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Really Living!

I began writing this blog in the depths of ‘lockdown’. We had seen the world and everything we considered ‘normal’ change, seemingly in a matter of days. I realised that God was at work, as he always is involved in the changes we experience, and I started wondering what was going on and how would our world be changed by this movement of God. So, I turned to my Bible, and the people and passages that fill its pages, and…

Living in Hope – VE Day 75

How good it is to celebrate, to remember, to thank those who made VE Day possible and to mark the passing of 75 years, almost a lifetime, since it happened. To watch, and to sense the joy and relief and expectation that ‘now things would be better’, draws us closer to the lives of the revellers whose faces we see in the old films. The voices of Churchill, and of those who lived through it, still inspire us, reminding us…

Living in Lockdown

This last week has been a struggle. It has been little different from the weeks before it, but this week I have felt confined, disappointed that I could not see friends and family face-to-face and have missed my freedom to go to different places. I have not even been out of the house this week. Before this time of lockdown I did not appreciate how freeing it is to write and to read the thoughts of others. Our words can…

Between Living and the Dead

Just a few days ago I happened to read again the words I wrote in the last days of 2019 as we considered where God would lead our church and community this year. My prayer then, was that we would be a community that was ‘on-fire’. Everyone filled with the fire of God’s Spirit living in us, and empowered to do great things for him. 2019 had been a year when we had felt that we had been ‘under-fire’, dealing…

Living in an Upside-Down World

James’ eldest brother was out of control. They had all got along great until recently, but then his brother had started hanging out with the wrong sort of folk. He had started saying things that upset a lot of people, especially the authorities, and the things he had started doing had begun to attract a lot of media attention. The numbers of people following him were getting bigger every day. James was not sure what was happening but his brother…

Living on Easter Saturday

Encouragement is something that we all need, especially in times like these, and so I pray that in these words you will find encouragement. There is no record of what Jesus’ disciples did on Easter Saturday, the activity of Good Friday, and the days before, is over and they had no idea what was to come on Easter Sunday. In my head we are living in a drawn-out Easter Saturday at the moment. The activity of our lives before Coronavirus…