God our….Helper! Sun 7th Oct 18

Aware that Psalm 63 was shared at the prayer meeting last Monday lunchtime, I decided to read it for myself. Although familiar with the passage, I saw something in the text that I hadn’t noticed before. David, the songwriter, finds himself in the Judean wilderness; in danger; on the run...

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Take Heart. Sun 18th August 2018

In the aftermath of the latest terrorist attack on London, politicians took to the airwaves in order to condemn the atrocity and suggest solutions. Tragically however, interviews were cut short as news started to filter through of the road the bridge that collapsed in Genoa. Within moments we were reminded...

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Look Up! Sun 12th Aug 18

I have recently been reading the Psalms and have again been impressed by the honesty with which the writers bare their hearts, openly and honestly before God. Psalm 34 is written from a back-drop of despair. David, in fear of his life, flees the king and finds himself in the...

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The God who still speaks Sun 5th August 18

I was reminded this week of the words of Amos the Prophet. Amos, a contemporary of Isaiah, brought God’s word to the Northern Kingdom of Israel in a time of relative peace and stability. Yet, like Isaiah, Amos spoke of God’s judgement due to the people’s idolatry and complete disregard...

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An Eternal Hope Sun 29th July 18

It seems wherever I go and whoever I talk to, there is only one topic of conversation. The weather! Although much of the talk is fairly superficial and concerns how to keep cool, journalists and scientists insist that the recent heatwave is evidence of something more concerning. Although I have...

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Psalm 67 Sun 22nd July 18

At the prayer meeting on Friday morning, I shared, a Psalm that over the years has become really precious to me. In Psalm 67, the composer starts by asking ‘May God be merciful and bless us. May his face smile with favour on us’ (vs. 1). Of course that’s a...

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Keep Hoping! Sun 15th July

I woke up on Thursday morning with my mind on one thing. That’s right, it was the morning after England had crashed out of the World Cup Semi Finals. Like so many football fans up and down the nation, I had written England off before the tournament began. Yet, as...

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Taking responsibility Sun 1st July 18

Whenever I am asked the question, ‘what do you miss about the North?’ the answer is always the same. The Moors! For the early years of my life I lived on in the foothills of the Pennines and later for twelve years, just two hundred metres from Saddleworth Moor. I...

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God’s means of Growth 17th June 18

It has been calculated that there are around one hundred people, associated with the Apostle Paul, mentioned in either the book of Acts or in his letters. Of these, twelve appear to be long term relationships. However, there is little question that Timothy, Paul’s assistant for up to fifteen years,...

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Unchanged and Unchanging 10th June 18

One lunchtime this week I looked at my diary in order to see I had three or four scheduled phone-calls to make. As opposed to sit in an airless office, I decided to wander up to the Castle Gardens with a coffee. As I looked down from the mound above...

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