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Keep Calm and Carry On

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Joel 2:1-2 & 12-17 John 8:1-11 I’m beginning, totally unsuitably for Lent, with an expression of pride. I’m very proud of my collection of the complete set of Carry On films – it’s the earthy British humour of the 1960s and 1970s at its best (or worst, depending upon your point of view!). One of […]

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Fasting and temptation

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Fast from hurting words and say kind words Fast from sadness and be filled with gratitude Fast from anger and be filled with patience Fast from pessimism and be filled with hope Fast from worries and trust in God Fast from complaints and contemplate simplicity Fast from pressures and be prayerful Fast from bitterness and […]

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The challenge of forgiveness

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Psalm 103:8-13 Matthew 18:21-33 Forgiveness is a funny thing; it warms the heart and cools the sting. In a week when we’re thinking about forgiveness, it would be impossible not to consider Shamima Begum. Certain sections of the press have clearly painted this in very simplistic terms. She was 15 when she was radicalised, online […]

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Holiness

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Isaiah 6:1-8 Psalm 138 1 Corinthians 15:1-11 Luke 5:1-11 There’s a story told that in the early in the nineteenth century, the King of Prussia, Frederick William III, found his nation in great trouble. He had been attempting to bring prosperity to his land, but constant wars had drained the treasury. So, he wrote an […]

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Holocaust memorial day

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Luke 23:32-34 Job 2:11-13 Micah 6:1-8 No one can deny the power of a good court room drama, whether it’s Rumpole of the Bailey, a classic film or play like Agatha Christie’s Witness for the prosecution, to finding out what’s going to happen to Brian Aldridge shortly at Borchester Crown Court. We hear charges of […]

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Compromise and challenge

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Galatians 2:1-14 A son asked his father the difference between love and marriage. His father replied that love is blind, but marriage is an eye-opener. If you’ve ever been married, you’ll know that after you get married to someone and set up a home together, you always discover things about your partner that you simply […]

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Paradox?

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Psalm 29 Isaiah 43:1-7 Luke 3:15-22 I wonder if you’ve noticed that the distinction between old and new is something which now troubles both the world we live in today and the church? Have you ever noticed, for example, that products can be advertised in quite contradictory ways? Sometimes we’re encouraged to buy something because […]

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Hope for 2019

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Romans 8:24-39 In wishing you a Happy New year, it would be very easy to do so with a heavy heart. As 2018 ended, it was very easy to feel that the world was falling apart. News from the United States has rarely been encouraging in recent years, and the new year has begun with […]