Category: Encouragement

Mercy – some thoughts by Janette Ross

Psalm 89: 1:   I will sing of the mercies of the Lord forever ….” How often do we use the words ‘mercy’ and ‘mercies’, both in our prayers and daily conversation, and even in the odd meaningless exclamation: ‘Mercy on us!’ But what is mercy? It has been said that grace is when we get… Read more »

Finding God and Healing in Nature

Pam Durrant “Come in Nature Forth into the light of things, Let Nature be your teacher.” William Wordsworth (1770 – 1850) I am part of the St Luke’s Garden Group – one of eight volunteers (obviously unpaid) who, for service and the love of God and with the help of Meshack and Sam, look after… Read more »

My Testimony – by Shirley Long

On Monday 12 April, after being ill at home over the weekend, my daughter Shelley insisted she take me to her Doctor.  One look at me and he said that I had to be admitted to hospital. The admitting heart Doctor admitted me straight into ICU. I was there for 5 days having various scans,… Read more »

Hope – from Eric Myhill

In his book, God in Creation (1985), German theologian, Jurgen Moltmann, distinguishes between God’s initial creation and his creative activity in history. For a long time theological tradition limited God’s creative work to the original bringing into being of creation; his creative activity in history was seen as his preserving and accompanying work. He believes,… Read more »

Letter from Sue #5 – Stay Focused

20 June 2020 Hello Everyone It is hard to believe that this week we have been in lockdown in some form or another for 12 weeks. What an interesting, difficult and emotional experience this has all been – from trying to deal with one of the most draconian lockdowns in the world to watching all… Read more »

Is God in Control?

I often hear well-meaning Christians attempt to reassure themselves and others when a disaster strikes (e.g. the Covid-19 pandemic) by saying words such as, “Don’t worry, God is in control.” I believe that they are confusing the doctrine of the Sovereignty of God with their belief that God is, ultimately, in control of everything. I… Read more »

Letter from Sue #4: Marathon not a sprint!

13 May 2020 Hello Everyone Wow I am not sure if you have been feeling it this week, but the general feeling I keep getting is PRESSURE! The children are “back” at School in many cases, – they are expected to do all these wonderful things on Zoom, and other online platforms, finish projects, do… Read more »

Letter from Sue #3

28 April 2020 Hello Everyone As I write to you today we are at the start of Day 34 of our Lockdown! It is early in the morning – a lovely cold morning – the birds are very busy outside my window and I can see so many autumn leaves lying on the paying outside,… Read more »

Be still and know that I am God

“God doesn’t send or allow plagues to kill but to teach.” But how can we learn if we don’t sit still and listen?  God’s word to me at the beginning of this lockdown was “Be still and know that I am God”. Being still can be a frustration or a gift of blessing and peace…. Read more »

Knowing God as my Father

“I will be a Father to you and you will be my sons and daughters,” says the Lord Almighty2 Cor 6:18 In the mid 70s  during a Life In The Spirit seminar at St Luke’s,  I had a revelation of God as my Saviour and my Lord.  Since then my relationship with Him has grown… Read more »