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July 12, 2019

Years ago I was teaching Religious Education in the local primary school.  At the start of each class I would ask the children if they had any questions from last week or anything that came out of their discussion with their parents – I encouraged them to let their par...

December 24, 2018

I looked up what the word "merry" means and simply put, it's 'cheerful and lively'.  What a great greeting to extend to someone this morning, As we look at the reading this morning from John's opening verses of his Gospel, we find the writer works hard to help us appre...

December 23, 2018

Tomorrow is Christmas Day 2018.  Some of you will be reading this as the day starts and you are already on leave while others perhaps are racing into a final day of work realising that there is so much you still have to do before the shops close and you wonder how you...

December 21, 2018

In the culture of the day, as Paul writes to the Galatian church, an underage heir of an estate is no more or no less better off than a slave; the benefit of inheriting the estate only falls to that 'heir' when they are 'of age', when the appointed time has come to pas...

December 20, 2018

The sinister intent of King Herod is played out in our reading today as he orders the killing of all male children under the age of 2 years.  However, hovering above the efforts of this puppet king to protect his throne, is the mighty arm of the Creator God who will no...

December 19, 2018

It is the Magi who have introduced the term 'worship' into this particular encounter.  Back in vs 2, as they entered the city of Jerusalem, they enquired where the new young King was, so that they might worship him.  From the vantage point of verse 12 and looking back...

December 18, 2018

Yesterday I shared my personal experience with 'Nurse supervisor Learch' when I was a student nurse. Something that caused this supervisor to be constantly on the defensive was the wave of change that enveloped public hospitals in the late 1970's. 'Learch' wanted thing...

December 17, 2018

Not only are we told that Mary 'treasured' all she had experienced, we are also told she 'pondered' them as well; that is she filled her memory bank, recalled details and reflected deeply on all that had happened (vs 19).  These are instructive words for disciples of J...

December 17, 2018

There is a movie, the name of which I cannot remember, with a line spoken by a young boy "every time the bell rings, an angel in heaven gets his wings".  This saying, assumes that all angels eventually get wings so they can fly; it's what lies behind the saying "the pi...

November 9, 2018

We left the account of Paul’s missionary journey yesterday with Paul himself going on to Athens while Silas and Timothy remained in Berea, encouraging and discipling the Berean believers so that they would be able to make new disciples. Meanwhile Paul waits in Athens,...

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