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The fragility of our walk

Fragile – not a word that appears in the Bible, nor one that we tend to think of as a desirable trait, yet I have heard two people use it recently to describe the Church in the countryside.  I suppose they mean that rural congregations and groups tend to be small in number, with ministry gifts and responsibilities tending to be in the hands of just one or two individuals.  They mean that many of

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Little Gidding

Earlier this month (4 December), the Church of England commemorated the life of Nicholas Ferrar (1592-1637) as a ‘minor festival’. Nicholas Ferrar was a scholar and businessman, briefly an MP, and a deacon in the Church of England. He was a close friend of the poet and hymn writer, George Herbert. In 1626, having lost much of the family fortune in the Virginia Company, he retreated with his family in 1626 to the manor of

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The confirming power of God

When Paul wrote to the Corinthians, he was at pains to remind them that “I came to you in weakness with great fear and trembling.  My message and my preaching were not with wise and persuasive words, but with a demonstration of the Spirit’s power, so that your faith might not rest on human wisdom, but on God’s power” (1 Corinthians 2: 3-5).  He opened his first letter to the Thessalonians in a similar way;

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Three elements of prevailing prayer

One of my favourite parables is found in Luke 18 where Jesus is teaching about how we should always pray and not give up.  The story is a simple one of a widow who kept petitioning her local magistrate to give her justice over a certain issue.  He refused to do so, being a man who wasn’t actually interested in justice, until he finally gave in, simply because he got fed up with her constant

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