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This article is based on a talk given on Sunday, 18th July, 2021. The other day, I went to a restaurant The waitress said to me, “I’m really sorry but we are really short-staffed today. Would you mind waiting for a bit?” so I said that would be fine. She said “great, can you take these drinks to table 15?”. What are you waiting for? What are you doing while you are waiting for it? At the start of the Book of Acts, we see Jesus telling his disciples to wait and he gives them very...
This article is based on a talk given on Sunday, 11th July, 2021. A little girl asks her grandmother “Grandma, what is it called when people sleep on top of each other?”. Thinking the little girl is old enough, she begins to explain to her about the birds and the bees. Before she could finish, the little girl runs off to her mummy, but comes back quickly saying: "Grandma, mummy is really mad and wants to see you right now. She said it’s called bunk beds." Has anyone ever misunderstood...
This article is based on a talk given on Sunday, 27th June, 2021. A man was visiting a friend at his office and found him sitting at his desk looking depressed. He asked “What’s wrong with you?” “My wife just hired a new secretary for me.” The man responded “Is she blonde, or brunette?” “Neither,” the depressed friend replied. “He’s bald.” What distracts you most? The word distract in Latin literally means “drawn apart”. In other words, it means being pulled in opposite directions. Is...
This article is based on a talk given on Sunday, 6th June, 2021. A man walks up to the Widow at a funeral and asks if he can say a word. "Of course", she replies. The man plucks up the courage and says, "Abundance". The Widow looks at him, teary eyed and says, "Thank you so much, that means a huge amount". The Book of Ruth is the story of two widows, Naomi, and her daughter-in-law Ruth. They leave Ruth’s home of Moab and move to Naomi’s home town of Bethlehem. In her search for food...
This article is based on a talk given on Trinity Sunday 2021. A couple walk into a cheap looking restaurant. As they were about to sit down they noticed there were crumbs on the seat. After cleaning up the seat and wiping down the table they sat down. A waitress comes over asking them what they want. “I’ll just take a coffee” says the man. “Me too” says the lady, “and make sure the cup is clean.” The waitress returns with their drinks. “Okay” she said, placing their cups down, “now, which...
This article is based on a talk given on Pentecost Sunday 2021. After downing half a glass of milk, a little girl declares “Look daddy, I am an optimist, the glass is half empty”. Her daddy replies: “Looking at the glass as half empty is a sign of pessimism, sweetie.” The little girl smiled and corrected her daddy: "No daddy, it's not if you don't like what's in it!" What are you filled with? Being filled is often seen as a positive thing, but as this little girl correctly identifies, it’s...
An excerpt from this article is in the Easter 2021 issue of Lubbsy Magazine. It took years for Noah to build the ark. Once he’d finished and filled it with animals, God told Noah to wait 7 days for the floodwaters to come. How long must those 7 days have felt like after all those years of building? Jesus told his disciples that he would be left to die on a cross but that he would rise from the dead again after 3 days. They’d followed him for 3 years and seen him raise a man from the...
An excerpt from this article is in the Christmas 2020 issue of Lubbsy Magazine. Living in fear rarely leads to a blessed life or being able to bless others. It results in us being unstable. When the angel Gabriel told Zacharias that his wife Elizabeth was going to give birth, even though she was barren, we are told he was fearful and did not believe, and so he was not allowed to speak. But when the angel told Mary that she was going to give birth, even though she was a virgin, she...
What is happening to our world and our lives? This is the question in the minds of many people at this present time. This time last year we had no idea about wearing masks, social distancing and groups of six. The pandemic crashed into our lives like an unexpected tidal wave and we have been tossed into a chaotic, unsteady and uncertain future. That is the reality for many, unless you have something sure and steadfast to hold onto: an anchor for your soul. In the letter to the Hebrews, the...
If you have ever seen a house being built, you will know that the first and most important part to be done are the foundations. A house without good foundations will not be stable; it will be vulnerable to all sorts of problems. The Christian life is the same. Without the right foundation, we are vulnerable to the worries, stresses, hurts and fears that the enemy, and ruler of this world, will throw at us. Like any building project, you need direction from a master builder who knows how to...