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Pray for the persecuted church: The Maldives

What do you think of when you picture the Maldives? I guess for most of us it’s a dream holiday destination. Yet it ranks 13 on the Open Doors World Watch List, the 13th most persecuted country in the world. From the Open Doors website: Leader: President Abdulla Yameen Population: 370,000 (A few hundred Christians)…

Hello from Halkidiki!

Thank you so much to those who prayed for the Emmanuel Bristol team out in Halkidiki, Greece in July.  We went out to spend a couple of weeks with our mission partners, Jonathan and Dawn Clark (and Joel, Hannah, Esther and Ruth), on a “holiday with a purpose”.  To see a little of what that entails, watch below!(With Ellie Maffett (EW), Matt…

Feeling part of Something Big

It’s Saturday.  The alarm goes off at 7.  The heating hasn’t come on yet, but you drag yourself out of bed a “few” snoozes later.  By half 8 you’re gathering bits to stumble out of the house to the bus stop, wondering what in the world you’re doing.  You nearly get distracted by the comfy chair in the window of Costa, but…

Surviving Coffee Time

“I love church.  And I love coffee. But post-church coffee? Terrifying.”So blogs Emma Scrivener.  Me?  I love church.  I love the smell of coffee.  And I find that post-church coffee time can be one of the most overwhelming points of the week.“You’re trying not to squash a small child/catch three people you really have to see/avoid someone you don’t. A friend who’s on the verge…

Better than chocolate

On Tuesday night I went to an Emmanuel ‘World mission prayer evening’.  Sounds grand doesn’t it?   Well, it didn’t feel grand as I dragged myself out of the comfort of home leaving laughter and chocolate behind.  It looked insignificant as four of us gathered in a living room in Manor Farm to, umm, pray.  It felt even less grand when I found…

What is your only comfort in life and in death?

In his sermon yesterday Single for God, Mike quoted from the Heidelberg Catechism.  Question and Answer 1 is something I hold onto much in the Christian life (and so in my singleness), and I know many do in their marriages too.  These are such precious truths – I would highly recommend memorising it to have it to hand 24-7! What is your…

A sex-mad world

I am pretty good at being oblivious to many up-coming films, but even I haven’t been able to miss today’s arrival of Fifty Shades of Grey, cinema-style.  As Tim Challies starts to point out, it’s the flag to say we can no longer ignore it: Our culture is a sex-mad world. All of our culture.  It’s not just men.  It’s not just…