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Living and Loving

This week I received two particular emails from one of CCBC’s internet aficionados and their contents are well worth sharing, as follows: 1. An American research study has revealed that going to church is good for women’s health and can cut the risk of dying early by up to a third. The study analysed women over a 16-year period and concluded that…

Today

Several years ago we planted a white cherry blossom tree in our front garden and each year, around this time, it is a stunning sight. Sadly the blossom lasts only a few days, but just for this short period, the brilliance and purity of the delicate white flowers (especially against the backdrop of a clear blue sky) are worth the long months…

Ninety!

I think last Sunday was the first time I’ve ever sung “Happy Birthday” to the Queen in church (or indeed anywhere). But Thursday was an especially historic occasion as we celebrated her 90th birthday. The Queen is a remarkable lady and we should thank God for her and remember to pray regularly for her (see 1 Timothy 2v1,2). The number “ninety” is…

Perplexing Times

Whilst wondering what to write about I was drawn to Paul’s words in 2 Corinthians 4v8: “we are …… perplexed but not in despair”. Many across the fellowship may indeed be perplexed, effectively asking God why He has allowed, perhaps for some considerable period, particular circumstances in their lives – for instance poor health, family concerns, unsaved loved ones. I am told…

Thoughts from Spring Harvest

Five themes were studied from the life of Moses: 1. Encounter; 2. Enlist; 3. Everyone; 4. Equip; and 5. Empower. In a seminar on Empower we were told that 70% of young people brought up in Christian families leave the church in their teens and twenties (the Titanic had a 68% death rate when it sank…), and were asked to suggest why…

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…