Bible study No holding back: Pt 4 How will you respond?

No holding back: Pt 4 How will you respond?

Noah’s Ark is one of the most famous Bible stories there is.  So much so, it has inspired innumerable baby toys, accessories, and children’s clothing.   The idea of a floating zoo is novel and child friendly.  But the whole story is actually quite a sobering tale of wickedness, hard work, and salvation.   God …

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Craft No Holding Back: Pt 3 Keep Shining

No Holding Back: Pt 3 Keep Shining

Upon the recommendation of a trusted friend, this year, we are doing a ‘names of Jesus’ advent calendar. It has not disappointed.   On day 5, we read: he is the ‘light of the world’.   Both the Old (Isaiah 9:2) and the New (John 1:4-5) Testament describe Jesus as light shining in the darkness.  …

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Craft Insecurities – Part 1

Insecurities – Part 1

Not Waving but DrowningBy Stevie Smith “Nobody heard him, the dead man, But still he lay moaning:I was much further out than you thought And not waving but drowning. Poor chap, he always loved larkingAnd now he’s deadIt must have been too cold for him his heart gave way, They said. Oh, no no no, …

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Craft True Light

True Light

When I was a child, the lights on our Christmas tree stopped working. I found the one that was broken and discovered that the cause was a loose wire. I had enough intelligence to get that far. However, I then went and got myself a metal fork. Without switching off the lights at the socket, …

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Craft Do we all end up like our parents?

Do we all end up like our parents?

As I get older I’m starting to realise how much I am like my Mum and Dad.  It is not a bad thing.  My parents have a lot of good qualities that I am grateful they passed on. But occasionally I might come out with a strange phrase like:  “Don’t panic Mr Mannering,” and think:  …

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Craft Murmuring Mothers

Murmuring Mothers

Raising children is mentally exhausting. The noise and questions are constant! Conversations are generally interrupted and so are thoughts. Being stuck in the house during lockdown has made the noise even louder. It is hard to think clearly about anything – whether replying to messages, making plans or writing blogs. It affects my prayer life …

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Craft Ageing Gracefully

Ageing Gracefully

In the 34th chapter of John Bunyan’s ‘Pilgrims Progress’, Christian and Hopeful, two of the main characters, encounter the river of death. Crossing the river is their last big challenge before entering the pearly gates of God’s city. They step in the water. Hopeful finds his feet on solid ground but Christian isn’t so lucky. …

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Craft Smiles and Complaints

Smiles and Complaints

A few days ago we were going out for a walk. I called our baby girl to the front door. She was on the other end of a messy lounge. Smiling, she bottom-shuffled through all the obstacles: duplo, books, cushions. She was headed for her goal and wouldn’t be stopped! The next morning I sat …

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Craft Beauty From Mud

Beauty From Mud

This morning I came home from the allotment covered in mud. It was on my face and in my hair too. Not a pretty sight. Sticky, dirty, brown mud is something most sane people avoid. But growing among all that mud were these tasty strawberries. So many that today we’ve made jam, compote and jelly …

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Craft When Struggles Increase

When Struggles Increase

Some mornings doing family worship with the children can be such hard work. Simply gathering the energy to even get started can feel like an internal battle. There are times I’ll sit in the lounge and have to call for the children to come more than once. When I finally start reading our Bible story, …

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