Atheists to Missionaries

Bill Hybels, a well-known pastor, author and christian leader, famously articulated his dream of irreligious people becoming fully devoted followers of Christ. The dream eventually came to be represented by the phrase atheists to missionaries and the phrase stuck. It does have a certain stickability! It’s a bit fashionable to be an atheist; all the []
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Who do you want to become for 2018?

Welcoming in the New Year is full of resolutions, lasting perhaps a week or at most a month.  It can also be a time for more serious goal-setting with statements such as: “I’ve decided to go back to back to college” or “I’ve decided to change jobs” etc.  Whether it be resolutions or specific goals []
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Using God’s Gifts

It seems that more and more lately I’ve had to use the excuse or more accurately; explain that I haven’t had the time lately to do “X” because I have been spending hours working on my Leaving Cert. Most recently I hadn’t spent as much time shopping for Christmas presents as I would deem adequate. []
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Blessed Be Your Name

Last summer we ran a teaching series in Ignite called Summer Songs. Each week someone would share about a song we sing in church, perhaps talking about the lyrics, or the emotional attachment they had with the song. I shared on the song Blessed be your name. I thought I’d share it in this blog []
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It is Well

When peace like a river, attendeth my way, When sorrows like sea billows roll Whatever my lot, thou hast taught me to say It is well, it is well, with my soul My sin, oh, the bliss of this glorious thought My sin, not in part but the whole, Is nailed to the cross, and []
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Thumbs-up Jesus

It was 500 years ago this week that the monk, Martin Luther, nailed his ninety-five theses on the door of the Wittenburg church. It’s been said Luther didn’t intend to start a revolution but merely to express and discuss his views in the way that was typical at the time. Whatever his intentions, he fuelled []
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Who is this man…

Ever heard someone say “Jesus just isn’t for me”? I know I said it once upon a time. I had that instinctive, uncomfortable rejection of the very name of Jesus, even though I didn’t know much about him (ie nothing) at the time. The past few Sundays, we’ve been looking at who Jesus was, and []
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Matthew & Fiona: Update

To our dear Ignite Family, We miss you! It’s hard to believe we are now 2 months into a new life here in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. It has been a whirlwind of emotions, highs and lows, joy and frustration and adventure, tears and deep breaths. Here are some snippets… What’s different? Everything!! There is quite []
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Hope…

I have been wondering about hope. As usual, I had innumerable questions and not a shadow of an answer: Is hope always a good thing? It’s a positive word. Faith, hope and love…generally sounds good. Assuming that the hoped-for thing is morally right, of course, is there ever any reason when you shouldn’t cherish hope? []
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This is Offensive and Nonsense

Ever gotten some news and it has changed the way you see things? This can range from something quite simple like finding our Liverpool aren’t the greatest team in world football to the really deep stuff like discovering what God’s plan for your life is. These of course are only examples, but I’m sure you []
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