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Reflections

The 50th Day of 2020

Today is the 50th day of 2020. It seemed a good time therefore to review the year so far. Many of us no doubt start each new year with optimistic ideas and intentions. We may make new year resolutions. These might include: reading through the bible in a year, doing more exercise, losing weight, getting […]

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Prayer

Prayer for the Week

Every Sunday in our church notice sheet there is a prayer for the week. I thought that I would share this week’s prayer: God of purity and power, as you call us to your service, cleanse our minds with the salt of the gospel, and our lips with the fire of the Spirit, that we […]

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Work

Conversations at Work

Last week I read an article on the BBC website where the Chartered Management Institute head said that chat about football or cricket in the workplace should be curtailed. It was felt that conversations at work on these subjects led to women feeling left out. Naturally this got a lot of reaction, including a number […]

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Book Review

The 100 Minute Bible

The 100 Minute Bible, which retails at little more than the cost of a sandwich is, I think, a real gem! In summary, it gives an overview of the main events and characters in the Bible. The author, Michael Hinton, has divided the book into 50 brief chapters, 17 from the Old Testament and the […]

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Book Review

The Road to Transylvania

Thank you to my wife for the following book review on The Road to Transylvania, which was written by Phil Slade. I had the privilege of hearing Phil speak at my church recently. Afterwards I was able to purchase a copy of this book which I finished reading later that same afternoon. You may deduce […]

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Reflections

The Honesty of Psalm 13

Psalm 13 is a short passage of scripture consisting of just six verses. However, within these few verses David is not afraid to be very honest with God. He starts the psalm by saying: “O Lord, how long will you forget me? For ever? How long will you look the other way? How long must […]

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Reflections

Midlife Crisis

I am currently working my way through the third series of The Crown on Netflix, and last week watched the episode from 1969 which featured the historic moon landings. Without wishing to spoil it for anyone there was an interesting theme that was explored in this episode, namely a midlife crisis that Prince Philip experienced. […]

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Reflections

New Habits for a New Year

At the end of a year it’s not unusual for people to reflect and take stock of their life and think about changes that they would like to see in the new year. That might include: getting a new job, starting a new hobby or joining the gym. The thought is often a new year […]

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Reflections

Immanuel – God With Us

Happy Christmas! Today is the day when we celebrate the birth of Jesus. The following devotion from Charles Spurgeon reminds us of the amazing truth Immanuel – God with us: “Behold, a virgin shall conceive, and bear a son, and shall call his name Immanuel.” (Isaiah 7:14) Let us today go down to Bethlehem, and […]

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Politics Prayer

Pray for those in authority

Last Thursday the Conservative Party won the General Election with a majority of eighty seats. Boris Johnson is still the UK prime minister. Whilst some people were delighted with this result, others were disappointed and upset. Whatever our political views the public have spoken. Many will probably now switch off from politics until the next […]