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Set Apart for a Purpose

The Apostle Paul had been on the road along time. On his third missionary journey, beginning in Antioch, taking him all the way into Greece, and back again, he was on his way back to Jerusalem for the feast of Pentecost. As he approached the coast of present-day Turkey, he drew close to some of…
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Will We Have Enough?

Today (Sun) we will explore the question of whether we will have enough (something very topical given our current lockdown.)  But lurking behind this question is an even deeper question of whether we are enough in ourselves. This text is about God’s provision and his invitation for us to trust in him.  In this light,…
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Where Can We Find Rest?

How busy is your life at the moment? So many people complain about how busy life is. Even people who retire tell me they can’t keep up with their new lifestyle!! Why are we so busy? Is there anything we can do about it or do we just get dragged along by life and we…
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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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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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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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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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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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Who is my Family?

All of us grew up in some sort of family – whether it was with biological parents, adopting parents, a single parent, grandparents, relatives, family friends, or others who raised us. We have all been shaped by our families. Families have great potential for blessing… or messing. The legacy of our family influences us for…
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Where is the Wind Blowing?

Earlier this week, my family watched and listened to the windows of our house rattle and shake as the wind whipped from all directions. The wind is an awesome power, one that is often forgotten about. With the sun, we can feel the heat and we know its source, but with the wind, we have…
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