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Posts from February 2016

Membership matters

It was really good that many were able to meet together at the Members Meeting on Tuesday evening and, again, for there to be such a spirit of unity throughout the meeting. We are not a democracy – rather a ‘theocracy’ in which we must seek totally and solely to discern and obey the will of God. Nevertheless, every ‘vote’ taken was…

To please or not to please?

I was recently reading a short devotional message by Timothy Keller on Psalm 26, in which he describes “the secret of true independence” as realising that “only God’s opinion counts”. David calls out to God to be his judge, to vindicate him – he does not call to his friends to defend him or to his enemies to change their minds. In…

Valentine’s Day Massacres

An odd title – let me explain! Today, of course, is Valentine’s Day, the special day for celebrating romance, the one day in the year when men make a special effort and then return to normal during the other 364 / 365 days. ‘Saint’ Valentine was apparently a priest who was beheaded on this day in around AD 270. However, it would…

Presentation of Jesus in the Temple

I was informed on Tuesday (2 February) that the presentation of Jesus in the Temple is especially remembered each year on that day, being 40 days after Christmas. Luke describes the event in chapter 2v22-39; you may especially remember how Simeon took the baby Jesus in his arms, praised God and prophesied over Him and how the prophetess Anna also “gave thanks…