An empty tomb
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by Nathan Blackaby
1y ago
At my house, when the cupboards are empty it’s a bad thing. It doesn’t take long before the children start asking when I am going to do the next food shop. When my car flashes up with the orange empty sign, it’s a bad thing. When my phone battery has 1% and as I’m fumbling for the charging lead the battery dies, it’s a bad thing.  In lots of ways the emptiness we encounter in life is a negative and resourceless space. Emptiness speaks of lack, depletion, a void, or something lost and defeated.  For a moment there at the tomb, this version of emptiness grips the hearts of Mary and Jes ..read more
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The Man on the Middle Cross
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by Jon Stockley
1y ago
The Easter weekend is the most important point in history. Each year we celebrate the death and resurrection of Jesus. This moment in history changed the possibilities for all humanity. It gave all of us the opportunity to have the relationship with God that He has always wanted for us, and with us. To understand how this works, we need look no further than the experience of one of the thieves that died alongside Him all those years ago… I had finally run out of road. The life I had lived, for what felt like forever, had finally caught up with me. Red-handed, caught in the act, no way out now ..read more
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Happy New Year! 
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by Nathan Blackaby
1y ago
In 1999 I stood by the Millennium wheel in London at 23:59 with my girlfriend and the masses around us; I stood, ready for the world to end. The Millennium bug was just seconds away and I was poised to watch it all come tumbling down. What happened was at 12:01am, like many others, I walked home, cold, tired and wishing I hadn’t bothered.  I had no idea then, that 23 years later I would be working with an incredible bunch of people trying to get the gospel to men in the UK. As each year passes, here at CVM we keep the vision hot at the very centre of what we are all about. We want to do a ..read more
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We will remember them. 
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by Pincher
1y ago
It’s Remembrance time again … it really doesn’t seem that long ago that I was writing about my father’s and grandfather’s medals. Of course, it has been a year in which we have been so reminded about the horrors of war and the sacrifices made by military personnel and civilians during war and conflict. The war in Ukraine has shocked us all I believe, with its ferocity, brutality, and horror. As we approach the 11th hour on the 11th day of the 11th month it is beholden on us all to be more determined to ensure we look back and do all we can in our small ways not to repeat the err ..read more
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If I was a butterfly
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by Doug McWilliam
1y ago
I love photography and over the years have taken many photographs, capturing all the usual suspects, family and friends, special occasions, wedding baptisms and so on. But recently I was taken up by what I thought was a lovely butterfly. After photographing it and looking up its ID I was surprised to discover what I had captured was a Humming Bird Moth. A first for me. This led me to taking a step out of the norm and going on a butterfly hunt. This is not as easy as you may think. You have to be quick on your toes; butterflies are easy to scare and flighty, photographing a butterfly on the mov ..read more
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Hiraeth
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by Jason Muxworthy
1y ago
Hiraeth (Here-eyeth) is one of those words in Welsh that doesn’t have a specific equivalent translation into English. The nearest you can get is ‘Longing for one’s home’ and frankly ‘Home-sickness’ really doesn’t come up to scratch. An example I remember being told of was an aunty of mine who had married and moved to the outskirts of London in the 1930’s and remained there for the rest of her life. When she was feeling particularly down and missing Wales she used to sit and watch the coaches going between London and Swansea on the off chance of seeing somebody she knew. Funnily enough this was ..read more
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CODE UNLEASHED: Investing in Others (Part 7)
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by Jon Stockley
1y ago
In this week’s blog we are thinking about putting the welfare of others before our own. This is something that I, personally, think we are beginning to lose in wider society. Maybe we have been losing it for a long time. This has all sorts of implications, and it is not just relevant to men, but I think our men’s groups are a good place to start. I was chatting to a guy recently who genuinely wants to get a men’s group started in his local area. He has quite a few mates, and there are other men in his church too, but he kept on telling me how busy he was. I mean he didn’t just say it once, he ..read more
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CODE UNLEASHED: Well Oiled Machines (Part 6)
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by Jon Stockley
1y ago
Men share most in the context of activity! I am more convinced of this now than I have ever been. I think this is because it just feels so awkward talking about the deeper stuff with other men in a circle, or even face to face in a one-on-one situation. But when we go out on the bikes, swimming in the sea or climbing a mountain everything changes. There is something so seminal in a man’s life when we create moments together. What is the first question that long term mates ask each other: “do you remember when we…”? A lot of us are doers rather than talkers. It is not true of all men, but it is ..read more
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Trust me
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by Doug McWilliam
2y ago
‘It was a question of trust’ On the end of a bungee rope will it really take the weight or does a fate worse than that which could happen – happen! Who or what is being trusted? Is it the Bungee Jumping organisation to whom so much trust is being put in, or is it the equipment that is fool proof? Every day, trust is a reality, on occasions trust is based on experience and at other times on assumption. We know that the red bus always comes to the village at a certain time; you could set your watch by it. But for those queuing that morning the bus didn’t arrive, assumption became doubt. Can I tr ..read more
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CODE UNLEASHED: Modelling the Better Way (Part 5)
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by Jon Stockley
2y ago
A while back I was asked to speak at a church I had never been to before. I think they had been told about CVM Cymru and that I was a good person to fill a ‘pulpit’ slot that would have otherwise been difficult to fill. Now don’t get me wrong, I love the opportunity to preach, and when I can use these opportunities to inspire and challenge churches to become much more intentional about reaching men with the Gospel it becomes a real winner. But I can get a bit frustrated when the opportunity proves to be no more than keeping the Sunday morning service going. So, despite this invite being firmly ..read more
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