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What is the good news? Nick’s version

There is a God.
And God is good. And God loves you.

Because God is good, and because God loves you,
You don’t have to be afraid;
You don’t have to suffer alone;
You don’t have to worry about riches or status or pretending to be someone you’re not;
You don’t have to feel insignificant, unnoticed or unloved;
You don’t have to be trapped in guilt or shame;
You don’t have to be scared of death because death is not the end.

You don’t have to walk through this world alone.
The world is beautiful. And the world is terrible.
No-one knows why. But we do know that it’s not as God wants it,
And that we can change it – a little – by changing ourselves.

That’s why God invites us to a different life.
A life of freedom, kindness, hope, courage, honesty and forgiveness.
We can live this life by copying Jesus, who shows us what God is like,
And by asking God’s Spirit to work with us, because we can’t do it on our own.

So here’s the thing –

You are not your wounds. You are not your fears or your failures. You are not your possessions or your career. You are not what has been done to you, or what you have done to others. You are not what others say about you, or even what you say about yourself.
You are a child of God

A God who is good. And a God who loves you.

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