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Each week we ask a different Freedom Church Partner to write a Blog. We simply ask them to write what is on their heart, with the aim of encouraging and challenging, inspiring and instructing. You can read the blog over breakfast, get to know some of our partners or share a great blog with your friends. Enjoy!

 

I’m not a doctor, but I am a Christian…

My husband, Jordan, and I have just returned to the UK having been in Uganda for 11 days. We were sent by Freedom Church to join Serve Direct for a short time to film and take photos of the work they do in Wubilenzie and Gulu as a way of adding to their...

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Dance with Me

I have an incredible capacity for worry. My ability to make a mountain out of a molehill would make me a millionaire if only I could monetize it.I wonder if it’s the same for you?If there’s one area of life that can be guaranteed to bring on some anxiety,...

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Clear the Clutter

This last weekend I did something I had been putting off for sometime. I cleaned out the garden shed! For months I knew I had to do something about it but I kept putting it off, creating excuses to take away the guilt that I felt, that behind the shed door...

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Suffer with or without Him?

The congregation Sarah and I were part of for two years while in El Salvador knew suffering more than most. Many were missionaries who served the poorest of the poor and had been working for years, often with much opposition to see change. During a message on Romans...

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Why do I do this to myself?

Do you ever find yourself asking that question? I did the Sunday before last! At 8:55am, I was stood on the start line with another thousand likeminded lycra-clad runners wearing just a vest and a pair of shorts in the freezing wind about to run five miles...

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A Whole Lot Of Shaking

You could be forgiven for thinking, at the time of the referendum, that with just a few weeks before the Article 50 is enacted, we would all have a much clearer view of what arrangements would be in place from April onwards. You could have hardly expected that things...

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January Blues

Scraping ice off your windscreen. Having more month left than money. Going to work in the dark. Coming home from work in the dark. Bad weather. Failing new year resolutions. Post-Christmas chocolate withdrawal symptoms. The January diets. All things we hate about...

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Big Changes Start with Small Steps

It’s January and the shops are selling gym equipment, the gyms are selling fitness classes, the bookshops are selling diet books and the supermarkets are selling low calorie celery! Whether you call it Dry January or Red January, the start of the New Year is often a...

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I didn’t see it coming

In the run up to Christmas a few of us got together and filmed a spoken word video titled “You Are Not Alone”, to use as part of the Freedom Church Carols event. I hope you had a chance to watch it, but if not it is still available...

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Ever had an extension built to your home?

Ahhhh! Run for the door! What, the door out of Europe?  I think we have all had our fill of the political ups and downs of the Brexit procedure, but without getting political or taking sides, I have a few observations:   One… Transitional arrangements are always...

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Catching a glimpse of Mary

As I spend this festive period utterly exhausted running round after an energetic toddler, I am often finding my thoughts turning to Mary. Time and again I’ve found myself coming back to consider this courageous follower of God who once chased round on hands and knees...

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Blessed to be a Blessing

I have just returned from an amazing adventure in Rwanda and Uganda. I had to almost pinch myself many times as I did so many things that I have dreamt of doing since I was much younger. God has surprised me with many unexpected blessings as I have grown older. I love...

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Must there be more?!

Last week, I had a conversation with a friend who told me stories of what her dad had encountered in Columbia. He visited a Church, like many others around the world, who had had experience in seeing God’s power move dramatically and miraculously here on earth. She...

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Do you value stopping?

My phone lit up and I notice an email from the Freedom Church office. This usually brightens my day as a reminder of what God is doing in our community, but this email made my heart sink. It read Hello Robert, this is a reminder that you are down to write next week's...

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אתה אוהב ירקות ואני אוהב ירקוית

The Hebrew scholars amongst you will instantly recognise the words of this old Jewish writer, but for those only know Greek, I’ve helpfully included the translation:   σου αρέσουν οι πατάτες και μου αρέσουν οι πατατες   The text speaks of the fallout from...

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So, what does the Church think?

We have recently completed a teaching series at Freedom Church entitled “Blurred Lines - Godly Sexuality in a Confusing World” We looked at the importance of understanding our identity in Christ and that there is a better story. We challenged the way that...

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First Man

The credits roll. The Lights come up. People around me begin to move. The film has ended and yet I find myself stuck in the chair, having just experienced something that happens once every few years.   If you know anything about Hannah and I you’ll know that we love a...

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You’re My Favourite

I loved the conference last week and especially the teaching from Christy and Paul. One of Paul's humorous little illustrations was of an imaginary conversation that he has every January with God where God tells him "You're my favourite and you are fantastic but there...

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Don’t Go It Alone

This blog follows our message on Sunday around Pornography. You can listen in on the podcast. 9 Two are better than one,     because they have a good return for their labor: 10 If either of them falls down,     one can help the other up. But pity anyone who falls...

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Status Update 2

(Taken from the teaching series ‘Blurred Lines’ looking at what is Godly sexuality in a Confusing World) The most searched for phrase on Google in 2014 was ‘What is Love?’ The world is looking for love and meaningful connection. Historically we would ‘court’ someone...

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Do you find Standing Strong easy?

Recently we drove up to Edinburgh to visit our youngest son Simi and on the way we passed by the enormous sculpture, the 'Angel of the North'. It stands on a hill overlooking Gateshead 20 metres tall with wings 54 metres across. It is certainly imposing and takes your...

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There is a Better Story

(Taken from the teaching series ‘Blurred Lines’ looking at what is Godly sexuality in a Confusing World)  Our present culture o en confuses our sexuality and our identity, that sex is seen by many as only a physical act, a transaction or a passing interaction that has...

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Who is writing your story?

Sometime ago I use to really enjoy browsing through one particular book on my parent’s bookshelf. It was a biography of notable people throughout history. It gave a short summary of their background and history and on what events happened in their lifetime. I found it...

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It’s my first day!

“It's my first day" was an excuse I used for not knowing what I was doing for the first year of my last job! The excuse seemed to work indefinitely for Homer Simpson, but my ex-colleagues certainly clocked on quickly and the excuse didn't wash with them much beyond my...

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God’s Watermarks

In my last blog article I talked about 'hidden treasures' in the Bible, interesting scriptures that have more to them than meets the eye and I gave an example of a lovely one in John 18. This time I want to share another type of Biblical 'hidden treasure', one that we...

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Results Day

As I write, this week sees my last ever Results Day. Have my students passed? Have they failed? Have they got what they deserved? As a teacher I have seen every response from tears of joy to utter despair. One student told me, through her sobs, “This is the worst day...

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The Thinking Chair

Do you ever stop and think? I mean, properly think for more than just a few minutes? Our world is busier than ever. Information can be downloaded at the push of the button and we are consuming it as fast as possible. We don't just have daily newspapers now, we have...

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Reflections From The Highlands

I've just returned from a wonderful week in the Highlands of Scotland.  Wow! What beauty. Really, the beauty in that part of the world is breathtaking. It was a real time of reflection as I spent many hours walking on my own when I wasn’t hanging out with friends. I...

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Succession isn’t failure

It can be hard to admit sometimes that we’re not the man or woman for the job! Perhaps we’ve done all we can do, reached the limit of our influence, skill set or energy in a particular role or position. Perhaps we just aren’t operating within our natural strengths, or...

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What Gorgeous Weather!

The other evening I sat with our Connect Group in the garden as the sun was going down over the fields. We were chatting through the issues raised by the message given on Sunday at Freedom Church, and it dawned on what a great time we were having, enhanced by tasty...

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Being a Follower

I have a confession… I don’t like football. Whilst the rest of country are enjoying the crazy heights of the World Cup, I remain baffled and at worse, bored at the prospect of yet another football game. Now don’t me wrong I’ve read the statistics, I watched the news...

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Jubilación!

In two weeks time I retire from a job that I have been doing for the past 30 or more years. I have loved teaching and most mornings I really look forward to what the day will bring. I felt God telling me it was time to move on and do new and different things but I...

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Leadership Matters

Recently, I attended a 2-day, leadership course as part of my role as a middle leader in my job as a teacher. It was challenging, humbling, enlightening and completely exhausting. There were many things I took away to work on and develop but one quote really stuck...

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Can you spare a pound for the Donkey Sanctuary?

I often receive well intended but unwanted post asking me to give to various charities. I also, periodically, get stopped on the street by someone in a tabard with a clipboard asking me to set up a new direct debit for a charity I've never heard of. And whilst I've...

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Do you speak English?

‘The stranger who resides with you shall be to you as the native among you, and you shall love him as yourself, for you were aliens in the land of Egypt; I am the LORD your God.’ Leviticus 19:4 It’s been a long while since I found myself in a country where I don’t...

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Hidden Treasures

I love studying the Bible and for some reason I am especially drawn to those scriptures that we tend to find challenging and difficult to understand. I am intrigued by passages which have significant variations in translation among the Bible versions and also those...

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What Are You Worshipping?

“We are saved to worship God. All that Christ has done in the past and all that He is doing now leads to this one end.” A.W.Tozer We are presently going through a series at Freedom Church entitled Greater, looking at worship - the Person we worship, the Purpose of...

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The Mid-Faith Crisis

It is almost traditional for men in their middle-age to reflect on their lives with a level of disappointment. What have I actually achieved? What has been the point of my life? What happened to all those dreams I used to have? Is that it? Might as well buy a Porsche…...

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Solace in a Greater Power

Last weekend saw the first bank holiday of the summer. A surprisingly glorious, sunshine filled day giving us the first glimpse of the long-awaited summer. Like many around the country I spent the weekend soaking up as much of the wonderful weather as possible whilst...

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Who are you cheering on?

Some of you will know that I volunteer for our CAP Debt Centre. I try my best to support an amazing team and also help to run our new Life Skills course. It's the thing that gives me life. I absolutely love it. On Sunday 22nd of April, 15 or so of our Church family...

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What’s new with you?

My life currently revolves around a nine-month-old baby. I spend inordinate amounts of my time feeding, cleaning, and entertaining a fabulous little bundle of joy who never fails to keep me on my toes. She’s ever changing, always growing, and each day she seems to...

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Take Me To The Alley

Last week I had the privilege of seeing the critically acclaimed jazz singer-songwriter Gregory Porter performing in concert. Listening to his easy-on-the-ear creamy baritone was a moment to treasure. Gregory Porter was raised in California, and taught to sing gospel...

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Ageing

With my 70th birthday only a few years away it seemed appropriate to reflect on the three score and ten years allotted to man, as Psalm 90 tells us, or by occasion of strength, four score. At this point I rejoice in the inheritance of my dad’s genes who made it to 102...

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Press Pause!

Recently there were a few days of heavy snowfall and as a result everything seemed to stop and go into slow motion! I had two 'snow days' off school and other appointments cancelled and suddenly I was left with lots of extra time on my hands. At first the...

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True Freedom

As this is my first Blog article for 'Freedom' Church, I wanted to look at what Biblical freedom really means.  A great scripture about Biblical freedom is the first verse of the chapter we have just been studying in the 'Fruit of the Spirit' series - Galatians 5. The...

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ALL HIS PROMISES ARE YES AND AMEN!

So often we may think to ourselves ‘Where will I be a year from now?’ This was me a year ago. There I was, sat in a rainy classroom studying for my A levels dreaming of where to go for my Gap Year. I dreamt of surfing in the sun, making new friends and planning the...

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Let it go

Who doesn’t love a cheesy Christian catch phrase? Are any of these your favourites? It’s hard to stumble when you’re on your knees Don’t give up. Moses was once a basket case PUSH!  Pray Until Something Happens Don’t tell God how big your problem is. Tell your problem...

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Sorry seems to be the hardest word

I have been thinking about forgiveness after being inspired by Jo Ibbott’s challenge in her talk yesterday to Freedom Church as part of our You Are What You Grow series that ‘if we want to pursue faithfulness in our relationships then forgiveness will be required.’...

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Post Conference Thoughts!

When we announced earlier this year that we were going to host our first ever church conference, I had a number of people say to me “Why?” or “What is the point of a conference?” or “Do we really need to spend all weekend at church?” After the conference finished last...

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WILL YOU JOIN ME?

Back in the day was a TV series called Merlin which was shown on BBC1…I wonder if you have ever watched it. It is your classic Goodie vs Baddie story with all the complications along the way, and only recently have I caught a glimpse of why people loved it. Whilst...

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