My name is Jacob Newby, and for six months I was serving overseas with Youth With A Mission (YWAM). For those of you unfamiliar with YWAM's structure I'll explain. In short, myself and forty others my age had daily lectures in Newcastle (Australia) on different aspects of faith; Father-heart, Living Word, Healing (a friend was healed from Scoliosis!) etc.
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The combine harvester left the field last night and headed for home for another year, the straw is being baled and carted home for bedding the cattle over the winter. All that is left in the field is the stubble and the tramlines that are just visible, like a fossilised reminder of the year gone by. Weary heads hit the pillow as a season ends.
Matthew 6:34 “Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.”
Do you ever worry? We have different words for it. Sometimes we call it anxiety or stress. These words somehow make it seem an ‘acceptable sin’, but it’s something the bible tells us not to do.
Dear Friends and Colleagues,
Thank you for your various messages of welcome and for your prayers following the announcement of my nomination as the Bishop of Oxford. It’s an enormous honour and privilege to be appointed to this role and I look forward very much to serving the communities of Berkshire, Buckinghamshire and Oxfordshire in the coming years.
As we have looked at the Psalms together as a church family over the past few weeks, it struck me how the Psalms reflect the full range of human emotions – happiness, joy and suffering amongst them - and a vast array of human experiences including faith in God, fullness of life and feelings of unworthiness and fear.
I have been wondering lately if our studies on the Book of Psalms have been a bit of culture shock. Certainly there is much lament in the Psalms, as well as praise and worship. I feel lament is a valid form of worship – certainly as much as thanksgiving. It is okay to share deep pain and loss with God.