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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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Trigger some chain reaction of kindness today

After the worldwide spread of coronavirus, the successful testing of several vaccines has made possible a knock-on distribution of hope for widespread health and safety in 2021. Meanwhile let’s think of the part we can play in some chain reactions … Continue reading

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The divine choreographer

According to that oft-repeated truism, ‘you never stop learning new things’. Even after a lifetime of studying and teaching the Bible from Genesis to Revelation I often get a thrill of surprise when God through the Scriptures discloses some fresh … Continue reading

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Shortest Day 2020

It’s Monday; my diary tells me not only that today’s date is 21st December 2020, but also it is: ‘Shortest Day, First Day of Winter‘ I recall that this is also known as the Winter Solstice about which I recently … Continue reading

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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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