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Pastors Note Christmas 2013

As we count down the days to Christmas let me share with you a true story I came across that speaks powerfully about the meaning behind this season. Each December, I vowed to make Christmas a calm and peaceful experience. I had cut back on nonessential obligations extensive card writing, endless baking, decorating, and even overspending. Yet still, I found myself exhausted, unable to appreciate the precious family moments, and of course, the true meaning of Christmas. My son, Nicholas,…

Pastors Note October 2013

I came across a statistic the other day that quite frankly shocked me. In America there are over 50,000 self-storage facilities offering over a billion square feet for people to store their stuff.  Fifty years ago this industry did not exist.  These folk spend a whopping $12 billion a year to pay someone to store things they rarely use! In the UK there were no storage units just thirty years ago, now we have over 800 major self-storage units, more…

Pastors Note September 2013

There is a lovely story of a little girl sitting on her Grandpa’s lap. As she sat there she kept touching her face with the tips of her fingers. “Grandpa who made my face?” The little girl asked. “Why, God did.” He replied. She then started touching her Granddad’s wrinkled face, after some time she asked, “Grandpa, who made your face?” Her Granddad smiled and said, “God did, a long time ago!” After reflecting on this for a while the…

Pastors Note August 2013

What a feast of sport we are enjoying at the moment we’ve enjoyed this Summer. The Lions winning down under, England retaining the Ashes and of course Wimbledon . I don’t pretend to know much about tennis but there is one player I love to watch, David Ferrer from Spain. What do I like about him so much? He never gives up! There are more talented players on the circuit but few if any have his tenacity. When you listen…

Pastors Note July 2013

’m not sure if this is true but I read recently that in America they consume 165 tons of aspirin a day. That’s a lot of headaches and my guess is that many are stress related! Stress is such a big deal these days you can even go on stress management courses! At one such course the lecturer held a glass of water in his hand and asked the participants, “How heavy is this glass of water?” Answers called out…

Pastors Note June 2013

One of my favourite speakers and authors, Tony Campolo writes, Growing up, I knew a man who loomed larger than life to me. He was Edwin Bailey. He ran the astronomical observatory at the Franklin Institute in Philadelphia. I would go there most Saturdays just to spend time with him. His encyclopaedic mind fascinated me. He knew something about everything. I was friends with him until he died several years ago. Once, after he’d suffered a serious stroke, I went…

Pastors Note May 2013

Blade of Grass General Robbie Risner was captured in the Vietnamese war. He spent seven years as a prisoner of war and later described it as ‘the essence of despair.’ He said, ‘If you could have squeezed the feeling out of the word despair, it would have come out lead-coloured, dingy and dirty.’ What’s amazing is how he survived. He pried the cover off a floor drain in his cell and lowered his head into the opening. There he noticed…

Pastors Note April 2013

By the time you get this edition of the Link, Easter will be around the corner. Easter speaks of many things, of love, sacrifice, hope and new beginnings; it also speaks of reconciliation and forgiveness. Surely some of the most powerful words ever spoken are these: ‘Father forgive them for they do not know what they are doing.’ Imagine for a moment if you can the horror of what Christ experienced and yet his cry to the father is for…

Pastors Note March 2013

A flight attendant once said to the then heavyweight champion of the world, Mohamed Ali, please fasten your seat belt. He replied with a sneer, “Superman don’t need no seat belt.” “Superman don’t need no aeroplane!” She responded. “Buckle up please.” Ever suffered with ‘Superman syndrome’? I guess we all have from time to time! I thank God for those who have had the courage to encourage me to ‘buckle up’ over the years. Why? Arrogance is never attractive. What…

Pastors Note February 2103

Shortly before his death Jesus turns to his disciples and says  Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. Do not let your hearts be troubled. Trust in God; trust also in me. Within hours Jesus was crucified, the disciples scattered, everything in their world came crashing down! Peace! How could they know peace in the midst of such pain and chaos? How indeed? I share with you an article I read some time ago by Ian Coffey who helpfully explains…