Monthly Archives: April 2016

Since when did serving God come to mean that we always have to be really busy?

At the beginning of this year I realized that I had several days of holiday entitlement that I had not taken and the leadership team of the church encouraged me to make sure I took these days off. My teenage … Continue reading

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Shall we let them eat cake too?

Jenny started our service on Sunday by unveiling a cake she had made. She then cut a slice and ate a bit and described what it tasted like before saying that she was glad that she could share the experience … Continue reading

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God’s Unfailing Love

I’ve been reading the Psalms and I’ve noticed how frequently ‘God’s unfailing love’ is mentioned’ In contrast to this, we live in a culture where things are disposable and where very little is built to last. Is the idea of … Continue reading

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The one about the Ofsted Inspection

I can’t remember the last time that I had more than one teacher tell me ‘that theme was so appropriate for today’ following a school assembly. When this happened a few days ago, it was such an encouraging end to a … Continue reading

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Don’t ask God to direct your steps if you aren’t willing to move your feet

So, Tracey and I were out geocaching and as we walked along we came to a section of footpath that was underwater. We were right next to a footpath sign and we had our gps unit and so we knew … Continue reading

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The one about gathering around the Poo

Okay, just to be clear that this post isn’t as gross as it might sound. We had a baptismal service at church recently and I sent someone a message that said: Are you able to bring your camera? A few photos … Continue reading

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Will we save a seat for Jesus?

I was at a meeting of the Eastern Baptist Association council yesterday and as I set the tables up, I included a chair in the middle to remind us that Jesus was with us. Jesus said: ‘Where two or three gather … Continue reading

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Essex County Council Baptist Church

Welcome to the Essex County Council Baptist Church. Look at this picture and read the sign on the bus shelter for yourself. You could assume that Essex county council are into church planting, but there is really something else going … Continue reading

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The difference between Calling and Capability

Often people talk about what God is calling them to do and I guess the phrase comes from the time when Jesus called his first disciples to ‘come and follow him’. Churches often look to appoint people to positions of responsibility and … Continue reading

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Should Dorothy Follow the Yellow Brick Road or clear up the Crashed House?

So, Dorothy had arrived in Oz. She had crashed her house in the middle of a Munchkin village and now she had the opportunity to follow the yellow brick road. What is a girl to do? Should she stay and tidy … Continue reading

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