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1 Mar, 2014

God’s good news

by Roger Ellsworth

God’s good news Jesus’ parable in Luke 13:6-7 packs a powerful punch! A man planted a fig tree in his vineyard. Each year for three years he expected it to bear figs, and each year he was disappointed. He finally had enough of it and decided to have his gardener cut it down. It was…

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1 Mar, 2014

Could it be dementia?

by Louise Morse

Could it be dementia? ‘My mother has become very vague and forgetful,’ said my colleague Janet, ‘and I’m thinking – could it be dementia? But I’m also wondering if it may be anaemia. She can’t always be bothered to cook for herself, or eat properly. So I’ll take her to the doctor, and ask him…

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1 Mar, 2014

Midlife busyness

by John Richards

Midlife busyness ‘I’m concerned about our young families,’ a lady in church confessed to me. ‘How can we encourage them to have an interest in world mission?’ Ok, I thought, good concern but… ‘what makes you think they’re not concerned about world mission?’ ‘Well we rarely see them at missionary meetings. What will happen when…

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1 Mar, 2014

The time of our lives?

by Tim Curnow

The time of our lives? The passing years of course make us older but they also change our perception – and expectations – of age. As a child I used to think that thirty was middle-aged. Now aged 51, I know better! It’s a sobering thought that I recently entered the decade in which both…

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1 Mar, 2014

Worldliness in old age

by John Legg

Worldliness in old age Politicians today speak of the importance of ‘the grey vote’. We in the church must take that same section of the congregation into account. Those with grey hair (or none) make up an increasing proportion of our membership, those who have, in the words of the great Puritan theologian, John Owen,…

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1 Jan, 2014

Reflections on the Swansea mission

by Steffan Jones

Reflections on the Swansea mission It has been excellent to work together as many and varied churches. I believe this will have a long term impact on our church’s prayer life and desire for the wider kingdom. It has been very encouraging to see unity with others with whom we have not worked before and…

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1 Jan, 2014

What is Reformission Wales?

by Peter Milsom

What is Reformission Wales? Reformission Wales is an initiative of the Associating Evangelical Churches of Wales (AECW). It was launched at the AECW Annual Assembly in May 2012. It seeks to address the desperate spiritual situation in Wales through both church planting and church strengthening. Denominational decline in Wales The decline of the major denominations…

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1 Jan, 2014

Fading flowers

by Paul Yeulett

Fading flowers ‘The grass withers, the flower fades, but the word of our God will stand forever’ (Is. 40:8). At the beginning of 2014 it is good for the Lord’s people to stand back and remember what we are all about. Some verses of the Bible, like this one, stand out as texts for the…

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1 Jan, 2014

Who do you think you are?

by Gerrard Hemmings

Who do you think you are? Jacob on his deathbed calls for his 12 sons. As he stands on the threshold of eternity, he evaluates each son in turn, summing up his character in a few pithy lines. He then applies the lesson not just to his son but his descendants after him. Jacob’s words…

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1 Jan, 2014

Local church: Ammanford

by Sammy Davies

Local church: Ammanford Ammanford Evangelical Church is around 35 years old. It’s hard to tell exactly because reports vary. At the time of its birth people were more interested in speaking about Jesus than keeping records. It had, as its humble beginnings, a rag tag bunch of brethren believers who met together to enjoy fellowship,…

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