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We will be holding our Sunday morning service at 11am until midday each week in the Rowena Davey Centre, also known as the Dunmow Day Centre at Chequers Lane, Great Dunmow, CM6 1EQ. We will have more space and be able to have a more flexible and informal style service.

Activities include worship, good Bible teaching, a creche, childrens activities, light refreshments and a chance to chat.

Come and join in, we look forward to seeing you there.

Dunmow Baptist Church

The blog for Dunmow Baptist Church.

It's just as well we reap what we sow!

We had a great time celebrating the harvest on Sunday with a service, a collection for the food bank and a shared lunch.

Philip preached on sowing what you reap, pointing out that if we didn't, agriculture would be a mess. Who could cope with sowing a field of potatoes and reaping a field of poppies?!

When it comes to our lives some of us would rather we didn't reap what we sow! - but you can't have it both ways.

Praise God for Jesus who is willing to exchanged the sin I've sown for the righteousness he's sown.

 

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Creation or creator?

My latest challenge is a prayer by Paul Tripp: rescue me "every day until my deepest pleasures are nowhere to be found in the creation and only to be found in the creator. 

It is so beautifully logical - why would I take more pleasure in the creation than the creator? And yet so often I do!

I would like to highly recommend Paul Tripp's book, Whiter than Snow. It is a series of bite-sized meditations on Psalm 51 which only take 5 minutes each to read. They are pretty thought provoking and well worth a read.

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The secret to growing as a Christian in one sentence

If you want to know if you are growing as a Christian ask yourself the question, "Am I more dependant on Jesus than I was yesterday?"

Jesus said, "Abide in Me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit of itself, unless it abides in the vine, neither can you, unless you abide in Me. I am the vine, you are the branches. He who abides in Me, and I in him, bears much fruit; for without Me you can do nothing." John 15:4-5

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Are you a fish out of water?

If you have the living water which Jesus offers you are like a fish, living in and breathing in water. The water constantly flows through its body, it is immersed in it and totally dependent upon it. This is how vital living water is to our spiritual lives.

But God is concerned that we often resort to our own stagnant tanks of water which I imagine are something like the water butts in my garden which I definitely wouldn't drink from! He says, 'My people have committed 2 sins: they have forsaken me the spring of living water and have dug their own cisterns, broken cisterns that cannot hold water.' Jeremiah 2:13

When we are ungracious towards someone we have jumped out of the water which our life depends on in order throw over them a bucketful of water from our own tank! How much better to be swimming in living water and splashing everyone around us with it too?

Taken from Philip's sermon on Sunday 25th June 2017.

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Change of Venue

Please note, the morning service will be held at the chapel on Sunday 25th June as the Rowena Davey Centre is unavailable.

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Who can I be kind to today?

I was reading 2 Samuel and came across the section where David is looking for someone to be nice to. He asks, "Is there still anyone who is left of the house of Saul that I may show him kindness for Jonathan's sake?"

Is there anyone that I can show kindness to for Jesus' sake?

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Punting

Our church teens had a great day in Cambridge on Friday. We had a picnic, played games and lazed around in the sunshine. Then we had a go at punting. Everyone had fun and, surprisingly, no one got wet!!

 

 

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Just a thought

While you can't control the behaviour of another person, don't let them control yours. When we are angry, bitter, jealous, resentful etc we are letting someone else control our thinking...and it's not even someone we like!

Not letting this happen is considerably easier said than done, but with God nothing is impossible (Luke 1:37). So do it with him.

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Whose kingdom?

"Your kingdom come" = my kingdom go.
God's plans, God's agenda, God's superiority, God's authority come = my plans, my agenda, my superiority, my authority go.

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The Sweet Factory Holiday Bible Club

We had a great day at our Sweet Factory Holiday Bible Club making maltesers and peppermint creams, singing, playing games, making grassheads and hearing Bible stories. We looked at how awesome God is to make a carrot from a tiny seed and how he makes food miraculously in the Bible. We also looked at how Jesus made food miraculously and so we can see he is God. 28 children came and everyone had loads of fun.

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Living sacrifice

Am I ready and willing to do anything for the One who bought my life with his...even if it costs me the earth? And what if that 'anything' is not impressive eg being content with my lot? Am I still willing?

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I can afford it!

Jesus has my best interests at heart so I am free to have the best interests of others at heart. Any intrusions into my time, energy, privacy, family life or money is therefore no problem. I can afford it! I don't have to protect these things. I can afford to be generous.

"Look out ...for the interests of others" Philippians 2:4

 

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Just a thought

"Have faith in God" (Mark 11:22) can be translated "Hold the faithfulness of God" according to Hudson Taylor. I like that because it focuses on the strength of God's faithfulness rather than the strength of my faith.

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What's ROCK?

At ROCK yesterday evening we played games in the dark, warmed up round an excellent bonfire  and enjoyed giant sparklers and homemade candy floss. Then Cathryn showed us the Sainsbury's Christmas advert with its message 'the best gift I can give my family is me'. She explained that that is exactly what God has done for us - given us the best thing he could - himself. That was God's Christmas gift the very first Christmas. Rock is our church youth group and is held once a month on a Friday night. All youngsters aged 11-19 are very welcome. Phone 01371 878018 for more details.

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Coincidence?

My daughter, Jessamy, is currently looking at universities - in fact I'm at the University of Greenwich right now, passing time while she has an interview. During the half-term holiday we thought we would take a look at the University of Canterbury. So, after a short break in our caravan in Kent, we decided to visit on the way home. We googled the Park and Ride and planned the journey. However, when we arrived we discovered that the Park and Ride entrance has a height restriction so that we couldn't enter with the caravan and we found ourselves driving into Canterbury with the caravan in tow, knowing from the university website that there is no parking at or near the campus. Parking in Canterbury is a bit like parking in Cambridge - car parks are small, tight, few in number, highly expensive and definitely not intended for caravans! So, we prayed for a parking space and followed our instructions to the university. When we got to the main entrance we found to our relief that directly outside were five parking spaces. Three in a row were free allowing room for us to pull in and park. By the time we left the space in front of us was empty and we were able to pull out. Perfect!
Coincidence? Or answered prayer? This sort of thing happens in my life far too often to be coincidence. We have a God who loves us enough to be interested in the little things that concern us and when we pray for things together he is glorified in answering.

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God's power in me

When Elijah brought down fire from heaven the people didn't mention him. They called out, The Lord - He is God! God got the glory. It was so awesome they knew it couldn't have been done by Elijah. Let's pray that we would know God's power so radically in our lives, that those around us will be amazed by our peace in times of stress, our love that goes above and beyond, and our patience in suffering. And because it will be obvious that it is something we couldn't achieve in ourselves God will get the glory.

 

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Harvest

Our Harvest Service at 11am in the Rowena Davey Centre this Sunday, followed by a buffet lunch. We are enjoying our new facilities, space and flexibility. Why not come and see?

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We're moving!

We are moving our morning service to The Rowena Davey Centre in order to have more space, facilities and flexibility.

We will be meeting there at 11am each Sunday with our Opening Service being Sunday 9th October.

Do come and join us there!

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10 of the best Church Camp photos

River crashing - the winners

Who can stay on the longest, ?

Eating breakfast in the sunshine.

River crashing

River crashing

Hot chocolate on the beach, anyone? - with cream!

We like our hole!

Sand volcano

Glowsticks with a difference came on our midnight walk.

Our goodbye lunch in the marquee

 

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The best yet

Having written 9 different ways of 'Actually enjoying reading the Bible' I've discovered another which has to be the best yet! It is called Verse Mapping and involves looking at a verse or phrase in the following way:
1 Pray for God's guidance.
2 Read a book of the Bible until a verse jumps out at you.
3 Write it down and highlight the bits that strike you.
4 Make it personal (ie I instead of we).
5 Look it up in other translations.
6 Any questions/topics/themes that spring to mind?
7 Look up cross references and other verses that are linked.
8 Think, where can I see Jesus?
9 How does this apply to my life? What's God saying to me?
10 Ask God's help with applying what you've learnt.

The picture of my notebook explains it better than I can in words - it's a bit tatty as it got wet because I took it to the beach!

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