Shoebox Sunday 2012!

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Joe, 5 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, 5 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, 5 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, 5 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, 5 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, 5 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, 5 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…

Bible Study: Faith And Hope

Joe, 5 years ago

Romans 4:13 to 5:6.  Paul recounts of Abraham’s hope in God that, even though God’s promise didn’t look possible, he understood that God is powerful and trusted that the promise would come true (that is, the promise of having a son – Isaac).  Paul also says the same is true for all of us.  Here’s Read more…

The Soul Belongs To God

Joe, 5 years ago

The world tends to want to have a good time.  To eat, drink and be merry.  Perhaps it means going out and drinking too much; for others, perhaps sitting back on money earned, and just ticking over.  Or even just desiring easy problem-free life. Jesus has something to say about this, and described it in Read more…

Bible Study: Patience

Joe, 5 years ago

 Bible Study Passage:  James 1.  We all find in our lives that our patience is stretched.  In this study, we’re looking at two sides of patience:  Patience through situations, and patience with people.  James 1 seems to turn everything on its head.  For instance, we’re called to rejoice in the face of trials and taking Read more…

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