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Philippian encouragement

October 7, 2020

October 7, 2020Good afternoon, ” And this is my prayer: that your love may abound more and more in knowledge of depth of insight, so that you may be able to discern what is best and may be pure and blameless for the day of Christ….Philippians 1:9-10 Paul is in jail. We do not know exactly where he […]

Thanks to Tim and Paulie

October 6, 2020

October 6, 2020 Good afternoon.“Paul and Timothy,  Servants of Christ Jesus,To all God’s holy people in Christ Jesus at Philippi, together with the overseers and deaconsGrace and peace to you from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.”    Philippians 1:1The Common lectionary readings this fall included reading through the letter to the Philippians. So, for the rest of the […]


October 1, 2020

October 1, 2020Good afternoon. ” The logo on our (church) bag is an olive tree symbolizing peace. The tree is younger saying that we are looking towards new growth here at Poole. The wrapping of the tree trunk reminds us of the unity that we have in the Trinity, Father, Son and Holy Ghost. The […]

Come Follow Me

September 29, 2020

 20200928_135527.jpgSeptember 29, 2020Good afternoon, ” Come follow me and I will make you fishers of men ”   Jesus in Matthew 4” And the first shall be last, and the last shall be first ”         Jesus  in Matthew 20The attached photo has a dried fallen brown leaf among a lawn of clover. This can be a […]

Foundation in a new world

September 29, 2020

September 28, 2020Good afternoon, ” For other foundation can no man lay that is laid, which is Jesus Christ”    I Corinthians 3:11This is the favourite verse of Menno Simons. He wrote it on the many missionary tracts that he published. This was the “foundational’ verse for his ministry and his life. He has been […]

Listening to “Others”

September 24, 2020

September 24, 2020 Good afternoon, ” On coming to the house, they saw the child with his mother Mary, and they bowed down and worshiped him. Then they opened their treasures and presented him with gifts of gold, frankincense and myrrh.  And having been warned in a dream not to go back to Herod, they returned to their country by […]

Hello, my name is Naomi

September 23, 2020

September 23, 2020,Good afternoon, ” Now Elimelek, Naomi’s husband, died, and she was left with her two sons. They married Moabite women, one named Orpah and the other Ruth. After they had lived there about ten years,  both Mahlon and Kilion also died, and Naomi was left without her two sons and her husband.”Ruth 1:3-5There is a lot of grief to be […]

A Perfect Seven

September 22, 2020

September 22, 2020Good afternoonLetter to Laodicea      Revelation 3:14-22 We come to the final letter to the seven churches. Seven is a number of perfection, similar to the seven days of creation. As I mentioned earlier, these seven places are sort of a geographical circle. So, the circle ends in a perfect alignment. Laodicea is an […]

Philly… the place of love.

September 22, 2020

September 21, 2020.Good afternoon,Letter to Philadelphia    Revelation 3: 7-13The city of Brotherly Love ( from the Greek translation ). The city has a few columns left from an early cathedral. Today, there is a great bookstore with books about the seven churches of Revelation. It is now a bustling modern Turkish city. Jesus is here as, […]


September 17, 2020

September 17, 2020,Good afternoon,Letter to Pergamum.  Revelation 2:12-17 Pergamum is located north of Smyrna. The people lived below the mountain. The Gods lived on top of the hill. The regular people came up the hill to donate things to the Gods. There was, as was usual, a stadium, a theatre and temples. One of the […]