Pray for those in Power 18th May 14

By now you will probably be aware that on Thursday the polls are open for the European Elections. Now, if you are anything like me, you will frequently get frustrated with politicians of all shades. However, rather than simply complain about the status-quo, a cursory glance at the newspaper should...

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Without Punctuation or Pause 11th May 14

Some of the most amazing and breath-taking pronouncements of Scripture are found in the opening verses of Paul’s letter to the Ephesians. After the Apostle has greeted his dear friends, who lived in what is now modern-day Turkey, he launches into a total of twelve verses (Eph 1:3-14) without punctuation...

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A Christian Country, Right or Wrong? 27th April 14

David Cameron stated this week that the UK is a Christian country “and we should not be afraid to say so”. In his speech, given in Oxford on the 400th anniversary of the King James Bible, the prime-minister called for a revival of traditional Christian values to counter Britain’s “moral...

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A Reason to Celebrate

I firmly believe that when creating us, God purposed that we should party! Sadly, we so often meet people who are so obsessed with celebration, that they have never noticed that they have so little to celebrate. This Easter, as Christians we need be reminded that in raising Jesus from...

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Fickle Thanks 13/04/14

I am often profoundly impacted by the story of Palm Sunday. As Jesus headed into Jerusalem on the back of an unbroken colt, the crowds cut of palm branches in accordance with their tradition and heralded him their long-awaited Messiah. I am sure that the disciples were overwhelmed with emotion...

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The Source of Power 06/04/14

Having spent some time as a church seeking God for a fresh outpouring of His power, I was particularly struck by a passage that was shared at our Friday morning prayer meeting. In the second Chapter of 1Corinthians the Apostle Paul famously states that, ‘My message and my preaching were...

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Fighting with fasting! 30th March 14

Way back, when God instituted decrees that would govern the life of Israel, he instructed both times to feast and times to fast. I have never struggled with feasting, but in truth, fasting is one of my least favourite spiritual exercises! There are a number of reasons that I can...

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Spiritual Health

This morning we are starting a series of talks and interactions on ‘Spiritual Exercises’. Upon hitting forty I made a conscious decision to drop a stone and ‘get fit’, which I am pleased to say I did fairly successfully. I have noticed however that since Christmas my exercise routine has...

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Christ in all the scriptures

If you have ever read your Bible from cover to cover within a twelve month period, you will be aware that you don’t come across the name of Jesus until October! Does that mean then we learn nothing about him for the first ten months of the year?  Of course...

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