Growing healthily?

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If you live in the Netherlands, then both of the photos above will probably be familiar to you. You will definitely recognise the one on the left – it is flower season when the fields north of Leiden, in the … Continued

Resurrection and life

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It was only two months ago that there was snow on the ground here in Zuid Holland. There was not loads of it but enough to crunch under foot and have a snowball fight or make a snowman. How many … Continued

Who is this?

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If you had to choose from the following, which would you go for?     All three photos were taken on a trip last week to the Isle of Wight in the UK – I was with my dad and one … Continued

An ever present help!

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It is a sunny early evening as I type this. Spring seems to be truly here. People are out relaxing, boats are out once again on the canals. Living somewhere like we do in the Leiden area, gives much to … Continued

So this is Lent?

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Yesterday (Ash Wednesday) marked the beginning of Lent – a period of 46 days before Easter Day (4o were traditionally fasting days – the Sundays not being such days as the resurrection would be celebrated). Ash Wednesday as practised by … Continued

How are your fitness levels?

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According to at least one website, 80% of those who joined a gym in January 2012 in that part of the States quit within 5 months So is the message, don’t join a gym? Of course not. A gym can … Continued

The art of trust

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Café Terrace at Night was painted by Vincent van Gogh in Arles, France during September 1888. It can be viewed at the Kroller-Muller museum in the Veluwe (well worth a visit if you like paintings and sculptures). Any form of … Continued

Done with the manger, so what now?

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Took this photo above yesterday – the manger is empty (courtesy of Archeon). Christmas time has come and gone again. Did the truth of Christ coming to earth as a gift strike us in a fresh way at all? The … Continued

Emmanuel – God with us?

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Emmanuel – God with us! These are words spoken prophetically 100s of years before Christ was born. Words picked up by Matthew, one of the Gospel writers. Emmanuel – God with us. Or perhaps you ask, God with us? As … Continued