Friday, March 8th, 2013 by derekthecleric

"Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of compassion and the God of all comfort, who comforts us in all our troubles, so that we can comfort those in any trouble with the comfort we ourselves receive from God." (2 Corinthians 1:3-4 NIVUK)  Are you a container, or a conduit? Do you store the blessings of God in your own life, or share them with others? The best way to thank God for His goodness is to pass it on!


Saturday, January 5th, 2013 by derekthecleric

One day a boy was walking along a shore where there were hundreds of stranded star-fish. Every few steps he would kneel down, pick one up and throw it back into the sea. As he continued his journey, he met a man coming the other way. "What are you doing that for?" asked the man. "There are so many star-fish. It won’t make any difference. The boy looked into his eyes, smiled, and as he threw another one back into the sea simply said, "It has to that one!"  This is the day that the LORD has made.  Make a difference for good in His name.


Thursday, January 3rd, 2013 by derekthecleric

Now, don’t ask me who said this, but I certainly approve of the thought. "I decided to be the worst golfer in the world, so that I could spend more time becoming the best father." I came across an interesting Facebook page recently, which ties in with this. Jesus calls us all to imitate His example and adopt a servant attitude. Sounds like a good place to start in following Him through 2013.

Prayer of THANKS for 2012

Monday, December 31st, 2012 by derekthecleric

LORD, thank You for all of the amazing miracles You have done among us in 2012: for the many beautiful babies born into our church family; for Your provision in the splendid refurbishment of our sanctuary as a place of faith and friendship, praise and prayer; for the growth in grace and faith of young people and adults in our fellowship; for the marriages that have just begun, and for those who celebrated significant anniversaries as husband and wife this year; for women and men who received Christ into their lives for the first time; for those whom You have called to Yourself, following lives of faithful service; for technology that has helped us to to reach 100 nations around the world with Your Good News; for people who have worked tirelessly to build Your Kingdom and honour the name of Jesus. For all of this, and so much more, we bless You, LORD.

What are YOU thankful for in the past twelve months?


Tuesday, October 9th, 2012 by derekthecleric

The mother of a nine-year-old boy named Mark received a phone call in the middle of the afternoon. 
It was the teacher from her son’s school.

 "Mrs. Smith, something unusual happened today in your son’s third grade class. Mark did something that surprised me so much, I thought you should know about it immediately." 
The mother began to grow worried.

 The teacher continued, "Nothing like this has happened in all my years of teaching. This morning I was leading a lesson on creative writing, and, as I always do, I told a story about the ant and the grasshopper:
 The ant works hard all summer and stores up plenty of food. But the grasshopper plays all summer and does no work.
 Then, winter comes. The grasshopper begins to starve because he has no food. So, he begins to beg, ‘Please Mr. Ant, you have much food, let me eat, too.’ Then I said, ‘Boys and girls, your job is to write the ending to the story.’ The teacher continued, saying, "Your son, Mark, raised his hand. ‘Teacher, may I draw a picture?’

  ‘Well, yes, Mark, if you like, you may draw a picture. But, first you must write the ending to the story.’

  As in all the years past, most of the students wrote that the ant shared his food through the winter, and both the ant and the grasshopper lived. 
A few children said, ‘No, Mr. Grasshopper. You should have worked in the summer. Now, I have just enough food for myself.’ So, the ant lived and the grasshopper died.
  But, your son ended the story in a way that is different from any other child in my experience. He wrote, ‘So, the ant gave all of his food to the grasshopper; the grasshopper lived through the winter, but the ant died.’  
And, the picture?  At the bottom of the page, Mark had drawn three crosses!!!"  What a remarkable, true story.  It seems safe to assume that Mark was brought up in a Christian home, and fully understood the importance of Jesus’ sacrifice on the cross at Calvary.  When God set His mind to fixing the problems that beset our world, He didn’t employ sticky-tape or string.  Instead, He used Roman nails and a cross of rough wood.