In preparation for Lent

In Luke 9, we read that Jesus had been travelling around Galilee and the surrounding area, carrying out his ministry to preach the gospel, to bring the good news of salvation, and to heal the sick. His ministry was directed to the Jews, rather than the Gentiles, although he healed the daughter of the Canaanite woman when she pleaded with him that everyone was precious in God's sight. There has been a pattern of Jesus' ministry, of releasing all who responded to him from their burdens of sin as they saw in Him the light of God. In each of the synoptic gospels, Matthew, Mark and Luke, we find...
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A biblical response to our world today?

Cast your bread upon the waters, for you will find it after many days. Give a portion to seven, or even to eight, for you know not what disaster may happen on earth. If the clouds are full of rain, they empty themselves on the earth, and if a tree falls to the south or to the north, in the place where the tree falls, there it will lie. He who observes the wind will not sow, and he who regards the clouds will not reap. Ecclesiastes 11:1-4 What comes first your mind when you think about our world today? For some of us, that might be the wonders of mountains and seas, of prairies and...
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From the Pulpit – November 2016

Poppy field near Salisbury
Remembrance Sunday and All Souls are both associated with the month of November, with All Souls falling at the very end of October this year. However, both remind us of those who have died and are now resting in peace. Each of us will respond differently to situations of grief, whether these are linked to family members lost or wounded through war, or through personal loss of family or friends in more recent years. While grief brings about a lot of emotions, God our heavenly Father knows we experience all these, and He is patient as we work through our feelings. So that’s one positive to ho...
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Feeding the Five Thousand

1Some time after this, Jesus crossed to the far shore of the Sea of Galilee (that is, the Sea of Tiberias), 2and a great crowd of people followed him because they saw the signs he had performed by healing the sick. 3Then Jesus went up on a mountainside and sat down with his disciples. 4The Jewish Passover Festival was near. 5When Jesus looked up and saw a great crowd coming toward him, he said to Philip, "Where shall we buy bread for these people to eat?" 6He asked this only to test him, for he already had in mind what he was going to do. 7Philip answered him, "It would take more than half ...
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