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Talks from Marlow Meetings 2018

This page provides access to audio files of talks recorded at Marlow Sunday meetings in 2018.

Previous years' talks are also available:  2004-06    2007-08    2008-09    2009-11    2011-13    2014    2015    2016    2017

SUBJECT SPEAKER       DATE
The Unexpected Gift
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In an admirably concise message Phil reminds us of God's great gift who came to demonstrate His love for everyone, not just the rich, educated and powerful.
Phil Stewart
Phil Stewart
23 Dec
Hear, Trust and Obey
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Moses heard God's voice, and eventually learnt to trust and obey Him, yet he died before setting foot in the Promised Land. You might think this was a crushing disappointment, yet in fact it represented the high point of his life. Ceri explains why, and applies his life's lessons to us today.
Ceri Davies
Ceri Davies
09 Dec
Let's adventure in the rain again
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Colin revisits the 4 Rs that River was called to many years ago: to be Relational, Radical, a Resource church, and to Reach Out. Let's ensure we haven't got too comfortable and also let's be prepared to adventure again with God.
Colin Barnes
Colin
02 Dec
People of God 10 - Gideon: Find Your Remarkable
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Al recounts how God took Gideon from a place of being paralysed by fear to walking in faith, and encourages us to stir up the gifts He built into us from the earliest days of our lives.
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Al Bullen
Al 2015
25 Nov
People of God 9 - Joshua: Possessing the Land, Inheriting the Promises     
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Simon reveals 3 key points from the life of Joshua: the importance of the Word in our lives; the importance of remembering what God has done in the past; and focusing in the future on playing our part in God's bigger story rather than asking Him to help us in our story.
Simon Tempest
Simon Tempest
11 Nov
People of God 8 - Moses: the Wilderness Years     
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Colin asks why God didn't take the Israelites straight to the Promised Land but instead led them for so long in the wilderness. Can we benefit similarly when we go through difficult times?
Colin Barnes
Colin Barnes
04 Nov
People of God 7 - Moses Deliverer - Power & Presence
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Jonny speaks from Moses' life following the burning bush episode about God's perfect timing, that He's a relational God, and how He rescues, redeems and brings freedom to us today just as he did His people back then.
Jonny Ruffell
Jonny Ruffell
28 Oct
People of God 6 - Moses the early years - Power and Pride
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Anthea encourages us really to get into these bible readings – let’s wrestle, grapple and question. Slowly read, stay curious, understand your calling, and develop your character by not running in your own strength. Ask God to show if/where you're being proud or being a victim.
Anthea Wratten
Anthea Wratten
21 Oct
People of God 5 - Joseph: Salvation through Suffering     
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Keith draws lessons from the life of Joseph, pointing out similarities between his life and that of Jesus, including how they brought salvation after going through suffering.
Keith Grafham
Keith Grafham
14 Oct
People of God 4 - Abraham: Faith & Faithfulness     
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Colin looks at God's interactions with Abram and analyses what it reveals about His message to mankind: "I am kind, I am powerful; let’s save the world together. You can trust Me!"
Colin Barnes 07 Oct
People of God 3 - Abraham and Calling     
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Sandra looks at Abraham's calling to be the Father to many nations, focusing on what 'Calling' means for us today.
Sandra Bullen
Sandra Bullen
30 Sep
People of God 2 -  Lost & Found     
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Andy examines three things that were lost through Adam but found through Jesus - Relationship, Authority and Life & Death.
Andy Read
Andy Read
16 Sep
People of God 1 - Adam     
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Colin compares 3 creation theories / stories and explains why only the Genesis one brings any hope and answers the really key question of 'who am I?' and 'why am I here?'.
Colin Barnes
Colin
09 Sep
God Meets Us Where We Are     
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Paul reminds us that we don't need to get to a better place with God before He will meet with us or bless us.
Paul Wratten
Paul Wratten
02 Sep
Faith and Rest     
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Ceri explains how faith can bring Godly rest to our minds and bodies even when we are in the most difficult and busiest circumstances.
Ceri Davies
Ceri Davies
29 Jul
Overcoming Fear with Faith     
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Jonny encourages us to face fearful situations with faith, knowing that God is close and ready to help us overcome them.
Jonny Ruffell
Jonny Ruffell
15 Jul
Telling Stories Saves Lives     
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Colin finishes off our series on the Parables by examining why Jesus so often told stories instead of speaking plainly.
 
Colin Barnes
Colin Barnes
01 Jul
The Parable of the 10 Bridesmaids     
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Guest speaker Sami Watts unpacks the parable of the 10 wise and foolish bridesmaids with a reminder that some things can't be borrowed, and a challenge for us to be ready (not just to look ready).
Sami Watts
Sami Watts
10 Jun
Asha update     
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JubairWe hear from guest speaker Freddie, who with his wife Dr Kiran runs Asha India, an organisation which continues to bring transformation to the lives of thousands of slum dwellers in Delhi. Freddie updates us on their work and then hands over to Jubair who describes his own 'Asha-powered' journey from poverty in the slums.
Freddie Martin
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03 Jun
The Parables of the Weeds, the Mustard Seed and the Yeast
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Colin encourages us to have patience and trust that the Kingdom is coming; let God be the judge.
Colin Barnes
Colin
27 May
The Parable of the Banquet     
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Speaking from Luke 14:7-14, Al addresses society's obsession with status and explains how Jesus instead brought humility. His challenge is that we should reach out to those with no status and who don't fit in.
Al Bullen
Al 2015
20 May
The Parable of the Sower     
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Guest speaker Sue from Thrive Church, Eastleigh, unpacks the parable of the sower. She challenges us to make sure we are good soil - to remain open to what God wants to do in us - and encourages us to look around continually for places where we can sow seed.
Sue Singh
Sue Singh
13 May
The Parable of the Unmerciful Servant     
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Colin unwraps the parable of the unmerciful servant, suggesting it could be subtitled, "just stop counting"; and reminds us that forgiveness is a decision not a feeling.
Colin Barnes
Colin Barnes
06 May
The Parable of the Wise and Foolish Builders     
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Vicky kicks off our new teaching series (in which we will be considering some of the Parables of Jesus) with the story of the wise and foolish builders. First we must position ourselves to hear the Word of God before we can act on it.
Vicky Earll
Vicky Earll
29 Apr
Dave's Valedictory Talk     
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In this his final meeting as leader of River Marlow, Dave reviews the last 6 years which have brought change, growth, joy and of course a fair share of challenge. 
Dave Jones
Dave Jones 2016
15 Apr
Resurrection Life     
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What does it mean for us to live in the light of the fact that Jesus has risen from the dead? Dave shares some thoughts, with particular focus on the ‘beach barbecue’, and 6 other church members each contribute a 1 minute perspective.
Dave Jones
Dave Jones
08 Apr
The Day That Changed Everything     
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Cleopas tells us what happened on that first Easter Sunday.
Colin Barnes
Colin
01 Apr
The Journey to the Cross Part 2     
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Jesus said His blood would be “poured out for the forgiveness of sins”, but what does that mean? Colin explains how Jesus’ death sets us free from everything that hinders fulfilling the destiny for which God made us.
Colin Barnes
Colin
25 Mar
The Journey to the Cross Part 1     
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How did Jesus come to the realization that He was the Son of God and had to give Himself as a sacrifice, and what can we learn from this? Let’s immerse ourselves in the Word, just as He did.
Colin Barnes
Colin Barnes
18 Mar
I AM the True Vine     
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Ceri speaks from John 15 when Jesus describes himself as the true Vine ... He is the life source of history, of the church, and wants to be the centre of our lives too. See also the Song of Songs passage which Ceri read towards the end of her talk.
Ceri Davies
Ceri Davies
11 Mar
I AM the Way, the Truth and the Life     
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Jonny and Dave each bring their thoughts on Jesus' thought-provoking (and, for some, controversial) statement recorded in John 14.
 
Jonny Ruffell
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Jonny Ruffell
04 Mar
I AM the Resurrection and the Life     
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Continuing our series on 'I AM', Simon reminds us why Jesus' resurrection is so important to our faith, concluding by leading us in a prayer of recommitment.
Simon Tempest
Simon Tempest
25 Feb
I AM the Good Shepherd     
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Andy speaks about Jesus the Good Shepherd, who guides, provides and protects.
Andy Read
Andy Read
18 Feb
I AM the Light of the World     
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Jesus said He is the Light of the World - but He also said WE are the Light of the World. Al considers what this means: how do we bring light, and also how do we find the 'song of our soul'?
Al Bullen
Al 2015
28 Jan
I AM the Bread of Life     
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In the first of our new series looking at I AM, Dave considers Jesus' statement that He is the Bread of Life.
Dave Jones
Baz  Linda Gascoyne
21 Jan
Saying 'Yes' to Jesus     
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In this New Year message Dave shares some thoughts about Mary from Magdala, who said 'Yes' to Jesus and later became an apostle to the Apostles.
In the second part of the recording Al Bullen leads a time of response and reflection.
Dave Jones
Dave Jones 2016
07 Jan