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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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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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