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I let go, and let God


Challenges seem to come out of nowhere sometimes. The other week out of the blue my low mileage car broke down but not before I had been able to get home. However, the garage had some bad news for me – the repair would cost more then the car was worth and advised to scrap it. The thought “…

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Genius, that power which dazzles mortal eyes, is oft but perservance in disguise. (Heney Willard Austin).

When is a situation hopeless? There is a tendency today for people to quite rather than try to win out over a seemingly hopeless situation. “Be realistic – why knock yourself out?” Is the phrase used.

I’m reminded of the story of two frogs that fell in a pail of cream. One frog swam aro…

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Followed by angels

Sometime ago someone suggested to me that the “goodness” and “mercy” mentioned in Psalm 23 verse 6 were names given to angels. Since I heard that I have had many examples of seeing these angels following me around. Just this week I had booked a day return ticket in advance on the train to go to Nott…

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One of the things a love to do when I am on holiday is to explore the backroads by car but when I do this I often find myself in places which I don't know and roads that I am very unfamiliar. At such times I am so glad that we still have signpost - you might remember they were all removed during…

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The Road Ahead


This year we are hoping to have a Watch Night service on New Year’s Eve and I have started to think about what I should say at the start of 2019. I often think that our human life is rather like travelling on a road. You can stand on a hill, and look down and across the valley, and another…

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Never let go of hope

I recently came across a story of an experiment that was carried out by some behavioural scientists in America. First they put some rats in a large tank of water with steep walls so that it would be impossible for the rats the climb out, then they turned to lights out. Just four hours later all …

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Prayer is the answer to every problem in life. It puts us in tune with divine wisdom, which knows how to adjust everything perfectly. So often we do not pray in certain situations, because from our standpoint the outlook is hopeless. But nothing is impossible with God.


Nothing is …

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"And He could do no mighty work there...because of their unbelief."

Time and time again as we read through the gospels we see how demonstrations of God’s power were directly linked with faith. Eg. Jesus told the distraught father of an epileptic boy – “All things are possible to him who believes.” (Mark 9:23) – and on another occasion, when two blind men came to Him…

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Tust Him Utterly

Have you ever undertaken some high adventure for God, flung yourself recklessly into it, and then in a few months grown tired and weary and given up? Sadly, many of us have had such an experience. What was wrong? Was the original impulse at fault? Not necessarily. When we are called by God to unde…

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Are you spiritually contagious?


Christianity spread during the first three centuries by “one living spirit setting another on fire,” says T.R. Glover (1869 – 1943) in his remarkable book The Jesus of History. That indeed has always been the method of Christian progress at its periods of greatest vitality. Great pre…

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Can you ride a bicycle?

How long since you tried to ride a bicycle? With things the way they are, perhaps it won’t be long before many of us taste the delights of 2-wheel rather than 4-wheel travel. The price of petrol these days is almost as high as the price of gold!

Have you ever watched a child trying to learn t…

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Jesus Christ - a person not a power

Jesus Christ is not a power, but a person. Christianity is not a power we can discover and apply as we choose to the many and varied problems of everyday problems of modern life. It is submission to another Person who becomes Leader and Lord of our lives. It is His power that flows into our live…

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Enthusiasm is the fire that fuels my achievement (William A Ward).

I recently looked up the word “zeal” in my dictionary as it’s not a word used these days very much. The dictionary defined it as great energy or enthusiasm in pursuit of a cause or an objective. Now that is something we really need more of if we are to see revival. The early Christians believed …

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Faith is like radar that sees through the fog… the reality of things at a distance that the human eye cannot see. (Corrie Ten Boom).

After a while you learn the difference between holding a hand and chaining a soul. You learn that love isn’t leaning but lending support. You begin to accept your defects with the grace of an adult, not the grief of a child. You decide to build your roads on today, for tomorrow’s ground is too u…

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I will be strong and of good courage, I act for the best, and take what comes.

Sadly, I hear a great number of people talking defeat. Their whole conversation is about loss of power. Many forget that ultimate victory in our lives has been promised by Almighty God – we need to remind ourselves that we are overcomers. In 1939, at the outbreak of the Second World War the chan…

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Mind your motives

You might be interested to know that over 20 years ago for a short while I was asked to be an agony uncle for a newspaper in London. I had to try to answer all kinds of questions, never having met the questioners I had no idea if anyone ever took my advice.

These days as a Pastor sometimes pe…

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Make your mind a magnet for good

“If one should give me bowl of sand and tell me that there were particles of iron in it. I might look for them with my eyes, and search for them with my clumsy fingers, and be unable to detect them. But let me take a magnet and sweep through it, it would draw to itself the almost invisible particles…

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"There is no such thing as chance...what seems to me the merest accident springs from the deepest source of destiny." (Schiller)

To everything there is a season, and a time to every purpose under heaven.

A time to be born, and a time to die; a time to plant, and a time to pluck up that which is planted.

A time to kill, and a time to heal; a time to break down, and a time to build up.

A time to weep, and a time to lau…

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Do away with grumblers

I was reminded the other day as I read my Bible that God has instructed us “to give thanks in all things”. I just wonder how many people have never heard this as they are always grumbling and complaining – have you ever met anyone like this? It is so easy to be influenced by these people so I make a…

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Today is the tomorrow we worried about yesterday... and ALL is well

The thoughts of some amazing people who have lived in Norwich still inspire us to this day. If you are in Norwich you should make the effort to visit St Julian’s church off Rowen Road. It was from this ancient church that Mother Julian wrote Revelations of Divine Love. On one of the windows in the…

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