Holmes’ Homily

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 - 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 - Dependent on His Grace

Dependent on His Grace

Man, by God’s design, is capable of great accomplishments. Think about what man has accomplished, he has gone to the moon and back, the Internet, and so much more.  But in that design, to which we are fearfully and wonderfully made, man is capable of even greater things because of God’s grace. When we think…

Loughborough Church - Groundhog Day

Groundhog Day

Ever thought that you just keep going round in circles? That you have past this place before? That it’s ground hog day? That you are locked into some sort of cycle that you cannot break. You have been setting the same goals now for the last 5 years and here you are at the start…

Only Believe

Why is it that we don’t experience the miracles which we read about so often and hear about taking place in other parts of the world? There is no doubt that most of us would get excited about it and encouraged in our faith. I remember going to a Fire conference ( it is not…

How Often Do We Look Back?

Looking back didn’t do Lot’s wife much good, did it? Looking back to things that God has done in the past, past glories, the past successes when things seemed to be different. The Children of Israel could look back to the many times when God had either brought them out of or overcome some impossible…

Without Faith it’s Impossible to Please God (Hebrews 11:6)

Hebrews Chapter 11 is one of the key chapters in the Bible that deals with the subject of faith. Theologians actually refer to it as ‘the hall of faith.’ It speaks of the many faith heroes in the Bible. Verse six is particularly poignant highlighting some very important principles. First of all it teaches us…

Fishers of Men

15th April 1912 saw the world’s largest peacetime loss of life in maritime history. We are all aware of the Titanic. It was a ship built for the high life, to break records to sail the seas in 5 Star luxury, she had beautiful lines, able to cut through the sea with ease. She was…

The ‘Good’ in Good Friday

Here we are on the eve of Easter. I think probably the most significant date in our calendar. Why probably? Because it is a package deal, Of course for many, Easter has become just that, the chance for an early holiday package deal in the sun, but I’m not talking about that sort of package…

The Potters Hands

Ever watched a potter at work? Their skill, touch, and creativity. They take a lump of clay, with all its imperfections. It has little shape to it, and it has no form and is not able to do anything in its own strength. I’ve never seen the clay suddenly decide that it wants to be….