Be Thankful in All Things

We all know that it’s good to express our gratitude. We know that we should write thank you letters or make that phone call when someone sends us something. A quick note thanking the host after a weekend away will always be welcome. But do we always remember to thank God? And why is thankfulness so important? After all, of course we’re grateful, aren’t we? I’ll just briefly clarify the

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Forgiveness

Forgiveness is not something we generally find easy as a species. We tend to run more on an internal justice scale or tally sheet – angry with someone until they do enough to balance out what we feel they owe us.

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Don’t look back

A friend once asked me, “Have you ever been involved in a car accident?” I told him I had, one or two were my fault, others (I’m not saying how many) were the fault of the other person. I asked him how many he had had, “None,” he replied, “But I have seen many in my rear view mirror!” Sometimes it pays to look back and others not. God never

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Sat Nav or Map?

Sat Nav is probably the response for most! I, on the other hand much prefer a map, keeps the brain working and after all it is a really good skill! So, every time the text message comes through with post code of the venue for the next fixture, I go to route planner and maps. However, despite having done numerous journeys to various locations, I still leave the motorway feeling

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The Greatest Story

It’s got to that time again when we can listen to the Christmas songs, so I was doing that yesterday and it struck me that every year there are new songs telling the Christmas story – the story of how God ‘invaded’ the earth in a moment of time and changed everything for everyone. I began to wonder, will we ever run out of new songs telling this amazing tale?

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Gale force winds

Sharing an office with others can be quite interesting. Some like it nice and warm, a comfortable, workable temperature (me), while others (no names shall be mentioned!), like the windows all open, fans going at full speed creating a freezing gale force wind in the office! This week was one occasion where this difference was noticed! I had just managed to get the office at the most perfect temperature when

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Immanuel God with us

A few weekends ago, I was sat in a first aid training day when the instructor showed us a film about heart attacks and how the heart responds in those situations. It was amazing to see how very often a small area of the heart can be ‘dying’ and over the course of 2-3 days it performs its own bypass operation creating new vessels to get around the troubled area.

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Who Are You Listening To?

In our bible reading plan, we have been reading both books of Timothy. I feel that the Bible is just as relevant today as the day it was written. With Timothy, we have letters sent to a young man and they contain amazing words of wisdom, encouragement and instruction. I like to read these books as if they have been written to me. So I have been reading the first

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A Teachable Heart

The first thing my parents taught me to pray was “Please give me a teachable heart and a teachable spirit”. I was not a teachable child. See, at age 3 I already knew how to do everything and didn’t require any instruction. I could work it out all by myself, thank you very much! (My unique way of tying shoe laces pays testament to this fact!) But I loved Jesus.

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Continue to Stay Ready!

If we want to see a change in our society, a reformation, then it has to begin with us. It is so easy for the world to creep back into our lives instead of staying focussed on God and allowing Him to lead us. We need to learn how to cultivate the presence of the Lord and to stay in His presence. Once you have been in His presence in the way that we have at Encounter, there is a desire not to lose this and we have to be careful not to get back into the same habits that we have been in before, the same way of life, when God is saying come up higher. Protect your body You are guardian of your body. You are the one

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Sat Nav

A few months ago, Simone and I were driving to a family holiday in Austria. The rest of my family had already arrived but due to the cheaper flight options we had to arrive slightly later in the day and then drive from Munich to the place we were staying in the beautiful Zell-am-Ziller. Having landed in the evening and collected the hire car we set off with a printed out set of directions and trying to get used to a left-hand drive car in the dark. We quickly realised that the directions we had printed didn’t match the road signs and before long we were reverting to using the sat nav on our phones. Even with using that great piece of equipment, in the confusion and pressure, we ended

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