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Joseph is a fruitful vine, a fruitful vine near a spring, whose branches climb over a wall

Some may remember the above words, from Genesis 49v22, being prophesied over us by Greg Haslam at my induction nearly 6 years ago.  We have prayed about the fulfilment of these words and, for example, seen the ‘sending’ of Luke and Fiona to the Vine Church (and their church plant in the new community centre at Crookham Park) and Jason to the…

“Don’t just sit there – do something!”

Gill and I very much enjoyed our weekend away in Sidmouth, Devon, including being able to worship last Sunday morning at All Saints Church.  The preacher spoke about the above words, drawing from the account of Jesus’ transfiguration.  You may remember that, after seeing Jesus transfigured before him, Peter blurted out “Lord, it is good for us to be here.  If You…

Spiritual power

As I write this article ‘Storm Doris’ has hit parts of the UK with strong winds blowing locally here in Fleet.  Clearly this must be a religious storm since a lady called Doris is usually the stalwart of most local churches. The words ‘wind’ and ‘Spirit’ come from the same Greek and Hebrew words.  Jesus closely links these together in John 3v8…

Doing good

Many people believe that seeking to live a ‘good life’ will enable them to get into heaven. The Wednesday evening homegroup, which is now studying Romans, looked at the first half of chapter 2 last week. These verses deal with God’s final judgment and verse 6 states that God “will give to each person according to what he has done.” Does this…

The abundance of God’s steadfast love

  We have recently commenced reading together a psalm during the Sunday morning service and today we’ve reached Psalm 5. The NIV starts verse 7 as follows: “But I, by your great mercy, will come into your house”. However, the ESV translates these words: “But I, through the abundance of your steadfast love, will enter your house”. Both describe the amazing grace…

Membership matters

We are trying a new format for church members meetings with a meeting this afternoon at 5pm, followed by a fellowship tea at 6pm to which everyone is invited. The one hour time allowance may, perhaps, focus everyone’s minds! There are a number of encouraging matters for members to consider today including Sunday morning attendances and our current financial position. At the…

Bridges not barriers

To fulfil one of his key election pledges Donald Trump, the new President of the USA, has already ordered the construction of a wall between America and Mexico, with the promise that Mexico will pay for it. Many, dating back to Martin Luther King and beyond, have commented that mankind should build ‘bridges’ rather than ‘walls’ and it seems especially unjust that…

Servant leadership

My Bible readings on Friday, the day of Donald Trump’s inauguration as the 45th President of the USA, included Matthew 20 in which Jesus talks about power and true leadership.  In verse 25 He warns that “the rulers of the Gentiles lord it over them, and their high officials exercise authority over them”.  However, Jesus says that, in God’s kingdom, leadership is…

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…