Flipping tables and breaking rules

Sarah from God in real life tells us why the table flipping that Jesus did in the temple wasn't the most important thing that happened that day.

What comes after is where the true meaning of the story comes out.

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Love is...

It's pretty clear from watching the above video that we don't exactly know what love is...

When we asked people to define love, some talk about the love they share with their wife, others go big and talk about world unity. If there was a simple definition, everyone would have said roughly the same thing.

The question it really asks is how do we love people well when we're not even sure exactly what the definition of love is.

And that's the question we want to leave with you - maybe it's one to ask your friend, or your church small group or even a whole congregation.

The video ends with this verse from 1 John... 

"Dear friends, let us love one another, for love comes from God." (1 John 4:7)

And so I hope that as you try and work out what love is, you also catch a glimpse of God.

 

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Confession: My beliefs are stupid...

Today Jon steps into the God in real life confession booth to talk about the weird stuff he believes in...

And that's all we really want to say about this one. You'll have to play it to really get to grips with it.

Next time we'll invite Sarah, the God in Real Life trustee, into the confession booth to see what she has to say.

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Christmas Candle

I'm not big into the nativity story. The wise men leave me a bit cold and I've got no time for that little Donkey which is just not mentioned in the Bible by the way.

Sometimes it feels like Christmas is just something we've extrapolated from a small amount of events.

But I only think that when my head is turned away from the birth of Jesus. Because that event was truly seismic. It has set ripples through history that we still feel in full force today. It's God becoming man and walking around among us - that's why Christmas matters.

So this is a video about Jesus - and therefore a video about Christmas.

Fire in the sky

It was an absolute joy to get up before dawn to chase a sunrise with Andy Carlisle - a pretty excellent landscape photographer.

Fortunately, the sun came out in full force and the sky lit up in every shade of pink and orange you can imagine.

It was one of those moments where you just stand and watch and feel some sense of peace.

Afterwards, we sat down and asked Andy to read a passage from the Bible - he picked Lamentations 3: 22-26 - a beautiful verse that captures some of what he experiences on those early morning shoots.

Anyway, all that has been put together for you on the video above.

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Questions for God

If you had the chance to ask a question to the God, the creator of everything, I imagine the problem would be choosing onlyone.

But in the busyness of life, we rarely get the chance to question anything at all.

This is a video that will help you get into that spirit of asking questions - it would be great for the start of a bible study or church service where you want to people to think deeply.

For us it was a brilliant excuse to share Elijah's prayer from 1 Kings - a bible passage that inspired God in Real Life in the first place...

"Answer me Lord! Answer me so these people will know that you Lord are God and you have brought them back to yourself." 1 Kings 18:37

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Bunk Beds

 

When Paul says in Phillipians 4:11 that he's learnt to be content in all circumstances, I'm pretty sure he wasn't talking about getting the worst room when you're on holiday.

But that's the metaphor we've chosen here to open up the discussion on contentment. It seems like a concept far removed from our world of constant comparison and striving for more.

The contentment Paul describes in Philippians is so different to how I feel - but it's still worth aiming for. This video starts the discussion on chasing contentment, using words from psalm 27: 13-14 to help us along the way.

If you've got anything to add to the conversation, we'd love to hear your thoughts in the comments below.

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God is... ?

It was a beautiful day at the Newcastle Quayside and people were strolling by - most of them in the mood to answer a few questions about life and God and love.

This is the first video from our filming that day and it's so interesting to see what people think about God. For me, people perhaps weren't as atheistic as I thought. Most of them believed in God - at least in some way.

But there was still so much uncertainty and I can understand why.

So it felt right to end the video with the the words of Habbakuk 3, the words that inspired God in Real Life into existence...

"Oh Lord we have heard of your fame;
I stand in awe of your deeds.
Repeat them in our day,
In our time, make them known."

Habbakuk 3:2

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The first Empty Church Sermon - God is all about the with

There's something freeing about preaching to an empty church. No one is there to be entertained, to silently judge you or to fall quietly asleep in the corner. You're allowed to say what you want.

That's the sort of freedom we encourage our Empty Church speakers to use to their advantage as they take five minutes and give us the sermon they would preach if it was their very last one.

We're looking for honesty, we're looking for clarity and we're looking for something that gives us a glimpse of what God is really like.

Here Mark Wroe from Holy Trinity Jesmond, talks about the beautiful madness that is God living among us. John 1 is his text of choice.

We don't want to say too much more about it but what we will say is that the first ever Empty Church Sermon is a must watch. 

Here's the Bible verses in case you need them...

John 1: 1-3

In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was with God in the beginning. Through him all things were made; without him nothing was made that has been made.

John 1: 14

The Word became flesh and made his dwelling among us. We have seen his glory, the glory of the one and only Son, who came from the Father, full of grace and truth.

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