Author Archives: jamespetticrew

HOW GOOD IS YOUR BALANCE?

When I was in the Air Cadets (a sort of junior branch of the Air Force) as a teenager we often would have to do assault courses. There was one obstacle I dreaded, there would generally be some sort of … Continue reading

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DO YOU THINK JESUS IS SMART?

Do you think Jesus is smart? I remember being stopped in my tracks when I first read that question which was posed by Dallas Willard. Willard went on to point out that all too many Christians trust Jesus with their … Continue reading

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STUCK IN A RUT? IT COULD BE A ROUTE!

Have you ever felt that life is just so mundane? You have a routine that has become a rut. Day, after day, week after week is, well, predictable. I think we all go through stages like that. Maybe more of … Continue reading

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JOY IN SERVING JESUS?

I am not sure if it was just a particularly vivid memory, or a vision, but recently I felt myself transported to the pews in Greenock Elim, the Church where I was brought up. In this memory / vision I … Continue reading

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TOOTHPASTE TUBES AND YOUR HEART

What comes out of a toothpaste tube when you squeeze it? If you said “toothpaste” you are wrong. What comes out of toothpaste tube, is what that toothpaste tube is full of. I learned this lesson at Glasgow Airport when … Continue reading

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SPIRITUAL GROWTH: Don’t Try Harder, Train wiser!

I have a daydream, I am in a seat at Murrayfield Stadium, the Scottish National Rugby Stadium. Scotland are playing and losing. All of a sudden, Gregor Townsend, the Scottish coach, appears beside me and says get changed I am … Continue reading

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ARE YOU SETTLING FOR WHAT’S SAFE?

I have been reading a book about Jeremiah written by Eugene Peterson and its made me think about a couple of things but I want to share with you one of those thoughts in particular. I don’t know where the … Continue reading

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THE ANTIDOTE TO INADEQUACY

There are certain emotions that seems to stay with you, that you remember particularly vividly. The emotions I want to speak about have been a regular part of my life. I can remember lining up on the starting line for … Continue reading

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WHAT WE MOST NEED AS A CHURCH, WHAT WE HAVE TO PRAY FOR AS A CHURCH

During the quieter summer months I have been trying to spend a bit more time think about what I need to pray for, for us a church as after the summer we try and regroup as a church after COVID. … Continue reading

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JESUS BELIEVES IN YOU

35 The next day John was there again with two of his disciples. 36 When he saw Jesus passing by, he said, “Look, the Lamb of God!” 37 When the two disciples heard him say this, they followed Jesus. 38 … Continue reading

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