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Who is Jesus?

King Herod heard about (the work of Jesus) because Jesus’s name had become well known. Some said, ‘John the Baptist has been raised from the dead, and that’s why miraculous powers are at work in him.’ But others said, ‘He’s Elijah.’ Still others said, ‘He’s a prophet, lone of the prophets from long ago’ (Mark…
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On the Path of Life – Isaiah 42:16

Have you read today’s text? Let me personalise it for you…. I will lead blind (insert your name) down a new path, guiding you along an unfamiliar way I will make the darkness bright before you and smooth out the road ahead of you. A new path might be a new season, a new time…
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How Can Jesus Do This?

When Jesus returned to his hometown with his disciples – and attended synagogue on the Sabbath – things did not turn out so well. At first, the people of Nazareth were bowled over by Jesus’ teaching and miracles.  But then things went pear shaped: “How can Jesus do this?” “Where did this man get these…
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Compassion – Mark 1:40-45

The whole COVID experience has made me appreciate again how courageous the medical profession is to work so tirelessly and selflessly against any virus or any medical condition that affects us as humans. I was also struck by how much Jesus did this as well. He continually treated and healed people with diseases that not…
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Why are you so Sad?

Jesus has crossed back from the ‘unclean’ side of the lake where he has tended to the needs of what the Jews would consider (perhaps) the most despicable person around the Sea of Galilee. The disciples, conceivably thankful that they were back on home territory, are met by one of the synagogue leaders who seems…
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Secret Squirrels – Luke 8:16-25

16-18 “No one lights a lamp and then covers it with a washtub or shoves it under the bed. No, you set it up on a lamp stand so those who enter the room can see their way. We’re not keeping secrets; we’re telling them. We’re not hiding things; we’re bringing everything out into the open. So be…
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Why are we so Afraid?

For the modern reader, this weekend’s biblical text should be frightening. Unfortunately, most of us are delighted that Jesus can speak to the wind and the sea and calm them, like a master telling his dog to ‘sit.’ In Mark’s description of what most commentators call ‘Jesus calms the storm,’ we miss out on the…
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Fear Not!

‘The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom, all who follow his precepts have good understanding. To him belongs eternal praise’ (Psalm 111:10). One of the reasons that I can’t give up my paper Bible in favour of a digital version is that it contains about 25 years’ worth of markings I want…
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What is the Kingdom Like?

When my girls were young, they loved listening to stories.  It always amazed me that they wanted to hear the same stories over and over again.  And it wasn’t just a ploy to avoid going to bed! We loved telling them Bible stories.  And they loved listening. Why do people of all generations like stories?…
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A Castle in the Clouds – Isaiah 2:1-5

What does your perfect house look like? Where is it? Who would you invite to the open house party? In the last days the mountain of the Lord’s house will be established at the top of the mountains and will be raised above the hills. All nations will stream to it…Isaiah 2:1,2 This house is…
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