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Sometimes I wish I pastored an urban church. Lots of people nearby, plenty of passing trade. Should ever the Lord grant my fickle wish, I'd long again for the countryside. I walked to chapel last week. Through which urban sprawl would I pass scenery like this?
I have commissioned a new portrait of Oliver Cromwell; I instructed the artist to depict him as he saw fit. The moustache gives him a slightly hard, resentful look, which is not inconsistent with many of his thoughts:
Remember me, O my God, for good!
- Nehemiah 13:31b
Tonight, I finished preaching through Nehemiah. It’s a tough book in places, but contains much spiritual nourishment. Its final chapter is probably the last section of the Old Testament to have been written; books of the Bible are not in strict chronological order. The above words are therefore the final Spirit-inspired utterances prior to the birth of John the Baptist.
This evening we were joined by Roger Carswell. He’s always very encouraging. He is speaking at Netherside Hall next weekend and a number of us plan to go up; anyone wishing to join us may get in touch. Its webpage is here: http://bibleinthedales.co.uk/
Today’s we had the Spring Effort. This is an annual event going back decades at which the Craft Group sell their wares, as well as the traditional cake and plant stalls. Christian books were sold and evangelistic literature given away. I gave a quick message at the start, reading from Revelation 21 with its description of heaven as the New Jerusalem.