Talks by Allen Foster

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Epiphany – Jesus, King of the Jews

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Allen explores the geographical and historical context of the ‘Magi” as ‘king-makers’ of the East who come looking for a new-born king. Following the text of Matthew’s Gospel he leads on to ask what the message is for us today. Matthew’s emphasis is Jesus, King of te Jews. Our challenge is enthroning Jesus as ‘king of our lives’ each day. Herod wasn’t concerned to travel 7 ml to Bethlehem, the Magi travelled may be 1700 ml.

If we enthrone Jesus will we give him our treasure? What is our attitude to our possessions? Will we bring our praise and prayer and finally, dying to self, bring our lives?

Intimacy: finding God’s grace

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Fifth in our series on prayer. The following Scriptures were read: 1 John 1:5- 2:6; Luke 12:1-10 At the end of his talk Allen leads in prayer.  You may wish to pause the playback to engage with the prayer yourself.

Encountering God in relationship

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Second in a series on prayer.  After reading Galatians 3:26-4:7 and John 10:7-16 Allen talks about prayer in other religions – naming three and the difference with Christian prayer.  He speaks about his own personal experience and how he takes time for prayer today.

Grace – it’s not about you

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Allen Foster begins a series on grace as we consider the ‘basis  of our faith’ this term.  The principle reading for this talk is Ephesians 2:1-10.  Allen, who is an ‘eye doctor’ shares some wonderful illustrations from his work in Africa. Click the link to SoundCloud if you can’t hear it here.

The workers are few

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Allen Foster summaries where we have got so far in looking at all that Jesus said and did as recorded by Matthew in his gospel.