Heavenly minded... and a great deal of earthly good

Author: Ian Rossol

Did you know that it is perfectly possible to live in two worlds at once? In fact, as Christians it is not only possible but our birthright. We need to inhabit both the visible and the invisible realms of the supernatural simultaneously…if we want to truly impact society with the power of God.

Just because we can’t see something doesn’t mean it’s not real —as Gehazi, the servant of Elisha discovered: The second book of Kings (ch 6) tells of the prophet under threat from the army of Aram. Seeing a mighty force approaching the city and intending to take his master out, Gehazi did what most people would: he panicked! Both his eyesight and his mindset were locked into the visible realm and he saw and reacted in keeping. Elisha, however, had seen something else entirely! “Don’t be afraid” he declared “for those who are with us are more than those who are with them.”

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Naked in the garden!

In this edition Nick Howes encourages us to ‘get back to the garden’ and revel in life free of the masks and fears of those who don’t know a Lord who ‘walks with’ His children.

It’s OK, you are safe to read on. I’m not talking about outdoor naturist activities for a sunny Bank Holiday weekend! I recommend much more traditional Bank Holiday pursuits, such as DIY, visiting long-lost aunties and queuing in slow moving traffic on the M5!

Anyway, what I am looking at is a topic from the Genesis story. One that holds a significant key for those seeking to live effective and enjoyable lives in the service of King Jesus. Early in Genesis, we find this comment about Adam and Eve: “The man and His wife were both naked, and they felt no shame.” Genesis 2:25

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Journey of a Lifetime

Sandra Duffty writes about how to make the most of our travels and transitions through life.

What is the furthest you have ever travelled? Have you been to the Moon, to the stars, to the galactic regions, or to the heavenlies perhaps? Have you travelled across continents and met with peoples of other cultures?

But even if you’ve mostly stayed at home in your own country, town or city, you will still have made many journeys: emotional journeys, relationship journeys, career journeys, financial journeys and journeys of the mind.

Whether we have travelled extensively across the globe or not, we all make a variety of expeditions throughout our lives, some short, others long. Trips that might have proved treacherous, magnificent, expensive or life transforming. In fact, the whole of life is one long journey from beginning to end, starting with our first breath or before, as Psalm 139:13-16 and Job 10:10 tell us.

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