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Tender Heart by Richard Sibbes

By Pam Tailyour, 10 May 2020

During the lockdown, one way that Christians who have time can make the most of it is to read. We’ve been encouraging our Church family to read, and you can remind yourself in these articles: Reading the Word Reading Changes Lives We need help Read the classics In this blog,...

Tender Heart by Richard Sibbes

1 John 1:1-4 Reflection

By Gerry Straker, 09 May 2020

The coronavirus is pretty awful isn’t it? But it’s not as bad as some plagues throughout history. The Black Death in the 14th century killed between 70 and 100 million, reducing the world’s population by 20%! A hundred years ago in 1918-1920, Spanish flu killed between...

1 John 1:1-4 Reflection

Why do Christians suffer? Part 2

By Gerry Straker, 08 May 2020

In our first article, we began to see why Christians suffer... Why do Christians get the coronavirus? Why do Christians struggle with mental health? Why do Christians have hard things happen to them? Wonderfully, Christians don’t suffer punishment for sins. If we trust Christ Jesus we have been forgiven...

Why do Christians suffer? Part 2

Why do Christians suffer? Part 1

By Gerry Straker, 07 May 2020

A while ago I promised some thoughts on why Christians suffer... Why do Christians get the coronavirus? Why do Christians struggle with mental health? Why do Christians have hard things happen to them? If Christ has died once for all, our punishment is taken away, we are forgiven, and...

Why do Christians suffer? Part 1

Labour not in vain

By Gerry Straker, 06 May 2020

'Therefore, my beloved brothers, be steadfast, immovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, knowing that in the Lord your labour is not in vain.' (1 Corinthians 15:58). My mother recently told me a story of my grandfather, Alan Woodfield who died in February age...

Labour not in vain

Resurrection

By Ben Petersen, 03 May 2020

1 Corinthians 15 has been a wonderful reminder of how big a deal it is that God raised the Lord Jesus from the grave. Without the resurrection we don’t even have a gospel to preach, says Paul (1 Corinthians 15:13-19)! I pray that as you...

Resurrection

1 Corinthians 15 Reflection 2

By Gerry Straker, 02 May 2020

In 1 Corinthians 15 Reflection 1 we saw just how important the resurrection is: God will grow us like seeds 15:36-38 God has already created glorious things 15:39-41 We are carrying on where we left off... 3. God will recreate us in the image of the heavenly man 15:42-49 We...

1 Corinthians 15 Reflection 2

1 Corinthians 15 Reflection 1

By Gerry Straker, 01 May 2020

Many Christians are confused about what happens after death. Some hymns add to that confusion, for example these words from a hymn I love: 'Come, my Lord, no longer tarry,Take my ransomed soul away;Send thine angels now to carryMe to realms of endless day.' This sounds like...

1 Corinthians 15 Reflection 1

What has Obadiah taught me?

By Steve Sammons, 29 Apr 2020

When I first began to prepare to preach on Obadiah, Coronavirus was purely an issue in the Far East. Little did I know the context to which I would preach from this prophet would change so dramatically. And little did I know quite how relevant...

What has Obadiah taught me?

Loneliness

By Sean Tong, 27 Apr 2020

BZZZZZZ … the alarm beside my bed rips away the last remnants of sleep as I groggily get up. It’s Sunday. Is it Sunday? It is Sunday. But it’s not quite Sunday. If it’s Sunday, why am I not getting up earlier to get down...

Loneliness