Thought for the Week

Passing thoughts

Sometimes I find myself thinking it would be easier to be a Christian facing persecution rather than living, as we do, with the silent seduction of our materialistic society. For most of us, life in this world is so comfortable and pleasant – or at least it promises to be – that we can easily

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What do you want?

Human beings have desires.  It’s part of what it means to be human.  We want all sorts of things: some are good and some bad; some we’re happy to own up to, while others are closely guarded secrets; some we’re barely aware of ourselves.  The thing is, what we want, what we really want, is

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Changing Grace

Changing grace You could easily miss the letter of Jude in your Bible.  It’s so short and it has only one chapter. In case you haven’t found it yet, it’s tucked in just before Revelation.  And it may be small, but it packs a punch – as we’ve been discovering in our evening services.  It

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How to have a ‘Quiet Time’

    I thought I would pass on the wisdom Giles shared with us on this topic at the weekend away – or at least what I can remember of it.  A ‘quiet time’ is simply time alone with God, reading his word and praying.  It’s not commanded in Scripture, but it’s a good habit

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True Love

True love   This week I heard a story about a woman who wore a locket on a chain around her neck.  She had never been married, so her friends wondered whose picture could be inside.  Was it someone she had loved and lost – perhaps a member of her family, her mother or maybe

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Who wants to be popular?

Well, I confess that I do!  Like most people, I suppose, I want to be liked – and I want our church to be well-thought-of as well.  But as soon as I say it, I realise that great danger lies that way.  What lengths will we go to in order to be liked?   What compromises

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Refugees

“What do you call people who have been driven from their homes with only the clothes on their backs, unsure if they will ever be able to return, and forced to build a new life in a strange place?”  That was the question one news agency was asking in the wake of Hurricane Katrina, that

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I deserve better than this

Why do we grumble?  Or why do we feel sorry for ourselves (which is much the same thing)?  I think grumbling comes from a feeling that “I deserve better than this.”  In other words, it is the fruit of underlying pride in our hearts.  We feel that we are not being treated as we deserve

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Learning Contentment

In the Student Group (Rooted) this term, we have been reading and discussing a book called ‘Respectable Sins’ by Jerry Bridges.  Of course, no sin is ‘respectable’, but the book focuses not on the obvious sins of our culture but on the subtle sins of believers.  It is a good book, but it is also

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Deliver us from evil

It is well known that the Lord Jesus taught his followers – in the Lord’s Prayer – to pray, “Deliver us from evil.”  (It could also be translated, “Deliver us from the evil one”, but it comes to much the same thing since all evil finds its source in the evil one, the devil).  We

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