Is your wineskin too old for new wine?

Pete Harrigan, 6 years ago

When some disciples asked Jesus about how his teachings were different to those at the time he replied with some quite interesting imagery: “No one pours new wine into old wineskins. Otherwise, the wine will burst the skins, and both the wine and the wineskins will be ruined.” (Mark 2:22) In those days people kept wine in Read more…

Focus on the roots not the leaves

Ste, 6 years ago

There are times in life when despite our strongest efforts tough circumstances appear out of our control, no matter how hard we try the circumstances remains the same. Irrespective of how these situations arise one thing always remains true – God doesn’t want to waste this time but to use it for good. God is Read more…

Bible Study: Act Your Shoesize!

Joe, 6 years ago

Jesus says to receive the kingdom of God as a little child.  This of course, isn’t to act childish, as 1 Corinthians 13:11 puts it: 11 When I was a child, I spoke as a child, I understood as a child, I thought as a child; but when I became a man, I put away childish Read more…

Shoebox Sunday 2012!

Joe, 6 years ago

Shoebox Sunday 2012 was a great success – about 200 boxes from Bethany, 150 from schools and a further 200 or so already in the van ready to go to the village of Suceava in Romania – that’s over 500 boxes that will be gratefully received by children who wouldn’t have otherwise received presents this Read more…

Bible Study: Gentleness

Joe, 6 years ago

Bible Study Passage:  John 8:1-11, 2 Timothy 2:22-26, 1 Timothy 6:11-12.  Gentleness is a fruit of the spirit, and this week we’re digging a little deeper, by recalling a story of Jesus.  When confronted with another typical ‘catch 22’ situation by the Pharisees, Jesus dealt with the situation in a rather unusual way.  Seldom does Read more…

Bible Study: Joy

Joe, 6 years ago

Luke 15:1-10, Habakkuk 3:17-18, Isaiah 61:10.  Joy is one of the fruits of the spirit, and a fundamental part of our relationship with God.  He takes joy in us, and we in him.  We look at defining this joy, and examples of it in the bible.  Most notably, two parables that Jesus spoke of – Read more…

Romania: November 2012

Joe, 6 years ago

John and Christine have returned from Romania this week, providing support for the poor villages.  The trip was a success, and as it turned out, more necessary than ever. Over the summer months, there was a long drought and a severe hailstorm in Romania, completely destroying the crops.  Food was in very short supply, but Read more…

The Still Small Voice

Joe, 6 years ago

God’s ‘Still Small Voice’ is a familiar passage of scripture.  It comes from 1 Kings, and it’s about Elijah.  Elijah had just done amazing things – defeated prophets of a false God, and even prophesied the end to a three-year long drought. Shortly after, and perhaps a sign of his human-nature, Elijah was fleeing from Read more…

Bible Study: Peace

Joe, 6 years ago

Philippians 4:4-13, James 3, Proverbs 17:27-28. One of the fruits of the spirit, peace is something that we need in our lives.  The peace that the bible talks about comes from God, and transcends all understanding, guarding our hearts and minds in Christ Jesus.  This is from Philippians 4, and here’s an excerpt of Philippians Read more…

The Servant Leader

Joe, 6 years ago

At the Last Supper, Jesus washed all the disciple’s feet (John 13).  Peter, who deeply respected Jesus, didn’t want to allow his Master to wash his feet.  But Jesus was adamant to do this, and set an example for them to follow.  In Luke 22:24-30, Jesus demonstrates the same idea by settling an argument: 24An Read more…

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