Wednesday, September 28, 2016

Is Jesus relevant ???

I was asked to answer this question at a lunch bar for Hope University Christian Union today. Along with Josh. 

Yes is the answer in case you were wondering 😄

He is our maker and our master and our messiah.  That makes Him more than just relevant . That makes him central to our very existence. 

Have you acknowledged his relevance in your life today ? 


Tuesday, September 27, 2016

Not by bread alone 😄

Each week I go into a school in Liverpool to help run their Christian Union. What you see above is their staple diet 🙈. 

However I am pleased to report that at the same meeting we chew on the Word of God which is far more satisfying. 

Have you fed on it today ? " Taste and see that the Lord is good "

Monday, September 26, 2016

Drawing near ....

Today as I sit in our conservatory ( our oasis) ,the rain falls ,the music plays, the word of God speaks. 

He draws near ... Peace flows , guidance is given. He ministers to me from this place of stillness. 

Go and find your place , draw near to Him today. 

Sunday, September 25, 2016

I could taste the past ...

It was the harvest thanksgiving service at Great Warford Baptist Church today . 

For centuries ( since 1642) God's people have gathered in this place. Ever since the days of Oliver Cromwell. Generations of folk have come and gone and still God's word is proclaimed from this pulpit. 

The sense of history was tangible . Oh that this pulpit would continue to proclaim His name until that glorious day when history is no more. 

To God be the Glory 

The Bride and The Groom

Yesterday ,The Bride ( Sarah) and The Groom ( Josh) became husband and wife at Bethel. 

A day that they had thought about and planned for over the last year or so. A wonderful day , full of joy and celebration. 

One day,  we the bride of Christ will meet Him . Oh what a day that will be. And until that day we make ourselves ready. 

So how is your preparation going ?  

Friday, September 23, 2016

The sisterhood 😄

Family life is a joy. Our family is separated by many miles , Portsmouth , London and for one day yesterday York ( Laura.) Even with the separation imposed by distance modern technology bridges the gap. Well almost. 

Yesterday our family whatsapp group was awash with banter , the banter of sisterhood and in this there is much solace and joy. The joy of knowing that in a loving family you can be yourself and relax into the good humoured Micky taking without any long term lasting damage 😄

Families are designed to bless God and to bless each other. For that I am very thankful. 

Thursday, September 22, 2016

Where has that gone ?

Noah officially celebrates his sixth month here on earth today. It is hard to grasp the way in which time does indeed fly. 

I am writing this in my study at home and the sound I hear is the tick-tock of my wall clock ... Time ticks on , it is relentless. 

On the one hand this saddens,as you know that at some point your time will one day come to an end and you will depart from those you love and cherish. On the other hand beyond this life is paradise , secured for us by the one who came to lead us in the way , the truth and the life . Leading us ultimately into life eternal. As the clock ticks this is our hope. 

So Noah if you read this many years from now and I am long gone ,know that paradise awaits you in Jesus. Know that one day we will all be reunited in the eternal realm. Worshiping together , the one who gave Himself for us. 

Wednesday, April 20, 2016

Centre Parcs .... Elvedon weekend :-)

This weekend we really enjoyed our time in the forest courtesy of Centre Parcs. 

Noah was on his first family holiday and had his debut selfie !!

Katie brought Jess all the way from Tasmania :-) 

A wonderful relaxing weekend. Really thankful to God for the time we had. 

Thursday, March 31, 2016

March..... A celebration

This month saw Laura's 21st Birthday celebration and the birth of baby Noah James. 10lb 8oz to Anna and Andy. Our first grandchild ...wonderful. 

Tuesday, February 23, 2016

All together again ... Probably the last time .

It was great to spend time with Gill and the girls . It is not often that we find ourselves back to how we were for many years just the five of us. 

It was nice and will probably never be repeated now with Anna about to give birth to our first grandchild. 

Old memories being given over to new memories ... Exciting times ahead. 

I am looking forward to being a grandad :-) 

Friday, February 12, 2016

Old Friends.

Good to meet up with these two muppets the other day. 

Shared lives for many years now. They are a blessing. 

Wednesday, February 10, 2016

A quick trip to France.

Last Saturday we flew out to the Midi-Pyranees region of France . To stay with our greatest of friends Paul And Ali. 

Three days and nights of French culture , good conversation , much laughter , great food and plenty of peace. 

Times such as these allow you to recharge and think. 

Grateful for this short break. 

Friday, February 05, 2016

We never stop learning.

Life is a gift. A beautiful gift that we unwrap every moment of every day. Sometimes we unwrap sad painful layers and other times joy and peace and hope. 

A life that teaches us every time we unwrap its paper. When we reach the final piece of paper the final gift will be overwhelmingly beautiful. 

We will see him as he is. Jesus Christ , the Lord of life and saviour of mankind. 

So much to look forward to. 

In life and in death. 

Motivated to do .... To live ...To love

Whilst struggling with the sniffles I spent some time listening to some motivational speakers. 

The principles they give to us have many parallels in the word of God. ( interesting and worth spending some time on these last couple of days ) 

Man Flu .... It's real :)

The last few days have been challenging ... Sniff, cough, splutter moan to Gill :-) 

Glad to report though that today is a better day. 

Even gladder to report that Gill and I are off to France for a few nights tomorrow . 

Good friends , good food ... Good times ...memories made...  Au revoir 😄🇫🇷

Tuesday, January 26, 2016

Christianity shared over a coffee ....

Acts 17:17

So he reasoned in the synagogue with the Jews and the devout persons, and in the marketplace every day with those who happened to be there.

Costa is often my marketplace. It is in here that I chat to folk and seek to share how life is lived through the faith that I profess . All for his glory, particularly the cappuccino !! 

Friday, January 22, 2016

Not the same

Walking isn't quite the same now Chester has gone. ! 

Thursday, January 21, 2016

Walking in the Light

This morning I stood in front of 500 boys at a secondary school in Liverpool teaching them this text. 

How important it is to teach the next generation to walk in the light. To do what is right and good , to love and not to hate. 

Jesus shows us the way to do this ... Walk in his light today ... Do life His way.That is the place where you will find fellowship and fellowship with Him brings peace. 

Wednesday, January 20, 2016

Man Flu and new year resolution. !!

So far this year my 52 year old out of shape body has struggled to fight off the usual array of germs that come our way at this time of year. 
So what's the solution. Get in shape by moving more and eat healthily. It's simple isn't it ..... Mmmm hoping that this year will be THAT year when the diet regime does actually reap the rewards :-) 

Will keep you posted 

Monday, January 04, 2016

Thursday, December 24, 2015

Surprise in York

All will be home for Christmas after we have picked up Laura from her shift in York. 

Good to have them all home again .

Tuesday, November 10, 2015

New home for the baby to be :)

Today Anna was given the keys to her and Andy's brand new home in Portsmouth. 

Praying that they would know much peace and blessing now as homeowners. 

Looking forward to our first visit. 

Friday, November 06, 2015

He left us two months ago .. Still crying :(

Chester. Who was my companion for 13 years,almost all of the time  I have been a minister,  passed away two months ago on Sept 11th. 
I still miss him. 
Dogs are wonderful , so faithful , they love you unconditionally , they love you more than they love themselves. 

Chester will always have a special place in my memories x

Au Revoir is much better than goodbye

Paul and Ali , who are the greatest of friends , today began a new adventure . Leaving this green and pleasant land to make a new home in France. 

A new chapter begins and we look forward to enjoying the French experience with them every now and then. 

Friday, October 30, 2015

Tuesday, October 27, 2015

Never forgotten

8 years ago .... Still seems like yesterday 

Phil and Trae

It was good to have Phil over on Sunday for Bethel's anniversary services. 

Also good to catch up with the "Hippie from Mississippi " Trae 

Saturday, September 26, 2015

New Chapter

Spending some time this weekend with Paul and Alli , Matt and Samantha before they move to France to begin a new chapter in their lives. ( and ours 😄) 

This house holds so many memories for our two families, fourteen years of them  , memories that bind you together in mutual love as families together ride the roller coaster of life's experiences. 

So now the new chapter begins in France for them ..  So a new set of French  experiences is eagerly anticipated .🇫🇷👍🏻

Saturday, December 06, 2014

Christmas ... Begins again

The season of advent for me is a season of great joy.Not the joy of shopping or the joy of too much turkey and mince pies but the joy of knowing that the King of Glory came down and dwelt among us. 

The one who was so rich with all the blessings of heaven that he gladly left behind to become poor and dwell amongst us ... He came to show us the way. ... So look to Him this advent season and not to what you have or don't have and know the real joy of Christmas ... Jesus Christ our Lord our Saviour .