Encounter

Over the past couple of weeks, as part of WHBCdaily, we have been reading about Solomon and his time becoming King and then building the temple. Following on from a previous blog where I talked about how much things changed in one generation from war to peace, I want to pick up on this and focus on a significant event that happened in Solomon’s life. I have read these stories

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Strong foundations

It’s been fascinating to see the builders work on the new building going up next to the Sanctuary. At the moment its coming on so fast, almost out of nowhere there is suddenly a huge structure, after months of them working on the ground, and below ground. Of course, I’m referring to having good foundations in our lives. Most Christians would have made that connection very quickly, and gone straight

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Idol Health Check

Reading through our Bible Reading Plan in January I was taken by a verse in Samuel: So Samuel said to all the Israelites, “If you are returning to the Lord with all your hearts, then rid yourselves of the foreign gods and the Ashtoreths and commit yourselves to the Lord and serve him only, and he will deliver you out of the hand of the Philistines. 1 Samuel 7:3 Plain

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Memoirs of Dr Luke – the lessons I learned

He was a doctor, a writer, a traveller, and a historian, he is Doctor Luke. What do Zacchaeus, Zechariah, Elizabeth, Simeon and Anna all have in common? The book of Luke! Also, “what happens when a wealthy benefactor funds a costly and lengthy investigation by an educated medical doctor and historian of the life of the most important person in history”? So, the stage is set, God is ready, man

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The Old and the New: a match made in heaven

As we read through the Old Testament I frequently find myself asking “How is this relevant to me today?” There are accounts of incredible cruelty and brutality as well as the establishment of the Tabernacle and the system of sacrifices. How does this fit with the God of infinite mercy who sent His only son to die for our sin? What do we learn about His character? Let’s look at

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Thank you!

Give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus 1 Thessalonians 5:18 A few years ago my friend shared with me a story about a Christian family she knew with two sons age around 11 -13. The parents were worried because their boys didn’t seem to follow their faith, didn’t want to go to church or pray. One day when they asked their sons

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Refreshing

A generous man will prosper; he who refreshes others will himself be refreshed Proverbs 11:25 I have been thinking about this verse recently, particularly as I have been praying for all those who serve in the church and our outreaches. Often we equate “generous” and “prosper” with finances but if we think like this with this verse as a whole we miss so much. God wants us to be generous

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God’s Open Door Policy

Doors can be open just a tiny crack, so you can feel a breeze but you can’t actually see anything through the door, or they can be ‘ajar’ which is a little bit open but still not quite enough to see through; half open, where you can see some of what is going on, or wide open where you can see into the whole room, where the welcome is implicit,

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Builders & Protectors

A few weeks ago I was reading an article by another church group about their plans for the coming year and one part of it has really stuck with me and made me think about us here at WHBC. Many of us will know the story of Nehemiah well but for those that don’t, here is a brief outline: Whilst trying to rebuild the city of Jerusalem after it had

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Standing on the Shoulders of Giants

When I was a little girl, I looked up to my Dad and my Granddad – quite literally, they were a lot bigger than me! I loved to ride on my Dad’s shoulders and the feeling of being bigger, taller than everyone else when I was usually so much smaller. Now we have grandchildren of our own and I was pondering this again as it often happens that Dave will pick up Malachi so he can reach something that would otherwise be impossible for him to get to. The Bible says in Psalm 61:2 ‘lead me to the rock that is higher than I’ – I once read this in a French translation, where it says, ‘lead me to the rock I cannot reach’ – God will always take us

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Remain in Me

Growing up, I was always wary of “backsliding,” of falling away from God: A term which we used to describe someone that stops coming to church and gives up on their relationship with God. Missing your morning quiet time every now and then was fine, as long as it didn’t become a habit. I grew up on a wealth of teaching on John 15, where it talks about Jesus being the vine, and we are the branches, verse 5 says “I am the vine; you are the branches. If you remain in me and I in you, you will bear much fruit; apart from me you can do nothing”. Another version tells us to abide in Him. We are to continually live in Him. In Christ, hidden in the depths

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