Category Archives: Letters

In our hurry to get things done

Dear Friends,

In our hurry to get things done
we can get them so badly wrong
that they will never be undone
without the help of the Holy One!

Not the best of rhyming, but forgive me, please, because it was inspired by an experience of frustration and despair when I thought I had got something done but it was quickly undone when I did something wrong! CONTINUE READING ...

If only I may finish the race

Dear Friends,

If only I may finish the race and complete the task the Lord Jesus has given me — the task of testifying to the gospel of Gods grace

Acts 20: 24

There is a race that will only be won when everyone has crossed the finishing line. There is nothing to shout about if you have a gold medal and everyone else is left behind! CONTINUE READING ...

Do not change channels!

Dear Friends,

I thought I would have some down timeone afternoon during the week with some tv viewing when a programme presenter looked at me and told me not to change channels!

I am sure there were others who, like me, had only just tuned in to TBNUK, on channel 65, but it was as if she was speaking directly to me. Someone has just tuned in to the channel,she said. I want to encourage you not to change channels, but to stay with us!How could I do anything else? CONTINUE READING ...

Do whatever he tells you

Dear Friends,

Do whatever he tells you,his mother said to the servants

John 2: 5

If we did as we were told the world would be a different place, but we believe rules are for breaking and what a mess we are making!

Our hope, we are told, is in doing what we are told, but it only needs a few to break the rules to make hope seem so far away. CONTINUE READING ...

Why blame God when it’s our fault?

Dear Friends,

Why blame God

when its our fault?

For my last letter of the year I say: “Don’t blame God when things go wrong, but take responsibility for your own actions and the suffering they can cause.Thats my resolution for the New Year and one I suggest can make a big difference if we all follow it! CONTINUE READING ...

Strictly Come Dancing

Dear Friends,

Strictly come dancing

with the Lord of the Dance!

YOU can do anything with the right people around you is a lesson that was reinforced for me as I watched the final of Strictly Come Dancing. YOU can also be one of the right people that encourage someone to do something they never thought they could two. It takes two to tango! CONTINUE READING ...

It’s nearly Christmas

Dear Friends,

In the bleak mid-winter,

frosty wind made moan,

earth stood hard as iron,

water like a stone;

snow had fallen, snow on snow,

snow on snow,

in the bleak mid-winter,

long ago

It’s not the weather that is making this winter so bleak; or the wind that is moaning. Its our mood that is bleak and our words that are moaning. Understandably so in this bleak mind-winter. CONTINUE READING ...

Ready, steady go – another marathon begins!

Dear Friends,

Ready, steady go – another marathon begins!

I never did like running — which is why I was a goalkeeper — but I am now told that I have got to run another marathon. Yes, another one!

Being in Bournemouth reminds me how much I hated running because I was at Boarding school near Southbourne and when the teachers wanted a break we would be sent off on a run. One route was to the top of Hengisbury Head and back or the alternative was a long return plod along the promenade to Bournemouth Pier. CONTINUE READING ...

The Archbishop of Canterbury was waiting for a telephone call from me

Dear Friends,

I was told the Archbishop of Canterbury, Justin Welby, was waiting for a telephone call from me so I gave him a call and he had a message for me. Hes got a message for you to and Ive been told I can pass on his number, so here it is. If you are speaking to someone else who wants to hear a voice of hope you can give them the number as well. CONTINUE READING ...