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Sixty – 17 March 2019

I am really enjoying the somewhat extended celebrations of my sixtieth birthday and am very grateful for all the cards, presents and good wishes I’ve received.  Actually, of course, I don’t “feel a day older”, but have noted from Leviticus 27v3&7 that my value under the circumstances there described has now dropped from 50 to 15 shekels of silver – i.e. a…

Grapes in the desert – 10 March 2019

The Wednesday evening homegroup is currently studying the book of Hosea and I was particularly struck last week by the first part of chapter 9 verse 10: “When I found Israel, it was like finding grapes in the desert”.  Discovering grapes in such an arid location is clearly unusual and God is here expressing His joy, His delight in His people Israel. …

Dreamworld – 3 March 2019

I had a dream last week in which I was using a hacksaw to cut through an extremely thick safe door because I was trying to get to a tin of WD40 inside the safe.  Was this some mysterious picture about really seeking to receive the anointing of the Holy Spirit or was it linked to the cheese and onion sandwich I…

Tony’s guilt – 24 February 2019

Away from Brexit, one particular story last Friday may have grabbed your attention.  A flypast took place over a Sheffield park to honour 10 American airmen who died when their plane crashed in that park 75 years ago.  This was all arranged following a ‘chance’ meeting between BBC Breakfast presenter Dan Walker and a local man, Tony Foulds.  Tony, who is now…

Valentine’s Day – 17 February 2019

I’m writing these few words on the famous 14 February, the annual day of celebration of love and romance.  You may be aware that ‘St. Valentine’ was reputed to be a ‘priest’ from Rome in the third century.  At that time the Emperor had banned marriage because he thought that married men made bad soldiers.  Valentine disagreed, so he arranged marriages in…

Legal remedies – 10 February 2019

Social media companies, such as Facebook, YouTube and Instagram, are again in the spotlight, particularly following the tragic suicide of teenager Molly Russell which has been linked to her accessing self-harm images on Instagram.  Should such companies be allowed to continue to govern themselves or should the Government introduce new legislation seeking to control them? Whilst I may not be the greatest…

Continual conflict – 3 February 2019

I’m continuing again this year to follow Robert Murray M’Cheyne’s reading plan through the Bible accompanied by Don Carson’s helpful comments on particular passages.  Current readings include going through the book of Esther and I hope it will be helpful to summarise some of Carson’s observations on chapter 7.  He writes that, at that stage, how easy everything seems from our vantage…

Ongoing grace – 27 January 2019

We sing about and celebrate God’s amazing grace here at CCBC and frequently remind ourselves that grace may be ‘spelt’ Great Riches (or Redemption) At Christ’s Expense. I expect many are enjoying the BBC’s current dramatisation of Les Misérables, perhaps one of the finest books ever written (and by a Frenchman!).  The story centres on the great contrast between legalism and grace. …

Red lines – 20 January 2019

Amidst all the current political uncertainty over Brexit reference has often been made to particular ‘red lines’ which one side or the other (or different sub-sides within either side) are not prepared to cross (well, until perhaps … ).  With regard to red lines I came across the following ‘creed’ that was given to a person on the day that they became…

Compassion – 13 January 2019

We welcome Tobi Stathers as our preacher this morning who, together with David, will be telling us about the work of Compassion.  This Christian organisation has recently relocated its headquarters to Ancells Park and, in a wonderful way, facilitates the sponsorship of children in the third world, working exclusively in partnership with local churches.  I’m looking forward to a great morning! After…