BeLoved

BeLoved

It’s the fairy tale we all believe in – connection, completion, love without parting. The merest glimpse of it captures our hearts. But is the fairy tale real? Is there such a thing as endless bliss, unconquered love and a happily ever after?

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The Big Story #6: God's Church

The Big Story #6: God's Church

Rounding off our big Bible overview we look to the conclusion of the story and what we need to do to get there. God has chosen us to play a part in it, but how? What does it mean to be God's church?

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The Big Story #5: God's Son

The Big Story #5: God's Son

It all points to Him, everything that had come before, the promises, the prophecies, the people. Here we reach the climax of God's story in a person, God's son, Jesus Christ. We don't understand him until we see how he fits into what's come before.

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The Big Story #3: God's Kingdom

The Big Story #3: God's Kingdom

Look around the world and we see kings, presidents, leaders who are very much flawed. Israel had a king - God, but they wanted a human king. We look at how that worked out for God's people.

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The Big Story #2: God's People

The Big Story #2: God's People

God's story is both cosmic in scope and intimate in care, we see that as he chose to fulfil his purposes in a family. But why did God choose Abraham and the people of Israel to be the ones who would be a blessing to the whole world?

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BeLoved

It’s the fairy tale we all believe in – connection, completion, love without parting. The merest glimpse of it captures our hearts. But is the fairy tale real? Is there such a thing as endless bliss, unconquered love and a happily ever after?

Countless failed relationships and a beckoning grave cry out No. Love does not seem to have the last word in our lives – decay, disease, divorce, depression and death does. Can we really believe in love?

The answer is Yes, but only because there is a love despite our deserving, a love stronger than death, a love beyond this world. Jesus makes the fairy tale true – not just for bright-eyed young couples on their wedding day. Because of his blood-earnest, death-defying love, Jesus can bring us all into the ultimate romance. Whatever your relationship history or status, this bliss is for you!

You
beside me.
Me: beside myself with you.
Beyond myself in you,
Become myself anew,
Belongs, this self, to you.

You
behold me.
Me: behold the world in you.
Besotted with the view,
Bewitched by all you do,
Beguiled by guileless you.

We
believe this:
This bedtime tale
Though countless fail
Though pride derail
Though death curtail

We believe this.
This bliss
Besieged by hatred’s hiss
Beset by graves’ abyss
Betrayed despite our kiss
We believe this.

But is this bliss true?
Or only for the few
And then sinks from view
Is it true?
Beneath the tale,
Before we fail,
Beside what’s frail,
Beyond death’s vale?
Is it true?

Not only for the few
And then sinks from view
Is it true?

He
Beheld me.
Me: deep held in my disgrace.
He bends now face to face,
Becomes me in His grace,
Befriends me, takes my place.

He
Betrothed me.
Me: bestowed the world for free.
Bequeathed by royal decree,
Beloved eternally,
Become as one: He with me.

This, beneath all other glories
This, beyond the bedtime stories
This, beside your marital station
This, love’s sweetest consummation.

This is true.
Never to sink from view.
Not only for the few.
This bliss is for you.

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