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Pause for Thought and Prayer

Pause for Thought and Prayer is a collection of thoughts and prayers from the Church notices.

Collect for Christmas Day

Lord Jesus Christ, your birth at Bethlehem draws us to kneel in wonder at heaven touching earth: accept our heartfelt praise as we worship you, our Saviour and our eternal God.

Posted 25.12.2011

The Real Christmas

Don't forget - if you take the Christ out of Christmas all you are left with is M and S !

Posted 25.12.2011

Prayer for the 4th Sunday before Advent

God of glory, touch our lips with the fire of your Spirit, that we with all creation may rejoice to sing your praise; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen

Prayer Diary for July and August

2 Cor v 13-15 '......... so that the grace that is reaching more and more
to people may cause thanksgiving to overflow to the glory of God'

24. Pray for a time of refreshment as families approach the school holidays.

25. Pray for all Home Group leaders and their groups.

26. Give thanks for all who are prepared to help, in whatever capacity to support Chris' Ministry here.

27. Pray for Chris, Sarah and the girls.

28. Pray for the Beachy Head Ministry, whom we support.

29. Give us the courage to share the Gospel sensitively.

30. Give us a longing to spend time with You.

31. Help us to understand, even partially, the enormity of your love for each one of us.

August:

1. Pray for our farmers as they harvest crops.

2. Pray for outdoor events and their organisers.

3. As we are in holiday season, let us not forget those caught up in famine in the Horn of Africa.

4. Pray for South Sudan as a new Nation.

5. Pray for all leaders as they seek answers to a serious economic situation.

6. Thank God for His Peace which he gives even in troubled times if we rest in Him.

7. Help us as we repent not to keep on picking up the same bag of trouble, but leave it at the foot of the Cross.

Posted 24.07.2011

Psalm 23 - Peaceful Holidays

1 The LORD is my shepherd, I shall not be in want.
2 He makes me lie down in green pastures, he leads me beside quiet waters,
3 He restores my soul.

Posted 24.07.2011

Prayer Diary for July

'Jesus got up.....went off to a solitary place where He prayed'

Mark Iv 35

18. Pray for teachers of education that they may be refreshed.

19. Pray that the sense of outrage at the current 'phone hacking scandal' may be a trigger to causing the Nation to take stock of what we consider acceptable, and the part we play in it.

20. Pray for all members of our Church.

21. Give thanks for God's healing power.

22. Pray for James Thomson and Victoria Brown as they marry today.

23. Pray for Stuart Ridgewell and Kathryn Thornton-Smith as they marry today.

24. Pray for a time of refreshment as families approach the school holidays.

25. Pray for all Home Group leaders and their groups.

26. Give thanks for all who are prepared to help, in whatever capacity to support Chris' Ministry here.

27. Pray for Chris, Sarah and the girls.

28. Pray for the Beachy Head Ministry, whom we support.

29. Give us the courage to share the Gospel sensitively.

30. Give us a longing to spend time with You.

31. Help us to understand, even partially, the enormity of your love for each one of us.

Posted 17.07.2011

Running to Jesus

They ran throughout that whole region and carried the sick on mats to wherever they heard he was. And wherever he went—into villages, towns or countryside — they placed the sick in the marketplaces. They begged him to let them touch even the edge of his cloak, and all who touched him were healed.

Matthew 6:55-56

Posted 11.07.2011

In Jesus' day just the mention of His name stirred people to action - such a shame that people today either can't be bothered or they just don't know what He can do for them!

53 When they had crossed over, they landed at Gerinesaret and anchored there.54 As soon as they got out of the boat, people recognized Jesus.55 They ran throughout that whole region and carried the sick on mats to wherever they heard he was.56 And wherever he went—into villages, towns or countryside—they placed the sick in the marketplaces. They begged him to let them touch even the edge of his cloak, and all who touched him were healed. Matthew 6:53-56

Posted 11.07.2011

PRAYER DIARY FOR JUNE
'and pray in the Spirit on all occasions.' Eph.6 v8.

19 Pray for a real time of worship and fellowship.
20 May we lift Michael and Sandra Hunter to you in their time of need. (Michael was a former reader here).
21 Let us give thanks for all that is good.
22 May all those with genuine concerns about their futures consider the effect of strikes.
23 Let us continue to pray for wisdom for all leaders.
24 Please pray that the Prayer Group meeting tomorrow will seek God's will for our Church.
25 Darren and Charlotte as they marry today.
26 May we all rejoice in your presence.
27 Continue to pray for Rod and Barbara.
28 Thank you for Church Wardens, Joan and John.
29 Thank you for all who provide our coffee and teas.
30 Thank you for the Churchyard team, led by Freddie.

July

  1. Pray for all those involved in raising money for Charity, including all the local fetes.
  2. Continue to pray for the emergence of the right leaders in the Middle East and North Africa.

    Posted 26.06.2011

Do you show contempt for the riches of his kindness, tolerance and patience, not realizing that God's kindness leads you toward repentance? Romans 2:4

Posted 26.06.2011

...how much more will those who receive God's abundant provision of grace and of the gift of righteousness reign in life through the one man, Jesus Christ Romans 5:17.

Posted 13.06.2011


Earthy rewards are nothing compared with rewards that will last for all eternity
Blessed are you when people insult you, persecute you and falsely say all kinds of evil against you because of me. Rejoice and be glad, because great is your reward in heaven, for in the same way they persecuted the prophets who were before you. Matthew 5.11-13 (Niv)

Posted 22.05.2011


Inactivity is the robber of blessings - Don't just think about inviting someone to church; just ask!

Posted 08.05.2011


"I was glad when they said to me, "Let us go into the house of the LORD""

Psalm122:1 (NKJ)

Posted 08.05.2011

We may not have seen the risen Jesus but faith is based on the unseen, not the unreal!

"Then He (Jesus) said to Thomas, "Put your finger here; see my hands. Reach out your hand and put it into my side. Stop doubting and believe."
Thomas said to him, "My Lord and my God!"
Then Jesus told him, "Because you have seen me, you have believed;
blessed are those who have not seen and yet have believed."

John 20:27-29 (NIV)

Posted 01.05.2011

PRAYER DIARY FOR MAY

"be merciful unto me and hear my prayer" Psalm 4 v1

1. Let us rejoice and be glad.
2. Bless all those in essential work today.
3. Be near to those involved in conflict.
4. Thank you for your healing power.
5. We pray for our community and the elections today.
6. We thank you for all families everywhere.
7. We thank you that You are head of our family.
8. Bless all Ministers as they lead worship today.
9. Help us to use the gifts you have given each one, to your glory.
10. Let us remember all clergy families.
11. Thank you for your Word which gives us guidance.
12. All our Home Groups and their Leaders.
13. Our church wardens Joan and Peter.
14. May we pray in Your Spirit.
15. Our sidesmen, women and children.
16. All involved in our music, especially Barry.
17. All those preparing for Marriage.
18. Rod and Barbara Trickey.
19. Ministers and the Coalition Government.
20. All involved in Education.
21. The Ashdown Singers Concert today.

Posted 01.05.2011


The disciples were really glad to see Jesus -
they thought it was all over!
Jesus came and stood in the midst, and said to them,
"Peace be with you." When He had said this, He
showed them His hands and His side. Then the disciples
were glad when they saw the Lord.

John 20:19-20 (NKJ)

Posted 24.04.2011

PRAYER DIARY FOR APRIL - MAY

'be merciful unto me and hear my prayer' Psalm 4: 1

24. Joy on Easter Day.
25. Leisure activities and all who take part in them on Easter Monday.
26. People we know who are unwell.
27. Doctors and Nurses.
28. The start of Bible by the Beach.
29. Prince William and Catherine Middleton.
30. Those preparing for Baptism.
1. Let us rejoice and be glad.
2. Bless all those in essential work today.
3. Be near to those involved in conflict.
4. Thank you for your healing power.
5. We pray for our community and the elections today.
6. We thank you for all families everywhere.
7. We thank you that You are head of our family.

Posted 24.04.2011


Easter says you can put truth in a grave, but it won't stay there.

-Clarence W.Hall

Posted 24.04.2011


The resurrection gives my life meaning and direction and the opportunity to start over no matter what my circumstances.

-Robert Flatt

Posted 24.04.2011


Easter is not a passport to another world; it is a quality of perception for this one. - W.P. Lemon

Posted 24.04.2011


If you declare with your mouth,
"Jesus is Lord," and believe in your heart that
God raised him from the dead, you will be
saved.

Romans 10:9

Posted 24.04.2011


May God richly bless, each and everyone of you,
this Easter.
May you feel and experience His overwhelming
and unconditional love especially for you
in the centre of your heart.

Posted 24.04.2011


Prayer for Palm Sunday


True and humble king,
hailed by the crowd as Messiah:
grant us the faith to know you and love you,
that we may be found beside you
on the way of the cross,
which is the path of glory.

Posted 17.04.2011

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Don't blame the parents!
Part of growing up is about taking personal responsibility.

A wise son brings gladness to his father,
but a foolish son grief to his mother.

Proverbs 10:1

Posted 17.04.2011

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PRAYER DIARY FOR APRIL

"Be Joyful always: pray continually"! Thessalonians 5: l7

17. Let us remember those in Christchurch.
18. Families on holiday from school and college.
19. Friends of Framfteld Church and the APCM
20. Our farming community.
21. Give thanks for God's work here in Framfield.
22. Reflection on Good Friday.
23. All who are preparing to preach tomorrow.
24. Joy on Easter Day.
25. Leisure activities and all who take part in them on Easter Monday.
26. People we know who are unwell.
27. Doctors and Nurses.
28. The start of Bible by the Beach.
29. Prince William and Catherine Middleton.
30. Those preparing for Baptism.

Posted 04.04.2011

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God never forgets a promise He has made -You can be glad about that!
For he remembered his holy promise given to his servant
Abraham. He brought out his people with gladness,
his chosen ones with shouts of joy;

Psalm 105: 42-44 (NIV)

Posted 04.04.2011

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Gladness - The gift of God!

As long as I live, I will sing and praise you, the LORD God.
"I hope my thoughts will please you,
because you are the one who makes me glad.

Psalm 104:33-34 (Contemporary English Version)

Posted 04.04.2011

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Be glad that you belong to God!

Worship the LORD with gladness; come before him with joyful songs.
Know that the LORD is God. It is he who made us, and we are his; we are his people, the sheep of his pasture.

Psalm 100:2-3

Posted 27.03.2011

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PRAYER DIARY FOR MARCH/APRIL

'And pray in the Spirit on all occasions with all kinds of prayers and requests...' Ephesians 6 v18

27. A receptive heart to God's Word.
28. All the children who attend our Church.
29. Bishop Wallace Benn and his team running the Lent Course.
30. Norman our Treasurer as he prepares for the AGM
31. All teachers, especially those known to us.

April


  1. The people of the Middle East as they go through a period of change.
  2. All those preparing for marriage.
  3. All Mothers on this Mothering Sunday.
  4. Staff and patients at Uckfield Hospital.
  5. Home Group Leaders.
  6. May our lives reflect your Love.
  7. Chris, Sarah and their family.
  8. Rod and Barbara.
  9. All those seeking employment.
  10. Bind us together Lord.
  11. All involved in the Australian catastrophes.

Posted 27.03.2011

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Loving God and hating evil has its rewards!

Let those who love the LORD hate evil, for he guards the lives of his faithful ones and delivers them from the hand of the wicked. Light is shed upon the righteous and gladness for the upright in heart.

Psalm 97:10 - 11

Posted 20.03.2011

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Calling out for God's compassion


Satisfy us in the morning with your unfailing love, that we may sing for joy and be glad all our days.

Psalm 90:14

Posted 06.03.2011

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PRAYER DIARY FOR MARCH 2011

'as you help us by your prayers. Then many will give thanks....2 Corinthians 1: 11

1. The Welsh people on St David's day.
2. Rod, Barbara, Helen and Virginia.
3. All those in further education.
4. The worldwide Women's Day of Prayer.
5. Be amongst us as we spring clean Our Lords Church.
6. Our music groups.
7. Those in hospital and all who are unwell.
8. The family of Eileen Hills.
9. PCC Meeting.
10. Framfield playgroup.
11. North Africa and the Middle East.
12. All getting married today.
13. For all those affected by earthquake and flood.
14. Our Government and all Ministers.
15. The Lent Course starting this evening.
16. All our Home Groups.
17. Chris, Sarah and their family.
18. Members of the Ministry Team.
19. Our churchwardens, Joan and Peter.
20. Those in need of healing
21. Freddie - may our Lord bless him in the Churchyard.
22. All our sidesmen and women, and children.

Posted 16.03.2011

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Be Glad in God.
May alt who seek you rejoice and be glad in you; may those who love your salvation always say, "Let God be exalted!"
Psalm 70:4

Posted 06.03.2011

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Righteousness brings Gladness
But may the righteous be glad and rejoice before God; may they be happy and joyful.
Psalm 68:3

Posted 27.02.2011

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Rejoice in the LORD and be glad, you righteous; sing, all you who are upright in heart! Psalm 32:11

Posted 06.02.2011

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Be Glad; the Lord is on your side!
Let them shout for joy, and be glad, that favour my righteous
cause: yea, let them say continually.
Let the LORD be magnified, which hath pleasure in the
prosperity of his servant.

Psalm 35:27

Posted 20.02.2011

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I will always praise the LORD. With all my heart, I will praise the LORD. Let all who are helpless, listen and be glad. Honour the LORD with me! Celebrate his great name.

Psalm 34: 1 - 3

Posted 13.02.2011

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PRAYER DIARY FOR FEBRUARY 2011

'For the eyes of the Lord are on the righteous. And his ears are attentive to their prayer..'
(1 Peter 3 v.12)

6. All who lead our services this Sunday.
7. Our churchwardens, Joan and Peter.
8. Tuesday morning Home Group.
9. Rod, Barbara, Helen and Virginia.
10. Blackboys Primary School.
11. The conflict in Egypt.
12. The housebound, lonely and carers.
13. Pray for an open heart and mind.
14. AH concerned with practical help here.
15. The induction of Chris, and all involved.
16. Marshall Curran and the Home Group.
17. Framfield Primary School.
18. Women's Breakfast tomorrow.
19. Charlotte and Antonio getting married today.
20. May we be filled with God's Holy Spirit.
21. Our Government and all Ministers.
22. Graham and Jean Sheldon's Home Group.
23. Barry and Sally's Home Group.
24. Chris, Sarah and their family.
25. Members of the Prayer Group.
26. The Churchyard Management Presentation.
27. Bind us together Lord.
28. All involved in the Australian catastrophes.

Don't suffer in silence - Prayer works! - If you would like prayer for yourself or on behalf of someone or a situation you are concerned about, someone from the Ministry Team will be available to pray with you. Look out for their red badges.

Posted 06.02.2011

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Prayer for the 4th Sunday of Epiphany

God our creator,
who in the beginning
commanded the light to shine out of darkness:
we pray that the light of the glorious gospel of Christ
may dispel the darkness of ignorance and unbelief,
shine into the hearts of all your people,
and reveal the knowledge of your glory
in the face of Jesus Christ your Son our Lord,
who is alive and reigns with you,
in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
one God, now and for ever.
Amen

Posted 30.01.2011

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The wise and foolish builders.

Whatever you are building in life: Religion,
Relationships, Marriage, Family, Job, Education, Social
etc - Wisdom says read the instructions first.,

"Therefore everyone who hears these words of mine and puts them
into practice is like a wise man who built his house on the rock. The rain
came down, the streams rose, and the winds blew and beat against that
house; yet it did not fall, because it had its foundation on the rock. But
everyone who hears these words of mine and does not put them into
practice is like a foolish man who built his house on sand. " The rain came
down, the streams rose, and the winds blew and beat against that house,
and it fell with a great crash."

If the basis of our major decisions in life are ill considered or conceived and done in our own strength what hope is there?

Posted 30.01.2011

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Being glad - it's our choice - Psalm 31:7

I will be glad and rejoice in your love, for you saw my affliction and knew the anguish of my soul.

Posted 30.01.2011

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Prayer for the 3rd Sunday of Epiphany

God of all mercy,
your Son proclaimed good news to the poor,
release to the captives,
and freedom to the oppressed:
anoint us with your Holy Spirit
and set all your people free
to praise you in Christ our Lord.
Amen

Posted 23.01.2011

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Is this the day to leave your old life and start a new one with Jesus?

As Jesus was walking beside the Sea of Galilee, he saw two
brothers, Simon called Peter and his brother Andrew. They were
casting a net into the lake, for they were fishermen. "Come,
follow me," Jesus said, "and I will make you fishers of men. "At
once they left their nets and followed him.
(Matt 4:18-20)

Posted 23.01.2011

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The Gift of Myself

Lord, I surrender all my gift, to take into this year,
That I may use them in your will, to bring the Saviour near.
The gifts you give are not my own - they're yours to take away, or
let remain, if you should choose, to use for you each day.
And so my gifts I dedicate that I may serve you here.
May all the glory go to you - my King, my Saviour dear.

Posted 23.01.2011

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The Lord is your source of gladness
"You turned my wailing into dancing; you removed my sackcloth and clothed me with gladness."
Psalm 30:11

Posted 23.01.2011

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Prayer for the 2nd Sunday of Epiphany

Eternal Lord,
our beginning and our end:
bring us with the whoie creation
to your glory, hidden through past ages
and made known
in Jesus Christ our Lord.
Amen

Posted 16.01.2011

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Whatever life seems to throw at you, you can make a
decision to find something to be glad about. With God
in our lives we have so much to be thankful for, so
when you get up each morning remember to say to
yourself and those around you
This is the day the Lord has made;
let us rejoice and be glad in it'

Psalm 118:24

Posted 16.01.2011

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Glory and honour are in his presence; strength and gladness are in his place. 1 Chronicles 16:27 (KJV)

Posted 16.01.2011

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Prayer for the 1st Sunday of Epiphany

Heavenly Father, at the Jordan you revealed Jesus as your Son:
may we recognize him as our Lord
and know ourselves to be your beloved children;
through Jesus Christ our Saviour.
Amen

Posted 09.01.2011

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Light of the Epiphany . . ., "What the Heart Already Knows"
"The twelve days of Christmas came to an end on January 6, and the season of the Epiphany begins. But Epiphany not only ends Christmas, it also fulfils it by celebrating the revelation of the Christ to the whole world. The coming of Incarnate God to all people, especially to those of us who are Gentiles, is the bridge from birth into life, the event that makes Easter possible for most of us. The light of the Epiphany illuminates the church's year as it illuminates the human race from whom the kings came."

Phyllis A. Tickle

Posted 09.01.2011

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"If only there were a longer time between epiphany and epitaph"

David Glaser

Posted 09.01.2011

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"A teacher's day is half bureaucracy, half crisis, half monotony and
one-eighth epiphany. Never mind the arithmetic."

Susan Ohanian

Posted 09.01.2011

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Collect for the 2nd Sunday of Christmas


Almighty God,
in the birth of your Son
you have poured on us the new light of your incarnate Word,
and shown us the fullness of your love:
help us to walk in his light and dwell in his love
that we may know the fullness of his joy;
who is alive and reigns with you,
in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
one God, now and for ever.

Amen

Posted 02.01.2011

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A lighter thought!


Anais Nin
I made no resolutions for the New Year. The habit of making plans, of criticizing,
sanctioning and molding my life, is too much of a daily event for me.

Oscar Wilde
Good resolutions are simply checks that men draw on a bank where they have no account.

Robert Paul

I'm a little bit older, a little bit wiser, a little bit rounder, but still
none the wiser.

Posted 02.01.2011

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Happy New Year.

We can learn from the past but we can't live in the past. It is
not wise to plan too far in advance or fret about the future
for we do not know what the future brings. God gives us his
grace and blessing for the day in which we are living -
let's make the most of each new day that He gives us.
~CL

Posted 02.01.2011

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Be always at war with your vices, at peace with your
neighbours, and let each New Year find you a better man.
~Benjamin Franklin

Posted 02.01.2011

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Drop the last year into the silent limbo of the past.
Let it go, for it was imperfect, and thank God that it ean go.
~Brooks Atkinson

Posted 02.01.2011

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Collect for the 4th Sunday of Advent


Eternal God,
as Mary waited for the birth of your Son,
so we wait for his coming in glory;
bring us through the birth pangs of this present age
to see, with her, our great salvation
in Jesus Christ our Lord.

Amen

Posted 24.12.2010

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Don't' forget - if you take the Christ out of Christmas all you are left with is M and S!

Posted 24.12.2010

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1 Corinthians 13 (The Christmas Version) by Anemone Reeves


If I decorate my house perfectly with plaid bows, strands of twinkling lights and shiny balls, but do not show love to my family, I'm just another decorator.
If I slave away in the kitchen, baking dozens of Christmas cookies, preparing gourmet meals and arranging a beautifully adorned table at mealtime, but do not show love to my family, I'm just another cook.
If I work at the soup kitchen, carol in the nursing home and give all that I have to charity, but not show love to my family, it profits me nothing.
If I trim the spruce with shimmering angels and crocheted snowflakes, attend a myriad of holiday parties and sing in the choir's cantata, but do not focus on Christ, I have missed the point.
Love stops the cooking to hug the child.
Love sets aside the decorating to kiss the husband. Love is kind, though harried and tired.
Love doesn't envy another's home that has coordinated Christmas china and table linens.
Love doesn't yell at the kids to get out of the way, but is thankful they are there to be in the way.
Love doesnt give only to those who are able to give in return but rejoices in giving to those who can't.
Love bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things. Love never fails.
Video games will break, pearl necklaces will be lost, golf clubs will rust.
But giving the gift of love will endure.

-----------------------Merry Christmas-------------------------

Posted 24.12.2010

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Prayer for the 3rd Sunday of Advent

God for whom we watch and wait,
you sent John the Baptist to prepare the way of your Son:
give us courage to speak the truth,
to hunger for justice,
and to suffer for the cause of right,
with Jesus Christ our Lord.

Amen

Posted 12.12.2010

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I AM CALLED TO WORSHIP A GOD I CANNOT SEE
BUT NOT TO SUBMIT TO A GOD I CANNOT KNOW AND
PROVE.
David Shepherd

Posted 12.12.2010

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IF WE WORSHIPPED AS WE SHOULD,
WE WOULDN'T WORRY AS WE SHOULDN'T
Anon

Posted 12.12.2010

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Prayer for the 2nd Sunday of Advent


Almighty God,
purify our hearts and minds,
that when your Son Jesus Christ comes again as
judge and saviour
we may be ready to receive him,
who is our Lord and our God.

Posted 05.12.2010

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Advent
A time to change your mind and believe the Good News

Posted 05.12.2010

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Give us, O Lord,
a stout heart to bear our own burdens;
a tender heart to bear the burden of others;
and a believing heart to lay all our burdens on you.
(Leslie Newbigin)

Posted 05.12.2010

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Still running away from God? Try falling into His loving arms instead. He's waiting to receive you right now!

Posted 05.12.2010

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Prayer for Advent Sunday

Almighty God,
give us grace to cast away the works of darkness
and to put on the armour of light,
now in the time of this mortal life,
in which your Son Jesus Christ came to us in great humility;
that on the last day,
when he shall come again in his glorious majesty
to judge the living and the dead,
we may rise to the life immortal;
through him who is alive and reigns with you,
in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
one God, now and for ever.

Amen

Posted 28.11.2010

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Advent - A time to think, and then act. A time to get right with God before Jesus returns.

The Lord is not slow in keeping his promise, as some
understand slowness. He is patient with you,
not wanting anyone to perish,
but everyone to come to repentance.

2 Peter 3:9

Posted 28.11.2010

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Prayer for Sunday next before Advent

Eternal Father,
whose Son Jesus Christ ascended to the throne of heaven
that he might rule over all things as Lord and King:
keep the Church in the unity of the Spirit
and in the bond of peace,
and bring the whole created order to worship at his feet;
who is alive and reigns with you,
in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
one God, now and for ever.

Amen

Posted 21.11.2010

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We can all have a 'Jonah season' running away
from God when life is hard or when we are upset;
but in the end where else can we go
when God is the answer?

7 "When my life was ebbing away, I remembered you, LORD, and my prayer rose to you, to your holy temple.
8 "Those who cling to worthless idols turn away from God's love for them. 9 But I, with shouts of grateful praise,
will sacrifice to you. What I have vowed I will make good. I will say, 'Salvation comes from the LORD.'"
Jonah 2:7-9

Posted 21.11.2010

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Prayer for Remembrance Sunday


Almighty Father,
whose will is to restore all things:
in your beloved Son, the King of all:
govern the hearts and minds of those in authority,
and bring the families of the nations,
divided and torn apart by the ravages of sin,
to be subject to his just and gentle rule;
who is alive and reigns with you,
in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
one God, now and for ever.

Amen

Posted 14.11.2010

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Time is running out......


Jesus replied: "Watch out that you are not deceived. For
many will come in my name, claiming, *I am he/ and, 'The
time is near.' Do not follow them.9 When you hear of wars
and uprisings, do not be frightened. These things must
happen first, but the end will not come right away."
10 Then he said to them: "Nation will rise against nation, and
kingdom against kingdom. " There will be great earthquakes,
famines and pestilences in various places, and fearful events
and great signs from heaven.

Posted 14.11.2010

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3rd Sunday before Advent


Heavenly Lord,
you long for the world's salvation:
stir us from apathy,
restrain us from excess
and revive in us new hope
that all creation will one day be healed
in Jesus Christ our Lord.

Amen

Posted 07.11.2010

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A man healed at the pool of Bethesda
One who was there had been an invalid for thirty-eight years.
When Jesus saw him lying there and learned that
he had been in this condition for a long time,
Hhe asked him, "Do you want to get well?"


It's as good question and one that needs careful
thought as God will not go against our free will!

Posted 07.11.2010

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4th Sunday before Advent

God of glory,
touch our lips with the fire of your Spirit,
that we with all creation
may rejoice to sing your praise;
through Jesus Christ our Lord.
Amen

Posted 31.10.2010

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Prayer for the 21st Sunday after Trinity


Grant, we beseech you, merciful Lord,
to your faithful people pardon and peace,
that they may be cleansed from all their sins
and serve you with a quiet mind;
through Jesus Christ your Son our Lord,
who is alive and reigns with you,
in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
one God, now and for ever.

Amen

Posted 24.10.2010

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Prayer for the 20th Sunday after Trinity

God, our light and) our salvation:
illuminate our lives,
that we may see your goodness in the land of the living,
and looking on your beauty may be changed into the likeness of Jesus Christ our Lord.

Amen

Posted 17.10.2010

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None so blind as those who will not see! Jesus heals a man who has been blind since birth.

"A second time they (the Pharisees) summoned the man who had been blind. "Give glory to God," they said. "We know this man (Jesus) is a sinner."

He replied, "Whether he is a sinner or not, I don't know. One thing I do know. I was blind but now I see!"

Jesus said, "For judgment I have come into this world, so that the blind will see and those who see will become blind."

Some Pharisees who were with him heard him say this and asked, "What? Are we blind too?"

Jesus said, "If you were blind, you would not be guilty of sin; but now that you claim you can see, your guilt remains.
John 9:24-25; 39-41

Posted 17.10.2010

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Prayer for the 19th Sunday after Trinity


Faithful Lord,
whose steadfast love never ceases
and whose mercies never come to an end:
grant us the grace to trust you
and to receive the gifts of your love,
new every morning,
in Jesus Christ our Lord.

Amen

Posted 10.10.2010

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Born Again - What's it all about?


In reply Jesus declared, "I tell you the truth, no one can see the kingdom of God unless he is born again."
"How can a man be born when he is old?" Nicodemus asked, "Surely he cannot enter a second time Into his mother's womb to be born!"
Jesus answered, "I tell you the truth, no one can enter the kingdom of God unless he is born of water and the Spirit. "Flesh gives birth to flesh, but the Spirit gives birth to spirit. (John 3:3-6)

Posted 10.10.2010

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Prayer for Harvest Thanksgiving

Eternal God,
you crown the year with your goodness
and you give us the fruits of the earth in their season:
grant that we may use them to your glory,
for the relief of those in need and for our own well-being;
through Jesus Christ your Son our Lord,
who is alive and reigns with you,
in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
one God, now and for ever.
Amen

Posted 03.10.2010

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Has God grown some good fruit in your spiritual garden this past year?
The fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience,
kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness
and self-control.

Galatians 5:22-23

Posted 03.10.2010

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Gracious God,
you call us to fullness of life:
deliver us from unbelief
and banish our anxieties
with the liberating love of Jesus Christ our Lord.

Posted 26.09.2010

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16th Sunday after Trinity

Lord of creation, whose glory is around and within us:
open our eyes to your wonders,
that we may serve you with reverence
and know your peace at our lives' end,
through Jesus Christ our Lord.
Amen

Posted 19.09.2010

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15th Sunday after Trinity

Lord God,
defend your Church from all false teaching
and give to your people knowledge of your truth,
that we may enjoy eternal life
in Jesus Christ our Lord.
Amen

Posted 05.09.2010

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Collect for 14th Sunday after Trinity

Merciful God,
your Son came to save us
and bore our sins on the cross:
may we trust in your mercy
and know your love,
rejoicing in the righteousness
that is ours through Jesus Christ our Lord.
Amen

Posted 05.09.2010

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Collect for the 13th Sunday after Trinity


Almighty God,
who called your Church to bear witness
that you were in Christ reconciling the world to yourself:
help us to proclaim the good news of your love,
that all who hear it may be drawn to you;
through him who was lifted up on the cross,
and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
one God, now and for ever.

Amen

Posted 28.08.2010

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God of constant mercy,
who sent your Son to save us:
remind us of your goodness,
increase your grace within us,
that our thankfulness may grow,
through Jesus Christ our Lord.

Posted 22.08.2010

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Please continue to pray for Rod Trickey, Barbara, Helen, Virginia and the family.

Posted 29.08.2010

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Thoughts of summer - a time to rest and let God do some recreation
A life without love is like a year without summer. - Swedish Proverb

Rest is not idleness, and to lie sometimes on the grass on a
summer day Listening to the murmur of water, or watching
the clouds float across the sky, is hardly a waste of time.
- John Lubbock

Posted 24.07.2010

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The LORD is my shepherd, I shall not be in want.
He makes me lie down in green pastures, he leads me beside quiet waters,
He restores my soul.

Psalm 23

Posted 24.07.2010

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The Collect for the 5th Sunday after Trinity

Almighty and everlasting God,
by whose Spirit the whole body of the Church
is governed and sanctified:
hear our prayer which we offer for ail your faithful people,
that in their vocation and ministry
they may serve you in holiness and truth
to the glory of your name;
through our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ,
who is alive and reigns with you,
in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
one God, now and for ever.
Amen

Posted 04.07.2010

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Doing great things for God is fantastic but having
the assurance of a place in Heaven is really
something to rejoice about!

Posted 04.07.2010

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I have given you authority to trample on snakes and
scorpions and to overcome all the power of the enemy;
nothing will harm you. "However, do not rejoice that the
spirits submit to you, but rejoice that your names are written
in heaven." (Luke 11:19-20)

Posted 04.07.2010

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The Collect for the 4th Sunday after Trinity

Gracious Father,
by the obedience of Jesus
you brought salvation to our wayward world:
draw us into harmony with your will,
that we may find all things restored in him,
our Saviour Jesus Christ.

Amen

Posted 27.06.2010

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He (Jesus) said to another man, "Follow me." But the man replied, "Lord, first let me go and bury my father."
"Jesus said to him, "Let the dead bury their own dead, but you go and proclaim the kingdom of God."
Luke 9:59-60
If Jesus asks you to follow him say 'Yes' quickly; It may be the only opportunity you have!

Posted 27.06.2010
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The Collect for the 3rd Sunday after Trinity              
Almighty God,
you have broken the tyranny of sin
and have sent the Spirit of your Son into our hearts
whereby we call you Father:
give us grace to dedicate our freedom to your service,
that we and all creation may be brought
to the glorious liberty of the children of God;
through Jesus Christ your Son our Lord,
who is alive and reigns with you,
in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
one God, now and for ever.

Amen

Posted 21.06.2010
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The reality of Evil

The reason the Son of God appeared
was to destroy the devil's work.

1 John 3:8

Posted 21.06.2010

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"The man from whom the demons had gone out begged to go
with him, but Jesus sent him away, saying, ""Return home and
tell how much God has done for you." So the man went away
and told all over town how much Jesus had done for him.

Luke 8:38-39

Posted 21.06.2010

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The Collect for the 2nd Sunday after Trinity

Faithful Creator,
whose mercy never fails:
deepen our faithfulness to you
and to your living Word,
Jesus Christ our Lord.
Amen

Posted 13.06.2010

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Everyone has been forgiven of their sins though
Christ's sacrifice, but the majority don't
understand or acknowledge what Jesus has
already done for them!

Is it time to tell someone?

Posted 13.06.2010

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"When a woman who had lived a sinful life in that town learned that Jesus was eating at the Pharisee's house, she brought an alabaster jar of perfume, and as she stood behind him at his feet weeping, she began to wet his feet with her tears. Then she wiped them with her hair, kissed them and poured perfume on them.
I tell you, her many sins have been forgiven,for she loved much. But he who has been forgiven little loves little."
'"Jesus said to the woman, "Your faith has saved you; go in peace."

Posted 13.06.2010

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The Collect for the 2nd Sunday after Trinity

Lord, you have taught us
that all our doings without love are nothing worth:
send your Holy Spirit
and pour into our hearts that most excellent gift of love,
the true bond of peace and of all virtues,
without which whoever lives is counted dead
before you.
Grant this for your only Son Jesus Christ's sake,
who is alive and reigns with you,
in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
one God, now and for ever.

Amen

Posted 06.06.2010

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Feeling Religious?
Religion that God our Father accepts as pure and
faultless is this: to look after orphans and widows in
their distress and to keep oneself from being polluted
by the world. (James 1:27)

Posted 06.06.2010

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Jesus said: "All authority in heaven and on earth has been given
to me. Therefore go and make disciples of all nations."

Matthew 28: 18 - 19

Posted 30.05.2010

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The Collect for Trinity Sunday

Holy God,
faithful and unchanging:
enlarge our minds with the knowledge of your truth,
and draw us more deeply into the mystery of your love,
that we may truly worship you,
Father, Son and Holy Spirit,
one God, now and for ever.

Amen.

Posted 30.05.2010

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Led by God or led up the garden path?
But when he the Spirit of truth comes he will guide you into all truth.
John 16:13

Posted 30.05.2010

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The Bottom Line
The heart of the human problem is the problem with the human heart!

Posted 30.05.2010

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Collect: Day of Pentecost

God, who as at this time
by sending to them the light of your Holy Spirit:
grant us by the same Spirit
to have a right judgement in all things
and evermore to rejoice in his holy comfort;
through the merits of Christ Jesus our Saviour,
who is alive and reigns with you,
in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
one God, now and for ever.

Posted 23.05.2010

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Get busy Jesus is coming!

In the fast days, God says,
I will pour out my Spirit on all people.
Your sons and daughters will prophesy,
your young men will see visions,
your old men will dream dreams.
Even on my servants, both men and women,
I will pour out my Spirit in those days,
and they will prophesy.
I will show wonders in the heaven above
and signs on the earth below,
blood and fire and billows of smoke.
The sun will be turned to darkness
and the moon to blood
before the coming of the great
and glorious day of the Lord.
And everyone who calls
on the name of the Lord will be saved.

Acts 2:17-21

Posted 23.05.2010

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Collect: 7th Sunday of Easter

Risen, ascended Lord,
as we rejoice at your triumph,
fill your Church on earth with power and compassion,
that all who are estranged by sin
may find forgiveness and know your peace,
to the glory of God the Father.

Amen

Posted 16.05.2010

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Jesus Prays for All Believers

"My prayer is not for them alone. I pray also for those who
will believe in me through their message, that all of them
may be one, Father, just as you are in me and I am in you.
May they also be in us so that the world may believe that
you have sent me.

John 17:20-21

Posted 16.05.2010

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We all have a collective and united
message to bring to the world at large -
the 'Good News' of Jesus Christ
May we not fail in what has been entrusted
to us.

Posted 16.05.2010

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Collect: 6th Sunday of Easter

God our redeemer,
you have delivered us from the power of darkness
and brought us into the kingdom of your Son:
grant, that as by his death he has recalled us to life,
so by his continual presence in us he may raise us
to eternal joy;
through Jesus Christ your Son our Lord,
who is alive and reigns with you,
in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
one God, now and for ever.
Amen

Posted 09.05.2010

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If man cannot enjoy the return of spring why should he be happy in a labour saving Utopia?

Posted 09.05.2010

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WE ARE NOT TO THINK THAT WHERE WE SEE NO POSSIBILITY, GOD SEES NONE.
Marcus Dods

Posted 09.05.2010

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Jesus said "l no longer call you servants, because a servant does not
know his master's business. Instead, I have called you friends, for
everything that I learned from my Father I have made known to you.
You did not choose me, but I chose you and appointed you to go and
bear fruit—fruit that will last. Then the Father will give you whatever
you ask in my name. 'This is my command: Love each other."
(John 15:15-17)

Posted 09.05.2010

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Collect: 5th Sunday of Easter

Risen Christ,
your wounds declare your love for the world
and the wonder of your risen life:
give us compassion and courage
to risk ourselves for those we serve,
to the glory of God the Father.
Amen

Posted 02.05.2010

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Collect: 4th Sunday of Easter

Almighty God,
whose Son Jesus Christ is the resurrection and the life:
raise us, who trust in him,
from the death of sin to the life of righteousness,
that we may seek those things which are above,
where he reigns with you
in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
one God, now and for ever.
Amen

Posted 25.04.2010

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I was thinking about how people seem to read the Bible a whole
lot more as they get older; then it dawned on me... they're
cramming for their final exam.

George Carlin

Posted 25.04.2010

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Stupidity is also a gift of God, but one mustn't misuse it. Pope John Paul II

Posted 25.04.2010

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Collect for the Third Sunday of Easter

Almighty Father,
who in your great mercy gladdened the disciples
with the sight of the risen Lord:
give us such knowledge of his presence with us,
that we may be strengthened and sustained by his risen life
and serve you continually in righteousness and truth;
through Jesus Christ your Son our Lord,
who is alive and reigns with you,
in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
one God, now and for ever.

Posted 18.04.2010

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Sons and daughters of the Father but friends of Jesus.

I no longer call you servants, because a servant does
not know his master's business. Instead, I have called
you friends, for everything that I learned from my
Father I have made known to you.

John 15:15

Posted 18.04.2010

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Collect: Easter Day

God of glory,
by the raising of your Son
you have broken the chains of death and hell:
fill your Church with faith and hope;
for a new day has dawned
and the way to life stands open
in our Saviour Jesus Christ
Amen

Posted 04.04.2010

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Every day of your life up to this point in time has now gone
and today is an opportunity to reflect on the past and ask
yourself the question.
'Do I want more of the same or do I long for something
different in life, something better that my heart yearns and
thirsts for, a brighter and more fulfilling future?'

Posted 04.04.2010

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On the last and greatest day of the Feast, Jesus stood and
said in a loud voice, "If anyone is thirsty, let him come to me and drink. Whoever believes in me, as the Scripture has said, streams of living water will flow from within him."

John 7:37-38

Posted 04.04.2010

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"The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I have come
that they may have life, and have it to the full"

John 10:10

Posted 04.04.2010

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Don't live a life of mediocrity when you are promised
so much more with Jesus, the living God!

Posted 04.04.2010

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