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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.

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

Faith always... & works please!

This James series in our morning congregations has been an unavoidable challenge. '“If people say they have faith, but do nothing, their faith is worth nothing. Can faith like that save them?”  - James 2:14

James’ message is bare-knuckled; his style is bare-boned. Talk is cheap, he argues. Service is invaluable. It’s not that works save the Christian, but that works mark the Christian. In James’ book of plain-speaking logic it only makes sense that we who have been given much should give much. Not just with words but with our lives...

Posted on Monday, 19th June 2017 | Read more

Word Alive

James 1 is an impact passage. It’s full of wisdom that transcends all the years since writing. The truth of slowness to speak and being ever slower to anger would better all our human interactions! (v19)

Listening to God's word is vital, but if we only hear the word but fail to go on to obey it then we are in danger of deceiving ourselves...

Posted on Thursday, 18th May 2017 | Read more