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A Child.

Whosoever therefore shall humble himself as this little child, the same is greatest in the kingdom of Heaven. Matthew 18:4 What are the characteristics of CHILDLIKENESS? 1. Firstly Jesus said that they are humble. We have a wrong notion of what this means. It is not to be equated with weakness. Jesu... Read More

A Servant.

"Whoever shall be great among you, shall be your servant And whoever shall be the chiefest, shall be servant of all." Mark 10:43-44 It is not part of man’s nature to desire to be a servant. One might choose to take up employment with a nice family as their servant, but we are not even given the choi... Read More

By royal invitation.

I was very excited as I had been invited to the palace to have a meal with the King. With the other guests I was ushered into the great hallway, by the king's servant. He began to tell us of the wonders of this great kingdom and to describe some of the beautiful things we would soon see. He opened o... Read More

God's building.

I have been asked to teach a series on the church. Each week I shall present a different aspect of this subject for our consideration and discussion. Many today are calling us back to the ‘pure’ church of the C2nd (or their interpretation of it) but I confess I am not particularly interested in imit... Read More

Government & Ministry

We are now at the last of this brief, simple teaching on ‘the church’. My question today is ‘how do we apply these teachings to our own assembly?’ ie; how does this work out ‘in practice’? This requires understanding of church government, ministries, finances, goals, etc. Historically, the early chu... Read More

Jesus - the Greatest!

"Let this mind be in you, which was also in Christ Jesus: Who, being in the form of God, thought it not robbery to be equal with God: But made Himself of no reputation, and took upon Him the form of a servant, and was made in the likeness of men: And being found in fashion as a man, He humbled Himse... Read More

John the Baptist.

We are looking at what can happen in our lives when we take offence. We have to take ownership for the offence we carry and not try to pass the blame onto others. Offence is NOT sin. Taking offence upon ourselves is sin! Jesus often caused offence but no one would recognise His actions as sin. He of... Read More

Losing our communion.

This is a very long chapter with teaching quite difficult to understand. The disciples said, "This is a hard saying; who can listen to it?" Jesus is telling his followers that they must "eat His flesh and drink His blood" if they would be His people. In retrospect we can understand this as a call to... Read More

Losing our confidence and our testimony.

One day a woman came into the house where Jesus was resting. She was carrying an expensive vase of perfume which she broke open to pour the contents upon His head. She wished to bless Him with this anointing but the disciples, especially Judas, were offended when they saw what she had done. "Why thi... Read More

Losing our fruit and the supernatural work of God.

Have you ever been offended? I'm sure you have .... but have you ever realised just how damaging this can be to yourself and to others. Jesus told us that offences will surely come. You cannot avoid them, but you can decide what you will do with them. Being offended is not the same as being wronged ... Read More

Mary of Bethany.

Jesus had some special friends who lived in the small village of Bethany. He was just a few miles away when He heard that His friend Lazarus was dying and that the sisters, Mary and Martha were grieving for him. When He heard this, Jesus stayed several days longer in the place where He was! We read ... Read More

Ogmore Grammar School

My contract to teach with the British Forces in Hong Kong was for two years, so during the Spring of 1969 I began to consider where my future might lie. Our home had been a place for 'rest & recreation' for American soldiers on R&R from Vietnam, so it came as no surprise when an invitation was recei... Read More

On the road to Varanasi.

The year was 1997 and I was in Allahabad, northern India, teaching at a seminary 'Spiritual Emphasis' week. The following Monday I was due to fly on to Kathmandu in Nepal to spend a month with Youth With A Mission (YWAM). However, the Air India agents told me that my flight ticket (booked by compute... Read More

Teaching on Release and Forgiveness

When someone has sinned against you - done you wrong! - it is important that you do not let resentment grow within you. "See to it that you do not come short of the grace of God; that no root of bitterness springing up causes trouble, defiling many others" (Heb 12:15). You might also be wounded in y... Read More

Testimony - "Alex"

I had been asked to speak to this young man who could not keep a job and was about to be dismissed yet again. He was full of anger when he spoke to me, and had many excuses why he was so badly treated. We talked of each job he had held since leaving school without receiving a graduation certificate.... Read More

Testimony - "Angela"

"What's wrong with me, Gareth?" said Angela as she sat in my office weeping. "Every morning I wake up in a cold sweat, fearing that Roger is going to propose to me. I get up determined to end our relationship as soon as I can. However, as the day goes on, I realise what a fool I would be as he is ev... Read More

Testimony - "Sarah and Mike"

"I felt so challenged by your teaching," said Sarah, "that I went home and told Mike that I needed to release my former husband John." I had spoken at their church in England just one month before and had now returned for a second visit. Mike stood alongside Sarah as their story of wrongs and wounds... Read More

Testimony - "Sven"

Sven is from Sweden. He is a quiet giant, but was anything but strong when he sat alongside my desk asking my counsel. He told me how he had had few friends during his youth but had managed to develop good relationships with three colleagues in the two years he had served with this missions organisa... Read More

Testimony of MARIE

I first met Marie when she was twenty six. Her counsellors were trying to place her under psychiatric care and she was deeply depressed and withdrawn. She told me of her sad childhood, having been brought up in a strict Jehovah's Witness home in Canada where they never celebrated any birthdays or Ch... Read More

The Body of Christ.

Today we shall consider the church as ‘the BODY of Christ’. This was a favourite metaphor for the apostle Paul who wrote of it in three of his letters. Romans 12: 4,5 1 Corinthians 12: 12-27 Ephesians 4;4, 12, 16. As we think of a body, several things spring to mind that should show us something of ... Read More

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