Cedric Poole, (dentist 1984-94, full time preacher of the Gospel 94-2018, preacher AND dentist 2018 - present) has journeyed from holey teeth to holy souls and back again, seeking to give myself wholly to the LORD....the ful'filling' journey to wholeness continues
Our most recent family pic with only Andrew missing
Let me begin by wishing you a hopeful, loveful, joyful and peaceful Christmas. Today we celebrate the (ongoing) event of God surprising earth with Heaven. In Christ, God surprised earth with Heaven. Mary, Joseph, Elizabeth, shepherds, wise men, Herod, a stable, Bethlehem ... God surprised them all with Heaven. I hope God surprises you with Heaven because of Christmas 2018.
A few months ago, before an oversees trip to South Africa to visit family, I blogged
Taking a Break from Bloggingand since then I haven't returned to blogging my sermons. The reason for that has been that I found myself reverting to writing my sermons by hand and using powerpoint presentations and a "freer" style of preaching. A normal Sunday has me going into the pulpit with some very rough notes and (often) a powerpoint. Below is today's sermon, an Introduction to Vision and the start of a series looking at our Vision and Mission statements … as you might pick up from the photos, it doesn't really lend itself to blogging. So, until something changes, Taking a Break from Blogging will continue to be the order of the day.
Today I want to introduce our new series (which actually began last week) called Another Great 40 Days. Christ, after preaching his Father's message to the world for three years, is arrested, tried, and cruelly executed. On the third day, God raised Him from the dead. Now, though the work of providing a sinless sacrifice through which people can be reconciled to God was complete, Christ had a few more things to accomplish before His final farewell to His disciples. In this series we look at the 40 days between Easter and Ascension Day, remembering the great things God has done in the past in periods defined by “40” and wondering what He might do in us in these 40 days.
When Jesus rose early on the first day of the week, he appeared first to Mary Magdalene, out of whom he had driven seven demons. She went and told those who had been with him and who were mourning and weeping. When they heard that Jesus was alive and that she had seen him, they did not believe it.
When they came back from the tomb, they told all these things to the Eleven and to all the others. It was Mary Magdalene, Joanna, Mary the mother of James, and the others with them who told this to the apostles. But they did not believe the women,
We all know this story so well that we might be tempted to think
"what new thing can I possibly learn from this text?"
Well, maybe there's nothing new to learn, but Jesus is a teacher who
likes revision work ... He likes it a lot, because we are so forgetful,
especially of the things we don't always want to hear, or don't like to hear.
There is no doubt that some interpret Scripture as presenting women as in some way second class citizens or subservient to men ... and if one wants to have such a picture of the role of women, you will find the necessary Scriptures to support such a view. This Mothers' Day (in the UK Mothers' Day is the fourth Sunday in Lent) I want to lay before you a view that women are in no way subservient or inferior, and will find the Scriptures to support such a view. My starting point will be the proverbial wife of noble character.
we look at these last verses of Proverbs, we see some of the roles that the
wife played in the household:
There are things that Jesus said that we often wish He hadn’t said.....…things like forgive one another....or, love your enemy,...or,
when someone hits you, turn the other cheek.....or, be perfect as
your Father in Heaven is perfect......or open your homes to
strangers.....or, if you call your brother a fool you are a murderer..................Things
we wish He hadn’t said.
the last 2 months since Christmas we have looked at some of the milestones of
Jesus’ life......His birth.....His presentation in the
Temple when He realized in some unique way that God was His father.......Then
His Baptism, when He heard the voice of God saying – ‘My Son’, and at the same
time receiving the Holy Spirit.
hope that we’ve all had similar milestones:
At the start of Lent 2018, this is a question worth reflecting on: Can a Human Being Resist Temptation? This short reading from Mark's gospel has Jesus experiencing what must have been one of the spiritual highlights of His life, His baptism in water, followed by His baptism in the Holy Spirit, followed by His hearing the very voice of God ... it really doesn't get much better than that, does it? But the first thing this Spirit does in Him, is compel Him to go alone into the dangerous Judean wilderness for forty days. Mark implies that when Jesus came out of the
Almighty and everlasting God, you hate nothing you have made and forgive the sins of all who are penitent: Create and make in us new and contrite hearts, that we, worthily lamenting our sins and acknowledging our wretchedness, may obtain of you, the God of all mercy, perfect remission and forgiveness; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.
These words from The Wonder of the Cross by Robin Mark (listen to it here) are a wonderful reminder of one of the reasons for the season of Lent: Over a period of 40 days, starting on Ash Wednesday, we undertake a spiritual journey deep into ourselves but with our eyes focussed on the Cross, and hopefully rediscover or perhaps even discover for the first time, the glory and the victory which are ours because of what Jesus did and then lay our whole lives down for Him again….or, perhaps, for the first time. I really hope that is what Lent 2018 will be for us all.
In the first 5 weeks of this year you have journeyed through the highlights of Jesus' ministry: In the first week of the new year we looked at the baptism of our Lord, perhaps were reminded of our own baptism in obedience to the Scriptures which repeatedly command that believers be baptised; then we saw Jesus calling the first disciples and were reminded of our call to obedient discipleship; then we looked at the beginning of Jesus' teaching ministry and His description of the life of discipleship in the Beatitudes in the Sermon on the Mount; last week we continued through the Sermon on the Mount and heard Jesus reminding us that we are salt and light; this week, the week before the season of Lent begins, we find ourselves on the Mount of Transfiguration, where Matthew records:
Chris and I came across this sign on an electricity pylon in Tiberias in Israel a few years ago: Danger of Death. We live in a world where so much more seems to be dangerous than ever before; there are danger warnings on so many things: the sun is dangerous
17 Jan 1763. I rode to Lewisham, and wrote my sermon to be preached before the Society for Reformation of Manners. Sunday 23. In order to check if not stop a growing evil, I preached on ‘Judge not, that ye be not judged.’ But it had just the contrary effect on many, who construed it into a satire upon G. Bell, one of whose friends said, ‘If the devil himself had been in the pulpit he would not have preached such a sermon.’