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Two Ways to Quickly Find Support From God When You Need It

Have you ever felt low? Lacking in energy and motivation? What picked you up? Let me tell you about something that strengthened my soul this week.   A Gratitude Text A text message pinged into my phone last night. It was from an old friend. Someone I don’t see so often these days, but for […]

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Tuesday Teaching Tips, Episode 72 – “How to cut out the half you don’t need”

What’s the best way to edit a lesson? How do we know what to cut out? I’ve been using OmniOutliner to help with structuring my lessons, but I’m struggling to reduce my average sermon length to 25 minutes. It’s not that 25 minutes is the right goal for everyone, but I’m focussed on learning how […]

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HOW TO BE GRATEFUL IN ADVANCE

It’s our 32nd wedding anniversary today! I’m a lucky man. God gave me a wonderful woman. I’m brimming with gratitude. Shall I tell you why? I think I will.     Surprise Today’s post will be shorter than usual. The reason for this is that my wife surprised me on Monday. She told me we […]

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The Sunday Sample – 20th August 2017

Date:  Sunday 20th August 2017 Location: Watford & Bracknell Special Occasion: none Speakers I spoke in Watford. Ben Dannatt preached in Bracknell. The same line-up as last week. A coincidence – not planned that way! Both lessons are available via the Watford and Thames Valley YouTube channels and their respective podcasts. In Watford, we had some Q&A as […]

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How to Walk Your Way to Better Prayer

Are your prayer times varied? Do they contain creativity? Have they become stale? You need to go for a walk. A prayer walk. The Dog That Changed My Life Fifteen years ago my prayer life was transformed. By a dog. We bought a puppy. Little Jack needed many things. Cuddles, socks to chew, balls to […]

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The Sunday Sample – 13th August 2017

A snippet from Ben’s sermon     Date:  Sunday 13th August 2017   Location: Watford & Lower Earley Special Occasion: none Speakers I spoke in Watford. Ben Dannatt preached in Lower Earley. Both lessons are available via the Watford and Thames Valley YouTube channels and their respective podcasts. In Watford, we sat in a circle – lots of […]

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How to ‘Stand’ Despite Your Sin

“If you, Lord, kept a record of sins, Lord, who could stand?” Psalm 130.3.   Who gets to stand before God confidently? Anyone? I’m not confident standing before my friends, let alone the Almighty! But confidence before God is available.   We can, “approach God’s throne of grace with confidence” Heb 4.16. We can have, “confidence to […]

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The Sunday Sample – 6th August 2017

Date:  Sunday 6th August 2017   Location: Watford & Bracknell   Special Occasion: Church service and barbecue at Debbie’s home in Watford Speakers I spoke in Watford and Bracknell. It was a busy day! Both lessons are available via the Watford and Thames Valley YouTube channels and their respective podcasts. For the Watford service, we sat in a […]

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HOW TO FIND HOPE WHEN YOU ARE OUT OF YOUR DEPTH

“Out of the depths I cry to you, O LORD; O Lord, hear my voice. Let your ears be attentive to my cry for mercy.” (Psalms 130:1–2 NIV)   Hope Hope is attractive. Magnetic. What kind of hope are we talking about? We are ‘hopeful’ our team will win a trophy. But such hope is uncertain. […]

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The Sunday Sample – 30th July 2017

Date:  Sunday 31st July 2017 Location: Watford & Lower Earley Special Occasion: None Speakers CJ Wakefield was our visiting speaker in Watford. Obi Abuchi spoke in Lower Earley. Both lessons were excellent. Personal sharing was vulnerable, application to real life was solid, and Biblical exegesis was sound. Video of Obi’s lesson is here. Audio available […]