The Man Upstairs Came Downstairs

the man upstairs came downstairs...SO WE WOULD NOT HAVE TO LIVE IN THE BASEMENT

Living in the basement was how it seemed to us at first when we moved in April to the Essex coast, even though we live on the second floor of our block of flats with the most wonderful views over water from both the front and back balconies. After being in the thick of the action for God in London with a bunch of on fire brothers and sisters, it was suddenly …nothing! Ouch. And it hurt.

The early part of the year had been so painful – two months of daily hospital visits for radiotherapy treatment for the cancer, (now gone, thank God), my dad dying, packing up our home after 34 years, saying goodbye to so many neighbours and friends in the church. On the day we moved Continue reading

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SHARPEN UP!

what on earth am i here forI was recently challenged by this comment in ‘Word for Today’ : ‘In prison with no possibility of release, and facing the certainty of death on the chopping block, Paul asked Timothy to bring his books. Why? Because he wanted to keep growing. The truth is: 1) When you finish growing, you are finished            When the poet Longfellow was old, an admirer asked him how he was able to keep writing so beautifully. Pointing to a nearby apple tree he replied, ‘That tree is very old, but I never saw prettier blossoms. The tree grows a little new wood every year, and out of that new wood those blossoms come. So I try to grow a little each year.Continue reading

No lukewarm Christians in heaven!

no lukewarm christians in heavenI dread becoming luke warm, which usually happens so slowly that you don’t always notice the drop in your spiritual temperature until its happened!

No longer being on the front line as it were since retiring, and with everyone saying, ‘take it easy’, ‘put your feet up’, ‘you’ve deserved it’, I’m definitely not as ‘hot’ as I’d like to be. So I’ve decided to do something about it and go on a 40 Days spiritual renewal programme starting in October so, ‘I’m ready Lord for you to use during the Christmas period’ .

Ten years ago we got our whole church using the ‘Purpose Driven Life’ by Rick Warren for a 40 day spiritual renewal programme. Continue reading