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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 ev…

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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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How different are you?

Ideally real Christians are different from others, not by degree but in kind. They have God in their lives whilst others do not. Because they have God they have a bent towards walking in righteousness – a proactivity towards purity and holiness – and when they fail, which often happens, they feel it…

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2018 - The only way is forward!

Have you been in a tight corner? In Exodus chapter 14, verse 15 we read of the children of the Israelites being caught in a corner with the Red Sea in front of them and Egypt’s chariots behind them. It is not surprising to read that they acted like frightened sheep! They felt utterly abandoned. But …

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Kneeling we conquer

We all experience difficult times in our Christian lives, but we must remember that behind every human opponent lies the invisible power of darkness. Our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the spiritual powers that control them. For this reason, “we do not wage war as the world doe…

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God’s power tools

Do you enjoy an exciting life? When we commit our lives to God utterly we never know what is going to happen. We are born into a new world. We have to learn the laws of that world. The old laws won’t work. Many of us make the mistake of thinking we can have a new life in God on the level of self-dir…

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You’re not alone in your crisis

What happens when we run against life and are brought to a full stop? Most of us have at some time or another come to a situation where we could not see a single step ahead. Our scheme of things may have tumbled about our ears and we stand feeling helpless and bewildered among the ruins. On such occ…

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What is the hardest thing God asks us to do?

Perhaps the easiest things are to speak for Him, or to do some work for Him. But most of us find that the most difficult task is to listen to Him. So often when we think we are listening to God we are hearing only the echoes of our own restless, disturbed and anxious thinking. We have to be very sti…

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Contagious Christian Living

What are the marks of a vital experience of knowing Jesus Christ? It is not a question of uniformity of opinions, because one finds spiritual vitality among the most varied sects and creeds. It is not acceptance of anyone particular form of worship, because virile Christians are found using all form…

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You were born for such a time as this

Do you, like Frodo to the wizard Gandalf in J.R.R Tolkien’s The Lord of The Rings series, lament your fate and ask, “Why was I born at a time like this?”

Grandalf’s reply you might remember was “You were born for a time like this.” If we follow scripture you might remember that Jeremiah was…

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The Only Way is Forward

Have you ever come to a stage in your spiritual experience when it seemed a heavy burden and you began to consider letting it all go and reverting to life before you became a Christian? Back then you did not have to consider things like discipline and responsibilities like you have to now. Do you re…

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The Acid Test of Christianity

 I recently attended a conference lead by Dr Clifford Hill who produces a bi-monthly CD on the state of the nation. He and many others are saying that God is shaking the nation because its departure from God’s way. There can be no revival of Christianity in England until there is a reawakening amon…

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Summus Moribundus


I have recently heard about the death of a much-loved Christian minister and it has made me stop for a moment to consider the brevity and flimsiness of my own life. Having spent my student days in Durham I have been greatly influenced by the Venerable Bede, a seventh-century English monk who portra…

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Is God Too Small?

Do I limit God by thinking that He is too small? When I say I cannot do what others do because I am built differently, or don’t have the right temperament, or am just not cut out for that sort of work, I immediately restrict God’s power in my life along that line. God does not want servants who can …

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