November 2020 Magazine


Praising God together His name was Mark

To think about

What is going to happen next



God is saying COME, come, come to me

Come to me those of you who are weary, and I Will give you rest.

Those of you who are physically weary, mentally and emotionally weary, those who are weary of the situation and circumstances you are in, 

Come to me, I am with you, I am there in what you are walking through, come, give me your troubles, worries and concerns and you will find rest in Me and peace at these times.

Come, come come to me, know that you are not alone, I am here, I stand with you, I haven’t left or forgotten you, I am with you.

God speaks peace to the turmoil, peace to anxiety, peace to the worry and the what if’s and peace to the thoughts of how can I get through, Come and sit with me, in Me you have all that you need.

I just felt so much that God is standing here with His arms open saying COME.

Come to me. I am the one who will satisfy you, I am the One who will bring order out of chaos, 

I am the One who will quieten all the other thoughts and voices surrounding you so that you can hear Me

Remember I have said

I will never leave you alone, never, and I will not loosen my grip on your life.


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The joy of praising God together     

Around 50 years ago, when we were living in Luton, Bedfordshire, I first heard of the Festivals of Male Voice Praise. I had enjoyed singing, mainly in church choirs, from an early age. The Festivals is a group of Male Voice Choirs made up of like minded men with a desire to proclaim Jesus Christ through four part Gospel songs. 

The choir I joined was named the Belmont Singers. We would run concerts, mainly in Bedfordshire, two or three times a month. Many of the places we went to were halls and attracted people who were not Christian believers. They came simply because they enjoyed this type of music. During the evening one or two people would tell stories from their lives and someone would give a short Christian message.

After I had joined I discovered that each year there one or two All England concerts based in the Albert Hall where combined choirs numbering 1000 or more men gathered to Praise God together.

Now I enjoy mixed choir singing, but there is something very special gathering with that number of men enthusiastically praising God. When we sang the first song at the rehearsal the sheer volume of glorious worship touched me in a way I had not been touched before. I felt God say that He wanted me to picture heaven - with each of us representing thousands of singers. If our "small" group could generate that level of praise and worship, what must it be like in heaven!! 

We sang "When I survey the wondrous cross" to the Parry tune. For us top tenors it finished on top G. We stayed on that note and then all stopped together - those wonderful words "love so amazing so divine, demands my soul my life my ALL" echoed round that wonderful Hall  

This month I have chosen the song which is the signature tune of the choirs and which proclaims that we'll be there on that GREAT day when Jesus comes back. Will you be there that day?

Click on the picture above and enjoy 



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A Parable ...His name was Mark 

He has wild hair, wears a T-shirt with holes in it, jeans and no shoes. This was literally his wardrobe for his entire four years of college. He is brilliant. Kind of profound and very bright. He became a Christian while attending college.

Across the street from the campus is a well-dressed, very conservative church. They want to develop a ministry to the students but are not sure how to go about it. One day Mark decides to go there. He walks into this body of believers with scruffy jeans, his torn T-shirt, no shoes and wild hair. 

The service has already started and so Mark starts down the aisle looking for a seat. The church is completely packed and he can't find a seat. By now, people are really looking a bit uncomfortable but no one says anything.

Mark gets closer and closer and closer to the pulpit and when he realizes there are no seats, he just squats down right on the carpet. By now the people are really uptight and the tension in the air is thick.

About this time, the minister realizes that from way at the back of the church, a deacon is slowly making his way toward Mark. Now the deacon is in his eighties, has silver-grey hair and a three-piece suit. A godly man, very elegant, very dignified, very courtly. 

He walks with a cane and, as he starts walking toward this Mark, everyone is saying to themselves that you can't blame him for what he's going to do. How can you expect a man of his age and of his background to understand some college kid on the floor? 

It takes a long time for the man to reach the boy. The church is utterly silent except for the clicking of the man's cane. All eyes are focused on him. You can't even hear anyone breathing. The minister couldn't even preach the sermon until the deacon does what he has to do.

And now they see this elderly man drop his cane on the floor. With great difficulty, he lowers himself and sits down next to Mark and worships with him so that he won't be alone. Everyone chokes up with emotion...  

When the minister gains control, he says, "What I'm about to preach, you may never remember. What you have just seen, you will never forget"

Be careful how you live. You may be the closest thing to Jesus that someone ever meets!



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To think about ...

  • Is there another word for synonym?

  • Isn't it a bit unnerving that doctors call what they do a "practice" ?

  • What would you do if you saw an endangered animal eating an endangered plant?

  • Would a fly without wings be called a "walk"?

  • If a turtle doesn't have a shell is it homeless or naked?

  • What was the best thing before sliced bread?

  • If one synchronised swimmer drowns, do all the others have to drown too?

  • Women like men who are silent, they think they are listening!

  • I went to a bookstore and asked the sales assistant where the self help section was. She told me that if she told me it would defeat the purpose.

  • If you try to fail but succeed, which have you done?


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You never know what is going to happen next

I had been on holiday. I parked at home as usual and, loaded with luggage, arrived safely at my front door. I put the key in the lock and turned it. So far so good.

But when I pushed the door, nothing happened. Had I used the correct key? Yes.  Would it open if I pushed harder and harder and harder? No.

One of my neighbours was walking past and tried to open the door. Nothing happened.

Then two men walked up and asked if they could help.  They tried pushing/ and also opened the letter box to see if they could see anything blocking the door.

Failed again. I was beginning to get worried - Did I have to get someone to smash my door down?

I prayed that simple but meaningful prayer “Help!. O Lord God, Help”

Then a young man came down the road. He asked if he could push the door hard and I said yes He walked to the door and pushed - the door opened simply and smoothly. Wow, how did he do it?

We got my luggage into the house. I looked around and could not see the young man anywhere - and I haven't seen him since then.

Was that young man sent by God in an answer to my prayers? Was he an angel? Maybe I will have to go to heaven to see him again and thank him properly

So what about the door? An inspection showed that the laminate on the floor had got  wet by the door and had swollen up at the edge. A few nails and the problem was solved



What a friend we have in Jesus 

Some time ago I found that I had developed a lump on my head. It didn't show and it only hurt when I brushed or combed my hair. I took advice but nothing made it go away, or get worse. I had been praying but I eventually got to the point where I felt that I had to pray more often, and even laid hands on my head. 

A few days later I noticed  that the lump had gone. The words of that old hymn are so true

What a friend we have in Jesus, All our sins and griefs to bear
And what a privilege to carry, Everything to God in prayer

Oh, what peace we often forfeit, Oh, what needless pain we bear
All because we do not carry Everything to God in prayer




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Pastor: Robert Templey Tel: 01430 860997

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