Author Archives: Alison

Sowing with tears

Restore our fortunes, Lord, like streams in the Negev. Those who sow with tears will reap with songs of joy. Those who go out weeping, carrying seed to sow, will return with songs of joy, carrying sheaves with them.  (Psalm … Continue reading

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Deborah – not God’s second choice!

I recently met up with one of my friends who is a woman in church leadership. She is sure of her calling and functioning well, but wanted to meet with me to discuss some Biblical texts concerning the leadership of … Continue reading

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Our previous pastor always …

Any pastor will have heard this. It seems designed (by the devil, if not by the person who tells us) to make us insecure. Pastors (you may be surprised to discover, if you are not one), are not always the … Continue reading

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God’s Christmas answer to Elihu

If you sin, how does that affect him? If your sins are many, what does that do to him?  (Job 35:6)

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Being organised for Christmas

I was so proud of myself a few weeks ago. As a person who normally does things not very far in advance of when they absolutely have to be done, I thought I was very organised when I bought a … Continue reading

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God is good all the time

It has been a week of some ups and downs, some light and shade, but we can say that God is good all the time, in the dark as well as the light times. I’m reading Job in my own … Continue reading

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Harefield blessings

Harefield Baptist Church is about 10 minutes walk away so we thought we’d go this morning and I prayed that we might meet people who would become friends. Although I’d like to stay based in Elim, it’s really important for … Continue reading

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Blessed Assurance

As I wrote a few weeks ago, ” … there is nothing like joining with your family to sing with one voice to glorify God.”  Today has been a good illustration of that. For the last three Sundays William and I … Continue reading

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On walking on water and not knowing the future

In a recent post I mentioned that we had decided to move, and that I was not sure what would be ahead. This is a post about continued uncertainty and frustration, and how it is possible at the same time to … Continue reading

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On valuing style over substance

But Naaman went away angry and said, “I thought that he would surely come out to me and stand and call on the name of the Lord his God, wave his hand over the spot and cure me of my … Continue reading

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