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Stepping into a new season

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British people have a reputation for talking about the weather. Perhaps this is because our weather is characteristically changeable. Apparently it is because our weather is influenced by three competing weather systems. The warm sunshine of this summer is receding in our memories, and the temperature has dropped. We are starting to enter a new […]

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HALT: 4 Tired

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1 March 2016 Temptation is a normal part of being human – something to navigate and deal with. Continuing our series from Richard Wilding, in this final part of our five part series exploring the HALT principle (Hungry, Angry, Lonely, Tired), we will look at how tiredness can make us vulnerable to sin.   Tiredness […]

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HALT: 3 Lonely

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29 February Temptation is a normal part of being human – something to navigate and deal with. Continuing our series from Richard Wilding, the third area to explore from the HALT principle (Hungry, Angry, Lonely, Tired) is Lonely.  Loneliness if we are not careful can make us vulnerable.   The story of David and Bathsheba […]

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HALT: (2) Angry

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28 February 2016 Temptation is a normal part of being human – something to navigate and deal with. Continuing our series from Richard Wilding, the second area to explore from the HALT principle (Hungry, Angry, Lonely, Tired) is Angry.   The bible is full of examples of anger leading to sin.  Cain became “angry” with […]

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HALT: 1 Hungry

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27 February 2016   Temptation is a normal part of being human – something to navigate and deal with. Continuing our series from Richard Wilding, the first area to explore from the HALT principle (Hungry, Angry, Lonely, Tired) is the Hungry element.   From an early age a child will scream and become bad-tempered when […]

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HALT

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26 February 2016   In Lent, Christians remember Jesus Christ’s struggle against temptation – and example of how we resist temptation.   Temptation is a normal part of being human – something to navigate and deal with.   I have found helpful advice from my friend Richard Wilding who writes “Many years ago I was […]

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Because (2)

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25 February 2016 Why be good if I can’t be good enough?   It’s a good question, and has obviously been around a long time: “So what do we do? Keep on sinning so God can keep on forgiving?” (Romans 6:1,The Message).   (1) Because we want to live right if we have really turned […]

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Big Brother

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24 February 2016 “Big Brother is watching you” sent shivers through the spines of people in George Orwell’s 1984. The big brother in Jesus story of the two sons was not so sinister, but he certainly wasn’t exactly pleased with his wayward younger brother even when he returned home.   This big brother was into […]

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Back Home

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23 February 2016 “I will set out and go back to my father and say to him: Father, I have sinned against heaven and against you. I am no longer worthy to be called your son; make me like one of your hired men.’ So he got up and went to his father. “But while […]

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Because

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22 February 2016 “Listen, I’m not a bad person. I’m a doctor. One of the reasons I wanted to become a doctor was because I thought it would be a good – as in Good rather than exciting or well-paid or glamorous – thing to do …”   Kate is a character in Nick Hornby’s […]

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Being Good

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21 February 2016   “Listen, I’m not a bad person. I’m a doctor. One of the reasons I wanted to become a doctor was because I thought it would be a good – as in Good rather than exciting or well-paid or glamorous – thing to do …”   So says Kate Carr in How […]

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I Won’t Forget

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20 February 2016 “So break my step And relent You forgave and I won’t forget” (Mumford & Sons, http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ggATJyO3fxY) How many reasons have you got for thanking God? Perhaps knowing his forgiveness is one near the top of the list. Forgiveness is one way in which we receive God’s love, and from this comes transformation […]

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On Our Knees

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19 February 2016 “And I’ll kneel down Wait for now And I’ll kneel down Know my ground And I’ll kneel down Wait for now” (Mumford and Sons)   Of course, you can pray lying down sitting or standing up as well, but there’s a reason that kneeling seems to help focus the mind. Kneeling is […]

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Prayer Like Breathing

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18 February 2016 “Now I’ll be bold As well as strong Use my head alongside my heart So take my flesh And fix my eyes That tethered mind free from the lies” (Mumford and Sons) These words conjure up for me memories of athletics training when I was a teenager, and the way in which […]

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Like A Stone

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17 February 2016 “I came home Like a stone And I fell heavy into your arms These days of dust Which we’ve known Will blow away with this new sun” (Mumford & Sons) What an amazing picture of love and restoration! I was once speaking at a church and we thought together about what we […]

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Prayer Is A Liberating Experience

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16 February 2016 “And raise my hands Paint my spirit gold And bow my head Keep my heart slow” I love these words from Mumford and Sons’ popular song ‘I Will Wait’. It’s a song about prayer – not surprising because some of the band grew up in church and words about faith often bursts through along […]

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In Touch

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15th February 2016 If you want to get in touch with God, take a look at His work…. “O Lord my God! when I in awesome wonder Consider all the works Thy hand hath made I see the stars, I hear the mighty thunder Thy power throughout the universe displayed Then sings my soul, my […]

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True Love

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14th February 2016 Today is Valentine’s Day, as if anyone needs reminding with emails and advertising offering and suggesting the perfect way to show your affection to the one you love, or to the person you fancy. For some people today will be a day of nervous excitement – as they tentatively communicate feelings with […]

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Enough

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12th February 2016 How much is enough? John D. Rockefeller was once the world’s richest man.  Considering he was a billionaire in the early 1900′s he is still considered as the richest person in modern history.  When a reporter asked him, “How much money is enough?” He responded, “Just a little bit more.” “Better a […]

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Clearing the Mist

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Clearing the Mist 11th February 2016 I don’t think I have ever met anyone who likes fog. It’s amazing how water vapour can make it impossible to see. Apparently just a cup of water can produce enough fog to cover more than an acre of land. And fog still closes airports today, and makes it […]

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Life Laundry

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Life laundry 10th February 2016 Radical re-ordering, mega-makeover, life laundry… We are drowning in an ocean of choice and stuff while the quiet calm pool of simplicity is one thing that many people desire deep-down. I was talking to a friend who had just come back from a holiday and said that the thing that she […]