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Sunday Message, 28th August – Saints under Pressure (Conclusion)

Jude: To live for Jesus

Jude 17 – 25

 

This story appeard in our newspapers in April 2011.  The extract is from the Daily Mail online:

“An electrician faces the sack for displaying a small palm cross on the dashboard of his company van.  Former soldier Colin Atkinson has been summoned to a disciplinary hearing by the giant housing association where he has been employed for 15 years because he refuses to remove the symbol.  Mr Atkinson, a regular worshipper at church, said: ‘The treatment of Christians in this country is becoming diabolical…but I will stand up for my faith.’” Continue reading

Sunday Message, 21st August 2011 – Saints Under Pressure 8

Paul: It’s tough following Jesus

2 Corinthians 11: 23-33, 12: 7-10

 

Saints under pressure: Jacob, Joseph, Gideon, Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego, Stephen, Peter and today the last of the Biblical figures: Paul. These heroes of faith have shown us many important things (seeking time alone for a God encounter of the supreme kind, trusting God whatever the circumstances, having died to self truly surrendering all to God and being living martyrs, and understanding that all things work for the good of those who love God) but I want to suggest to you that this final lesson is probably the most crucial to grasp, if not the most uncomfortable to bear. Continue reading

Trinity Stories – Moira Copeland

Tell us about yourself
My name is Moira, I am divorced, retired and live in sheltered housing.  I feel most alive when I am helping others and so do lots of voluntary work.   I am a member of the Iona Community and return regularly.

Sunday Message, 14th August 2011 – Saints Under Pressure 7

Peter: Release for prisoners

Acts 12: 1-17: 3

 

Saints under pressure: Jacob, Joseph, Gideon, Shadrach, Meshach & Abednego and last week Stephen, the first Christian martyr. Pressure refines the saints but crushes the religious! Each of our heroes of faith had a fresh and unique encounter with God, it changed them and made them into a person God could mould, fill and use. Holy desperation (the kind that Hannah, the women with the issue of blood, Bartimaeus, and the apostle John exhibited) is always rewarded.

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Trinity Stories – Geraldine Hiller

Tell us about yourself

I’m Geraldine.  I used to be married and have three grown-up children and 4 grand-children.  I used to be a teacher but spent many years at home, caring for other people’s children whilst bringing up my own children. Continue reading