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A stable place sufficed

The words of the carol, ‘In the Bleak Midwinter’, have been buzzing around my head. In particular this verse: Our God, heaven cannot hold him, nor earth sustain Heaven and earth shall flee away when he comes to reign In the bleak midwinter a stable place sufficed The Lord God Almighty, Jesus Christ How wonderfully More


Guidance, planning and vision

How does God guide us? What is the difference between me thinking up what to do and God really guiding and directing my paths? How do I know the difference between my will and God’s will? A friend asked a simple question today, ‘Do we want guidance or do we want the Guide?’ Guidance might More


Hungarton Camps 2014 – two down one to go

Last night we had a great Hungarton Camp service at Knighton. It was good to have so many young people gathered together and to give God thanks for all that he has done over the last two weeks. We have seen young people come to know Jesus for the very first time, others recommit their More


Girl Summit 2014

Every year more than 3 million girls are at risk of female genital mutilation (FGM) and 14 million are married before they reach 18 years of age. For too many girls these harmful practices end their childhood and are a violation of their rights to safety, health and education. This is a truly global issue, More


Dark news

Watching the news isn’t fun is it? OK Dolly the dog looks like she’s going to get a home with a Country Singer after all but that can’t make up for the stories we have to sit through night after night. Again and again we hear stories of abuse, abuse by ordinary people, celebrities, politicians. More


The heart that wags the tongue

I regularly read the BBC Magazine, a sort of online Sunday Supplement except that it’s published every day. On Friday the writer, Al Kennedy, wrote a point of view entitled ‘Why gossip has to stop’. You can read it here: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/magazine-27883308 I was interested because Ms Kennedy is not as far as I know a More


Reflecting on stats

‘You can make statistics say what you want!’ True but they can be helpful. I’ve been looking at the 2011 Census data for Leicester and it makes interesting reading. Here are some figures that struck me. Leicester population is 330 000, the number of students is 41 000. That’s about 12%. I guess the combined More


The Porn Trap

After the service tonight here are a few resources to help you or a friend who is struggling with porn. 1. Books Capture by a better vision, IVP. Tim Chester Sexual detox: A guide for guys who are sick of porn, Cruciform Press. Tim Challies What’s wrong with a little porn when you’re married? New More


Facebook and social media

Social media has come from something that a few geeks used to do in the background to mainstream. It is the focus of TV and radio but it also fuels many shows with the audience being invited to give their say. Undoubtedly the ability to connect like this can be a great force for good. More


Good websites

We blame the internet for many things but it can be a great gift of God to us. In no particular order here are some websites that you might find interesting The Gospel Coalition http://thegospelcoalition.org/ Is exactly what it says, a coalition of gospel people and churches. There’s lots of this site to explore. Largely More