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Being an effective Christian in 2017

Here’s the challenge for 2017: will you grow as a Christian and be effective and fruitful? Your Christian growth will positively influence your relationship with God, your home life, your work life, your social life and your church life. The problem is that this is what some Christians think: “God has saved me and given […]

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Perspective – Peace on Earth?

As we played our Christmas CD’s this year, one song grabbed my attention. ‘I heard the bells on Christmas Day’ was originally a poem written by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow on the 25th of December 1863. It’s not your typical Christmas song. It’s both sad and honest, asking ‘Where is the peace on earth that was […]

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Why the wise men were wise

There is a remarkable account of what happened a few years after Jesus’s birth.  This account tells us about Jesus’ being a King and it is the visit of the magi or wise men. The wise men were not Jewish, but they were revered, learned men who had heard of the ancient Jewish prophecy of […]

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News from the Presiding Bishop December 2016

  Advent 2016 1 In the past God spoke to our ancestors through the prophets at many times and in various ways, 2 but in these last days he has spoken to us by his Son, whom he appointed heir of all things, and through whom also he made the universe. 3 The Son is […]

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7 Ideas for Christmas Songs

We recently asked Rob Booth from St James Kenilworth for some suggestions for songs to sing this Christmas…here are his seven suggestions for you to think about…                        

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This Same Jesus

“This same Jesus that has been taken from you into Heaven will come back in the same way you have seen Him go into Heaven” Acts 1:11 In the Western Church, the season of Advent begins on the fourth Sunday before Christmas Day and thus for 2016 on Sunday 27th November. Advent is part of […]

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Giving, not to get, but to give

Every year at our church we have a “Planned Giving Sunday” when we ask our members and friends to prayerfully consider their giving to the church.  We don’t use coercion or guilt.  We don’t say “Give to Get!”  We simply remind the church of the importance of gospel ministry.  This year I reminded the church […]

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Contending for the Faith

“…contend for the faith that was once for all delivered to the saints” Jude vs 3 As people and especially as Christians we know that there are things that are worth standing for, things worth fighting for, things, to use Jude’s word, worth contending for. We would all agree that it is worth fighting to […]

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How To Make a Decision [Part 1]

It seems that many Christians don’t like making decisions – they would prefer God to make their decisions for them. To this end many Christians are constantly looking for signs, confirmations, fleeces, open door or closed doors (please excuse the Christian jargon). Or else they are waiting for a “word of from the Lord”, a […]

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Presiding Bishop Newsletter October

I write to you all on the eve of the 499th anniversary of the Reformation. This also means the official beginning of our REACH 500 challenge.  As most of you will know, this anniversary celebrates the return of the Gospel to the people when Luther stood up to a Roman church that had all but forgotten […]

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