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Success

1ST AUGUST 2016

Success - Round about now many young people are eagerly waiting - a text message, an email or an envelope through the letter box. The arrival of exam results will be a measure of success and a major factor in the year or years ahead. Comparisons will be made - did I do better than I expected? Did I do better than some of my peers? Did I do as well as my teachers or parents believed I should? Perhaps most significantly - is it enough to take me to the next stage of my career?

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"And while he was praying, the appearance of his face changed, and his clothes became dazzling white."

1ST AUGUST 2016

"And while he was praying, the appearance of his face changed, and his clothes became dazzling white." (Luke 9.29)

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“No man is an island.”

1ST AUGUST 2016

“No man is an island.” On Friday 24th June 2016 we all woke up to the reality of Brexit: 52% voted to leave, 48% to remain. Some feel euphoric and energised, others feel deflated and anxious. While most are respecting the result some are not respecting one another and there is a real risk of bitter division. The overall vote was close but there is now a gulf between Scotland and England, between the haves and the have nots, and between the young and the old. Who can unite these sharply divided groups that don’t understand each other’s needs? The Prime Minister has resigned, the Labour Party has imploded, Gove and Johnson have dramatically split amidst accusations of betrayal.

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Spread a little light and love and laughter...

1ST AUGUST 2016

Spread a little light and love and laughter... There is nothing quite like a visit to the seaside on a warm sunny day. For those of us who are older, it brings back happy memories of childhood, of buckets and spades, gazing into rock-pools as if into another world and splashing in the waves. For children it is just fun to be in an environment which offers so many avenues of exploration.

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Make a difference...

1ST AUGUST 2016

Make a difference... I recently returned from a week volunteering on the Greek Island of Chios. My heart has been breaking for a number of years now over the plight of people escaping their own countries to seek safety in another. We call these people refugees. We give them a label. Them over there - refugees.

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‘HELL’

1ST JULY 2016

‘HELL’ ~ a word we have all heard, mostly in an unpleasant manner, but is it a real destination that someone can actually go to? Interestingly, in the Bible, the Lord Jesus speaks more about Hell than He does about Heaven and surely does so for two reasons:-

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We will all have to decide how we treat the outsider...

1ST JULY 2016

We will all have to decide how we treat the outsider... We seem to be living in a time where it’s fashionable to hold referendums; all across Europe nations are debating on matters that effect multitudes of people, one news article recently said, ‘plebiscites in Europe - Referendumania.’ Some of these debates have, in places become violent; groups of people angering against change.

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How to have a good summer holiday!

1ST JULY 2016

How to have a good summer holiday! Joyce Huggett writes - Relax! Laze on the beach! Curl up with a good book! Go sight-seeing or swimming, walking or whatever helps you to unwind. Holy days and holidays begin here. But be aware that you are not relaxing alone. Jesus is relaxing with you. He is the One who is inviting you to unwind, to let the pressures melt away, to rest: Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Matthew 11:28

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What does the word ‘Church’ mean to you?

1ST JULY 2016

What does the word ‘Church’ mean to you? If we were to play a word association game and I said 'church', what would you say? Would you say 'building'? I reckon most of us would. How many would say 'people'?

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It’s a new world

1ST JUNE 2016

It’s a new world.

On 7th April this year the death was announced of the final native resident of Hirta in the archipelago of St. Kilda. Rachel Johnson was only eight years old when the last remaining islanders left for the mainland in 1930. Life had become increasingly difficult for a shrinking population, struggling to provide for themselves and their families in the harshest of environments. With their departure a particular kind of life ended too.

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Do you have dreams?

1ST JUNE 2016

Do you have dreams?

Perhaps you are dreaming of a long, hot, relaxing summer. Maybe you are hoping for good exam results for yourself or someone you care about. Perhaps you have a vision of a better world, where the news isn’t full of despair and disaster. Maybe you dream of being rich and famous! We have all sorts of dreams, with all levels of seriousness from wild fantasies to dreams we commit our lives to. These dreams can be ours alone, or we may share them with our families, our communities and wider groups.

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Jesus promises a life of real joy

1ST JUNE 2016

Jesus promises a life of real joy. It only seems like a moment ago since the last one but the Rio Olympics are fast approaching, a time when the world’s greatest athletes will complete to win the top prize in their sport.

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