Sunday, 19 September 2021

With Jesus you can forget your fears

HAVE a guess: What do you think the most often repeated command in the Bible is? Or, to put it another way, what is it that we are so ...

 

Saying sorry and really meaning it

“WE are sorry but all our operators are busy.” How often have you heard that when trying to update your insurance policy or make an ...

 

Beware threat of misguided beliefs

ONE of the horrors we’re seeing in the news from Afghanistan is the treatment of women, which at heart arises from completely ...

 

Saints days remind us of life in heaven

HOW many of us lie on a beach in the month of August watching the children building sand-castles, playing beach cricket or teenagers ...

 

Have faith and you will reap rewards

THE 2020 Olympics have come (at last) and gone — and it was great. Wonderful to see so many nations competing in a friendly way, ...

 

Lighten up for true spirituality

WRITER Tomie de Paola concludes The Clown of God with the old juggler Giovanni being overcome with sadness when he finds the image of ...

 

In times of crisis, you can cry to God

IN the early days of the pandemic, I read this heartbreaking story: “A resident at a Michigan nursing home who had tested positive for ...

 

Freedom is liberty but use it wisely

“FREEDOM DAY” was the name given to Monday this week, as it was the day that many legal restrictions imposed due to the coronavirus ...

 

Share life’s joys as we reflect on past

“NO man is an island entire of itself; every man is a piece of the continent, a part of the main.” Thus wrote John Donne, is his 17th ...

 

Healthy balance between rights and common good

UNDER normal circumstances Henley should be buzzing at this time of year, the royal regatta having just finished and the summer ...

 

Help is at hand for marriage problems

“MARRIAGE is a gift of God in creation” — so reads the marriage service that many of us will have either gone through personally, or ...

 

Trust in God will bear fruit in time

SITTING here in the manse, I can hear the summer sounds of lawnmowers and roadworks. Thinking about roadworks leads me, and possibly ...

 

Covid crisis has taught us to give

MOST readers will be acutely aware that, last year in particular, when all of us were taught by rapid experience, many of our ...

 

Learning to forgive in order to move on

THE week commencing May 17 brought some much-needed relaxation of the covid-19 restrictions. Once again we are allowed into pubs and ...

 

Silence makes room for the spirit to speak

Silence makes room for the spirit to speak

HAVE you noticed that the sounds of traffic have increased since the easing of lockdown restrictions? Henley seems generally noisier ...

 

When life is tough God is on my side

I AM a Christian, not because I have all the answers. I don’t think I know it all. I have studied as hard as I can — I have degrees ...

 

Choose motto for life and keep to it

GIVEN that none of us knows what lies around the corner, something that can help us deal best with whatever looms ahead is a really ...

 

Spring reminder of our transformation

SOME years ago, I watched a play performed by some small children about a pond; not any old pond, but a pond full of fish and grubs. ...

 

Future is bright if we stick together

EASTERTIDE is always one of my favourite times of year: the sense that winter has lost its grip in the face of the gathering strength ...

 

Praying for better things to come...

THERE is a natural order to our observations of Lent, Holy Week, Easter, Ascensiontide and Pentecost that creates a great spiritual ...