Archive for the ‘General’ Category

COVID 19

by Colin Dexter

Given the latest Government advice , church on Sunday is cancelled until further notice. 

  • everyone in the UK is now being advised to avoid “non-essential” contact with others and “unnecessary” travel
  • people are also being asked to work from home “where they possibly can”, and avoid pubs, clubs, theatres and social venues
  • Everyone should avoid gatherings

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Bible translator murdered

by Colin Dexter

One of the first Bible translators for the Aghem people in Cameroon has been murdered during an attack on his village. He is the second member of the team killed in recent months.

Benjamin Tem was one of the original cohort of trained translation workers on the Aghem Bible translation project. He helped his people to read and discover the life-changing message about Jesus; through his efforts many started studying the Bible in small groups, hearing God speak to them in their own language for the first time.

He died on the night of 20 October, during an attack in the village of Wum.

Wycliffe.org.uk

OM Launches new online bookstore

by Colin Dexter

A new online bookstore on partnership with 10ofthose enabling new titles and much loved OM publications to become more widely available. By accessing 10ofthose through the OM website, 8% from every purchase will be donated into the global ministry of OM.

www.uk.om.org/books

Marriage and Health

by Colin Dexter

Mental health issues can impact every area of your life if they’re left unaddressed. However, there are actually very few that can’t be treated or well managed.

Protecting your marriage is important when you face these challenges. Here are some tips that can make a difference:

Communication – face and learn about the issues together. Seeing a GP together is an essential first step. The more insight you both have, the better.

Encourage the ‘ill’ partner as they develop understanding into how their mental health issues affect them, and urge them to seek help when they struggle to motivate themselves.

Be careful that the ‘well’ partner doesn’t become a ‘therapist’. This can change the relationship in a marriage and result in the ‘well’ partner becoming resentful and exhausted.

Care For The Family https://www.careforthefamily.org.uk/family-life

Urgent action Needed

by Colin Dexter

Dr Ruth Valerio, Tearfund’s Global Advocacy and influencing director said, ‘We are calling for urgent action from four multinationals – Coca-Cola, Nestle, Pepsicola and Unilever.

The CEOs running these multinationals can no longer ignore the human cost of single-use plastics – fundemental changes to business models are urgently required’.

Tear Times Autumn 19

by Colin Dexter

Following Jesus is a relationship.

by Colin Dexter

Following Jesus entails developing an intimate relationship with him. This is what elevates Christianity beyond all other religions, philosophies, and worldviews. Mark 3:14-15 says, ‘He appointed the twelve—designating them as apostles, that they might be with him and that he might send them out to preach and to have authority over demons’.

A closer look at this Scripture—‘that they might be with him’—reveals that endeavouring to do anything for Jesus is linked with desiring and developing a relationship with him.

Christianity in general and discipleship in particular is based on a relationship with Jesus, not on spiritual directions and rules. Once we decide to let him have control over our lives, he will show us the way and teach us. This entails all the directions we need as we deepen our relationship with him.

Isaiah M. Dau(excerpt) Lausanne Movement

Egypt legalises more churches

by Colin Dexter

Since coming to power in 2014, Egypt’s President al-Sisi has treated Christians more favourably and his government has passed laws making it easier to build new churches, reversing restrictions from the Ottoman era. However, Christian communities regularly face violence at a local level and church buildings are often targeted by Muslim mobs, especially those which are unregistered or newly registered. Muslim-dominated Egypt has a substantial Christian minority, which is one of the oldest Christian communities in the world, dating back to the first century, and pre-dating Islam by some 500 years.

TEAR FUND Lent Appeal

by Colin Dexter

Tear Fund lent appeal

Until 17th May, the UK Government will match all gifts to the Tear Fund lent appeal, up to £3 million. The money will be used to set up waste recycling hubs in Pakistan’s slums.

It will create a healthier ,safer environment. The rubbish is collected on a daily basis and processed on the streets . Rubbish that can be recycled is sold as a resource and organic waste is turned into compost.

Healthier living, safer living and also providing dignity to marginalised people who earn a living.

www.tearfund.org/Nargis
Tel 020 3906 3906

The Itch & The Fingernail

by Colin Dexter

A short Drama suitable for performing in a church service

Requires 8 players

Main Points :-Nobody is insignificant in the body of Christ  If we work together, celebrating our differences, acknowledging our gifts, each bringing what we can we can achieve more. Each part of the body is important and has a role.

Contact:  colincd@hotmail.co.uk