09 Nov

The Ultimate Sacrifice

Taken from the intimation sheet: Sunday 9 November 2014

This week past I’ve been involved in Remembrance Assemblies at Caldervale High School. The pupils, as is always the case, participated and contributed much to the events. They told us of their experiences at the Battlefields in Belgium, took part in a very moving Act of Remembrance (culminating in Rowan Cook playing the Last Post) and performed a song.

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26 Oct

Saints – yet a Feeble Flock

Taken from the intimation sheet: 26 October 2014

I spoke at the Youth Emphasis service last Sunday evening about our identity as saints in Christ. When we come to faith in Jesus, we are ‘set-apart’ as God’s people; we are cleansed in His eyes, made new, and kept as His holy people for His holy purposes. Saints are not morally perfect people, nor are they super-Christians who died a long time ago. All believers are, by the grace of God, saints. It is a glorious title which ought to offer every Christian comfort and joy.

This was a truth reclaimed by the Church at the time of the Reformation. Our society celebrates Halloween this Friday, but it’s also Reformation Day – the day that Luther is said to have nailed his 95 Theses to the Church door in Wittenberg in 1517.

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19 Oct

Holy Love that Bore the Blame

Taken from the intonation sheet: 19 October 2014

Last Sunday morning I read the opening verses of Isaiah 6:

Isaiah 6:1-5
In the year that King Uzziah died, I saw the Lord seated on a throne, high and exalted, and the train of his robe filled the temple. 2 Above him were seraphs, each with six wings: With two wings they covered their faces, with two they covered their feet, and with two they were flying. 3 And they were calling to one another: “Holy, holy, holy is the LORD Almighty; the whole earth is full of his glory.” 4 At the sound of their voices the doorposts and thresholds shook and the temple was filled with smoke. 5 “Woe to me!” I cried. “I am ruined! For I am a man of unclean lips, and I live among a people of unclean lips, and my eyes have seen the King, the LORD Almighty.”

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05 Oct

Meeting Need in His Name

Taken from the intimation sheet – 5 October 2014 

Every year on Harvest Sunday we take the time to give thanks for the Lord’s faithfulness to provide for our needs and pray for those serving in Jesus Name to meet the needs of others. Our focus is always on the work of the Baptist Missionary Society – in recent years we’ve highlighted their work providing clean water in Haiti, helping people to grow crops in Uganda and bringing about reconciliation in war-torn  Mozambique.

This year our focus is on meeting spiritual need – particularly in India. Read More