Reflections

Does God Provide?

A senior policy researcher for Oxfam once said, "The world produces more than enough food to feed everyone. Meeting the calorie needs of every person living with hunger would take less than 3 per cent of today's global food supply." That’s an astonishing statistic. It’s a sobering thought to realise that for the millions of people who go hungry every day, the problem is not

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Retreat

It’s the end of the day and you have been on your feet for the last twelve hours. If one more person makes demands on your good nature you will surely snap. Enough is enough; it’s time to retreat. It’s when you are feeling this desperate need for your own space that you can perhaps best appreciate the compassion of Jesus in today’s gospel. Exhausted

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Take Nothing With You

Travel light so as not to get distracted. Work hardest where your wok is appreciated, but don’t waste time where your work isn’t producing any results. It’s not just great advice for evangelising; it’s great advice for living your life. In today’s gospel Jesus is giving his disciples a three point strategy for spreading his teaching. First Jesus promotes single mindedness. The disciples must travel

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Words of Wisdom

We readily accept words of wisdom if we hear them from the pulpit, or from a learned lecturer in theology. We are less likely to accept words of wisdom if we hear them from a TV soap, the man in the corner shop, or from our own children. We need to trust our source of information before we trust the information itself. At the end

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Transcending Life’s Storms

Fear of what others might think of us; Fear of getting things wrong; Fear of our children getting things wrong; Fear of poverty; Fear of the bills in the letter box; Fear of opposition; Fear of illness; Fear of loneliness or alienation; Fear of running out of time; Most of us fear something, and our fears all have something in common. We fear most, the

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Small Beginnings

Seeds are amazing! We plant them, provide the right environment and then wait. Miraculously, the seeds flower into an array of fabulous plants. We can help the plants to grow, but we cannot make them grow, this power is out of our hands. Ultimately we cannot predict the harvest. The seeds of faith work in the same way.  We can teach someone else about God

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