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Made of dust and the breath of God.

mud2We read in Genesis 2 about a familiar tale, the creation of Adam.

Genesis 2:5–7  NIV

5 Now no shrub had yet appeared on the earth and no plant had yet sprung up, for the Lord God had not sent rain on the earth and there was no one to work the ground, 6 but streams came up from the earth and watered the whole surface of the ground. 7 Then the Lord God formed a man from the dust of the ground and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life, and the man became a living being.

In the bible the imagery of breath is often used to convey spiritual essence and power, unseen except in its effects, including aspects of the person and work of the Holy Spirit. The main Hebrew and Greek words translated as “breath” in the NIV are also translated as “spirit” and “wind”.


The breath of life—literally, of lives, not only animal but spiritual life. If the body is so admirable, how much more the soul with all its varied faculties: its emotions, intellect and will.

God formed Adam from the dust of the earth and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life—whether you believe that this act is literal or not the emphasis on tis draws a distinction between animals and is. this narrative is used to show that man’s life originated in a different way from his body—being implanted directly by God

When the verse talks about God breathing into us the word here doesn’t mean to breathe like we are doing now -it speaks of life, it is the same word that you would use when you talk about someone starting a fire, fanning into flame, or a blacksmith blowing to increase the ferocity of the fire..

I don’t know if you have tried to start a fire but when you start you have to blow very gently, but then as it takes hold you have to blow increasingly harder to make it grow, you have to put more of your breath into the action of fanning the flames - as you get to a really hot fire, look at a black smith, the size of the bellows that they use are massive. They move a lot of air at a time, they impart great power into the flames making them hot enough to refine the most precious of metals to shape the hardest of iron.

This is a perfect picture of how our Father God breathes his life into us. 

We start as a vessel that is made in his image a vessel that is fearfully and wonderfully made…

Psalm 139:14 NIV

14 I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; your works are wonderful, I know that full well.

..And then we have encounter with God, he breathes his life gently into us, a soft breath, bringing us spiritually alive as we recognise our need for Him, as he revels Himself to us. He brings us to life. allowing us to know him as Father.  The spirit helps us recognise our position in life.

Galatians 4:6 NIV

Because you are his sons, God sent the Spirit of his Son into our hearts, the Spirit who calls out, “Abba, Father.” 

As we continue to grow in God the impetus of his breath, his spirt is increases.

The spirit like the fire of the furnace refines us at He transforms us. the Spirt, the breath of God empowers us 

There is a key difference though between the way the Spirit of God - impacts us and the way that that blacksmith uses a furnace to refine.  The blacksmith controls the power of the bellows, he is in control of the process - he doesn’t care if the piece of iron wants to be transformed or not, if the iron is stubborn the smith just pumps the bellows with more force and hits the iron harder.

God, however, never forces his Life, his spirit on anyone it is up to us to decide if we want this.

Both initially when we are presented with the option to accept or reject the message of salvation and also as we live our lives.  We engaged in an ongoing choice of how we live fully in, fully out, or partially in the presence of God.  This choice reflects in our desire for the Holy Spirit,  that breath of God to impart life into us. 

The more we desire to walk closely with God the more opportunity we have for God to impart life into us.  

Take a moment, still your heart and mind and as God to breathe life into you. 

Hear more : From the earth : from the breath of God 

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  • Holy Week 2020 - joint churches reflection

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    A series of reflections from the churches in Reepham, Fiskerton and Cherry Willingham.

    Click on the links below to watch the videos.  Transcripts are available for some videos.

    Monday 

    Rev Penny Green

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    Tuesday

    Margaret Roe

    Video - https://youtu.be/X25jwdukAUU

    Transcript: Tuesday Holy Week reflection.pdf

     

     

     

    Wednesday 

    Darren Pepper

    Video -    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6YkNebDpYk4

     

     

     

    Maundy Thursday 

    Rev Melanie Greenall

    Video - https://youtu.be/hDDLdQAl8JU

    Transcript - Will You Let Jesus Forgive You CW Version.pdf

     

     

    Good Friday

    A walk of witness around the villages.

    Video - will be published on Friday.

     

     

     

     

  • Trees in the wind

    Over the last month, we have seen storms Ciara, Dennis and Jorge. Their disarming names belying the carnage they have caused with flooding, scattered leaves, fallen trees and fences knocked down left, right and centre. We lost five panels to Dennis.


    stormsignDuring each storm, I have looked out the window seeing the garden trees battling the wind and rain; shaking around like rag dolls at the mercy of the immense power of the wind and the rain. At times I was worried that the wind might be too much for the trees and the ferocity of the storm would cause the trees to snap and fall down. I became fixated on watching their dance waiting for the moment of their failure and demise.


    Sometimes in life, we focus only on the things that are causing us to sway. We fixate on the storms that surround us whether they be social media comparisons, society’s pressures, illness, family issues, finance or something else. Like the trees, we tend to allow ourselves to be pushed around and controlled, often disproportionality by these worries.


    Deep down I understand that we don’t need to fear the effects of the storms on the trees. The trees don’t have its foundations in the unpredictable and changeable weather but instead have strong roots in good foundational soil and those strong foundations mean there is little risk of falling over, so my worries were unnecessary.


    It can be the same in life. We worry about the unpredictable, uncontrollable and often temporary storms of life and forget that we don’t have to put the foundations of our worth in these unreliable and unstable things. For me, I put my trust in the foundations that God supplies. This means that even when, like the trees, I am rocked by the storms of life I can know that I don’t need to fear those storms. My worth and value comes from my foundation in God. This knowledge helps me to stay standing despite the storms of life, I might sway but I will not fall.

    We find ourselves in the grip of one of the most major storms that we have ever faced as the Coronavirus pandemic continues to develop. The fact remains though that my belief in a God that is greater and mores sustaining than any storm can and does give me peace in the circumstances.

    When I meet people or as the case is now pass them at least 2m apart, that are going through storms in life, I offer to pray for them. Some accept, others decline. When I pray, I may ask God to help, but often I focus on giving thanks for the person and declaring the promise that God cares, God has a plan and a purpose, and He is a place of refuge in the storms of life. You might want to try it yourself sometime. When the storms of life get too much ask the God of the universe to be your foundation.

     

     

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  • Made of dust and the breath of God.

    mud2We read in Genesis 2 about a familiar tale, the creation of Adam.

    Genesis 2:5–7  NIV

    5 Now no shrub had yet appeared on the earth and no plant had yet sprung up, for the Lord God had not sent rain on the earth and there was no one to work the ground, 6 but streams came up from the earth and watered the whole surface of the ground. 7 Then the Lord God formed a man from the dust of the ground and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life, and the man became a living being.

    In the bible the imagery of breath is often used to convey spiritual essence and power, unseen except in its effects, including aspects of the person and work of the Holy Spirit. The main Hebrew and Greek words translated as “breath” in the NIV are also translated as “spirit” and “wind”.


    The breath of life—literally, of lives, not only animal but spiritual life. If the body is so admirable, how much more the soul with all its varied faculties: its emotions, intellect and will.

    Read more...

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Wed Apr 08 @20:00
Cancelled - Connect Groups.
Thu Apr 09 @08:45
Thursday Morning Prayer
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Thursday Morning Prayer
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