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Content From Andy Tilsley

Stop. Look. Listen.

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I’ve been staring at Rembrandt’s masterpiece, ‘The Return of the Prodigal Son’ a lot recently. It was one of his final works, based on Jesus’ famous parable in Luke 15. I’m no expert, but I think it’s one of his...

Acts of the Spirit: The Spirit of Faith -

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Listen to Andy Tilsley talk about the Spirit of Faith.

Acts of the Spirit: The Spirit of Devotion -

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One of the hallmarks of the early church was their incredible generosity. In this talk, Andy considers what we can learn from the church’s sacrificial attitude, and how we can also practice generosity today.

David: The Rejected King - 2 Sam 13-19

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David was promised a Son who would be a wonderful, anointed King. But his son Absalom was anything but. In this talk, we look at David’s experience of rejection, and our need for a Saviour.

David: The Fugitive -

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Following the death of Goliath, the people celebrate David and Saul gets jealous, threatening to kill him. In this talk, Andy looks at how David acted with integrity and faith, even when he was pursued as a fugitive.

Fully Alive: The Temple - Exodus 19:4-6

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God’s people are no longer in a garden, but a wilderness. Yet God continues to reach out to them, and through them to the world. In this talk, Andy looks at God’s plan to create a Kingdom of Priests.

Encounters with Jesus: Pontius Pilate - John 18:28-19:42

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In a post-truth age, full of fake news and alternative facts, Pontius Pilate’s question seems strangely pertinent: “what is truth?” In this talk, Andy considers how Jesus fulfils our longing for coherence.

Encounters with Jesus: Nathanael - John 1:43-51

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All of us have big questions – about life, about meaning, about God. But how can we explore these questions in a healthy way, which leads to answers? In the first talk of our new series, Andy looks at Jesus’...

The Lord's Prayers: A Hunger for God -

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As well as praying, Jesus made a regular habit of fasting, and he taught his disciples to do the same. In this talk Andy Tilsley looks at what fasting is, what it achieves, and how it can enrich our prayer...

Stand Alone Talks: Carol Service ’16 -

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Listen as Andy addresses the congregation at this years carol service. In the talk Andy looks back at some of the global highs and lows of 2016 before considering what the Christmas story can tell us about love, the potential...

Abraham: The Father of Faith: Faith and Patience -

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Eager to see the promises of God fulfilled, Abraham and Sarah take a shortcut, with disastrous consequences! In this talk Andy looks at the story of Hagar and Ishmael and considers how we can live patiently, with faith in God’s...

Abraham: The Father of Faith: Faith for Central London -

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We love London and are working for its cultural, social and spiritual renewal. But in this talk Andy Tilsley looks at our specific vision for the Central service and the ways we hope to serve this part of the city.

What’s My Life All About?

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This is the question that used to haunt me – like Private Ryan wondering if his life was good enough. I’m clearly not alone in this, having just been invited to speak at a central London event on ‘The Quarter...

Abraham: The Father of Faith: Faith to Follow (Genesis 12:1-9) -

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At the age of 75 Abraham was called to leave his country, his people and his household and follow God into the unknown. Andy Tilsley opens this new series by looking at how we can live with faith to follow...

The Heart of the Matter: Resisting the Forbidden Fruit -

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How do the decisions we make affect us over the long haul? How should we resist temptation? And why do many people struggle with the idea of commitment? In this talk, Andy looks at lessons from the life of Samson.

The Heart of the Matter: Let’s Talk About Sex -

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Sex is everywhere. Advertising, film, TV, music are all saturated with it. In this talk, Andy looks at many of our culture’s assumptions and considers some key elements that make up a healthy view of sex.

What Should The Church Say About Brexit?

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Judging by the fear, anger and insecurity across the United Kingdom right now, it’s a brave person who writes about Brexit. Passions are running high amongst everyone I come across, and there is no place for the disgusting racism that’s...

The Power of a Whisper: Listening for the Whisper -

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A whisper is a subtle and precious thing, easy to miss. If we are to hear God’s whispers, we will need to draw close to Him and learn to listen. In this talk, David considers how we can make a...

Let’s not bother praying for Brussels.

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….so implied Andrew Seidel, a prominent atheist lawyer, whose online comments have sparked the expected outpouring of emotion from both supporters and detractors. ‘More religion is not the answer to this problem,’ he says. Perhaps his motives are to be commended....

Joshua: Rahab and the Spies -

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The spies cross over into the Promised Land and encounter a lady named Rahab, who offered them help in order for protection. In this talk, Andy looks at how the church should be a place of refuge, where people can experience the...

Back to school: Three thoughts on facing change

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Monday 10 September 1984 will forever be etched on my brain. Nerves. Excitement. Uncertainty. It was my first day of school. I stood in my short trousers and red jumper, with an impeccably coiffed side-parting (a style which was way...

Faith, Science and the Master of Silly Walks

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‘I would like 2016 to be the year when people remembered that science is a method of investigation and NOT a belief system.’ So reads the first tweet of the year from the masterful John Cleese which, at the time...

Joshua: Joshua son of Nun -

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As Moses’ life draws to an end, he hands over the baton to a young leader named Joshua. In the first talk of this new series, Andy Tilsley looks at Joshua’s story and considers how God prepared him to lead His people...

Our Father…

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Scarcely has The Lord’s Prayer had more coverage. The furore began over the weekend when certain cinema chains decided they wouldn’t show a TV ad containing the prayer for fear it would cause offence. Cue the inevitable avalanche of tweets,...

Multiplicity: Galatia – A Welcoming Church -

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The church at Galatia started well; breaking down barriers, welcoming everyone. But over time things began to get fragmented, and Paul had to write some challenging words to them. In this talk Andy Tilsley considers how we can build a church that...

Multiplicity: Jerusalem: A Sacrificial Church -

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The story of the church begins at Jerusalem, where a small group of followers of Jesus sought to live lives marked out by sacrifice, devotion and commitment to community. In this talk Andy Tilsley considers what we can learn from their example.

Five Books on Leadership

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This Sunday Andy Tilsley spoke on the theme of leadership from the story of Moses and Jethro in Exodus 18. Here are his top five books on Leadership, which you may enjoy. Courageous Leadership by Bill Hybels Leadership Secrets of...

Moses: A Leader of Leaders - Exodus 18

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Jethro recognises that Mosses cannot lead the people alone; trying to do so is affecting his family life and relationships. So he instructs Moses to appoint various leaders to share the burden. Andy Tilsley looks at what Moses’ example can teach us...

Moses: The Burning Bush - Exodus 3:1-22

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In many ways, Moses wasn’t the obvious choice. A timid, stuttering man. A murderer. And yet God chose him to become a mighty leader. In this talk, Andy will look at the story of the burning bush and consider how...

Stand Alone Talks: Who is this man? -

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If you were to fold history, where would you put the crease?” In this talk from our Baby Dedication Service, Andy Tilsley looks at the person of Jesus and considers why his life is so unique, and why he continues...

Simplify: Simplify your Finances -

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In an expensive city like London, how should we handle money? And how does knowing what our priorities are help us to use our money wisely? In this talk, Andy Tilsley looks at some principles for how we can master...

Simplify your Life

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With over 275 million books sold, his work translated into 40 languages, 9 Hollywood movies, and countless weeks on the New York Times bestseller list, John Grisham is undoubtedly one of the world’s most celebrated authors. What you may not...

Holy Week: Palm Sunday -

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The crowds gather in Jerusalem to celebrate their annual festival. And in the midst of the celebrations, a would-be King makes an unusual entrance, riding on the back of a donkey. In this talk Andy Tilsley looks at the events...

The Way: Darkness and Light - Ephesians 5:1-20

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At points in our journey we cross borders and find ourselves in new settings, which require different ways of thinking, living and acting. In this talk Andy looks at the metaphors of darkness and light and considers how moving from...

The Way: Exile - 1 Peter 1-2

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What does it mean to be a stranger or alien in a foreign land? And what is our future hope? In the second talk of this series, Andy looks at the idea of ‘exile’ and considers how we can live effective lives...

Stand Alone Talks: Hope and Disappointment -

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In this talk from our 2014 Christmas Carol Service, Andy Tilsley looks at the subjects of hope and disappointment, and how the story of Christmas offers a message of hope for all of us.

Welcome to the Team: Amy Howard

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We’re really excited to announce that Amy Howard is going to be joining the church staff from January 2015 overseeing the Children’s Ministry at ChristChurch London. If you’ve been around the Mermaid Theatre on a Sunday, you’ll undoubtedly have noticed an...

Joseph: Fragile Dreams that changed the world: From Dreamer to Leader (Genesis 41:39-57) -

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Having been thrown in a pit, sold into slavery, falsely accused and imprisoned for years, Joseph now finds himself in a position of influence, as second in charge over Egypt. But in contrast to chapter 37, this time Joseph handles...

Joseph: Fragile Dreams that changed the world: Keeping the Dream Alive - Genesis 39:20-40:22

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Once again, Joseph is taken off-course. This time it is not a pit he’s thrown into but a prison cell. Yet even in this dark place, God is able to use him for good. In this talk, Andy explores how we can...

Joseph: Fragile Dreams that changed the world: Favour in Egypt - Genesis 39:1-6

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Humiliated by his brothers and sold into slavery, Joseph finds himself miles away from his home, working for Potiphar in Egypt. But God had not forgotten him. In this talk, Andy looks at how we can enjoy favour from God and from...

Time to get Snipping!

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You’ve probably never heard of Doug Hampson or Rodger Dudding, but they’re two of the most successful businessmen in British history. Their product: empty space. Thirty years ago the self-storage business didn’t exist in the UK. In fact when the...

Philippians: Finding joy in all of life: Philippians 1:15-30 -

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How can we live in such a way as to encourage and bring out the best in others? How can the way in which we handle difficult circumstances enhance the joy that others experience? In the second week of our series, Andy...

First Serve: The Vision of a Servant - Haggai 1-2

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There are all sorts of reasons why we might not want to serve: concerns about time, resources, or skills. Some of them may be very good reasons, whilst others may be excuses! The book of Haggai opens with a challenging call to...

The Art of Neighbouring: Elevenish - Matthew 28

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The number 12 was an important number in Scripture; a number that represented fulness, completion and perfection. Yet when Jesus sent out the church they were not 12, but 11. In this talk from our dedication and baptism service, Andy...

The Art of Neighbouring: Everybody Needs Good Neighbours - John 13

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How can we live and act in such a way as to bring strength and encouragement to the communities and individuals who live and work around us? In the third week of our series, Andy considers Jesus’ washing of the disciples’ feet...

The Cross of Christ: Relationship - Romans 8

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How do you view God? A distant deity, disinterested in humanity? At the heart of the Christian message is not a list of rules, or a set of heavy-handed instructions, but the offer of relationship with our Creator. In this...

The Cross of Christ: Life - John 3

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Jesus sat down with Nicodemus, a religious leader, and told him an ancient story about a plague of snakes and a bronze serpent. In this talk, Andy will unpack Jesus’ story and explain how the cross allows us to experience the full...

Songs in the Key of LIfe: Fear - Psalm 3

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Many of the psalms were written by King David when facing danger: fleeing armies, preparing for war, or hiding from enemies. In the penultimate week of our sermon series, Andy Tilsley looks at the theme of fear and how God...

Songs in the Key of LIfe: Two Ways to Live - Psalm 1

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The book of Psalms opens with a Psalm that really isn’t like a Psalm at all, but an invitation to ‘choose life’. Andy Tilsley kicks off our new sermon series, Songs in the Key of Life, by looking at Psalm...

Stand Alone Talks: Carol Service 2013 -

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In this talk, from ChristChurch London’s Christmas Carol Service, Andy Tilsley looks at the joys and challenges of Christmas and what the birth of Jesus has to teach us about God’s love for mankind.

Nehemiah: Nehemiah 7:1-5 -

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The walls have been completed, but the city is empty. In chapter 7, Nehemiah appoints leaders and ensures everyone is in the right place, ready for the influx of people. In this talk, Andy Tilsley looks at the things we...

Nehemiah: Nehemiah 5:1-19 -

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Nehemiah, concerned that people are being mistreated, challenges the officials about the way they are exploiting the poor. In the fifth week of our series, Andy looks at the role we have to play in caring for those in need,...

Nehemiah: Nehemiah 2:1-20 -

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Convinced that God has a contribution for him to make, Nehemiah makes a bold request of King Artaxerxes and leads a small group of people in an ambitious plan to rebuild the city of God. In week two of our...

Core Habits: Self Control - Titus 2:1-14

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Many people think of religion as being all about dulling the passions and removing all fun from life. That couldn’t be further from the truth. Paul intends for us to be passionate people, but also people who are able to...

Core Habits: Love - 1 Corinthians 13:1-13

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Love is the first fruit that Paul lists in Galatians 5, and it is the characteristic that undergirds all of the others. In week two of our new series, Andy Tilsley will look at love – what it is and...

Faith Conversations: Sorry, Thank You, Please -

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In the final week of our Faith Conversations series, Andy Tilsley looks at how we can help people respond to the good news about Jesus, and how we get to enjoy the benefits of his life, death and resurrection.

Soul Food: Resting -

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On the seventh day, God rested. And he recommends that we do the same. This week, Andy Tilsley addresses the subject of Sabbath and considers how we can build healthy patterns of work and rest into our lives.

Cross Roads: Luke 10:38-11:13 -

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Jesus’ disciples observe him praying and ask him to teach them how to do it. This week, Andy Tilsley looks at the Lord’s Prayer, and a parable Jesus offers to encourage his followers to pray with faith.

Up – In – Out

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The year is 2003. I was part of a television crew looking to expose a conman in Wales. It was exciting. I’ve always thought of myself as a character in a James Bond movie (I’ll leave you to guess which...

Cross Roads: Luke 5:1-11 -

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After an unsuccessful night of fishing, Peter has an encounter with Jesus, which changes the trajectory of his life. This week, Andy Tilsley looks at what it means to take a step of faith and become a disciple of Jesus.

Advent: The Son of David - Matthew 1:1-21

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A young carpenter from a royal line hears some puzzling news about his virgin fiancée. This week Andy Tilsley looks at the story of Joseph, and how he would become the father to the promised Son of David.

InHabit: Train - 2 Tim 2:1-13; 1 Tim 4:7-10

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How can we build mature, consistent, disciplined lives? How can we learn to be faithful and consistent, even in difficult times? This week, Andy looks at Paul’s instructions to Timothy to be attentive like a soldier, train like an athlete...

InHabit: Dare - 1 Tim 4:11-16; 2 Tim 1:6-14

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Many people never achieve the things they could because they are held back by fear. Fear of failure, fear of being looked down on, fear of inadequacy… but it doesn’t have to be like that. This week Andy looks at...

Love is a Verb: Make Love, Not War -

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Every kind of relationship – between friends, colleagues, family members or married couples – is bound to hit difficulties eventually. When disagreements come, how can we manage them in such a way as to strengthen the friendship? In this final...

Love is a Verb: The Single Issue - 1 Corinthians 7

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Around 50% of Londoners between the age of 20 and 59 are single. Some see singleness as liberating, others as a chore. What are the particular challenges and opportunities that single people face? What advice does the Bible have to...

Love is a Verb: Love is a Verb -

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How can we take relationships with friends, family, colleagues, neighbours and partners beyond superficiality and towards something life-giving and lasting? Andy Tilsley looks at what it takes to build and sustain great relationships. Love is not an abstract feeling; a...

Empowered: Growing in Character -

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What are the characteristics that God wants to develop in our lives, and how does the Holy Spirit help us to grow in these areas? This week Andy Tilsley will look at Paul’s teaching in Galatians 5 about the fruit...

Habakkuk: The Complaint - Habakkuk 1:1-11

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Who was Habakkuk? Why was he writing? And why are we spending four weeks reading about him? In this talk we explore the context behind the book of Habakkuk and consider how to understand what is going on when it...

I Am: The Bread of Life - John 6:1-15; 25-69

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Jesus miraculously feeds 5,000 people with five loaves and two fish, and then continues to explain that he is the bread of life. In this talk, Andy Tilsley explores what Jesus meant, and why it was such a controversial claim...

Enough: Contentment - Luke 12:13-34

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It’s a new year and a new start; a great opportunity to re-evaluate and set priorities for the year ahead. Today Andy launches a four week practical series on money by looking at the parable of the Rich Fool and...

DNA: Friend - John 15:1-17

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Fewer statements could be more audacious than this: God calls us His friends! In week three of our DNA series, Andy looks at what it means to be a friend of God, and how we can learn to rely on...

DNA: Devoted - Philippians 2:1-18

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What does it mean to be devoted to Christ? In this talk, Andy Tilsley will unpack Paul’s song in Philippians 2, looking at the character of Jesus, and the kind of attitudes disciples should seek to develop in their own...

Esther: Scene III Character - Esther 5-6

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Character will define you more than anything else, so how do you build it? In week three of this series, Andy draws examples from the lives of Mordecai and Esther in an individualistic culture.

Riots. What on earth do we do?

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London is a mess. Like everyone else I’ve been shocked, saddened, angered, frustrated, watching so many images of violence, destruction, animosity and downright hatred. I was in Tottenham just before the riots broke out on Saturday, and you would never...

LittleBig Church: Fighting for Unity - Ephesians 3:14; Ephesians 4:6

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The word ‘university’ literally means ‘unity in diversity.’ This is a brilliant picture of what God wants for His church; a diverse people who are deeply united and closely knit. This week, we will look at Paul’s prayer for the...

LittleBig Church: The Head and the Body - Ephesians 1:15-23

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In the second week of our new series, Andy looks at Paul’s prayer for the Ephesian church, considering what it means for us to be called the body of Christ.  

Teach Us To Pray: Pray Without Ceasing - 1 Thessalonians 5:17

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This week Andy Tilsley continued our prayer series, by speaking about the need for us to pray continually.

Teach Us To Pray: Cry, Wait, Hope - Psalm 130

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Isn’t the church full of hypocrites? Why is life just so busy? Why hasn’t God answered that prayer? What is there in life to look forward to? And what on earth does any of that have to do with prayer?...

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