Category Archives: Fellowship in Christ

Each human being is ‘wonderfully made’

Each human being is ‘wonderfully made’ (Psalm 139:14 King James Version) Bill Bryson is one of my favourite authors whose writings have guided me on virtual tours of such fascinating places as Britain (that has long been his home), Europe, … Continue reading

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‘People of colour’?

Two recurring news headlines in 2020 were: [] the rainbow displayed in many windows in honour of the heroes who worked in hospitals during the pandemic of the Covid-19 virus, and [] ‘Black Lives Matter‘ was displayed on banners held … Continue reading

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Being fully present to the Lord

Each morning in junior school the register was called. When teacher got to my name I was expected to reply, ‘Present, miss.’ On each occasion in Scripture, when God was calling a history-maker to initiate a significant advance of his … Continue reading

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Spiritual experiences that left even Paul and Peter stunned

For some of us, attempting a thousand-piece jigsaw or a massive cryptic crossword puzzle can stimulate the little grey cells; and a whole range of activities – watching ghost movies, or venturing into sky-diving or swallowing Viagra – can induce … Continue reading

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I only tried to advise Jesus

[] A new rabbi visits the Temple I was well positioned to exert influence, being one of the senior judges and policy makers in our nation. I was also well educated and fully qualified to interpret the subtle nuances of … Continue reading

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Speaking with other tongues – a much misunderstood gift  

Because the gift of other tongues is rarely fully appreciated it tends to be under-used. Apart from the one-off writing on the wall in Belshazzar’s palace in Babylon that Daniel interpreted, these two gifts of tongues and interpretation were brand … Continue reading

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Passover Songs (Psalms 113 – 118): Did Jesus and his apostles sing these verses at the last supper?

Passover Songs (Psalms 113:0; & 118:0;): Did Jesus and his apostles sing these verses at the last supper? Through many generations, all celebrating Jews have sung a selection of psalms at Passover. Psalms 113:0; & 114:0; are sung before the … Continue reading

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Remember, remember . . .

Every year in early November, within the space of less than a week, we have two historic events to remember and to celebrate in Britain. The evening of November 5th is bonfire night when we recall, with firework displays, the … Continue reading

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Paul’s famous last (recorded) words (2 Timothy 1:1 4:22)

2 Timothy 1:1 4:22 [] He’s grateful for the close fellowship with faithful friends Paul senses that he could be near the end of his earthly days and ‘the time of my death is near’ (2 Timothy 4:6, New Living … Continue reading

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David’s complete deliverance (Psalm 34)

Psalm 34:0 Young David probably imagined that he would never feel afraid. After all, he had torn a lion apart with his bare hands on one occasion while tending his family’s flock of sheep.  Another time he had killed a … Continue reading

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Lord, you are our home

‘Home’ should be a welcoming word Not everyone had a happy home life while growing up. In fact each person dreams of an ideal home furnished with their own desired details. Some adults enjoy home without anyone else, except perhaps … Continue reading

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Bearing up among one’s spiritual family

Amongst my blogs on ‘Partially Understood Texts’ you would find one labeled ‘Burdensome biblical contradictions’. In it I mention that two neighbouring statements of Paul in Galatians chapter six seem to cancel each other out: [] ‘Bear one another’s burden’ … 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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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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A ‘mustard seed community’ planted in a self-seeking culture

Malachi, the last of the biblical prophets for 400 years until John the Baptist, not only denounced in grim detail the major sins of the nation of Israel but also extolled the virtues and vision of the true Israel within … Continue reading

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Well-crafted joints by the carpenter of Nazareth

[] ‘I and my Father are one’ When Jesus uttered this brief statement he was greeted by vehement protests from his Jewish listeners. They ‘picked up stones … to stone him’ to death. Why? ‘ “[F]or [the capital offence of] … Continue reading

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Well, what d’you know?

[] Bonded unwittingly David Good was reared in USA by his father, an anthropologist. His mother, a Yanamama tribal woman had tried for a couple of years to adapt to American culture. Unable to do so, she had returned to … Continue reading

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The homing instinct to gather together (Psalm 84)

Psalm 84:1-12 is dedicated to the Levitical family of ‘the sons of Korah’ (1 Chronicles 6:31-33) so it comes as no surprise to find it peppered with references to the temple in Jerusalem: ‘your dwelling place’ (Psalm 84:1), ‘the courts … Continue reading

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