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Paul’s Bulletin Message

Paralysing Indecision – 18 October 2020

Making decisions can be hard.  Some people can make decisions ‘on the fly’ with a snap of their fingers and be done with it.  Others like to take their time with their choices.  Further still, some people really struggle to make any decision at all and would rather other people do so for them.  Which one are you?  I remember sitting down…

Doctrine and / or Devotion? – 4 October 2020

I’ve been drawn again to the Lord’s words to the church in Ephesus in Revelation 2v4: “You have forsaken your first love.”  You may remember that these words form part of the first letter to 7 churches in Revelation chapters 2 and 3 (which I believe were 7 real 1st century churches, located in what is now modern-day Turkey, but which are…

Stronger Than Last Time – 27 September 2020

Recently my boys have begun asking me the question “Daddy, how do I get strong?”  Usually, it’s because they’ve just finished watching Lego Batman for the ten-thousandth time and like the idea of fighting crime, and owning the Batmobile.  The answer is pretty simple; Batman is strong because Batman regularly lifts heavy weights, and he consumes enough protein.  If you’re looking to…

Go Buy a Field – 20 September 2020

It may just be my perception of our times, but there seems to be a lack of hope at the moment.  Even in the news last week I read with sadness that the Oxford Coronavirus trial had hit a snag.  But I had to actively search for the good news that the problem was resolved and progress was continuing.  For some reason…

God in the Whisper – 13 September 2020

Coming to the end of this week there has been, at least for me, a significant tonal shift.  Before Wednesday’s announcement from the Government concerning the ‘rule of six’, I was feeling hopeful that a more ‘normal’ form of life could resume.  I was mistaken, and since then I’ve been feeling low.  In my depression God spoke to me about a passage…

The temple gate called Beautiful – 6 September 2020

What should I write as a new ‘term’ begins in these continuing challenging times – statements of great vision, exhortation, comfort – and somehow in around 300 words?!  Can I suggest instead that all our focus should be on the Lord Jesus Christ who, in fact, encapsulates all such statements – and, in particular, “the temple gate called Beautiful”.  Let me explain!…

Treasure hunting – 19 July 2020

Growing up I was always impressed with pirate stories.  I remember going to see Pirates of the Caribbean and being impressed by the humour, the cinematography, but most of all the story.  Whichever film you look at, pirate films always have one thing in common: treasure.  Pirates search the seven-seas for the stuff, but just like in real life, the story never…

Re-emerging from lockdown – 12 July 2020

Have you, perhaps, tried to compare our current circumstances with the re-emergence of Noah and his family from the ark following the Flood?  When they first entered the ark we read the very significant words: “Then the Lord shut him in” (Genesis 7v16) – they were locked in, or locked down, by the Lord – and, in truth, were shut in with…