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Neglecting the House of God

The Wednesday evening homegroup is currently studying the book of Nehemiah and this week looked at the covenant / agreement the people made in 9v38 – 10v39. Their overall objective, summarised at the end of 10v39, was to avoid neglecting the house of God. The covenant stated, therefore, that they would obey all God’s commands, not allow inter-marriage with non-Jewish people, observe…

Following at a distance

Last weekend Gill and I stayed with my mother who lives at one of the highest points in south London.  On New Year’s Eve we walked the short distance to the top of her road where we joined around two hundred others watching the midnight fireworks from the London Eye.  It’s a pity so many others had the same idea(!), but actually…

Christmas lights

We especially welcome visitors to our special Christmas services today! Each year the displays of Christmas lights outside people’s homes seem to get more elaborate and extensive, and Fleet High Street looks especially good this year.  Light is, of course, one of the great themes of Christmas – Isaiah prophesied some 700 years before the Incarnation that “The people walking in darkness…

God’s indescribable gift

The apostle Paul writes in 2 Corinthians 9v15: “Thanks be to God for His indescribable gift!”  He is, of course, referring to the gift of God’s Son, the Lord Jesus Christ, and the salvation that He offers us through His death and resurrection. At one level, the Christmas story of God’s great gift appears so simple – yet it is really about…

The Day of the Lord

I was recently reading with a friend part of the prophecy of Zephaniah.  The main theme of his prophecy is “the day of the Lord” – a day of judgment for those who sin against God, but a day of blessing for those who follow Him. This expression, “the day of the Lord”, occurs in a number of other Old Testament prophetic…

Objective and subjective realities

The phrase ‘objective reality’ is all to do with something being true irrespective of my own thoughts or feelings.  ‘Subjective reality’ is, however, all about what I perceive to be true within my own mind.  I can, therefore, consider Crystal Palace to be the greatest football team in the world – but only as a subjective, rather than an objective, reality. The…

The Remain Campaign

Following Thursday’s historic EU Referendum you may be glad or sad, distraught or delighted, filled with anticipation or apprehension, or just relieved it’s all over at long last. Christians have very sincerely supported either side of the debate, and I am aware of families within CCBC where people voted in different ways. The recovery of familial, as well as national unity may…

Augmented reality

Over the last few days I have observed several groups of boys outside the church totally engrossed on their iPhones etc.  I spoke with one such group and discovered that CCBC’s premises are a location for the recently released Pokémon Go game. As I trust you all know, Pokémon Go is a “free-to-play location-based augmented reality mobile game …. [that] allows players…

Happy Days

The American general, John Sedgwick, fighting in their Civil War, famously said “They couldn’t hit an elephant at this distance” – and was promptly killed by a sharpshooter! John Wesley’s last words were “The best of all is, God is with us.” In Deuteronomy 33 we have Moses’ last words before dying aged 120 years old. Among various blessings on the Israelites,…

Unknown Idolatory

At last Sunday morning’s family service we thought about the Apostle Paul’s visit to Athens in Acts 17 and, in particular, how he saw an altar “TO AN UNKNOWN GOD” (v23) and then proclaimed to the people the true God. Athens was renowned for its idolatry but, whilst we may not necessarily bow down to idols of stone and wood, we also…