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In this section of our Emmanuel church website we hope to pubiish articles of current interest, thoughts on topical subjects to do with our own Church life as well as thoughts on broader issues of interest to Christians near and far.  We welcome feedback (see the end of each article) and hope you find this section helpful.


Change just one thing...

Bible teacher Joyce Meyer often says ‘If you’re too busy to read the bible, then you’re just plain too busy’. I think that we can apply that principle and way of thinking to pretty much every aspect of our devotional life. If you’re too busy to pray, spend time in solitude, worship, fast, or any other spiritual discipline that nourishes, strengths and grows us as followers of Jesus, then it’s an indicator that something is out of sync or out of kilter in our lives...

Posted on Thursday, 16th November 2017 | Read more


Remembrance

I well remember a visit Kate and I made to the Imperial War Museum. We had gone to see the Holocaust Exhibition. I will never forget the glass box that we saw that day. This rectangular glass box was filled with hundreds and hundreds of shoes from concentration camps. Beneath this glass box was written the words of the Spanish philosopher and poet, George Santayana, ‘Those who cannot remember the past are doomed to repeat it’...

Posted on Monday, 13th November 2017 | Read more


The meaning of Harvest

What does the celebration of Harvest mean to you? As we look back into the past and into a very different time and culture the success or failure of the harvest was the difference between life and death. So traditionally the harvest festival is the time when we give thanks to God for his provision of food to see us through the year ahead. It’s a time for celebrating God’s goodness and thanksgiving for his provision of the harvest...

Posted on Thursday, 5th October 2017 | Read more


Living For...

So how would you complete this sentence? Living for what or for whom? Here’s the reply from Jonathan Edwards – the puritan, not the sports commentator and former triple-jumper! As a young adult in the 1850’s Edwards set down on paper a series of thoughts and practices to help cultivate growth in grace. These resolutions are immense, and Edwards would re-read this list at least once a week to keep his mind focused and renewed! To call himself back to clarity of living...

Posted on Monday, 4th September 2017 | Read more


The danger of the comfort zone

Along with 10 other people from Emmanuel, I went to New Wine last week - a Christian festival in a huge field in Somerset camping with 8,500 others. It was a wonderful time of fellowship and catching up with friends from my previous two churches, but mainly it was an incredible time of engaging with God in a way I haven’t done in some time. Among the things I felt He spoke to me about during the week, I felt particularly challenged that I had been living in my comfort zone, not stretching myself or doing anything ‘unsafe’, and how that wasn’t what God wanted for me...

Posted on Monday, 14th August 2017 | Read more