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15 March 2020

I really like working through Paul’s letter to the Philippian Church.  The main reason I have continued on, having picked it up in Chapter 2 a few weeks back, is that it is firstly full of joy. Secondly it is all about the love and care that Christians can have for one another, specifically in […]

8 March 2020

I thank God for those Christian fellowships that are not religious!!   What?, I hear you say. Isn’t Christianity a religion?  Well yes it is according to some definitions but also, and at the same time, it is not. What do I mean?  I mean that the word ‘religion’ often describes a set of cold laws […]

1 March 2020

News travels real fast eh? J  I just had a phone-call from a Minister friend and he asked me about my leaving in May! Amazing! So knowing that everyone who is a part of First Church wasn’t there on Sunday, I just want to make sure everyone knows (again for some – sorry) that I […]

December 2019

Tom’s Snippet ‘The last snippet of this year!  It seems to have shot through really fast and it is now hard to remember all that happened.  Some of it was really great, some good, and some…..well…..best left alone!   But  whatever, it has all been a part of the fabric of life and living which we […]

17 November 2019

Someone once said, “You may not live by what you profess, but you will live by what you believe.”  I guess that’s why Jesus once said that “the way to identify a tree or a person is by the kind of fruit produced.” Mt 7:20 TLB.  That is to say, do their words and their […]

3 November

Just a few minutes before the first service last Sunday, I received a text to tell me that my favourite Aunt and my late mother’s only sibling, had died.  It tends to throw you a little getting news like that at that sort of time.  I mentioned that it had happened at both services as […]

27 October

As I mentioned in passing at the second service last week, we have just received the assessment of us as a parish completed by the Northern Presbytery as a result of a requirement of the Church Property Trustees to look at the national health of the PCANZ.  Every parish was asked to fill out forms […]

20 October 2019

This morning, we are going to look at the passage in Luke 18:1-8. It’s well-known on one level;, but perhaps not so well-known on another.  Yes, it’s about persistence in prayer, but it is also even more centrally about the character of God and our getting to know Him more. Derek Geldart, a pastor from […]

28 September 2019

Soren Kierkegaard, a Danish philosopher and theologian once defined sin as ‘building your identity on anything besides God’.  Tim Keller calls making a good thing into an ultimate thing idolatry.  He also said something like; ‘Although you may read the words of the God of the Bible, believe in the God of the Bible, pray […]