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Book Review

The Pure in Heart

The Pure in Heart is a short book which has been taken from a larger book called The Beatitudes that was written by the Puritan preacher Thomas Watson in 1660. This book explores Matthew 5:8: “Blessed are the pure in heart, for they will see God.” The book is divided into two sections: “Heart Purity” […]

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Reflections

We Are What We Read

Paul told the Galatians that you reap what you sow. Spurgeon in the quote below, taken from the Old Guys website, says something very similar in regard to the books that we read. Basically we are what we read. That’s worth pondering. “Certain insects assume the colour of the leaves they feed upon; and they […]

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Reflections

Do We Value the Scriptures?

I recently read a book which contained some biographical sketches of twelve reformers. Many of these men suffered persecution for preaching the truths of the bible. Whilst some of them e.g. William Tyndale paid the ultimate price for wanting to make the scriptures available in ordinary people’s mother tongue. These men truly valued the scriptures. […]

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Miscellaneous

Cutting My Own Hair

These last few months have been very unusual and many of us have had to get used to life being very different to normal. There are queues to get into shops, social distancing in pubs, football and cricket matches are being played in empty stadiums. On Friday face masks will need to be worn in […]

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Church Life

Praying for Church Administrators

It’s not unusual for us to pray for those involved with spiritual leadership in the church but I wonder how often we pray for those involved in the administration jobs within our fellowships? There are a number of jobs in the church which I would include in this category including: Treasurer Church Administrator / Church […]

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Book Review

Am I Missing Something?

It can be very easy, for those of us who have been Christians for a while, to forget what life is like as a new believer. Ruth Roberts in her book “Am I Missing Something?” shares her experiences of life as a new Christian. The author very honestly describes, her ups and downs as she […]

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Reflections

I Trust in Your Unfailing Love

Yesterday was the 100th day of lockdown and during the last three months we have all had to get used to various changes to our usual normal way of life. This weekend sees the easing of some of the lockdown measures in England with bars and restaurants being allowed to open again. Also, social distancing […]

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Book Review

12 Oracles: The Minor Prophets in Verse

Thank you to my wife for the following book review on 12 Oracles: The Minor Prophets in Verse, written by Steve White. The book, as the author himself states, is a study of the so-called minor prophets in verse form. This is not perhaps an obvious choice of subject or medium but it is maybe […]

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Useful Links

The UCB Word for Today

Whilst scrolling through my Facebook feed this morning I came across The UCB Word for Today from United Christian Broadcasters. After reading the one for today, which I thought was very good, I read through some of the previous archive ones and a number of them caught my attention. I have provided some links below […]

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Prayer

Keep on Praying

At the beginning of Luke 11 the disciples asked Jesus to teach them to pray. They were aware John the Baptist had taught his disciples how to pray and wanted Jesus to do the same for them. One of the things that Jesus taught, in response to this question, involved a story of a man […]