thy family, for which our Lord Jesus Christ was contented to be betrayed, and given up into the hands of wicked men, and to suffer death upon the cross, who now liveth and reigneth with thee and the Holy Ghost, ever one God, world without end. Amen.

This prayer reminds us what our Saviour endured for us in going to the Cross – he was betrayed, and given over to the insults and scourges of the wicked, to suffer the agony of crucifixion. But as we look to Christ, and his redemptive death for us, we are also bidden to see the fruits of his saving death in the gathering of his holy people – this thy family. On Good Friday, we remember that these men and women sitting to our left and to our right are those for whom Christ died, and we pray for God’s grace to be upon them.

Almighty and everlasting God, by whose Spirit the whole body of the Church is governed and sanctified: Receive our supplications and prayers, which we offer before thee for all estates of men in thy holy Church, that every member of the same, in his vocation and ministry, may truly and godly serve thee; through our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ. Amen.

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Posted by Rob Brewis, 16 Apr 2014

Rob Brewis listens to a sermon full of insight on Proverbs 31 by Simon Austen.

Simon Austen is a Church Society member and is Rector of St Leonard’s, Exeter. If you want a sermon on an excellent wife, go to another website! If you want to get to the heart of Proverbs 31 and hear God’s word on who you should have as a true life partner, stay tuned.

Simon will change your mind and renew your understanding of both Proverbs 31 and the whole book of Proverbs too. Find wisdom here!

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