A retreat in my Pocket

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My Value in Christ

The Word of God is alive and active and is just waiting to speak into our lives. Too often we allow people who don’t care for us to tell us what we are worth. This booklet has been created to help us hear what God has to say about our value in Christ.

The link below will download an A4 sheet of paper that, once folded, becomes a booklet with a passage into which the reader inserts their name. These passages are taken from the Bible and will inspire the reader to reflect on what God is say through the passage to them, personally.

All you need is a printer, some A4 paper and a little patience with the folding and a little courage to give this little booklet to someone who could really do with hearing how much God loves them for 6 days. Hopefully, they will come back asking for more.

Retreat in my pocket part 1

Retreat in my pocket part 2

Conversion of St Augustine

Passages from the Bible have changed the lives of so many people down the centuries. Here is the story of how God spoke to St Augustine and his friend.

St Augustine of Hippo wanted to commit himself to Christ, but he just couldn’t: he was prevented by his desires for pleasure and fame. One day he was in such despair that he was weeping in the garden. Then something amazing happened. Through his tears Augustine heard the sing-song voice of a child chanting “Take it and read it! Take it and read it!”. There were no children about, and the only book he had with him was a Bible. It was a sign.  Augustine grabbed his book, opened it, and read the first verse he saw:

Let us live decently as people do in the daytime: no drunken orgies, no promiscuity or licentiousness, and no wrangling or jealousy. Let your armour be the Lord Jesus Christ; forget about satisfying your bodies with all their cravings. (Romans 13:13-14)

This was exactly what Augustine needed to hear, and instantly all doubt left him. Joyfully, he rushed to tell his friend, Alypius, who was also struggling with his faith. The next verse seemed to be spoken directly to Alypius: “If a person’s faith is not strong enough, welcome him all the same…” (Rom 14:1). That day God drew two men to himself by whispering His eternal word directly in their ears: “Augustine, you can live as a Christian, for I will help you. Alypius, do not worry, for there is a place for you too in my Church.”

When you read His Word what does God whisper to you?