Friday, September 14, 2018

20% of people in the UK admit to loneliness!



I discovered recently that ‘1 A national commission investigating loneliness in the UK in January 2017 showed that a fifth of the population privately admits they are "always or often lonely”’.

Herbert Van Zeller, 1905-1984, once wrote ‘the soul hardly ever realises it, but whether he is believer or not, his loneliness is really a homesickness for God’. That’s quite a statement. Loneliness is deeper than a lack of company and it affects people in all stages of life.
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Saturday, September 08, 2018

Wonderfully Made - Part 5 - The Cells



Our fifth and final subject for study in the series is the cells, the basic building blocks of our bodies. There are an awful lot of them, about 40 trillion (million million), with a mere 35 billion, thousand million, skin cells, and around two billion cells in our hearts. 

There are about 200 different kinds of cell, including blood, muscle, skin, nerve, glandular cells, etc. Half our cells are taken up by red blood cells.
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Monday, August 27, 2018

Wonderfully Made - Part 4 - The Heart






Our fourth subject for study in the series is our heart. This is our amazing blood pump, which sends about seven and a half tonnes of blood around our body every single day, delivering this fresh delivery to the tens of trillions of cells in the body through its 100,000 miles of blood vessels. Our hearts beat more than 100,000 times a day to do this job. It is hardly surprising therefore that the human heart has been called one of the biggest engineering miracles in the whole world.
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Friday, August 24, 2018

Wonderfully Made - Part 3 - The Liver




David, the author of most of the psalms in our Bible wrote that he was ‘fearfully and wonderfully made’. In this series of short studies, we are looking at five parts of our wonderfully made human bodies, and finding out what spiritual lessons they have for us today. 

Our third subject for study in the series is our liver, the largest of our internal organs, situated on the right hand side of the belly. It is also one of our most complex organs, doing about 500 jobs at once, including fighting off infection; neutralizing poisons; manufacturing essential proteins and hormones; controlling blood sugar and helping with the clotting of our blood. However the liver's main job is to clean up the blood coming from the digestive tract, before passing it on to the rest of the body. At any one time, the liver contains about one eighth of all the blood in our bodies, and it pumps out about one and a half litres of purified blood per minute.
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Tuesday, August 21, 2018

NC500 Part 7





















So this is the final day. We woke early and eventually got up. The showers in the Dornoch Camping Site were not up to scratch but they did the job. Tiles were missing but the water was hot and refreshing. 

A quick visit to the site shop and we were set up for breakfast - cereal, eggs, rolls, tea, coffee etc. We ended up eating under canvass as the gills and crows (and a few pied wagtails)  were overly keen to share our food. 

The tent was cleaned and packed away for the last time. We spent the morning enjoying Dornoch Cathedral, Dornoch Castle and the obligatory stops for coffee and lunch. Then it was into the car to head south. Hamilton being the interim destination with the final stop being Liverpool. It’s been a great trip. Scotland has lived up to its reputation for extreme beauty and excellent hospitality. 

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Stephen 
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NC500 Part 6





















The penultimate day of our tour started with us having a fantastic breakfast in the Corner Cafe in Wick. The couple who run it know the Christians from the Gospel Hall well. The food was outstanding and we had a great chat. 





















From Wick we retraced our steps to the Castle of Mey. This was the late Queen Mother’s holiday home. You’d need to visit it to really appreciate how good it is. Prince Charles visits every August and spends some time in the Castle (it closes to the public while he is in residence). The Prince acts as the local Chieftain of the Highland Games as his much loved Grandmother also did. 

































The next stop was Canisbay Kirk. This is an historical Scottish Kirk which the Queen Mother attended when staying in the Castle of Mey. I find gravestones very interesting and this one proved to be no different. The scriptures say ‘it is appointed unto men once to die but after this the judgment’, Hebrews 9. 27. People dies at all stages of life and from all levels of society. There are no exceptions. A walk around a graveyard can be quite sobering. 

















We stopped at Lybster Harbour for a quick look. I love taking photographs of boats, harbours and lighthouses. Sorry if you see a lot of them but they always catch my eye. 

















The rest of the day was spent driving the Caithness coast down through the coast of Sutherland until we arrived at Dornoch. Restaurants were few and far between but we ended up having a lovely meal in a hotel overlooking the sea, campsite and the links golf course. 











So to bed awaiting our final leg of the NC500 trip. 
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