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Author: Lesley Strang

From the Pastor

Today (at MM) we celebrate the end of the Kids Church year. Families are amazing things. Turtles lay eggs, and then leave them to hatch. Kittens stay with their mums for a couple of months. But human offspring are dependent upon their parents for years

From the Pastor

There was a season where tensions with one of my children hit a new low. They lied. But I became conscious that the lying, regarding one topic, was routine. I could no longer trust them. So they apologised, and I forgave them for their most

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I was walking with Marianne last Sunday night along Safety Beach at sunset. Further around the bay, at about Rye, there was a strange orange glow above the coastline. Neither of us could look away, was it fire? Was it a festival on the foreshore?

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Barrack Obama gave a speech recently to young people. Three things struck me about his speech. First, he told young people to get over the idea that one can be pure and uncompromised. The world is messy, contains ambiguities and good people have flaws. How

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It’s fashionable in certain circles to criticise the ‘prosperity doctrine’. I want to begin by affirming the many truths of thriving. God begets Adam and Eve in a garden that is teeming with fish and producing vegetation and living creatures. He then commands mankind to

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“Therefore, as God’s chosen people, holy and dearly loved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience.” (Col 3:12) I read this passage again the other morning and I was struck by the simplicity of it. We tend to make our faith really complicated, or

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I don’t think I have ever heard a sermon on ‘Rest’. I’ve heard lots on ‘Service and sacrifice’ but not a lot on ‘Rest’. I’m not even sure I have a proper understanding of ‘Rest’. Mostly I’ve taken it to be time off work. Time

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Isaiah 46:3-4 3 “Listen to me, you descendants of Jacob,     all the remnant of the people of Israel, you whom I have upheld since your birth,     and have carried since you were born. 4 Even to your old age and gray hairs     I am he, I am he who will sustain you. I have made you and I

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Boris Johnson’s rise (as Mayor) and fall (12 months ago), and recent rise and fall has been astounding. What are we to make of this? A few random thoughts. It’s easy to be frustrated with the current state of events. Brexit under Theresa May was

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The trade war between China and the US looms large. Two weeks ago economists got excited about an ‘inverted yield curve’. [If you lend money to the government as a bond, they will pay 1.5% interest for 1 year, and 1% for three years.] In