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Month: May 2015

The challenge of transition

The challenge of transition

Randy Alcorn in his book “Heaven” includes the following story: “In 1952, young Florence Chadwick stepped into the waters of the Pacific Ocean off Catalina Island, determined to swim to shore of mainland California. She’d already been the first woman to swim the English Channel both ways. The weather was foggy and hilly; she could hardly see the boats accompanying her. Still, she swam for fifteen hours. When she begged to be taken out of the water along the way,…

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Hope & the Promises of God

Hope & the Promises of God

The past week or so I have been thinking a bit about Psalm 119 and was struck by the apparent connections between Hope and the promises of God. So for example the Psalmist writes 49 “Remember your word to your servant, for you have given me hope. 50 My comfort in my suffering is this: Your promise preserves my life.” Then repeatedly through the Psalm the Psalmist looks to God in hope to deliver him “according to His promise”; 58 I have sought your face with all…

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The Potter’s right to transform the clay

The Potter’s right to transform the clay

“ ‘Go down to the potter’s house, and there I will give you my message.’ So I [Jeremiah] went down to the potter’s house, and I saw him working at the wheel. But the pot he was shaping from the clay was marred in his hands; so the potter formed it into another pot, shaping it as seemed best to him. Then the word of the Lord came to me. He said, ‘Can I not do with you, Israel, as this potter does?’…

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Saying Goodbye to student ministry?

Saying Goodbye to student ministry?

I first encountered the Southampton Navigator student ministry in 1999 when I joined a weekly breakfast and Bible study group that met in the home of Gez & Alison Perry. Since then the ministry has been an increasing part of my life. In 2004 we were asked to start a Christianity Explored Group whilst a number of the other couples who were also involved with the ministry moved onto new initiatives or moved away. Hence the current student ministry grew out of that small…

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A change of Perspective

A change of Perspective

Back to our story and we wanted to share something that Debbie wrote a few weeks into her stay at the Mother & Baby Unit last September. Its a poem (and Debbie has never written a poem even to me during the time that I have known her) and is based on  the following verses: 2 Samuel 22:17-20 (also Psalm 118:5, Job 36:16) 17 ‘He reached down from on high and took hold of me; he drew me out of deep waters. 18 He rescued…

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Re-discovering Hope

Re-discovering Hope

The title I have given to this blog is “Hope Rediscovered” because for me that is the journey that I have been on this past 9 months in particular. Its been a journey (and one which we are still walking) that has been motivated by the notion of hope. When you start thinking about something like hope you soon start to see hope everywhere but what really is hope? In today’s secularised world defining the nature of hope has not…

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The Journey so far…

The Journey so far…

Welcome to my new blog! If you want to read more about me click on the link above. I’ve been studying the subject of Hope and as part of phase two of my project I am wanting to share some of what God has been teaching me. The past two years have been particularly challenging for my family. This dark period began for us in Spring 2013 when I found myself feeling weary and lacking the kind of balance of…

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