Luke 10:25-37 - The challenge to "do"

SAMARITANS BE DAMNED! LUKE 10.25-37: THE CHALLENGE TO ‘DO’ Chelmsford 2 February 2014 1. ‘Samaritans be damned!’ summed up the attitude of most Jews to Samaritans. The Samaritans were regarded as half-breeds, traitors to the Jewish race. The roots of this bitterness went back to the return of Jews from ...

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Luke 9:57-62 - Follow me

(Lk 9.57-62) LUKE 9.57-62: FOLLOW ME [Chelmsford 26 January 2014] This morning we have had the great joy of seeing three families bring their children for a service of dedication. For people who are not familiar with Baptist churches, it may seem a little strange that we have not baptized ...

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Luke 10:38-42 - Just one thing is needful

Luke 10.38-42: JUST ONE THING IS NEEDFUL [Chelmsford 5 Jan 2014] MARY AND MARTHA Over the years I have become something of a regular at the Sheldon centre, a retreat centre for ministers, on the eastern edge of the Dartmoor National Park. It’s a beautiful place. I have never known ...

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Philippians 3:13 - Forget the past - focus on the future

PHIL 3.13: FORGET THE PAST AND FOCUS ON THE FUTURE [Chelmsford New Year’s Eve 2013] It is not often that I am given a text just for me, But recently I received an email from Nicholas Tuohy, a much loved former associate minister now pastor of a church in Melbourne, ...

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2 Timothy 2:15 - God can be trusted

THE PREACHER’CHALLENGE Every time I sit at my desk, I am challenged by a text displayed on a wooden stand which I brought for myself on one of my trips to the USA - “Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly ...

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Galatians 4:4-5 - God’s timing

GAL 4.4, 5: GOD’S TIMING – OR GOD WELL AND TRULY SURPASSED DELIA! (Central Baptist Church, Chelmsford: Christmas Day 2013) WHEN THE RIGHT TIME CAME...... How long does it take to boil an egg? According to one woman, it takes all the time you need to sing the three verses ...

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John 1:14 - Jesus the Word

JOHN 1.14: THE WORD BECAME FLESH – AND WE SAW HIS GLORY! BIRTH IS A MESSY, PAINFUL AFFAIR Birth for the most part is a messy, painful, traumatic experience – hence the reason for midwives in the past shooing husbands out of the room. I know, for I have had ...

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Put Christ back into Christmas

PUT CHRIST BACK INTO XMAS [Carols by Candlelight, Chelmsford 2013] The other day I visited an American atheist web-site on which Christmas was featured. To my absolute amazement I read: “There is nothing odd or difficult about having a Christmas without Christ or God.... Jesus is not the reason for ...

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Matthew 1:18-25 - Virgins don’t have babies? Not normally, but…

MATT 1.18-25: ‘VIRGINS DON’T HAVE BABIES!’ [Chelmsford 13 December 2013] Newly married – and yet no sex! Today most people live together before they get married, whereas Mary and Joseph were in the eyes of the law ‘married’ but not living together. How come? To our way of thinking it ...

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Acts 2:41-47 - Church is boring? Not necessarily so!

Acts 2.43-47 ACTS 2.43-47: CHURCH IS NOT BORING! [Chelmsford 24 November 2013] Church is boring! According to TV entertainer Noel Edmunds: "The church is the dullest experience that we have in this country". And to be fair, in many cases he is right! There is a wonderful story of a ...

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Who’s Paul Beasley-Murray?

Paul is the chairman of Ministry Today, as also the College of Baptist Ministers, and from 1993 – 2014 was Senior Minister of Central Baptist Church, Chelmsford. He can be contacted at

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