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“Get Confidence”

Over the weekend I had the privilege to speak at a men's conference. The theme for the gathering was Get Confidence. The organizers had a passion for the men that attended to grow in self- confidence at home, in their work, with their friends and at church. The briefing notes of the first session asked me to define confidence biblically. What I discovered hit me with sledge hammer force. The root Hebrew wor ...

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Prayer for the world’s sorrow

The second verse of Timothy Rees’ hymn ‘God is love’ reads: God is love: and He enfoldeth All the world in one embrace; With unfailing grasp He holdeth Every child of every race. And when human hearts are breaking Under sorrow’s iron rod, All the sorrow, all the aching, Wrings with pain the heart of God. It is a verse that I can rarely sing. In fact, there are tears in my eyes as copy it.   It speaks powerf ...

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“I knew you would do that!”

I have been reading the story of Jonah again recently and , amongst many other things, it struck me that in Chapter 4 after the people from Nineveh had repented, Jonah says to God “I knew you would do that!” in the most indignant tone of voice he could muster.   After all he had been through in his fight with God about what he personally felt was right and wrong, Jonah ends up saying he really never ha ...

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Middle East

Yesterday we heard the news that Parliament is being recalled on Friday to debate the involvement of our armed forces in carrying out air strikes on Islamic State (Isil) in Iraq. In reflecting on this news, I need to say clearly that I am speaking from a personal point of view, and not representing  the considered view of the London Baptist Association. My view is that I have very deep misgivings about this ...

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Prayer for Scottish Referendum

"We do not know what we ought to pray for, but the Spirit himself intercedes for us through wordless groans. And he who searches our hearts knows the mind of the Spirit, because the Spirit intercedes for God’s people in accordance with the will of God." (Romans 8: 26-27) I am greatly comforted and strengthened by these words as there are many times when I truly don't know what to pray.  ...

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