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The “Universe Boss”

Last Wednesday England lost their opening World Twenty20 game against the West Indies, primarily because of a stunning century by their opener Chris Gayle. (I am, of course, writing about cricket, not whether or not you should have gone to Specsavers). After the match Gayle said “The world is watching, so the universe boss got to deliver and he did today”. I’m…

Unchanging Values

Some of us had the privilege of hearing Dr Peter Saunders, the Chief Executive of the Christian Medical Fellowship, speak last Wednesday at the 2016 Hartley Wintney Lent Lecture (organised by their local Churches Together). His subject was “Changing Culture: Changing Ethics – how much are current trends affecting our values?” Dr Saunders gave a whirlwind overview of the great changes in…

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…

Coping Grace

It is with some sadness, yet also much gratitude, that I can advise that our oldest member and dear sister, Irene Oliver, has moved into a care home in Fareham, close to where her daughter Christine and family live. Irene has become increasingly frail and has suffered a number of falls, the most recent resulting in a stay in Frimley Park Hospital.…

Walking with God

Many will be aware that Enoch’s ‘epitaph’ was that he “walked with God” (Genesis 5v24).  Micah reminds us that the Lord’s requirements of us include “to walk humbly with your God” (6v8).  Paul also encourages us to “keep in step with the Spirit” (Galatians 5v25).  Whilst glancing though this week’s electronic version of the Baptist Times I came across an article describing…

The Breath of Life

Gill and I are so grateful for all your prayers, messages, cards etc. over the past week as Gill’s mother sadly was taken into hospital on New Year’s Day and eventually passed away on 6 January.  Since last Saturday evening she slipped into an ever deepening sleep and we are so thankful that her final steps into the Lord’s presence were very…

You’ll never walk alone

You may have noticed that both at the beginning and the end of Jesus’ life on earth there are clear references to God’s presence with His people. In Matthew 1v23 Isaiah’s prophecy is quoted declaring that the virgin’s child will be called Immanuel, which means “God with us”. The very last sentence in Matthew’s gospel contains Jesus’ promise “And surely I am…