Minute from a Minister


11
Jun 2017

No, the title has nothing to do with renovating/cleaning your home, it’s about ‘us’, our church, our ‘house of God’. Are we caring for and loving ‘our family home’?   Yes, under the Old Testament (O.T.) the tabernacle/temple was called ‘the house of God’, but the infinite God of the universe could never ‘properly’ dwell in bricks and mortar (e.g. as God says in Isaiah 66:1, and as Stephen reminded Israel in Acts 7:48-50). So a church building isn’t ‘the house of God/the Lord’.   What now is God’s house … is......

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04
Jun 2017

73 years and 2 days ago the Allies launched the largest ever sea invasion (D-Day). But 4 years before invading the British went backwards at Dunkirk. Sometimes you have to ‘retreat’ before you can go forward; you have to take time away to prepare to advance.   The TGS women will soon have their Retreat. It’s good for them to take some time away to help them then keep going and go forward in their walks with Jesus. So, please pray that it’s a very helpful time for them and ultimately for......

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28
May 2017

Last week, we (my wife Sue actually) had the delight of looking after our two granddaughters for the day. And when it came to mum, picking up her two girls at the end of the day, one of them decided to have a bit of a dummy spit – we all know what that is, as we’ve all seen it and we all have done itJ! And try as we might, nothing could stop the dummy spit escalating. And so, it got to the point where, Sue basically said: ‘Where did that......

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21
May 2017

John 3:16 (“For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.”) is rightly such awell-known and loved verse. In some ways it summarises the whole of the Bible. But there may be more meaning in it than you have realised, because it says – “For”, not meaning ‘because’ but meaning ‘in this way’, ‘thus’, ‘like this’, ‘as follows’. So it could well be translated as “God loved the world in this way …”; And it......

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