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Making the most of advent

Scot Bower, 29th November, 2010

Attention shoppers," sang the stores speaker system cutting through the cheesy Christmas tune, “we have a lost season, he could have been left behind some time ago and answers to the name Advent. Would the carers of Advent please leave their shopping and make their way to the nearest exit where the season is desperate to be found?” The announcement went unheard amidst the Christmas crush, both by bargain hunters who clawed items from the shelves, their painted smiles lit by the fake trees and flickering fairylights, and the seasonal employees whose senses had been dulled by the stress of over demanding customers and a Christmas soundtrack featuring traditional 70’s rock on heavy rotation.

Space to Pray in Every Working Day

The Phantom Intercessor, 22nd November, 2010

We strode down the corridor, tripping over trailing flightbags and scanning the signs, ‘Ausgang’ and ‘Gepack’. On the first door inside the terminal, a sign caught my eye, ‘Gebetsraum fur Juden’, a star of David, a sign for synagogue timings.

The What and The Way

Pete Greig, 17th November, 2010

Welcome to one of the most wonderful and challenging times of year; a season of active waiting and preparation before Christmas which begins with ‘Stir Up Sunday’ this Sunday, 21st, (I’ll explain the name in a bit), followed by Thanksgiving in America on Thursday 25th and Advent Sunday throughout the Western church on the 28th November. The season of Advent is an invitation, an opportunity for spiritual intentionality, reflection and prayer in which you may like to renew disciplines such as daily bible study, physical exercise, journaling, reading a Christian book, running a season of 24-7 prayer, or arranging a ‘how am I doing?’ chat with a friend.

The View From Here

Davey Spens, 15th November, 2010

The Sainsbury’s till receipt on my desk reads: Radox Shower gel, Taste the Difference Orange Juice w/ juicy bits, Ben and Jerry’s Baked Alaska, Pomodoro Tomatoes. The till receipt beneath it is from the in-store Starbucks.

Reality Bites

Carla Harding, 12th November, 2010

“Where should I look?” Is the uncertain question I direct at the young man behind the complicated recording equipment.  (There’s nothing that provokes uncomfortable self-analysis like a video camera.

Count Me In!

Alana Wiens, 2nd November, 2010

One of my personal highlights from the Magnify gathering in September was Saturday night.  I stood at the side of the hall as Pete Greig wrapped up his message to us, a call to the next decade, and asked for those who wanted to be part of this to stand.

The Shocking Truth Behind Child Sex Trafficking

Amanda Siebold, 27th October, 2010

International relief organisations estimate there are 300,000 – 400,000 children working as prostitutes in the United States and the average age of someone entering into prostitution in the US is just 12 years old. I’d like to take a moment to share my heart with you about a particular trafficking issue that has been a growing passion of mine over the last three years.

Tragedy in Baghdad

Canon Andrew White, 25th October, 2010

The pain of the past week is just too severe to mention in full.  There are only some things I can share, but please know there are certain things that are too painful, difficult and delicate for me to write about here.

Gods and Monsters

Davey Spens, 18th October, 2010

God is not the same as he was when I was a kid. He couldn’t possibly be.

God of the Possible

Pete Greig, 11th October, 2010

I recently heard a preacher say this: ‘If it’s possible, it’s not God’. He was talking about miracles and we all like miracles.

Positive Prayer

Carla Harding, 7th October, 2010

No matter how soothing an alarm sound I choose, when my phone goes off at 6.30am it’s a rude awakening.

Top 10 Magnify Moments

Scot Bower, 27th September, 2010

Last weekend over 400 people from 22 countries gathered in Scotland for 24-7 Prayer's international gathering Magnify. Edinburgh is an incredible city and served as an amazing backdrop to an inspiring weekend.

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