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Did Dr. Luke hint that dining in a group with Jesus would boost one’s physical, mental and spiritual health?

Throughout my daily Bible readings in Luke’s Gospel I numbered each reference to food and eating as a sequence of jigsaw pieces, so that one day I could visualise the evangelist’s whole picture on this subject. Recently I eventually finished … Continue reading

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What to do when you feel down

Having spoken several times over the phone to an old friend whose recent bereavement has sent her emotions on an unwelcome roller coaster ride, I found a two-part article in my wife’s UCB Radio’s ‘Word For Today’ notes for Wednesday … Continue reading

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Who or what is ‘Leviathan’?

After Job had endured immense losses – deprived of his loving family, his successful businesses and his robust health – God then reminded him of how tiny he appeared to be among some other living creatures, especially when compared to … Continue reading

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Bible commentators ‘at sixes and sevens’ about Wisdom

I will admit straight off that I’ve always been incompetent at calculating ‘sums and maths’. In fact I’ve found all my life that dealing with numbers is somewhat scary. But I have never had a problem spelling such words as … Continue reading

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Is your regular breathing healthy enough?

Corrected breathing Whenever I wake in the night the radio is quietly broadcasting the World Service of the BBC. I was intrigued recently by a programme about the benefits to one’s health of deep and steady breathing. The medical experts … Continue reading

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The Christian life – a matter of life and death!

Well, actually, it’s a matter of death and life. While, of late, I’ve been reading through the thousands of pages of handwritten poems I’ve collected over the years I came across one entitled ‘Death Lib‘ by Steve Turner, a 20th … Continue reading

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What my daughter told her dad – in verse

Near the end of the last millenium I tried my hand at writing poems in every available style and meter. One of them I addressed to my younger daughter when she had recently been abandoned by her first husband, father … Continue reading

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An angel of God in the National Health Service

It was the morning when my wife was scheduled to attend one of the hospitals that are located within an hour’s drive from our home. She was due to receive laser treatment for her persistent glaucoma. But the preparatory medication … Continue reading

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Broadcast stories from around the world that you may have missed   

I leave my bedside radio switched on every night while it broadcasts BBC World Service programmes. For me a good night’s rest always includes a series of waking moments to visit the toilet. Sometimes when I return to bed, sleep … Continue reading

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How to see ‘eye to eye’

[] Is it about speaking ‘face to face’? Surely, ‘seeing eye to eye‘ is a misleading turn of phrase in the English language? If taken literally by someone newly learning English it might suggest looking into each other’s eyes – … Continue reading

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The Ultimate Homes

A beautiful leaflet dropped through our letter box the other day advertising a building project of homes to buy or rent, of such quality that would facilitate life as ‘communities’. No locations were mentioned, nor was the reader told what … Continue reading

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Did I make the angels laugh?

How did I get like this? I find myself facing heavenward, flat on my back across a small rockery that adjoins the front wall of our house. Inches away from me, across some gravel, stand several dustbins into which I … Continue reading

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Father’s Day Nursery Rhymes

Father’s Day Nursery Rhymes Yes, it’s true! I got a book of nursery rhymes on Sunday 20th June 2021as a Father’s Day gift from one of our beloved daughters. And, no, I was not offended – I was thrilled because … Continue reading

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‘Joy comes with the morning’ (Psalm 30:5)

David’s joyful dawn In Psalm 30 David celebrates God’s deliverance from a serious bout of illness at the time when he was also threatened by foes (30:1-3). In publishing the lyrics he invites other godly folks to join in his … Continue reading

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‘Grief is the price you pay for love’ (Queen Elizabeth II)

According to broadcaster Giles Brandreth, when interviewed on the day of the funeral of Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh, this statement had been voiced by Her Majesty twenty years earlier: ‘Grief is the price you pay for love.’ She is … Continue reading

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Thinking of Covid-19 as a plague

Epidemic I grew up hearing the word epidemic. After World War II many infectious diseases still threatened entire populations, especially children. And the medical profession was acutely aware of the international devastation caused by influenza in 1919 following WWI. We … Continue reading

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Is the normal Christian life ‘happy all the time’?

My childhood days Digging deep, a whole year into Covid-19 lockdown, I was surprised at the tsunami of ‘happiness songs’ that swept over me from my Sunday school days – threatening to choke me rather than inspire me! Number one … Continue reading

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Money talks         

I found this humorous couplet in my recently acquired Dictionary of Proverbs and their Origins: That money talks I’ll not deny. I heard it once – it said ‘Goodbye’. I just happened to be reading through the Bible book of … Continue reading

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