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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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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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1st April 2016

Check you get the demonstration model... not the disapprover!

It’s often been claimed that most preachers only have one sermon that they re-produce in 52 different ways in the course of a year. In one sense one shouldn’t be surprised at that because we’re called to preach THE Gospel.

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1st March 2016

HE CAN CHANGE YOU!

Christians always say that their God CHANGES lives. That is a very important statement. But can it really be true? Because, if it is true, then it is one of the most important evidences of the certainty of what Christians teach.

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1st January 2016

Everyone is welcome.

That's good news! OK, hands up… amongst those that might pick up a Bible at all, who has ever spent time reading the genealogies at the beginning of Matthew or Luke's gospels, let alone the pages and pages of them scattered throughout the old testament? No?! It's not a trick question. If a New Year's resolution is to read through a gospel, then this might be the first verse to greet you in your endeavours: “An account of the genealogy of Jesus the Messiah, the son of David, the son of Abraham.” (Matthew 1:1 NRSV) Not an inspiring start, is it? Many folk give up even at that, confirmed in their view that there's nothing much of interest in there - and certainly not 'good news'. But there really is.

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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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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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1st June 2016

God remembers “God will not forget your work and the love you have shown” Hebrews 6:10 James Sizoo said, Glamour isn’t greatness, applause isn’t fame, prominence isn’t eminence. The man of the hour isn’t apt to be the man of the ages. A stone may sparkle but that doesn’t make it a diamond. People may have money but that doesn’t make them a success. It’s the seemingly unimportant people who determine the outcome of life. The greatest forces in all the universe are never spectacular. Summer showers do more good than hurricanes but they don’t get a lot of publicity. The world would soon die but for the fidelity, loyalty, creativity and commitment of those whose names are not mentioned or honoured and are unsung heroes.

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1st April 2016

Don’t be fooled! Have you ever been fooled? I am sure most of us have been during some point in our life. It appears that there are all kinds of people trying to fool us these days. Maybe you have been a victim of scam phone calls, scam e-mails, or some other kind of scam. However, it is a horrible feeling to be fooled by these scammers. There are so many scams out there that some people have lost their entire savings by trusting the scammers.

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1st March 2016

Blessed are those who have not seen and yet have believed.

The Christian writer and preacher, Michael Ramsden, tells the story of a psychiatrist who’s been transferred to a different wing in his hospital and is meeting his new patients for the first time. One patient seems particularly disturbed and the doctor asks him, ‘Excuse me, just who do you think you are?’, to which the man replies, ‘Napoleon’. ‘That’s very interesting’, says the doctor, ‘Who told you that you are Napoleon?’ ‘God told me’, replies the man, at which point the patient in the next bed says, ‘I most certainly did not!’

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1st February 2016

God Is For Everyone!

Candlemas is a word you might see on the page of your diary this month and wonder where it comes from or what it means. You might guess that it has something to do with candles, and you would be right about that, and you might also notice that it always comes on the same day in February, the second day of the month.

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1st January 2016

Invite Jesus Christ to come and live in your heart - It is always exciting when a new year arrives before us as a page upon which we will write the history of our life. Let us pray for each other that it might be a good year for our Lord's work, for ourselves personally and for our families. When we face the future seriously, we often feel anxious. This is particularly true if the future looks fearful and if we are plagued with a feeling of our helplessness and insignificance.

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