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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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Too Many Rules

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The beginning of a new year is a good time to think differently.  It is a great opportunity to start again, do a winter prune, wipe the slate clean.  This quiet time of year is a perfect time for inner reflection and planning.  We want to start the new year by giving ourselves some new […]

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HAPPY NEW GUILTLESS YEAR

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Happy February 2018!  A recent new year, a new start.  The new year promises so much doesn’t it?  A determination, or decision to do better, to turn over a new leaf, to improve our bodies, our attitude, our life, our income. Quite often, we use the new year as a means of concentrating on a […]

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Carols under the Stars

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Carols under the Stars is run by Latimer Minster.  It is a fun, informal event held to celebrate the spirit of Christmas….outside….under the stars…..if no cloud… Suitable for all ages, Carols under the Stars is community oriented. Come and sing those Christmas songs which remind you of the joy and peace that is to be […]

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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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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 […]