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If you believe in God, you must be an optimist – not a blind optimist, of course, one who cannot see or even feel all the thorns below the rise, but one who believes that there is some great purpose in the vast design of the universe, some great end to which all life is moving. The story of the rock…

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Looking At Life

One thing we can always try to do is to see the best in the worst.

Two men look through the same bars: One sees mud, one the stars.

It sounds trite and commonplace. But it is profoundly true, and it sums up half the philosophy of life.

“In the world you shall have tribulation,“ said Jesus t…

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General Gordon of Khartoum

The famous British general, Charles George Gordon, who died under such tragic circumstances in Khartoum, never allowed anything to hinder his morning hours alone with God. During his journey in the Sudan, for one hour each day there lay outside his tent a white hanky-chief. The entire camp knew the …

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Live, while you live

Most of my life I have been very interested in mottoes, perhaps one of the best known is DUM VIVIMUS VIVAMUS - “live, while you live”. It became well known because of the paraphrase of Dr. Doddridge, who inherited it with his family crest:

Live, while you live - the epicure would say,

And …

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Joseph Parker

Joseph ParkerJoseph Parker, an English Congregationalist preacher of the 19th century, once said, “If we, as the church, do not get back to spiritual visions, glimpses of heaven, and an awareness of a greater glory and life, we will lose our faith. Our altar will become nothing but cold, empty stone, never bless…

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The Robin and the Sparrow

Said the Robin to the Sparrow:
“ I should really like to know
Why these anxious human beings
Rush about and worry so.”

Said the Sparrow to the Robin:
“Friend, I think that it must be
That they have no Heavenly Father
Such as cares for you and me. “

– Elizabeth Cheney
(I am in …

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I shall rise to new life again

In 1666 during the great fire of London hundreds of people lost their homes; and many large public buildings were burnt to the ground, including Saint Paul’s Cathedral which they ruined and derelict for a further eight years.

Then one day Sir Christopher Wren, the great architect, visited t…

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Hope looks for the good in people instead of harping on the worst… Hope opens doors where despair closes them… Hope discovers what can be done instead of grumbling about what cannot… Hope draws its power from a deep trust in God and the basic goodness of mankind… Hope “lights a candle “instead of “c…

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A Master Design

A Master DesignAll my beliefs would be a little comfort to me were it not for my first and last belief that there is a Master Design behind the dark curtain of the world, and I believe that His designs are beautiful.

Even when the only part of the pattern we can see is disaster, I believe in that beauty. When C…

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Message from U.K. Church Community Radio

Dr John ClementsListen live -

I am very proud and excited to announce that there will be new additions coming to our UKCC Radio ministry team very soon. Greatly anointed speakers such as Dr John Clements and also Pastor Barry Hawthorne. Details of times and da…

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I beg you, don’t lose heart

Don't Lose HeartI don’t know what your trouble is – some great sorrow, some bitter disappointment, some failure that convinces you it’s no use trying anymore.

Believe me, I have experienced all of that – and I can sympathise, and sympathise deeply.

But is it simply say you need most?

Is it not, rat…

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The Velveteen Rabbit

I’m going to share with you an extract from one of the most moving stories I have ever read, I often need a handkerchief by my side as I read it. In this world there’s so many things that are false so many of us are looking for what is real. The title of this is – What is real? it comes from the boo…

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Compromise - the sign of the times

Our minds have a strange capacity for adjusting themselves to unpleasant facts. I understand that during the First World War men lived in water-filled trenches, standing at times up to their waits in mud and sleeping in wet clothes, yet they managed somehow to survive. Their minds became adjusted to…

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The Cross - "I" Crossed out

The sign most associated with the Christian faith is a cross. I heard a suggestion that it stood for the “I” being crossed out of our lives. I think this is a helpful suggestion as the call of Christianity to men and women is to self-surrender to the will of God. This is certainly not a popular …

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Spiritual Thermometers

We are just about to adjust our clocks to Winter Time, but I wonder if you have recently made any adjustment to your spiritual thermometer? Most of us have something which reveals to us our spiritual condition. In most cases it is some special weakness of failing which we have had to fight hard …

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My life is special...I and my world are part of each other...I and all life are united in a bond of understanding. I have a job to do.

As a pastor I am constantly being amazed that so many people find it hard to consider themselves as special. So, this week I am sharing some thoughts which I am praying might help you in this respect. In Genesis chapter 1 and verse 27 it reads: “So, God created mankind in his own image, in the i…

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You shall know the truth and the truth shall make you free (John 8:32).


Can you close your eyes for a moment to the scenes of misery and woe, degradation and sorrow that continue to prevail on account of sin, and picture if you can in your mental vision the glory of the perfect earth? Where not a stain of sin mars the harmony and peace of a perfect society; not a …

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Whose faith do you follow?

For the disciples, it was Jesus. They were led directly by their experiences of the life of Jesus, Himself.  Today, we have the Word of God and for those who have believed, we have the Holy Spirit living inside to instruct and guide, and we do in a very real sense, have to make our faith our own…

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Try two-way prayer

The other day I was invited to a meal which was a real treat to me. Over the meal my host asked me all kinds of questions and we discussed many issues which face human race. We both agreed that there were many things wrong in today’s society but then my host put me on the spot when he asked me…

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Have you found answers to the problems in your own life?


It’s becoming more and more popular these days for folk to go on a pilgrimage. The BBC has recently brought out a programme that brought together a group of 8 celebrities who travel together on an ancient pilgrim route that starts in Canterbury and ends up in Rome. The programme however starts…

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