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Rev Simon Bickersteth, St Martin's

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Living Temples 

5 Mar 18

Audio recording of sermon based on John 2:13 -22, Jesus’ cleansing of the Temple in Jerusalem, and its significance for us today.


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Romans 8:28-39 More than Conquerors 

11 Dec 16

Introduction Today, special occasion celebrating baptism of Logan Summer.


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Mark 3:20-35 – Dealing with Criticism & Opposition 

11 Dec 16

Introduction Tonight I want to focus on the topic of dealing with opposition criticism.


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Making the Most of Advent 

24 Nov 16

The four weeks running up to Christmas are known as Advent, starting on Advent Sunday, which this year was November 27 th and which officially marks the start of the new church year.


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1 Thessalonians 4:13-18 The Coming King 

24 Nov 16

Intro Experience of having to wait for something.


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The Calling of Levi Mark 2:13-17 

20 Nov 16

Introduction Election of Donald Trump surprised many caused a great deal of uncertainty about what he will do as President.


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Colossians 3:1-17 Rules For Holy Living 

13 Nov 16

Instructions: On packaging for a iron: Do not iron clothes on body.


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Acts 10: Cornelius 

13 Nov 16

Introduction Meeting Beata 1996 – life changing encounter.


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I believe in angels 

13 Nov 16

Introduction Richard Dawkins author of ‘The God Delusion’ would have us believe Britain is becoming a more secular society.


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No Greater Love – Remembrance Sunday Talk 2016 (John 15:9-17) 

13 Nov 16

Introduction National Memorial Arboretum Two monuments: Armed Forces Memorial – opened by Queen in 2007.


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2 Chronicles 1:1, 7-13 – Queen’s 90th Birthday Talk 

9 Jun 16

Talk to celebrate the Queen’s 90th birthday, a lot of the talk was taken from Mark Green’s article in ‘ Christianity’ If you could have anything you wanted – what would you ask for? When King Solomon succeeded his father David, God said “Ask for …


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Discerning God’s Will: Acts 16:9-15 

18 May 16

When Lucy entered the wardrobe, she was looking for a place to hide, what she discovered was the magical land of Narnia.


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EU Referendum – A Christian Response 

18 May 16

In just over four week’s time, the country will decide whether it wants to stay in the European Union or leave.


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Pentecost Sunday 2016 Acts 2:1-20 

15 May 16

Below is the text of my Pentecost Sunday sermon, but if you listen to the audio of the talk, you’ll notice I didn’t use the opening introduction.


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Good Friday Hour At The Cross Service 

19 Mar 16

Good Friday Hour At The Cross 2016 This is the service for An Hour At The Cross that we’ll be using at St Martin’s on Good Friday 2016.


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Getting Into God’s Word 

22 Feb 16

‘ Everything in the Scriptures is God’s Word.


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What are British values? 

11 Feb 16

Article for the Walsall Advertiser Living Faith Column, published on Thursday 11 February 2016 Two weeks ago my wife, who is Polish, took the ‘Life In The UK’ test, which all applicants for British citizenship have to do.


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Mark 6:7-13 Called & Sent 

9 Feb 16

Mark 6:7-13 7 Calling the Twelve to him, he began to send them out two by two and gave them authority over impure spirits.


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Isaiah 58:1-12: A True Fast 

9 Feb 16

Ash Wednesday Talk What does Lent mean for you? History of Lent Observance of Lent, goes back to apostolic times, but the length of time varied, it wasn’t until the Council of Nicea in 325 AD, that Lent was fixed to 40 days.


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Merry Christmas, everybody’s having fun? 

2 Jan 16

Article in the Living Faith Column of the Walsall Advertiser, published on the 17 December 2015 Whether it be going shopping, visiting a pub or restaurant, or listening to the radio, there is no escaping Christmas music which is being played …


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Christingle Talk 2015 

2 Jan 16

Talk used at the Christingle Service on Christmas Eve 2015, based on John 3:16 What gifts are children looking forward to receiving? For businesses Christmas is an important time of the year, and the first Christmas ads appeared on TV in early …


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God Of The Refugees 

2 Jan 16

Christmas morning sermon 2015 There has been one story which as dominated the news this year, that is the refugee crisis.


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Remembrance Sunday All Age Talk 2015 

8 Nov 15

Quiz – getting people to guess opposite words: Day / Night In / Out Up / Down Amateur / Professional Boy / Girl Dark / Light Innocent / Guilty Lack / Abundance Long / Short Parents / Children Young / Old Yesterday / Tomorrow Remember / Dismember (…


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Rosa Parks – Black History Month 

22 Oct 15

Article for the Walsall Advertiser – published 22 October 2015 October marks Black History Month, celebrating the contribution black and minority ethnic individuals and communities have made to society.


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Harvest All Age Talk 

18 Oct 15

Talk Part 1 – Gratitude We’ve just had a reading ( 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18) in which Paul talks about giving thanks in all circumstances.