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Some keys to mental health during a pandemic

A British doctor and his wife were subjected to a two-week ‘lockdown’ of ‘shielding’ on arrival by air in Australia, because of the worldwide Covid-19 pandemic. A guard patrolled outside the unlocked door of their tiny furnished room, a mere … Continue reading

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Young astronaut Toby, baffled by time travel!

At the very end of 2019, during our annual family reunion in the Midlands of England, our young great-grandson Toby took us all on several imaginary journeys into space. He compensated for any lack of technical training by his bursts … Continue reading

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Resounding conversations during ‘a dark age’

A Range of Questions in Malachi The Old Testament era ended with a great many questions being asked.. Malachi recorded twenty-five questions in the space of only fifty-five verses! [] Ten were petulant questions flung at the Lord by backslidden … Continue reading

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Foursquare love

(This article applies the principles mentioned at the end of the blog entitled: ‘Relationships – shedding light on a complex issue‘, using the four facets of love offered by Tom Marshall in his book about Christian relationships.) Respect What are … Continue reading

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Relationships -shedding some light on a complex issue

When I unearthed some old notes on the subject of relationships it began to dawn on me how we all assume so much about this subject without a great deal of thought. I felt I must revisit this important matter. … Continue reading

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Christian marriage: a voyage with Jesus on board (Mark 4:35-41)

The story [35] ‘Later that day, after it grew dark, Jesus said to his disciples, “Let’s cross over to the other side of the lake.” [36] After they had sent the crowd away, they shoved off from shore with him. … Continue reading

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God’s answer to lockdown

I’m not a hoarder; I regularly clear out clutter. But recently I was intrigued when I unearthed a tiny page of really old sermon notes headed ‘Open and Closed Doors’. I have taken a fresh look at these texts, and … Continue reading

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Prophetic doors – Elisha, lockdown, liberation

Prophetic doors – Elisha, lockdown, liberation Seven times in 2 Kings chapters 4 to 9 is mention made of closed or open doors – doors of houses, of a small apartment, and even city gates after a lengthy siege, all … Continue reading

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The blessings of solitude

Solitude is far superior to self-isolation and is an antidote to loneliness. When invited to select a subject to teach in a series of Sunday messages on ‘Christian disciplines’, I chose from the list the topic of solitude. Then, within … Continue reading

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God has no unwanted children

On Sunday I gave my testimony in church of how God can emphasize something different from the same passage of Scripture that happens to occur in one’s daily discipline of reading his word systematically. I told how on one occasion … Continue reading

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A testimony about the Christian discipline of Bible meditation  

Strictly speaking, the two Old Testament Hebrew words for meditating both mean ‘to utter’ or ‘to mutter/murmur’ – an excellent way to fix texts of Scripture in your mind, of course. But Psalm 119:99 (New Living Translation) expresses what we … Continue reading

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The funeral of a six-month-old baby boy

Asked by a retired Baptist minister if I had any insights to help him conduct a funeral of a still-born baby prompted me to track down my notes of a message I had delivered decades ago at the funeral of … Continue reading

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Gorgeous Georgia, our fondly remembered pet

After remarking on the two-a-penny, rock bottom market price of a couple of sparrows, Jesus added that ‘not a single’ one of them ‘can fall to the ground’ apart from the comforting care of their Creator, ‘your Father.’ ‘So,’ he … Continue reading

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