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The Prodigal God

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Luke 15:11-32 If the truth is told, I’ve always struggled with this story. We often call it the prodigal son, and that choice of title sets off the problems for me. So often, I’ve heard and read, we’re to rejoice at the younger son coming home. My problem is that the younger son is such […]

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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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Preparation

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Any decent decorator will tell you that 90% of the work is the preparation, and actually putting the coat of paint on is but the culmination of all the work. It’s the preparation that matters. Looking at it from a very different angle, the idea for the Basingstoke Canal began as an economical means of […]

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Advent Hope

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Jeremiah 33:14-16 Psalm 25:1-10 1 Thessalonians 3:9-13 Luke 21:25-36 What a mess our world is in. Brexit, whatever your opinion on the topic, seems to be pleasing no-one just now, and our nation is just as divided as it was on 23 June 2016, if not more so. Turmoil in the Middle East is a […]