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Making the Best Use of Your Time

Walk in wisdom toward outsiders, making the best use of the time. Let your speech always be gracious, seasoned with salt… (Colossians 4:5-6) Recently, these verses struck a chord in my heart in a fresh and profound way. I was reading Colossians chapter 4 and I was struck by Paul’s zeal for sharing the gospel with outsiders (especially in verses 3-6). I mean, here he is, in prison, and yet his prayer request was something quite different to what you or I might have asked. He said to the Colossians, “pray also for us, that God may open to us a door for the word, to declare the mystery of Christ, on account of which I am in prison” (Colossians 4:3). This almost seems ridiculous to me. Paul is in prison and his request is not for deliverance or release; his request is for doors to be opened that he might...
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The Story Behind the Song: ‘It Is Well’

As we have just learnt in the book of Jonah, there is a ‘bit of Jonah’ in all of us. On Sunday I was really challenged when we were reminded that every good and perfect gift is from the Lord (James 1:17). And that God is faithful even when our circumstances don’t go ‘our way’. When God provided a shade in the form of a vine for Jonah (4:6), he was very happy about it. But when God appointed a worm to attack and kill the vine, Jonah was very angry (4:8). How often have you and I praised God when He has provided something good, only to sulk and complain when it has been taken away?This tension of joy and peace regardless of our circumstance is real for all of us. But when I think about praising God in the midst of difficult circumstances, I am reminded of the hymn...
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The Life-Giving Habit of Bible Reading

“Keep this Book of the Law always on your lips; meditate on it day and night, so that you may be careful to do everything written in it.” (Joshua 1:8) To develop and maintain a habit of spending intentional time in God’s Word, away from all distractions and tasks, can be very challenging. We probably all know how important it is to do, but it can be easily pushed out of our days by other things. We are busy, and it can seem impossible to find a spare minute to just be quiet when there is so much to do. When we do begin to set time aside, we are easily distracted by social media, a text, or a phone call. The classic saying is true; ‘Good habits are hard to form and easy to live with. Bad habits are easy to form and hard to live with.’ And so, we...
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Can You Help?

I write with the hope that together we can raise the necessary funds to purchase an electric drum kit for the Youth Shed. Why? Well, each week Youth and Kids Church meet in the Youth Shed to run their weekly worship services. I am sure you would agree with me that it is wonderful our young people can corporately worship together each week. I also think you’d agree that we want to make sure the Youth Shed has adequate resources to make this possible. Over the last twelve months there have been a number of people working behind the scenes, investing their time, energy, and resources, to make some big improvements to the Youth Shed sound and audio-visual equipment. These changes have enabled Youth and Kids Church to do more in their weekly services. But there is further work to be done. One of the major areas that we still need...
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Regaining Simplicity

This week I was sitting and listening to a man who has lived over three times as long as me (he is 96-years-old). It was a joy to hear him describe times that I have only heard about in documentaries and books. I was especially fascinated when he recalled what it was like during World War II. But, there was one thing that he said that really stuck with me. He was reflecting on the difficulties we face today and he said, “Times were just so much more simple when I was young”, as if simplicity was the answer to our problems. I reflected on that thought while I was driving home. I think we have to admit that our world has grown more complex. Even my Dad can recall the time when people used to do one thing at a time, like sitting around the radio to listen to a...
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