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Loughborough Church Sunderland New Springs - Use-it-or-lose-it

Use it or lose it!

The great violinist, Nicollo Paganini, willed his marvellous violin to Genoa, the city of his birth, but only on condition that the instrument never be played. It was an unfortunate decision, for it was made of a peculiarity of wood that as long as it is used and handled, it shows little wear. As soon…

Loughborough Church Sunderland New Springs - Planning-for-the-Future

Planning for the Future

Many years ago, long before we had children, a friend of ours was selling life insurance. One of his questions was “what would you like to save for in the future?” I said my children’s education. He said he had never heard anyone say that before. Now the university fees are going up, I wish…

Loughborough Church Sunderland New Springs - Freedom-of-Speech-Are-you-having-a-laugh

Freedom of Speech – Are you having a laugh!

So, the General Election has taken place and yet again the political world has been thrown into a spin. Theresa May only called the election in the first place because she was showing a twenty point lead over Jeremy Corbyn and thought she would secure a landslide and thus strengthen her overall position in the…

Loughborough Church Sunderland New Springs - Positioning-Yourself-To-Hear-Father-Speak

Positioning Yourself To Hear Father Speak

I was watching Wales play football against Germany at Cardiff arms park back in the early 90s; it so happened that my free ticket had me sitting right in the middle of the Welsh fans. As the teams lined up the atmosphere was electric which seemed to increase as the Welsh national anthem started to ring…

Loughborough Church Sunderland New Springs - Here-we-go-again-The-nation-decides-again

Here we go again – the nation decides again

Politics is like the weather, there’s a lot of it about! Let’s be honest, over the last 36 months or so the UK has certainly had its fair share of politics and elections. There’s been a General Election, a referendum on Scottish Independence which failed and Nicola Sturgeon and the SNP are now planning yet…

Loughborough Church Sunderland New Springs - A Trinity of Truths

A Trinity of Truths

They say things come in threes. It is certainly the case in I Corinthians 15: 3-4. Writing to the church at Corinth the Apostle Paul speaks of the three vital aspects of what Christ Jesus came to this earth to do. This is how the NIV version of the Bible puts it. ‘For what I…

Loughborough Church Sunderland New Springs - Man Pleaser or God Pleaser

Man Pleaser or God Pleaser?

Brian Clough was a well-known figure around the sporting arena; and still is maybe for anyone 30 years of age and over. I have sat in many a dugout with him with pre-match expectations high as was the norm, but never had I ever been dragged by the scruff, over somebody’s knee and told to…

Loughborough Church Sunderland New Springs - Feel-good Factor

Feel-good Factor

Chocolate –  some people just can’t go a day without it, they need their daily fix. That rush of endorphins that comes with the melting of the chocolate on their tongue. Below are a few facts about chocolate that might surprise you! Chocolate Facts The largest chocolate sculpture ever made was a 10 foot high…

Loughborough Church Sunderland New Springs - Paradise Lost, Paradise Regained

Paradise Lost and Paradise Regained

Happy days – springtime is on the way. As one season has come to its end, another season emerges before our very eyes. And in the same way, one season at New Springs City Church has drawn to a close and we now stand on the brink of another. Our first forty day campaign, the…

Loughborough Church Sunderland New Springs - Heating Plant of the Church

The Heating Plant of the Church

Charles Haddon Spurgeon was the Pastor of the famous Baptist Metropolitan Tabernacle in London for no less than 38 years. When he began his ministry there in the 1800s, he was a very young man and the church was then known as New Park Street Chapel. The church congregation grew exponentially under his powerful and…