Tag Archives: God of surprises

Seeing Blockages as Opportunities and not Obstacles

As we walked along we came to a barrier under a bridge but there was also a diversion sign. As I paused it occurred to me that this was a perfect illustration of what I believe that God has been … Continue reading

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What are you doing here?

I was in town late one evening and I met someone who I know who was on her way to a night out. She walked towards me with a shocked look on her face and said ‘what are you doing … Continue reading

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Listening to and Learning from Children in Church

Yesterday we spent the service reflecting on our church values and at one point everyone had some space to draw, write thoughts or to discuss the values. One of the children (she is 3) drew this picture and asked her mum … Continue reading

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Advent 4: The God of Miracles

A miracle had happened and Elizabeth was pregnant! “How kind the Lord is!” she exclaimed. “He has taken away my disgrace of having no children.” God’s promise had come true and both Zechariah and Elizabeth were overjoyed! Tragically, Elizabeth felt … Continue reading

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Advent 1: Surprised by an Angel

If you were to walk through the door in this picture you would be entering Orchard Baptist Church and it probably wouldn’t surprise you to meet me there. Zechariah was a priest who was chosen to go into the temple … Continue reading

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If God hasn’t surprised you recently then there is something wrong with your faith

I hate the fact that church is often a place that is safe, steady and dull. I love the way that Jesus leads in adventurous, new and exciting ways. Which would you prefer? Do you want your faith to be … 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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The One About the Elf on the Shelf

Have you heard of the ‘Elf on the Shelf?’ The idea is that the Elf sits on a shelf in the daytime but then overnight he is moved to somewhere unusual and unexpected (often doing something funny). Children then wake up in … Continue reading

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Surely he wasn’t worth inviting, or was he?

The father knew that the celebrity was coming to town and so he gathered his 7 oldest (out of his 8 sons) to meet the honoured guest. What does that say about the father’s relationship with his youngest son, David? … Continue reading

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You can’t put God in a box

Lots of people are going to church today and some of them think that they are going to keep God company. They think he is some poor old fella who is shuffling around a church building in his slippers hoping … Continue reading

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