Equipped by God

Dear Friends, This term we are thinking about being ‘Equipped to Serve’ in making disciples of Jesus by prayerfully speaking God’s word to ourselves, to one another and to those who don’t yet believe.  And to help us in this, our Fellowship Groups are following various courses with ‘Six Steps to… Reading your Bible… Loving

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Christmas in Secret

Dear Friends, Most of the time I don’t give much thought to Bethlehem, but in my mind I travel there every Christmas.  And I enjoy singing, “O little town of Bethlehem, how still we see thee lie.”  But what is it like to be a Christian and to celebrate Christmas in Bethlehem today?  The latest

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Good government?

Dear Friends, As I sit at my computer on the eve of this week’s General Election, there is the real danger that I will write something that looks very foolish in the light of the result that will be known by the time you read this.  What kind of government will have been elected?  Whatever

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Until he comes

Dear Friends, I heard of an older lady who, as she receives bread and wine in the Lord’s Supper, says quietly to herself, “Until he comes” – from Paul’s words that “whenever you eat this bread and drink this cup, you proclaim the Lord’s death until he comes” (1 Corinthians 11:26, NIV).  Indeed, the Lord’s

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How should we vote?

Dear Friends, For some, the question of which candidate to vote for in the upcoming General Election was decided long ago.  Others are still wondering which way to cast their vote.  I am still not sure myself, although it won’t surprise you that I am not going to tell you whom to vote for.  However,

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Almost Biblical

Dear Friends, In the last couple of weeks the North and the Midlands have witnessed torrential downpours described as “almost biblical” – presumably a reference to the flood in Noah’s day.  It has certainly been awful, with thousands forced to leave their homes, at least one person tragically drowning, and some discovering that their...

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The Hardest Job of All

Dear Friends, Last week I came across an article with that title, and thought I’d better read it.  What do you think it says is the hardest job of all?  A parent?  A teacher?  A doctor?  An MP?  Those would all be good candidates.  However, given that the article appeared in the latest edition of

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What love is this?

Dear Friends, ‘Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends’.  John 15:13 (Authorised Version) Many will naturally associate these words with Remembrance Sunday, and rightly so.  It has been said that while some will willingly give their lives for their country, far more will be willing

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True repentance

Dear Friends, Christians are believers, people who have faith.  And we are equally – or should be – ‘repenters’.  Jesus said, “Repent and believe the good news” (Mark 1:15), while the apostle Peter told his hearers to “Repent … for the forgiveness of your sins” (Acts 1:38).  My guess is that we spend a lot

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10 incredible facts about the sloth

Dear Friends, Yes, that is the title of an article I read on the BBC News website this week!  To whet your appetite, let me give you the first three facts: 1. Without sloths there would be no avocados.  2. Sloths are three times stronger than us.  3. They poo a third of their body

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