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Words sometimes change their meaning over time.

Whoever would have thought that “wicked” would have the meaning of “good” as so many milennials use it? Certainly the word “gay” has a totally different meaning today than when I was a boy! I’m sure you can come up with plenty of other examples on your own.

This ...

Into the unknown
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The Apostle Paul writing to the church at Rome, makes an intriguing assertion:

“In the same way, the Spirit helps us in our weakness. We do not know what we ought to pray for, but the Spirit himself intercedes for us through wordless groans. And he who searches our hearts knows the mind of the Spirit, because the Spirit intercedes for God’s ...

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"God must have loved common people. He made so many of them!” — Abraham Lincoln

When I was in business one of the lessons I learned early in my career was that the success of a business depended only slightly on the quality and efficiency of higher executives. However, without the the cooperation and enthusiasm of individual ...

Lean In
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Before our Lord was about to return to heaven after having spent thirty some years on earth as a human, his followers were greatly troubled. The one who had been their inspiration, their guardian, their teacher, their helper, their strength-giver, appeared to be about to abandon them and leave them alone to face the world.

But we have the ...

Ask, Seek, Knock
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There’s a Scottish verb, which is also a noun, that has become the official name of a bird!

Ornithologists from Albion will immediately know I am talking about the “crake” which is a bird that has a distinctive, raspy call often described as “ceaseless”.

In Scotland it is also applied to those, especially young children, who are ceaselessly ...

Peer pressure
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I have written before of Paul’s experiences being chained to his jailers, which he regards as a huge advantage, and his circumstances as being the “lumberjacks" clear cutting a path for the advance of gospel. This time I’d like to return to that same letter to the Philippians where he explains what is expected of them as “citizens of heaven” ...

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You didn’t know there were lumberjacks in the New Testament?

Well there are, or at least Paul refers to them indirectly! You can be forgiven for not having heard of them because the translators never say their names, and Paul only refers indirectly to them in a passage dealing with a much more serious topic, but one which we are all called ...

What is it?
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“The Lord said, “Throw it on the ground.” Moses threw it on the ground and it became a snake, and he ran from it.” Exodus 4:3 [NIV]

As Jesus followers we are all “on a mission from God.” Jesus himself spelled out this mission in very simple language -

“He said to them, “Go into all the world and preach the gospel to all creation” ...

Yellow card
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“O thou Spirit divine, all my nature refine, Till the beauty of Jesus be seen in me.” -Albert Orsborn

Major Gwyn and I like to banter good-naturedly about the perceived superiority of our respective heritages in the British Isles. I never argue with him, I just explain why I’m right! When you are Scottish it is hard to be ...

Manger Scene
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"And everyone went to his own town to register. So Joseph also went up from Nazareth in Galilee to Judea, to the city of David called Bethlehem, since he was from the house and line of David. He went there to register with Mary, who was pledged to him in marriage and was expecting a child ..." Luke 2:3-5.

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Joseph and Jesus
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"And Joseph her husband, being a righteous man, and not willing to make her a public example, was minded to put her away privily". Matthew 1:19 ASV

At Christmas I never cease to be amazed at the incredible, reckless, unfathomable risk God took in his plan of salvation for the human race. He deliberately chose to be a literally ...

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“What the world needs now, is love, sweet love” - Hal David

“All you need is love, love is all you need.” - John Lennon

“God is love” - John the beloved disciple

We live in a world obsessed by love.

Love songs make up the majority of the music we listen to. Love stories make up the bulk of movies we watch and the books ...