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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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Just a smile

The thing that goes the farthest
Towards making life worthwhile,
That cost the least, that does the most
Is just a pleasant smile.

It’s full of worth and goodness, too,
With many a kindness bent;
It’s worth a million dollars,
But it doesn’t cost a cent.

(Author unknown)

Image result for human smilingJohn.

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The Power of Ideals

The other Sunday we sang the wonderful hymn, “May the mind of Christ my Saviour live in me from day to day, by His love and power controlling all I do and say.” It prompted me to realise that the power of ideal is incalculable. We see no power in a drop of water. But let it get into a crack and be t…

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The adventure of being human

Most of us have great admiration for a man like Sir Francis Chichester who sailed single-handed around the world by clipper route and was the fastest to circumnavigate the world in just nine months and one day during 1966 – 1967. He achieved a worthwhile goal by a similar effort of sustained perseve…

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Prayer is the greatest power available to me in solving my personal problems…its power astonishes me.

I seek to base my whole life on prayer. A hundred times a day my thoughts go to the one human life that so powerfully influenced the world, and I renew my faith in my relationship with the Saviour of mankind. I have prayed silently during all kinds of situations and circumstances.

Gradually the m…

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No longer forward, nor behind I look in hope or fear; but, grateful, take the good I find, the best of now and here. Horace Bushnell (Congregational Minister 1802-1876).

Do you complain of your birth, your training, your employment, your personal problems? Never imagine that you could ever be something if only you had a different lot. God understands His own plan. He knows what you want a great deal better than you do. The very things that disappoint you most, as fr…

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It Came To Pass, It Didn’t Come To Stay

Having been a teacher in my early life I developed “Magpie” habits. I still find it hard to throw things away just in case they might come in useful at some stage in the future. From time to time I look through some my old papers. I found this the other day which my late mother sent me to help me th…

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The Pessimist Sees Difficulty in Every Opportunity. The Optimist Sees Opportunity in Every Difficulty.

2018 seems to have a theme at the chapel this year of stepping out of the boat. This takes faith to conquer fear. It also means focusing on the positive rather than the negative. This goes against the tide as the newspapers are full of articles written by pessimists. Can you promise yourself – to th…

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Nothing will ever be done at all if I wait until I can do it so well that no one can find fault with it.

Henry Ford, poor and uneducated dreamed of a horseless carriage went to work with the tools he possessed, without waiting for the opportunity to favour him. Now the evidence of his dream is evidenced all over the world!

Thomas Edison, you may recall, dreamed of a lamp that could be operated by el…

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When I am good to others... then I am good to myself

To me the world is divided into two kinds of people: those who are conscious and those who are unconscious. There is no difference to me when it comes to people’s colour, their race or their religion. God made us all equal. The only difference is their awareness of the world they live in, their unde…

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You fearful saints, fresh courage take…the clouds you so much dread…are big with mercy, and shall break…. In blessings on your head.

You might have heard that on the 3rd Saturday every month we have Sing on Saturday at the chapel, this is a time when we sing the hymns which have been loved …

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Consistent cheerfulness and enthusiasm can make my day…may even change a life.

I wonder if you were ever sent to Sunday School as a child. What memories do you have? I can remember singing lots of choruses and the one that sticks out in my mind was “Jesus wants me for a sunbeam.” I never really liked it much and it is only in recent years that I have realised what the simple w…

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The legacy

Every Christian has to acknowledge a debt to books of devotion. The great Charles Spurgeon inherited a library of Puritan books which transformed his life. The books written by Christians in the past constitute an invaluable corrective to our tendency to compromise. Left to ourselves, we easily slip…

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Can you be quiet?

Many people come to the Norfolk Broads to find peace and tranquillity. I recently was told a story about a family from London who chose to have a holiday on the Broads. All went well on the Saturday when they arrived at the boatyard to collect their boat for the week. However, the boatyard owner was…

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The Unseen Friend

“When I look back I have no doubts that Providence guided us, not only across those snowfields, but across the storm-white sea. I know that during that long and racking march of thirty-six hours over the unnamed mountains and glaciers of South Georgia it seemed to me often that we were four not thre…

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The Hindrance of Self-Effort

The saying; “God helps those who help themselves” is supposed by many to enshrine the truth of Christianity. But this is only a half-truth as it can lead us to place the emphasis on self-effort. We mistakenly think that God has lost His power and needs our help! It may go against our human reasoning…

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