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Carol Service 2018: Complete Service, Thames Valley churches of Christ

We finished the year with a tremendous sing-song.  The Christmas spirit was strong as we sang carols, listened to children reading, took communion together and rejoiced over the birth of our King. Please add your comments on this week’s topic. We learn best when we learn in community. Do you have a question about teaching the […]

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“The Bravest Person”, Luke 4.19-30, Thames Valley churches of Christ

We take a stroll into Nazareth and the synagogue there. Inside we find Jesus reading the scroll of Isaiah. What will happen next? The video shown part-way during the sermon can be found by clicking here. Thank you for listening and watching. Please add your comments on this week’s topic. We learn best when we […]

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“The Kingdom” Class 2

“The kingdom of heaven is like….” (Matt 13.24; 31, 33, 44, 45, 45, 47, 18.23; 20.1; 22.2) “The community or people ruled by God and with whom he dwells, to some extent reality now but to be fully consummated in the future” Kingdom Class 2 Handout The Kingdom Class 2 Slides 1. “Your kingdom come” Present with Jesus […]

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“How to have a harvest of joy”, Acts 8.1-8

“How to have a harvest of joy” “On that day a great persecution broke out against the church in Jerusalem, and all except the apostles were scattered throughout Judea and Samaria. Godly men buried Stephen and mourned deeply for him. But Saul began to destroy the church. Going from house to house, he dragged off […]

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“The Kingdom”: Class 1

“Jesus went throughout Galilee, teaching in their synagogues, proclaiming the good news of the kingdom, and healing every disease and sickness among the people.” (Matthew 4:23 NIV11) What is the Gospel? Matthew 4:23 If Jesus talked about kingdom, so should we, and we should think about it. 1. What does the OT reveal? Daniel 2:44 Daniel 7:13–14 Matt 28:17–20 2. […]

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“Yertle the Turtle and King Jesus”

What do you think it would be like to be king or queen? Questions What was the King Turtle’s problem? What did he get wrong? What did he forget? How did the others feel? Was Jesus a king? What kind of king was he? What was he like as a king? What did Jesus say […]

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“Pay Attention!”, Acts 7

When we pay attention we notice what God is doing. When we don’t pay attention we miss out. We explore the lessons on paying attention from Acts chapter 7.   Slides can be accessed here: Acts7 Slides. Context: Charge One: Stephen is anti-temple Charge Two: Stephen is anti-law Summary: Jesus wants to destroy the temple and the […]

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The Sunday Sample, 23 July 2017

Date: Sunday 23rd July Location: Watford & Lower Earley Special Occasion: Outdoor ‘Bandstand’ Service in Watford’s Cassiobury Park Speakers II spoke in Watford. Johnson spoke in Lower Earley. I really enjoyed listening to him speak, and his wife Cicily sharing. It was good to hear about how God has moved in India. I loved doing […]

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Solitude is Golden: A review of “Thoughts in Solitude” by Thomas Merton

Preamble The world is populated by too many mindless men and women. “Automatons cannot make a society”, and thus we must learn how to choose, and especially how to choose the life of faith. We “cannot choose faith unless we have self determination and freedom.” Solitude is a vital tool in enabling choice – “coming […]

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Tuesday Teaching Tips: “Speaking the Text” – VIDEO

How do we read the text on which we are speaking in an engaging way? In this episode we look at some tips to help us. The exercises might surprise you, but I gauarantee they will make a difference.