SPLASHING AROUND IN GOD’S PLAYGROUND

18 April 2018

Shout for joy to the Lord, all the earth.      Worship the Lord with gladness;     come before him with joyful songs.  Know that the Lord is God.     It is he who made us, and we are his;     we are his people, the sheep of his pasture.  Enter his gates with thanksgiving     and his courts with praise;     give thanks to him and praise his name.  For the Lord is…

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IN THE CROSSHAIRS OF LOVE

4 April 2018

And then having drawn the sting of all the powers ranged against us, he exposed them, shattered, empty and defeated, in his final glorious triumphant act!  Colossians 2:15 (J.B. Phillips) In the crosshairs: To be the object of intense observation or scrutiny, usually as a result of some wrongdoing or unpopular opinion, etc., or to…

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The Real ‘Harmony Day!’

22 March 2018

He was despised and rejected by mankind, a man of suffering, and familiar with pain. Like one from whom people hide their faces he was despised, and we held him in low esteem. Surely he took up our pain and bore our suffering, yet we considered him punished by God, stricken by him, and afflicted. But he was pierced for our transgressions,…

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“Fish On!”

14 March 2018

He said, “Throw your net on the right side of the boat and you will find some.” When they did, they were unable to haul the net in because of the large number of fish.  John 21:6 It wasn‘t quite the 153 that the disciples pulled in – but if boat limits allowed, we would…

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MAIDENHAIR FERN DISCIPLESHIP

7 March 2018

  You, God, are my God, earnestly I seek you; I thirst for you, my whole being longs for you, in a dry and parched land where there is no water.  Psalm 63:1 Our family seems to have a love/hate relationships with maidenhair ferns.  When they are thriving, they are stunningly beautiful with their vibrant green,…

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ACCUMULATED GUNK

28 February 2018

Above all else, guard your heart for everything you do flows from it.— Proverbs 4:23 ‘Dad, there’s a problem with the shower. The water’s not draining and there’s a horrible smell in there.’ It was my daughter on the phone while we were away on holidays.  “It eventually goes down but it sits there for…

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A Place to call Home

10 September 2015

In despair and far from home I call to you. Take me to a safe refuge … Psalm 61:2 (GNB) It’s so easy to get caught up in our own safe and comfortable existence and become desensitized to the world in which we live. But when I saw the photo doing the rounds on social…

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Overflowing Generosity

5 September 2015

You will be enriched in every way so that you can be generous on every occasion, and through us your generosity will result in thanksgiving to God. 2 Corinthians 9:11 Standing on the edge of a rice paddy at the edge of a small village in rural Cambodia, the sun was shining as the Pastor’s…

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It’s Taking Over!

26 August 2015

… the word of the Lord spread widely and grew in power. Acts 19:20 ‘Pastor Mark, do you remember that plant you gave us two years ago when we first started this journey?’  ‘Without waiting for my reply, she continued, ‘Well I have to tell you the story of that plant’ which she proceeded to…

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When Walls Speak…

15 August 2015

The LORD your God is in your midst, a mighty one who will save; he will rejoice over you with gladness; he will quiet you by his love; he will exult over you with loud singing. Zephaniah 3:17 It only took two rooms for the chest to tighten, the stomach to churn and the sorrow…

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