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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…

Christmas Dawn

Tinsel time, tinsel time, Seasons greetings in a rhyme. All the festive decorations Ready for the celebrations. Now the breath of dawn Has ushered in the light on this first morn. Lord open every eye that all might see Your gift to us sleeping in a cradle, the cradle of new birth. Is there a heart so cool, of praise so wary…

Highway men and women

It is extraordinary and wonderful to read how the six month old John the Baptist, in his mother Elizabeth’s womb, “leaped for joy” when Mary arrived and greeted her (Luke 1 v 39-45). Was he rejoicing at being in the actual presence of the Lord Jesus Christ just a few days ‘old’ in Mary’s womb?…

Little by little

During my Bible readings last week I believe God especially spoke to me through Deuteronomy 7 v 22: “The Lord your God will drive out those nations before you, little by little.” Let me summarise what my (earthly) hero Spurgeon wrote about these words: we mustn’t normally expect victories for the Lord by a single blow – evil principles and practices die…