Thought for the Week

Rightly ordered love

17th September 2023 Jesus replied, “Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.”  This is the first and greatest commandment’ (Matthew 22:37-38, NIV) Dear Brothers and Sisters, Rightly ordered love You may be familiar with the idea that idolatry is not only loving the wrong...

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‘Jesus Christ’ or ‘Christ Jesus’?

Sunday 10thSeptember 2023 Paul, an apostle of Christ Jesus by the command of God our Saviour and of Christ Jesus our hope, To Timothy my true son in the faith: Grace, mercy and peace from God the Father and Christ Jesus our Lord.  1 Timothy 1:1-2 (NIV) Dear Brothers and Sisters, ‘Jesus Christ’ or ‘Christ

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Mission: Impossible

3rd September 2023 Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners – of whom I am the worst.  1 Timothy 1:15 (NIV) Dear Brothers and Sisters, Mission: Impossible I realise I risk giving the impression that I do little more than go to the cinema… but I do have some thoughts on the latest Mission:

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True Forgiveness

Sunday 20th August 2023 And forgive us our debts, as we also have forgiven our debtors (Matthew 6:12, NIV). Forgive as the Lord forgave you (Colossians 3:13, NIV) Dear Brothers and Sisters, True Forgiveness In August 2016 a news story began trending in the United States under the heading: ‘A Blind Eye to Sex Abuse:

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Look to the Lord

Sunday 13th August 2023 “Give praise to the Lord, proclaim his name; make known among the nations what he has done. Sing to him, sing praise to him; tell of all his wonderful acts. Glory in his holy name; let the hearts of those who seek the Lord rejoice.  Look to the Lord and his strength; seek his face always.  Remember the wonders he...

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‘Church Family’

Sunday 6th August 2023 Do not rebuke an older man harshly, but exhort him as if he were your father.  Treat younger men as brothers, older women as mothers, and younger women as sisters, with absolute purity. 1 Timothy 5:1-2 (NIV) Dear Brothers and Sisters, ‘Church Family’ We talk much about being a ‘church...

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Talking about death

30th July 2023 Dear Brothers and Sisters, … people are destined to die once, and after that to face judgment.  Hebrews 9:27 (NIV) Talking about Death There are many fine moments in the new Barbie film.  Perhaps the most striking is when Barbie is chattering away and asks her friends (also called Barbie), “Have you

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Become a Psalmist

23rd July 2023 Dear Brothers and Sisters, Become a Psalmist In a recent blog from CCEF, Ed Welch describes listening to a friend speaking of the pain he is experiencing, the fears he faces and the regrets he has, and yet somehow he always returns to speaking of God’s faithfulness.  He comments that ,”I was

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Altogether lovely

Sunday 16th July 2023 How is your beloved better than others, most beautiful of women? How is your beloved better than others…? Song of Songs 5:9 (NIV) Dear Brothers and Sisters, At this point in the Song of Songs, the woman fears she has lost the intimacy she had with her beloved and she goes

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Sharing the good news

Sunday 9th July 2023 Dear Brothers and Sisters, At our prayer gathering on Wednesday we were sharing and praying about particular people we know, on our roads, in our workplaces and sports clubs, wherever we are, who we’d like to ‘love dearly’ and ‘speak clearly’ to about Jesus. But where do we begin? John 4...

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