Safe haven

by Peter Burns

Those of us who were able to go on the church weekend away this year were really blessed by the ministry of Neil and Anne Le Tissier. They spoke on the united theme of Hope (that is found in Christ) and Help (how we reach out effectively to others). The talks were all recorded if [...]

‘The Word became flesh.’ John 1:14.

by Peter Burns

One of the highlights of my recent trip to the Middle East was to stand where Moses stood and overlook the Promised Land. Even through the haze and with a limited view, it’s an overwhelming and majestic sight both as a geographical scene and also as one of the most significant places in scripture. Away [...]

How do I live like this?

by Peter Burns

Within these blogs I try to bring words of both encouragement and challenge to help us meet the reality of trying to live as Jesus calls His people to. As I was reading 2 Peter recently I came across something that far exceeds any attempt I can make to encourage and challenge and it feels [...]

The Lord who walks with us. Luke 24:13-32

by Peter Burns

Easter is now over for another year but, before we pack away the cross and look forward to the summer holidays let’s continue to reflect on a central part of the experience.  To do that I offer a brief thought for my Easter Sunday evening sermon; Jesus walks with us. After the euphoric reminder of [...]

Temptation

by Peter Burns

As we head into the second half of Lent, I always find the temptation to give up giving-up gets stronger. My mind tells me: you’ve done enough, no one will know if you just…. The challenge of temptation is a very real, but personal thing. It’s different for each of us, and we can often [...]

Passion

by Peter Burns

“You seek me politely and thoughtfully, but I long for you to seek me passionately and completely.” Hopefully you will recognise those words taken from a prophetic word brought to the church last May. Since then many of us have been praying and seeking God’s help in making those words real in our church. Have [...]

Happy New Year!

by Peter Burns

The start of a New Year always allows a moment for us to reflect back and look forward. As you reflect back on the last year, I hope that you can see and appreciate some areas of blessing; God has been with us collectively and individually, so why not take time now to thank Him? [...]

Happy Christmas

by Peter Burns

How do we live out our faith? According to James (1:27) ‘Religion that God our Father accepts as pure and faultless is this: to look after orphans and widows in their distress and to keep oneself from being polluted by the world.’ But what does that mean? As Christmas approaches it’s easy to rattle off [...]

Love one another

by Peter Burns

When I left my last job, a good friend gave me a sign with the inscription ‘Life begins at the end of your comfort zone’. I’m sure we can all relate to this thought in one-way or another. When asked to do something we naturally run a mile from, we nearly always find that, if [...]

Give thanks

by Peter Burns

I know that I am not alone in noticing the human propensity to moan. We tend to have an in-built tendency to talk about what is getting us down or the details that have gone wrong, and that can affect the rest of our day. Even in the church we can be more ready to [...]