Making sense of Faith, Hope and Love

Making sense of Faith, Hope and Love

So its been quite a while since I last posted anything here! We’ve been in Norway (4 weeks), the Lake District (8 days) and my wife Debbie recently spent some more time in the Mother & Baby Unit. Suffice to say that we are now moving into a somewhat calmer season of our year and so as life starts to find the rhythm of its new norm I thought I would post some of my thoughts from the summer. In particular I…

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Hope in anxious times

Hope in anxious times

I’m conscious that time is ticking on and once again its been a while! In fact its been such a long while that we find ourselves on the cusp of yet another Norwegian adventure which jets off on Thursday morning. Since the arrival of young Aaron we seem to have had a really busy few months and even though the student ministry term finished at the beginning of June this past month has been exceptionally full. A full life is not necessarily a…

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Remembering God’s faithfulness

Remembering God’s faithfulness

Its been a while since my last post when we announced the safe arrival of baby Aaron. To say that these past six weeks have been difficult for us is probably putting it mildly! A few days after Aaron was born Debbie began suffering again with another bout of Post natal depression. On the advice of the doctors she went back into the Mother & Baby Unit (where she had spent 3 months in 2014 along with Jacob). The rational was partly…

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Hope and Peace: A Child is born

Hope and Peace: A Child is born

In January I wrote in my blog Unexpected Blessing that we were expecting a fifth baby. It was quite the surprise and in trying to get our heads around the news God has taken us on quite the journey as we have come to terms with His plans for our lives! I used that blog to reflect upon God’s Sovereignty, Wisdom and Love which I used as a framework to think about all that was going on in our lives. You may also…

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Jars of clay: Power made perfect in weakness

Jars of clay: Power made perfect in weakness

“If you are a child of God, you don’t lose your status if you have a bad week.” Tim Keller A few days ago I shared this quote on social media; I don’t know about you but following our holiday in the Lake District it has been a bit of a challenge to adjust back to work and everyday family life in Southampton. Its definitely not been easy getting out of bed in the mornings! I am not sure whether it was just holiday…

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Easter Hope: The Resurrection

Easter Hope: The Resurrection

With Easter almost upon us it seemed timely to spend some time considering how our ‘hope’ arises from the events of 2,000 years ago. Specifically my thoughts turn to the importance of the empty tomb and the resurrection of Jesus. The New Testament links the resurrection with hope. In Peter’s first letter he speaks of having been given “new birth into a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead” (1:3) and Paul refers to the “hope of the resurrection of…

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Life of Joseph: Hope in a Sovereign God

Life of Joseph: Hope in a Sovereign God

The story of Joseph is a fascinating story of hope amidst disappointment and difficulty. He was tossed into a pit by his brothers, sold into slavery, wrongfully imprisoned and yet what was intended for evil God intended for good. In this post we will wrestle a little with God’s Sovereignty as we look from a perspective of hope at the story of Joseph which is recorded for us in Genesis 37-50. Our privilege is to look down over the story but remember…

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Jesus hope of the nations

Jesus hope of the nations

Having withdrawn with His disciples Jesus quotes Isaiah 42:1-4 about Himself saying; “This was to fulfil what was spoken through the prophet.  “Here is my servant whom I have chosen, the one I love, in whom I delight; I will put my Spirit on him, and he will proclaim justice to the nations. He will not quarrel or cry out; no one will hear his voice in the streets. A bruised reed he will not break, and a smouldering wick he will not snuff out, till he has brought…

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Hope in the God who provides

Hope in the God who provides

Sometimes I am asked ‘why blog?’ It’s a good question but I guess my answer comes on two levels. First and foremost I find it really helpful to write as a way of processing, capturing and expressing all that I am thinking about and experiencing. Secondly there is also a sense that it is good to share with others from what God is doing in me. I don’t know exactly what draws you in to read this blog but I am glad…

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The Gospel of Hope

The Gospel of Hope

This week is the local Christian Union’s annual events week and so my thoughts turn today to the staggeringly good news of the Gospel of Jesus Christ. It is a gospel that brings us hope because it is a gospel that is by nature a gospel of hope. This hope is a hope for the past, present and the future…read on and find out more. 1. Good news of a Living Hope Paul says he thanks God the Father when he prays for…

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