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  • The Refining Fire Of God

    Contributed by Revd. Martin Dale on Dec 8, 2018
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    Is God refining you today?

    Sermon Malachi 3:1-4 Someone once said that if you take the text out of its context, you are left with a con. So what is the context of our reading from the book of Malachi. The book of Malachi is one of the Old Testament books known as a minor prophets. He lived around the same time as ...read more

  • Remembrance Sunday 2018

    Contributed by Revd. Martin Dale on Nov 10, 2018
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    A Reflection of the world wars

    Remembrance Sunday 2018 at TSJ I would like to focus our thoughts this morning on one verse from Ps 46 Psalm 46:1 “God is our refuge and strength A very help in trouble” Our mind is that unique gift that reminds us that we are made in the image of God. The ability to remember is a wonderful ...read more

  • The Covenant Of Marriage

    Contributed by Revd. Martin Dale 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

  • Jesus Appears To Mary Magdalene

    Contributed by Revd. Martin Dale 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

  • What Is So Special About John The Baptist

    Contributed by Revd. Martin Dale 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

  • The Applicability Of The Sabbath Commandment

    Contributed by Revd. Martin Dale on Jun 1, 2018
     | 1,473 views

    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 by Revd. Martin Dale 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

  • A Tale Of Two Men Called Peter

    Contributed by Revd. Martin Dale on Apr 21, 2018
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    How did Peter go from Fearful to Fearless

    Have you ever found it hard to share your faith? On Tuesday evening (17th April 2018), coming back from Hamburg I was on the Stansted to Cambridge train. I struck up a conversation with a couple of young people by asking them if they knew where the plugs were on the train for charging up my ...read more

  • A Reflection On Mary The Mother Of Jesus On Mothering Sunday

    Contributed by Revd. Martin Dale on Mar 11, 2018
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    1. No one is too insignificant for God to use them if their heart is right. 2. If God says it – we are to believe it – otherwise we are calling God a liar and 3. If we really want to be disciples of Christ we must love Jesus and be obedient to God's will

    Collect for Mothering Sunday God of compassion, whose Son Jesus Christ, the child of Mary, shared the life of a home in Nazareth, and on the cross drew the whole human family to himself: strengthen us in our daily living that in joy and in sorrow we may know the power of your presence ...read more

  • Jesus Cleanses The Temple

    Contributed by Revd. Martin Dale on Mar 3, 2018
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    Why does Jesus cleanse the Temple rather than deal with the Roman occuppying force. In short, because the Priests were not living up to the standards God expected from them. The Temple's uses were being abused. God requires higher standards.

    TSJ 04-03-2018 John 2: 13-25: Jesus clears the Temple This morning's Gospel reading blows a hole in our comfortable view of Jesus being "Gentle Jesus meek and mild.". He was anything else but meek and mild This morning we see Jesus clearing the money changers out of the Temple. We ...read more

  • God Is Not Into Conventional Wisdom

    Contributed by Revd. Martin Dale on Jan 13, 2018
     | 1,840 views

    If you don't think you are good enough for God to use you (seen from a human perspective) you are quite right and if you think you are good enough to be used by God you are quite right (if your empowerment is by the call of God).

    God is not into CONVENTIONAL WISDOM Story: Just before I was appointed as Head of the Group Patent Department at Reckitts in 1994, I was given a psychological assessment. And yes Geoff even despite that they offered me the job!! Now if Jesus had written to a firm of management consultants ...read more

  • The Second Coming

    Contributed by Revd. Martin Dale on Dec 2, 2017
     | 2,580 views

    Our Advent Gospel today reminds us that i) one day Jesus will return in glory and that we are living in the ADVENT of that time 2. that Jesus wants us to go on living as if he was coming tomorrow - to be on RED ALERT. 3. Jesus wants us to be on our guard

    TSJ/TSL 03-12 -17 Mark 13:24-37 Lew Slade records the scene in his sermon entitled : The Second Coming "It is just before midnight on October 22 1844. Come with me to a hillside just outside New York. It’s a balmy evening and we are standing in an enormous crowd numbering upwards ...read more

  • What Is Your Role In Your Church

    Contributed by Revd. Martin Dale on Nov 18, 2017
     | 2,253 views

    The Parable of the Talents is a reminder that God calls each one of us to ministry and you will have to give an account one day of what God has gifted you to do. The more you exercise your talents the greater your blessing will be.

    Story: For our 10th wedding anniversary, Maddy and I went to Prince George in Britsih Columbia, Canada. We flew into Vancouver and our friends Pete and Nina came down by car and drove us up to Prince George It was a three day drive. The first night we stopped off in Surrey B.C and the ...read more

  • Be On Your Guard Against False Prophets

    Contributed by Revd. Martin Dale on Oct 29, 2017
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    Jesus warns us not to be star gazers looking for the future but rather get on with the Great Commission

    TSL Benefice service 29-10-2017 Story: JWs in TSL Just last week, I was walking the road outside the church and I saw a car parked outside the church and so I went to say hello to the three men around it. I had thought they were going to do some work in the churchyard, but it turns out ...read more

  • The Importance Of Authority

    Contributed by Revd. Martin Dale on Sep 30, 2017
     | 1,905 views

    If we recognise Jesus's authority as divine, then we are forced to listen to Him and allow him to impact our lives. If Jesus is the Word of God and the Scriptures are also the Word of God, then we need allow Scripture to impact our lives too.

    Authority. Our passage this morning is all about authority. We live in a society in which authority is very important The police need authority to enter your house – and any evidence found without the due authority of a warrant signed by a Judge, even if it proves a criminal’s crime is ...read more