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HOW CHRISTMAS CARDS HIDE THE TRUTH ABOUT CHRISTMAS

Christmas Cards are going to start dropping through our letter box soon. I know Christians often complain about the cards with Santa, Elves, etc, that these cards are distorting the real message of Christmas. I often wonder if the cards … Continue reading

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HOW TO BE MORE SUCCESSFUL IN LIFE

HOW TO BE MORE SUCCESSFUL I have been thinking a lot about success recently. I have been pondering questions like, What is success? How do I become successful? How would other people know if I was successful? Reading the New … Continue reading

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ALMOST NOT BEING ENOUGH: My Biggest Fear For Our Church

I spoke a little bit on Sunday about John Wesley and his conversion but there was lots more that I wanted to say but there wasn’t time in the sermon. So, I thought I would talk a bit more about … Continue reading

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I’M JAMES AND I SUFFER FROM DEPRESSION

Hi, I am James and I suffer from depression. I find it interesting that I get a very different reaction when I tell people I suffer from arthritis than when I tell them I suffer from depression. The stigma around … Continue reading

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WHEN DID YOU LAST DELIBERATELY DELIGHT?

When our children were young one of their favourite desserts was ANGEL DELIGHT, the truth is dad was pretty keen on it too, especially the butterscotch flavour. (for non-UK folk it was a powder you added to milk and whisked … Continue reading

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CULTIVATING A CULTURE OF GENEROSITY

WHEN IT COMES TO GENEROSITY IT’S THE ATTITUDE NOT THE AMOUNT THAT COUNTS When we talk about generosity, we tend to focus first and foremost on money, and how much money we or someone else gives. However, according to God’s … Continue reading

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HOW TO BE HAPPIER, IN ONE EASY STEP

Have you ever met someone who believes they have the spiritual gift of FAULT FINDING?  I know it’s not mentioned in the New Testament, but I have met more than a few Christians who have displayed this gift and for … Continue reading

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THE JOURNEY OF FORGIVENESS

On Sunday at Westlake we were thinking about forgiveness. One of the points about forgiveness is that it is both a decision and journey and the closer we are to the person who has hurt us the more difficult the … Continue reading

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CAN WE STOP THE TSUNAMI OF ACRIMONY ONLINE?

You have probably been at the receiving end of an online rant on social media, it’s not pleasant, is it? Perhaps, if we are honest then you, like me, have on some occasions hit the block capitals and become a … Continue reading

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DON’T FADE IN THE SECOND HALF

Back in Edinburgh during the rugby season on Saturdays I often went to support my local rugby team, Boroughmuir. The final season before I moved to Switzerland was frustrating, the team would often start the first half really well and … Continue reading

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