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Too proud to bury the hatchet

I wonder, do you have any long standing family disagreements? Do you have anything in your wider family circle which may be classed as a feud? If you do then you will know how horrible such things are. The formation of two sides in opposition, harbouring long held resentment over past injustices or even perpetuated […]

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I’ll give you three guesses

Why is it that some people say “Guess what’s happened?” and when faced with a blank look continue with, “I’ll give you three guesses?”  Do you find it mildly irritating when people do that to you?  Often people will say “I’ll give you three guesses” when they are  bursting to share a piece of good […]

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Custodian or trustee?

What have you done with your Christian faith recently?  I am not pointing any fingers.  I am asking the same question of myself too, but what have you done with your faith?  When was the last time you shared the joy of your faith with someone else? When was the last time you did something […]

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The Real Deal

Are you feeling happy? I hope very much that you, but even more so I hope that you are not feeling unhappy.  I know that many of you reading or listening to this are carrying significant burdens of worry and even sadness.  Some of you have known the acute pain of bereavement from those dear […]

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Debt

Do you have debts?  Most people do, but they remain in control. Some of you, however, may have had the awful experience of being in uncontrolled debt. Debt is like a deadly trap from which some people cannot escape.  Many incur even deeper debt through short term high interest loans or even resort to criminal […]

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Do I not destroy an enemy when I make him my friend?

Becoming a Christian is not brought about by subscribing to a list of Do’s and Don’ts and yet we are required to be different from those around us. St Paul writing to the Church in Rome provides a rather daunting list of characteristics and behaviours that he expects of Christian believers which sets us apart […]

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Put your hand in the hand of the Man from Galilee

We all have periods in our lives when we feel tensions and stress and we have found ourselves at times battling against a very strong head wind in our lives and some of us have metaphorically stepped out of a boat, attempting to walk on water and wished we hadn’t! We take comfort today, however, […]

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Too small fish?

Do you give your all to Jesus? I know I don’t, well not all the time. There are areas of my life which definitely belong on the agenda of an ‘improvement plan’ and writing this sermon has prompted me to consider giving more than ‘five loaves and two small fish!’ Jesus and His disciples had […]

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Nature’s 5th Columnist

Have you ever questioned why God allows evil in the world? It would be surprising if you haven’t. For many people the question of evil in a world ruled by a good and all powerful God is often a great sticking point for people in the quest for faith. Boethius, a 6th Century Roman scholar […]

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Little YOU

In the animal kingdom and also to a large extent amongst humanity too, being small is a hazardous thing.  The smallest, weakest member of a newborn litter of puppies or kittens for example is known as a ‘runt.’  The runt of a litter is often pushed out of the way by the bigger stronger babies […]