Bible study What’s in a Song?

What’s in a Song?

Roughly a year ago, reporters latched onto a story about a primary school in one of the most deprived and densely populated neighbourhoods of Bradford. What was special about the school was the massive turn-around they had achieved – from being under special measures, to being rated ‘good’ by Ofsted. It is now in the …

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Bible study How to be Beautiful

How to be Beautiful

What is your beauty regime each morning? In ancient times, people would crouch over an incense burner, whilst holding a sheet over themselves like a tent. (I don’t know about you but this makes me very grateful for eau de toilette.) This was among the number of beautifying techniques it is likely that Esther would …

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Bible study Judah – What Have You Done?

Judah – What Have You Done?

Of the 11 brothers of Joseph, it was Judah who came up with the wicked plan to sell him as a slave to passing traders and make a profit (Genesis 37:26-27). It was Judah who denied his daughter-in-law her right to marry his son, leaving her a childless, bereft widow (Genesis 38:11) It was Judah …

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Bible study Pause

Pause

The English language is full of proverbs reminding us we are short on time and ought to act NOW… ‘There is no time like the present’ ‘The early bird catches the worm’ ‘Never put off until tomorrow that which can be done today’ …to name just a few. But what does the Bible say? Proverbs …

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Bible study Sleep Deprivation

Sleep Deprivation

“Sleep that knits up the ravelled sleave of care, The death of each day’s life, sore labor’s bath, Balm of hurt minds, great nature’s second course, Chief nourisher in life’s feast.” Shakespeare wrote these insightful words back in the early 1600’s – long before the influx of medical research on the topic of sleep. He was already profoundly aware of …

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Bible study Battle for the Mind

Battle for the Mind

Recently the BBC published an article on the special relationship between cycling and suffering. The writer interviewed various professional cyclists who described their battle in coping with the pain that high intensity exertion brings about. Perhaps unsurprisingly, most said that the majority of the battle takes place in the mind. Alex Hansen holds the record …

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Bible study What Does it Mean to Think Well?

What Does it Mean to Think Well?

In his letter to the Philippians, the Apostle Paul said, “whatever is true, whatever is honourable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is commendable, if there is any excellence, if there is anything worthy of praise, think about these things.”  Most people would probably look at this list and agree these are …

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Bible study New Year – Old Focus

New Year – Old Focus

New year is often a time for looking ahead at what we want to achieve and setting new goals. But it is also a time for looking back and reflecting on what has been in the previous year.  In this message for the New Year I’d like to take you back, way back, long before …

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Craft The Master of Preparation

The Master of Preparation

The build up to Christmas seems to be an endless list of things to prepare. Gifts, wrapping, cards, decorations, food, plans – there are so many things to get in order before Christmas day finally comes upon us. The shops are all too aware of this and they get their Christmas decorations up early to …

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Recipe What Do Your Thoughts Reveal About You?

What Do Your Thoughts Reveal About You?

Thoughts run through our head from morning to night, and then fill our head with dreams when we sleep.  Probably, the one thing we all do most, apart from breathing, is thinking. But to quote Thomas Traherne, a 17th century poet, “as nothing is more easy to think, so nothing is more difficult than to think well.” Recently, I’ve considered …

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