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NEW PLAYLIST ALERT

We’ve been busy behind the scenes creating some playlists that we think you will enjoy. A great mix of worship playlists, sermon series playlists, and even something for the kids. So, watch this space as we let you know what’s available for your eyes and ears over on our YouTube page (www.youtube.com/bbciom) The first playlist we’re excited to tell you about is our Worship @ Home playlist. This is a compilation of songs that were recorded by our wonderful worship…

Blog Spot – The One About The Stolen Bag (Alison Leishman)

Alison was readjusting to life back in London after living somewhere quite different for nearly 8 years. It wasn’t easy; she didn’t feel as if she quite belonged. She had been told to expect this “reverse culture shock”. Here the roads were busy, and life had a rush to it that she had forgotten, while living at the Leprosy Hospital in a small Himalayan Kingdom. She missed the friends she had made, some of whom had been leprosy sufferers.  She…

Blog Spot – A Vast Radiance (Michael Maning)

“And above the dome over their heads there was something like a throne, in appearance like sapphire; and seated above the likeness of a throne was something that seemed like a human form…and there was a splendour all round. Like the bow in a cloud on a rainy day, such was the appearance of the splendour all round. This was the appearance of the likeness of the glory of the LORD.             When I saw it, I fell on my…

Hands of Hope ukranian support

One of our long term partner ministries, Hands of Hope is an Isle of Man ministry that helps vulnerable and disadvantaged people in communities in North East Romania. The Hands of Hope Centre is just 30 minutes from Romania’s border with Ukraine. In partnership with other charities, they are working to provide aid and support to Ukrainian people crossing the border. These are mostly women and children as Ukranian men have been ordered to stay and fight. Chris Baker gave…

Blog Spot – Breaking A Horse (Rosalind Singleton)

“My (only) sacrifice (acceptable) to God is a broken spirit.” Psalm 51 V17 “Sustain me with a willing spirit” Psalm 51 V12 A few months ago, I was praying for someone when the word “broken” jumped into my mind.  I instantly argued against this because I knew the person was not broken and useless, which I initially associated this word with.  But then God gave me the picture of a horse submitting to its bridle, and I realised that this…

Blog Spot – Metamorphosis (Alison Leishman)

Metamorphosis. John 3:3 & 2 Corinthians 5:17 Larvae,Earth-bound grubbing along,Legs in motion, going now-where fast.Head down,mandible working overtime,Self- focused, endless consumer.Concerned with self- preservation,Camouflaged.The freedom of the sky, a world awayIgnorant of transforming potential,Or deep within perhaps,a sense of there being somethingmore to life.Divine timing steps in,to Creator’s transforming purpose;self- surrenders, spinning cocoon- encasement.Soul rests,wrapped in Grace,Mercy weaves His mystery,Life changing, refashioning works from within.A gentle laying down or internal wrestle?Radical re-shaping.He alone seesThe chrysalis womb as hard as a…

Blog Spot – Butterfly Moments (Alison Leishman)

“There are so many discoveries to be made of this ever-changing world. Life isn’t somewhere else. Life is here – all around you and inside you, a succession of astonishments. True artists write hymns to ordinariness. True artists find meaning in the small wonders of life. The art of godly living is making every event a real do, making every moment count, even turning “senior moments” into “God moments.” (Leonard Sweet, Soul Salsa).  I read this today in the chapter…

Be Extraordinary

If you know me at all, you will know how much love I have for Christmas and the festive season. I love the twinkling lights, the carols, sitting in front of a fire with mince pies watching a cheesy Christmas movie. I love the Christmas drinks that suddenly appear in the coffee shops, the smell of a real Christmas tree, getting my “craft” on and making a wreath for my front door. I love that there is a sense of…

Blog Spot: Power of a Name (Sheila Sutton)

John 10.2 The shepherd walks right up to the gate.  The gatekeeper opens the gate to him and the sheep recognise his voice.  He calls his own sheep my name and leads them out. Wow… when God calls your name it’s special… it means something… YOU mean something…. A name means something….your name means something.   We had a discussion in life group sometime ago in response to the question “what would be the most encouraging thing you could do for a newcomer…

New Blog Spot!

From November onwards, we will having a monthly “blog spot”, where a guest blogger will bless us with their words of wisdom, poetry, short devotions, or anything else they feel God has put on their hearts. So, keep your eyes peeled and your hearts open for some excellent blogs coming your way!

Keep Your Head

“Salvation is not a reward for the righteous, it is a gift for the guilty” – Steve Lawson The final piece of armour to put on (though not the final piece in the whole outfit) is the helmet. The helmets of the Roman era were made of bronze or iron, with bits that protected the cheeks, jaw and back of the next, and they were HEAVY! They were lined with felt or sponge to make it more bearable to wear.…

Flaming Arrows

“In addition to all this, take up the shield of faith, with which you can extinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil one” (Ephesians 6:16) A shield is a piece of armour that we are probably very familiar with. Soldiers have shields, knights have shields, police have shields, superheroes have S.H.I.E.L.D (ok, that one is slightly different!), but we are familiar with the job of a shield – to protect the carrier. This particular shield (Scutum) was made from…