Author Archives: Hugh Thompson

Spirituality – have you a vague idea?

According to contemporary authors one can be spiritual without being religious. And we might suppose that our Lord himself agreed with this non-religious aspect of real spirituality when answering the lonely, religious Samaritan woman at the well of Sychar because … Continue reading

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Abraham’s cross-bearing crises

Abraham’s cross-bearing crises (Genesis 12:0 – 25:0) Christian discipleship is often compared to an apprenticeship in which the learners have been yoked to an experienced trainer in some particular craft or trade; if they are successful in an entrance exam … Continue reading

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Marys House

PRAYER AT MARY’S HOUSE We met in Mary’s house to pray. They were difficult days just after the festival, James – may his soul rest in God – had been run through with a sword. King Herod had decided that this … Continue reading

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Why I’m walking tall under my bed!

I was paralysed all my life. I lay around helplessly all day, and that dumbs down the mind from lack of brain stimulation.  Then, in recent years, I was institutionalised.  I shared the alcoves that surround the public pool with … Continue reading

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How a Poor Unknown Girl Helped a Rich Important Man

We don’t know her name, who her parents were, nor in which town she was born. But, still, the Bible tells us that she was a great help to a great man. I would like to borrow a name for … Continue reading

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I tried to defend Jesus

My name is Nicodemus. I am a member of the highest council and court of appeal in Israel – the Sanhedrin. As you can well imagine, trying to get seventy strong-minded men to serve together as one governing body can … Continue reading

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Nicodemus Testomony

I just wanted to give Jesus some practical advice I was well positioned to exert influence at that time, being one of the senior judges and policy makers in our nation. I was well educated and fully qualified to interpret … Continue reading

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The Life-Changing Touch

She so enjoyed coming here to the edge of the lake, just to sit for hours gazing into its turquoise depths. This was her favourite refuge in all of Capernaum – a sacred ashram, secluded by bushes. Here she could … Continue reading

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Jesus and Women – Introduction

Only from Sunday, June 24, 2018 were women in Saudi Arabia allowed to drive! As a main topic of world news it reminded us that women are still suppressed, and often oppressed, in many parts of our world. In a … Continue reading

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The few who knelt to pray     

Surprisingly, less than ten individuals are on record in Scripture as kneeling to pray, most of them on only one occasion! To kneel can be a physical way to manifest humility before God when interceding, although that could be faked. … Continue reading

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Focus: 2018

When Roman legions occupied Britain two thousand years ago, ‘focus’ was their Latin noun for fireplace that later simply meant ‘fire’. That later Latin meaning may have mutated into current English as ‘concentrating one’s attention’ through that trick of using … Continue reading

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Why we long to belong

To ‘belong‘ is one of my favourite English verbs, while ‘home‘ is the noun that brings a warm glow to my heart. Re-reading that best-loved parable of Jesus in Luke 15:1-32 I found the word ‘home’ five times in the … Continue reading

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Praying With Compassion

Spurred on by the biblical exhortation to ‘remember . . . those being mistreated’ (Hebrews 13:3, all references New Living Translation, unless otherwise indicated), I have over the years been guided by the excellent prayer diaries published by Barnabas Fund … Continue reading

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A Hogmanay ‘fireside chat’

‘Focus’ The English language has been a lifetime hobby of mine. I especially enjoy tracking down the source of many of our words. Of course, I was sure that I already knew the only possible meaning of the verb ‘focus’ … Continue reading

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How to be an active part of the Lord’s Crown Jewels

A king in pre-Christian times, whether the monarch of Israel or a ruler of a Gentile kingdom, had access to a national treasury of riches accumulated from citizens’ taxes and the bounty acquired as spoils of war. Wealthy King Solomon … Continue reading

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Simple ways to provoke gladness

Recent scientific research into the workings of the human brain has given us a deeper understanding about why some behaviour patterns diminish stress and inspire gladness. Of course, the Creator, having built these means of gladness into the biology, physics … Continue reading

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God’s strenuous efforts to track down genuine worshippers

Most Christians will be familiar with the Bible text: ‘The Father is looking for those who will worship him . . . in spirit and in truth’ (John 4:23b-24, New Living Translation throughout this study). But how rarely does anyone … Continue reading

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Enjoying God – Study 4

Enjoying God Study 4: Enjoy God with all that you are ‘You must love the Lord your God with all your heart, all your soul, all your strength, and all your mind’ (Luke 10:27, New Living Translation, unless otherwise stated). … Continue reading

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