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THE BEST YEARS OF YOUR LIFE….. live RESILIENTLY and you won’t miss them!

DSCF3545 (2)In 1967 The Beatles released a memorable song called, “When I’m Sixty-Four”. The song asks the question that can stir in the minds of many people who are facing old age when it repeats the words, “Will you still need me, will you still feed me when I’m sixty-four?”
The thought of no longer being needed with the advancement of old age cuts across the very purpose for which we were created.

Interestingly, I belong to a denomination that requires its pastors to retire at 65, even though it is possible to believe for a number of them that their best years are still to come.
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LIFE CYCLES…….don’t miss what they are teaching you!

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Human beings are not the only ones who proceed through a life cycle. Every organisation has one.

One day in my mail, I received a poster to advertise an event soon to occur in another church. I was struck by the irony of the fact that it contained details announcing the “celebration” of the closure of this certain church. It caused me to realise that any church is ever only a generation away from closing. I placed the brochure inside the cupboard of my office to remind me, whenever I opened the cupboard, that every church/organisation is either on a life cycle or a death cycle. (See brochure at end …

TO BE LIKE JESUS

Jesus,Holding,Male,Hand,To,Bless,And,Heal,Christian,,ReligiousThe remarkable life of Jesus was brought home to me when I read these words,
“The life of Jesus was so unique, unpredictable, illogical and inconsistent that it would have been impossible for someone to make it up. It had to be true.”

And yet Jesus’ calling to us is that we are to learn to live like Him. He said to His disciples, “As the Father sent me, so I am sending you.”  John 20:21  As I grew to understand this calling, the words of a Salvation Army song took on a deeper meaning for me :

“To be like Jesus, this hope possesses me,
In every thought

WHY GATHER TOGETHER?

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In recent years the presence of Covid19 has greatly impacted how we do life, including how we live together in community as the people of God. For many of us it has not been possible to regularly meet together and so we have become the church on-line which has made it possible for us to choose the time in our week’s schedule when we can view the latest church service.
But should this become the usual practice as things get back to normal? Some people are asking why we should go back to meeting together as one family. Whilst there are good reasons why some people are unable to do …