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  • Revd. Martin Dale

    Contributing sermons since Jul 9, 2001
Revd. Martin's church

East Marshlands - Diocese of Ely
Tilney St. Lawrence, UK, *Province/Other PE34 4QQ
+441664434878

About Revd. Martin
  • Education: 1968-1972 Charterhouse 1973-1976 University of London, Chelsea College 1999-2001 Wycliffe Hall, University of Oxford
  • Experience: 1976 BSc. in Chemistry 1981 European Patent Attorney 1982 Chartered Patent Agent 2001-2003 Curate in the Stiffkey-Bale Benefice and Briningham Association; 2003 - 2007 Priest in Charge in the Benefice of New Romney with Old Romney and Midley, The Benefice of St Mary;’s Bay with St Mary in the Marsh and Ivychurch and the Benefice of Dymchurch with Burmarsh and Newchurch; 2007-2010 Priest in Charge of South West Framland Group 2010 Vicar of East Marshland Benefice In Ely Diocese
  • Comment to those looking at my sermons: Please pray before reading any of them to see if the Lord is speaking to you from what I have written. If so, give Him the glory - and do it!! If you have any comments that could constructively add to what I have said, please e-mail me at mndale@aol.com. It is a great encouragement when I hear from people.
  • Sermon or series that made a difference: Series on Abraham Prayer (based on Richard Foster’s book on Prayer)
  • One of my favorite illustrations: A vicar was retiring after 25 years in the parish. As he came to clear out his bedroom he found a small bowl with 5 eggs and £1,000 pounds in. Baffled he called his wife and said: Darling, what is this little basket under the bed with five eggs and £1,000 in. "Oh " she said " I must confess that everytime you preach a bad sermon I put an egg in the basket" Secretly the vicar was pleased: "Not bad five bad sermons in 25 years" he thought: "And what about the £1,000?" "Well every time got a dozen I sold them
  • Family: Wife Maddy Children Jonny, Chris and Jeremy
  • What my spouse (really) thinks of my sermons: Seems to like them (or is it me she likes!)
  • Best advice given to me about preaching: 1. Ask the Lord what you feel he wants you to say in your sermon. 2. Write it down in a single sentence. 3. Once you have written the sermon ask yourself if each new idea or story in your sermon illuminates the point - or if it leads down a rabbit warren. If the latter - delete ruthlessly. Perhaps the mistranslation of 1 Cor. 13:1 (KJV) might not be so wide of the mark as one might think: "Though I speak with the tongues of men and of angels but have not CLARITY, I am become as sounding
  • Books that have had an impact: Christian Leaders of the 18th Century - JC Ryle Happiest People on Earth - Demos Shakharian The Heavenly Man - Brother Yun
  • Hobbies: A Bernese Mountain dog!
  • If I could Preach one more time, I would say...: We are here for the Great Commission (Mt 28:16-20)
  • Something funny that happened while preaching: When preaching in St. Michael’s Catwick, a bird threatened to dive-bomb me!
  • What I want on my tombstone: That his ambition in life was to be a faithful minister of the Lord Jesus Christ
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  • The Covenant Of Marriage

    Contributed on Sep 28, 2018
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    The only pre- Fall Covenant is marriage

    Marriage Foundation Introduction: The marriage covenant predates the Fall I would like to like to go back to the very basics of when marriage was instituted. We first read about it in Genesis 2. I am not talking about a piece of paper saying you are married but to the marriage covenant between ...read more

  • What Is So Special About John The Baptist

    Contributed on Jul 21, 2018
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    John was a man of deep integrity. He called a spade a spade, regardless of the consequences. He was so sold out to God that it cost him his life. But as Jim Eliot wrote: He is no fool who gives up what he cannot keep to gain that which he cannot lose

    Sermon: John the Baptist – Radical and Countercultural par excellence Oprah Winfrey was once interviewing people on her program who were having affairs with married people. It seems a great subject for TV nowadays. One woman who had a long-standing affair with a married man was saying how ...read more

  • Jesus Appears To Mary Magdalene

    Contributed on Jul 21, 2018
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    Why is Jesus' post Resurrection appearance to Mary Magdalene one of John's four post Resurrection stories

    TSJ and TSL 22-07-2018 A touch from the Risen Lord If John’s Gospel had finished with Chapter 19, it would not be something special. All biographies generally end with the death of the person who is the subject of the book. Imagine if it had been with the Gospels. The chances are we ...read more

  • The Applicability Of The Sabbath Commandment

    Contributed on Jun 1, 2018
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    How to apply the Sabbath Commandment today as Christians

    Sermon. There seem to be a surprising number of strange laws around in the USA Revd Brian Bill in his sermon Law or Legalism lists a number of these He writes "Almost every state has surprising laws on their books. • In Florida, a woman may be fined for falling asleep under a hair ...read more

  • Choosing Those In Ministry

    Contributed on May 12, 2018
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    What criteria do we need to choose someone in ministry?

    Acts 1:15-26 Story: The vicar in a certain parish developed a rather strange habit . Regardless of what he was doing, at 5pm if he was at home, he would rush out of the room he was in and go into his study for five minutes and then return. After a bit the parishioners started to notice ...read more

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  • Norman Vincent Peale On Spreading Love

    Contributed on Mar 16, 2013
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    Norman Vincent Peale wrote this: "Ralston Young carries bags for a living but his real job is living the spirit of Christ as a porter in one of the world's greatest railway stations. One day he was asked to take a little old lady to her train. She was in a wheel chair so he took her down ...read more

  • Story: Some Years Ago, I Attended Called A ...

    Contributed on Feb 23, 2013
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    Story: Some years ago, I attended called a conference called “Spring Harvest at Work” in Sheffield (in November 1998). And what was memorable for me was that the conference organisers sprang a surprise interviewee on us – Jim Bakker- a pariah in the Evangelical community. Indeed he was ...read more

  • The Red Baron And Temptation

    Contributed on Feb 16, 2013
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    THE RED BARON AND TEMPTATION Manfred, Freiherr von Richthofen was a famous German First World War fighter pilot. He was better known as the Red Baron because he flew a distinctive a red Fokker aircraft. He shot down more combat planes than any one else on either side in the first World ...read more

  • Lifeless Prayer

    Contributed on Dec 28, 2012
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    The famous Dutch born Catholic priest and Christian philosopher Henri Nouwen – author of the book “The Wounded Healer” who died in 1996 said this about his own spiritual journey: “After sixty-three years of life and thirty eight years of priesthood, my prayer seems as dead ...read more

  • Where Your Treasure Is...

    Contributed on Aug 31, 2012
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    I once read about in one of Richard Wurmbrand’s books. “An elder of a local free Church in Communist Romania was brought before the judge for embezzlement - a crime he had not committed. His defence lawyer started his defence plea by telling the Court of a well known story about the man that ...read more