River Trip Photos


Took a trip on the local river today for my birthday. Not been on the river Avon here in Bath for a long time.

Here are some of the photos I took

 

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Holiday to Torcross South Devon some Pictures


North Beach Salcombe

Start Bay From Start Point

Slapton Lay From Start Point

North Beach Salcombe

North Beach Salcombe

North Beach Salcombe

North Beach Salcombe

North Beach Salcombe

North Beach Salcombe

North Beach Salcombe

Kingsbridge

Kingsbridge

Kingsbridge

Kingsbridge

Kingsbridge

Kingsbridge

Slapton Ley at twilight

Slapton Ley at twilight

Torcross at sunset

Torcross at sunset

Torcross beach

Colaton Fishacre

Colaton Fishacre

Colaton Fishacre

Window to our living space the two to the right are the bedrooms

Kingsbridge

Kingsbridge Park

Kingsbridge Park

Kingsbridge Park

Kingsbridge

Kingsbridge

Kingsbridge

Kingsbridge

Kingsbridge

Kingsbridge

Kingsbridge

Kingsbridge

Our Living space

Wildlife on the Ley

The Ley in mist

Slapton Tank monument

Slapton Beach

Start Bay From Start Point

Start Point Lighthouse

Start Point Lighthouse

Start Point Lighthouse

Seal

Start Bay

Start Bay

Lost village

Slapton Sands and Lay

Rainbow over the beach

Moonlight on the bay

Review of ‘Swords for a Dead Lady’ by Jim Webster


‘Swords for a dead Lady’ is a interesting book, at first sight it is a murder hunt but it becomes much more. Each chapter pulls you forward into a new adventure and twist, meeting new heroes and villains and some who are both.

I read this on holiday and found it hard to put down at times. A short book of 180 pages but it packs a great story and kept me interested the whole way.

“Enjoy the quiet life of a middle aged cartographer. Well it was quiet until somebody finds the naked body of a young woman hastily buried in a marsh. The journey to discover her identity and hunt down her killer leads our protagonists across the Land of the Three Seas, through ambush, civil strife and even light opera.” This fully explains the idea of this book, our middle aged hero is not all he seems nor is his love of Roof Running, find out about that and many other interesting quirks when you read this book.

God loves me even when…. I Fail – talk notes


God loves me even when….

I Fail

 

27th Aug 2017  Talk Notes

Recorded version on Ascension Web Site for a couple of months HERE

 God recognises that we will fail, both in our walk with him our faith and in other things.

God still cared for His people even though they failed often

We can be comforted that God knows we are not perfect and forgives

Christ pray’s for us not to fail in our faith however failure will happen in all ways.

 

  • Failing, who hasn’t?

 This is a good subject for me as I have failed a lot over the years.

School, work, dealing with emotions, dealing with life.

I hated failing but did it often and still do

Then I felt bad for not managing to do what I set out to do or because I let others down

 

We all fail in many things

Work, Family, health,

as well as our life of faith.

With our prayer life,

Our following Jesus’ path

in Spending time with God

In how we act as followers of Jesus

 

We all fall short and fail in many ways.

 

Ecclesiastes 7:20 NLT

Not a single person on earth is always good and never sins. [Fails]
It often leaves us feeling a failure and of no use.

 

  • However since becoming a follower of Christ

 I know that failing is not the end of the world, in fact Jesus knows we will fail and get things wrong.

 

He knew Peter would fail to live up to his boast.

Luke 22

33 Peter said, “Lord, I am ready to go to prison with you, and even to die with you.”

34 But Jesus said, “Peter, let me tell you something. Before the rooster crows tomorrow morning, you will deny three times that you even know me.”

 

It is encouraging to know that God knows us so well that He even knows when we will mess up and provide for that.

 

He works with our failures to make things right,

 

Isn’t that great?

 

  • Failing is part of our walk of faith

Peter and all of us sin, we all fall short and fail.

That is a fact of life no follower of Christ is perfect

 

Peter did not deny his faith in Christ just knowing Him.

 

We can fail to do things for Christ or stand up for Him but still have faith.

The devil will try to convince you otherwise.

 

He also followed him to the trial the others didn’t.

So they failed as well.

In his failure he was there so Jesus could look at him.

 

Satan will try to use our failures to pull us away from Jesus and then show us how much we have failed and are not really believers.

 

Like Job, who was also attacked by satan, Peter and each of us had his faith attacked.

Satan wants to bring condemnation onto us.

 

  • No Condemnation form our father when we get it wrong.

 

Romans 8

So now there is no condemnation for those who belong to Christ Jesus. And because you belong to him, the power[a] of the life-giving Spirit has freed you[b] from the power of sin that leads to death.

 

We can have forgiveness and move forward, knowing that God can sort it out.

1 John 1 8-10 2: 1-2

If we claim we have no sin, we are only fooling ourselves and not living in the truth. But if we confess our sins to him, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all wickedness. 10 If we claim we have not sinned, we are calling God a liar and showing that his word has no place in our hearts.

My dear children, I am writing this to you so that you will not sin. But if anyone does sin, we have an advocate who pleads our case before the Father. He is Jesus Christ, the one who is truly righteous. He himself is the sacrifice that atones for our sins—and not only our sins but the sins of all the world.

 

Often we see that people do not like to admit they got it wrong, failed in some way.

 

However our Father wants us to know that it is aright to get it wrong, because Jesus died to make it right.

 

He showed that forgiveness and understanding to Peter.

Peter had failed spectaticuly even though he said he would not.

 

Sounds familiar doesn’t it?

But Jesus wasn’t condemning Peter just telling him it would be so.

He knew Peter so well that he knew that he would fail at this point.

He also knew it would eventually make him stronger for when things got worse.

 

  • Forgiveness and new purpose.

However Jesus like the father in the prodigal son, who also got it wrong big time, showed that Peter would still be of importance.

 

John 21 15-17

15 After breakfast Jesus asked Simon Peter, “Simon son of John, do you love me more than these?[e]

“Yes, Lord,” Peter replied, “you know I love you.”

“Then feed my lambs,” Jesus told him.

16 Jesus repeated the question: “Simon son of John, do you love me?”

“Yes, Lord,” Peter said, “you know I love you.”

“Then take care of my sheep,” Jesus said.

17 A third time he asked him, “Simon son of John, do you love me?”

Peter was hurt that Jesus asked the question a third time. He said, “Lord, you know everything. You know that I love you.”

Jesus said, “Then feed my sheep.

  

Just because you fail to do it right, do not give up.

Ask for forgiveness from Jesus,

Ask for new direction and try to follow the new path.

 

Psalms 103:9-12 NLT

He will not constantly accuse us, nor remain angry forever. He does not punish us for all our sins; he does not deal harshly with us, as we deserve. For his unfailing love toward those who fear him is as great as the height of the heavens above the earth. He has removed our sins as far from us as the east is from the west.
However you and I will still get it wrong and fall short.

Satan will always be trying to pull us off course, trying to pull us away from the Father.

Just as he did with Job, Peter and the other disciples.

 

So just ask for forgiveness again, and again.

1 John 2 But if anyone does sin, we have an advocate who pleads our case before the Father. He is Jesus Christ, the one who is truly righteous. He himself is the sacrifice that atones for our sins—and not only our sins but the sins of all the world.

 

Proverbs 24 16 The godly may trip seven times, but they will get up again.
But one disaster is enough to overthrow the wicked.

  

  • Israel failed often in their walk with God.

MY small group has just been looking at Saul and David and how often they got it wrong

How God would forgive when they admitted their sin and ask for forgiveness.

 

When Saul didn’t and later Israel and Judea didn’t then things just got worse.

Until at some point someone realised  that they needed to turn back to God

 

All the people God used in the bible had failings and fell short of perfection.

 

Each of us will fail in many ways in our lives, we will fail God as well as others and ourselves.

 

However God still loves each of us, no matter what.

Like the father of the prodigal son, He will wait and wait till you come back to Him and then show His love by welcoming you.

 

Isn’t that wonderful, God welcoming you and forgiving your mistakes.

No condemnation

No saying I told you so,

No telling you that you’re a failure

No reminding you of the times your get it wrong

 

What grace, what Love what a Wonderful God

who makes right what we fail at.

Who allows us to be part of what He is doing and uses those errors of ours as He does so.

 

True Failure is to abandon God when we fail rather than turning back to Him

Asking for forgiveness and walking the path with Him again.

 

Other failures help build up our trust in God rather than our own ability

 

  • Lets pray


  • Readings

 

Luke 22  31- 34   54 – 62

31 “Simon, Simon, Satan has asked to sift each of you like wheat. 32 But I have pleaded in prayer for you, Simon, that your faith should not fail. So when you have repented and turned to me again, strengthen your brothers.”

33 Peter said, “Lord, I am ready to go to prison with you, and even to die with you.”

34 But Jesus said, “Peter, let me tell you something. Before the rooster crows tomorrow morning, you will deny three times that you even know me.”

54 So they arrested him and led him to the high priest’s home. And Peter followed at a distance. 55 The guards lit a fire in the middle of the courtyard and sat around it, and Peter joined them there. 56 A servant girl noticed him in the firelight and began staring at him. Finally she said, “This man was one of Jesus’ followers!”

57 But Peter denied it. “Woman,” he said, “I don’t even know him!”

58 After a while someone else looked at him and said, “You must be one of them!”

“No, man, I’m not!” Peter retorted.

59 About an hour later someone else insisted, “This must be one of them, because he is a Galilean, too.”

60 But Peter said, “Man, I don’t know what you are talking about.” And immediately, while he was still speaking, the rooster crowed.

61 At that moment the Lord turned and looked at Peter. Suddenly, the Lord’s words flashed through Peter’s mind: “Before the rooster crows tomorrow morning, you will deny three times that you even know me.”62 And Peter left the courtyard, weeping bitterly.

 

John 21 15-17

15 After breakfast Jesus asked Simon Peter, “Simon son of John, do you love me more than these?[e]

“Yes, Lord,” Peter replied, “you know I love you.”

“Then feed my lambs,” Jesus told him.

16 Jesus repeated the question: “Simon son of John, do you love me?”

“Yes, Lord,” Peter said, “you know I love you.”

“Then take care of my sheep,” Jesus said.

17 A third time he asked him, “Simon son of John, do you love me?”

Peter was hurt that Jesus asked the question a third time. He said, “Lord, you know everything. You know that I love you.”

Jesus said, “Then feed my sheep.

 

 

Psalm 77 1-15

R – I cry out to God; yes, I shout.

Oh, that God would listen to me.

 

 

Extras

 

Ecclesiastes 7:20 NLT

Not a single person on earth is always good and never sins.
Romans 8

So now there is no condemnation for those who belong to Christ Jesus. And because you belong to him, the power[a] of the life-giving Spirit has freed you[b] from the power of sin that leads to death.

 

1 John 1 8-10 2: 1-2

If we claim we have no sin, we are only fooling ourselves and not living in the truth. But if we confess our sins to him, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all wickedness. 10 If we claim we have not sinned, we are calling God a liar and showing that his word has no place in our hearts.

My dear children, I am writing this to you so that you will not sin. But if anyone does sin, we have an advocate who pleads our case before the Father. He is Jesus Christ, the one who is truly righteous. He himself is the sacrifice that atones for our sins—and not only our sins but the sins of all the world.

 

Review of Behind The Throne by M J Dougherty


This book is a roaring run through the life of Alvin and how his honor and word effected his life and the kingdom of Valdir. Political intrigue and multiple wars run through this book as well as jealousy and love between man and woman and between men.

No magic except maybe for White Eagle, but lots of action.

A great read, in fact once or twice I just had to keep reading for another chapter or two to find out what happened.

Well worth reading if you like semi historical action, I had it as an e-book

Review of Farseer Trilogy by Robin Hobb


The Farseer Trilogy by Robin Hobb consists of Assassins Apprentice; Royal Assassin and Assassins Quest.  The three books cover the story of an unusual and unlikely assassin and how he served the Farseer king. A interesting series of stories with a interesting cast. The magic is remote but pushes some of the story, as do various characters  who have there own agenda.  I enjoyed reading the books but found the end a little of a let down, I think that is because it leads into another series of books. I have not felt drawn as yet to read them.

The idea of Forging is great and a interesting hook throughout the books. You do find out what Forging is at the end. I also liked the way dragons came to be a clever idea.

I found it well worth the reading, I had it as an e-book

The Bishop’s Palace Wells 15th Aug


A few of the over 100 pictures I took today on a walk around the Palace of Well.

A lovely sunny day with Bern and Mum

Not to tired so that’s a plus and plenty of fresh air.

Very Old Dragon

The Palace shining in the sunshine

Wings

Mum as the angel she is

Two angels on a swing