“Reality Check” (Psalm 44) (John MacDiarmid)

Talk given by John MacDiarmid at Poole High School for PCF on Sunday morning 12 August 2018

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We continue our series in the Psalms under the heading “Songs in the Key of life”.

As we have seen whenever we have looked at the book of Psalms, it is a song book written by

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“Having a Bad Day?” (Psalm 42 and 43) ( John MacDiarmid 5 August 2018)

Talk given by John MacDiarmid at Poole High School for PCF on Sunday morning 5 August 2018

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We continue our series in the Psalms under the heading “Songs in the Key of life”.

As we have seen whenever we have looked at the book of Psalms, it is a song book written by ordinary believers who

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“Now What..?” (John MacDiarmid)

Talk given for Poole Christian Fellowship at Poole High School on 1 July 2018.

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Today we come to the end of our series based in and around the book of Ezra, the fifteenth in the series, and we will try to pull together the lessons we have learned. We are covering the final two chapters

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“…Cometh the Man…”(Nehemiah 8) (John MacDiarmid)

Talk given for Poole Christian Fellowship at Poole High School on 24 June 2018.

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The story so far: God’s people have come back to Jerusalem with the goal of seeing the temple rebuilt. The job is completed, and they are now into a new era of living as the people of God in their own

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“Cometh the hour…” (Ezra 7-8) (John MacDiarmid)

Reference: Ezra 7 and 8

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That’s a saying most people can finish. “Cometh the hour…cometh the man”. Or, in today’s world it would have to be “cometh the person”.

The phrase is used to describe that moment when something critical, important and necessary has to be done, and takes the fatalistic view that

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“It’s Party Time” (Ezra 6 v13-22) John MacDiarmid

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Reference: Ezra 6 v 13-22

You can’t beat a good celebration!

Whether you’re an out and out party animal, or a reserved “let’s keep it all quiet” sort of person – we all need to celebrate.

Last week was a great example of a nation celebrating, as a young royal married his princess. As

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“The Eye of God” (Ezra 5) (John MacDiarmid)

Talk given at Poole High School for Poole Christian Fellowship on 13 May 2018.

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Have you ever felt that you are being watched?

If you have, it’s with good reason. The average person has their picture taken 70 times per day. Every time you go into an establishment that in any way is interested in security,

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“A Word to the Weary” (John MacDiarmid)

Talk given at Poole High School for Poole Christian Fellowship on 29 April 2018.

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Reference: Haggai 2 v 1-10

In his letter to the Galatians Paul said:

Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up. (Gal 6v9)

Why would

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“I give up!” (Ezra 5 v1-2; Haggai 1v1-12) (John MacDiarmid)

Talk given at Poole High School for Poole Christian Fellowship on 25 March 2018.

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References: Ezra 5v1-2 and Haggai 1 v1-12

Which of us has not used these words. Sometimes tongue in cheek, but often serious. Something that started off with such promise, optimism and hope – yet after a while we feel that we’re hitting

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“The Lord has taken away your sin” (John MacDiarmid)

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