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Christmas Tidings! – 4 November 2018

I know it’s only just November and, if you’re a man, thinking about Christmas won’t occur to you for several weeks yet.  However, for your prayers and diaries I thought it might be helpful to set down our plans for the Christmas season which we discussed at the Elders and Deacons meeting last Monday. Christmas Services etc. 16 December @ 3.30pm –…

Objective and subjective realities

The phrase ‘objective reality’ is all to do with something being true irrespective of my own thoughts or feelings.  ‘Subjective reality’ is, however, all about what I perceive to be true within my own mind.  I can, therefore, consider Crystal Palace to be the greatest football team in the world – but only as a subjective, rather than an objective, reality. The…

Happy Days

The American general, John Sedgwick, fighting in their Civil War, famously said “They couldn’t hit an elephant at this distance” – and was promptly killed by a sharpshooter! John Wesley’s last words were “The best of all is, God is with us.” In Deuteronomy 33 we have Moses’ last words before dying aged 120 years old. Among various blessings on the Israelites,…

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…

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…

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…