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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Uncategorized Our Goals – Esther Part 5

Our Goals – Esther Part 5

  It has been a little while since I posted something in the Esther series.  Those not familiar with the story of Esther can find a summary here.   This will be the last in the series on Esther for now, though there is certainly more to be discovered in this book and I would …

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Recipe Tired of Cleaning?

Tired of Cleaning?

“Where there are no oxen, the manger is clean, but abundant crops come by the strength of the ox” (Proverbs 14:4). Once fully trained, a well looked after ox may serve a farmer for 8-10 years, puling heavy loads for up to 5 hours a day. They can significantly increase the amount of crops a farmer is able to produce (compared with if he was just working with his own …

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Recipe Seasoned with Salt

Seasoned with Salt

Apparently the biggest difference between an amateur cook and a professional is seasoning. Professional cooks season with just the right amount, at different times throughout the cooking process depending on what is being prepared. For example, when preparing your roast dinner, you might rub salt into your meat before putting it in the oven. However, …

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Craft Gamification

Gamification

Gamification is when you take something, that might otherwise feel like hard work or a chore, and make it seem like a game. You could introduce an element of competition or a score board. Maybe a reward for winning. Turning something into a game often has the effect of grabbing people’s interest and engaging them …

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Money management Do you honour your parents?

Do you honour your parents?

  Our parents gave us life. They fed us, nurtured us and educated us. They shared their homes and income with us for many years, enduring sleepless nights, whining, worry and rebellion. Surely honouring and respecting them should come naturally to us? And yet in many places in the Bible we have to be reminded …

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Craft Why Homeschool?

Why Homeschool?

In my last blog I mentioned how I am encouraged by Mordecai‚Äôs resolve to stick with his decision. One area where this has encouraged me of late is in relation to homeschooling. For most of us, how we educate our children is not an easy or obvious choice. There are many factors to consider: location, …

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Craft Making Tough Decisions – And Sticking With Them!

Making Tough Decisions – And Sticking With Them!

A pivotal moment in Esther, where a challenging situation shifts to a life threatening one, is when Mordecai refuses to bow to Haman. The Bible doesn’t tell us how he arrived at this decision. However, Mordecai’s answer to the questioning palace officials was that he was a Jew. There is not much to suggest that …

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