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Sam Reeve

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You never know…

On Tuesday our family was together to give thanks for Janet’s dad, who passed away recently. After the service a man who had been in a youth group I was involved in many years ago introduced himself to me. He was from a non-Christian background and had put his trust…
Sam Reeve
September 13, 2018
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Submitting to Malcolm

How do you view the government? A necessary evil? Always got their hand in your pocket? Kill-joys who stop us from doing what we want? God’s says that those who govern us are his servants (literally deacons, Romans 13:4), who must be obeyed. They are also our servants (reflected in…
Sam Reeve
August 16, 2018
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Blessed to bless

People who have received the free forgiveness that Jesus brings are in the best place to bless others, especially those who wrong us. Because we have been forgiven so much ourselves, we can afford to forgive others. And because we know the sovereign God of the universe, the One who…
Sam Reeve
August 10, 2018
From The Heart

How’s your serve?

A friend of mine once said “If you want to find out how well you’re doing at serving others, check your response when someone treats you like a servant”. It’s not a bad test (not that we should treat each other like servants!) because it exposes why we’re serving. Is…
Sam Reeve
July 27, 2018
From The Heart

Through many trials…

Paul and Barnabas (the encourager) were passing through cities where they had planted churches a short time earlier. They gather new believers together to strengthen and encourage them. One of the bits of advice they give is “through many trials we must enter the kingdom of God” (Acts 14:22). Trials,…
Sam Reeve
July 5, 2018
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How big is your God?

One of the problems I keep running up against, as I’m sure most Christians do from time to time, is that I try to limit God. Even if what I say (or preach) and ‘believe’ is that God is all-powerful, all-knowing, all-wise, all-loving, when it comes to the practical realities…
Sam Reeve
June 21, 2018
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Godliness with Contentment

When I was younger, the talk in some of our courses at Uni was that we would need to be educated on how to use our spare time. With the relentless march of technology taking over most of our tasks, we would have lots of time for other things. Whoever…
Sam Reeve
April 12, 2018
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He’s Alive!

The wonderful news of Easter Sunday is that Jesus is alive. It took a while for this news to sink in to his friends, the disciples. They didn’t believe it at first – they were so discouraged after his cruel and humiliating death. But when they saw him and heard…
Sam Reeve
March 29, 2018
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Perfect Freedom

There’s an old prayer that addresses God as the one “whose service is perfect freedom”. It expresses a deep truth – that we humans were designed to live other-centred lives. We’re at our best when we pour our lives into serving God and others. People who survey happiness report that…
Sam Reeve
March 22, 2018
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Am I my brother’s keeper?

This is an ancient question. After the first recorded murder (Genesis 4), God asks Cain where his brother Abel is. Cain’s answer betrays his deep-seated self centredness and lack of love for his brother. We live in a culture that is fanatically committed to individualism – the idea that what…
Sam Reeve
January 11, 2018