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The Surprising Words and Actions of Jesus:Some thoughts from Mark 7


We can get too used to the gospel stories and thereby loose their radical teaching, in Mark 7 we have several accounts which we are so used to that we miss the point. We have to remember that the world … Continue reading

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Have we forgotten the real Spirit of Christmas


As we listen to the Christmas story the major players that we fix our attention on are Jesus,Mary,Joseph, the shepherds, the angels and the wise men. We make mention of the fact that Jesus is the Father’s gift to humanity … Continue reading

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The Message of Liberation and Restoration: some thoughts from Isaiah 61


Isaiah the prophet declared many great things and was used of God to communicate so much of the gospel message to us. Isaiah 61 is particularly significant as Jesus declared that these words had been fulfilled in him. It is … Continue reading

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When theSpirit comes, so does the opposition


So often when we see God working powerfully we expect everything to go well. Although we would not adhere to the prosperity gospel we expect to find blessing and constant victory and we shout and scream when it does not … Continue reading

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Marriage and Divorce in the New Testament: some thoughts


Marriage is seen as a lifelong commitment throughout the Bible and divorce is seen as a sinful necessity in some situations. Modern divorce laws and indeed the attitude to divorce in our culture are alien to Biblical thinking. It is … Continue reading

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Discipleship:Following the Lord Wherever he leads


When we talk of discipleship we often think of discipleship courses and gaining knowledge and although that is important that is not the heart of discipleship, a disciple is a follower of the Lord. When we start to look at … Continue reading

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Pentecost: Church Tradition or a Lived Reality?


On Pentecost Sunday millions of Christians will celebrate the coming of the Holy Spirit upon the early church. we gather and we pray,hear the word read and preached from and we sing our hymns and songs,but what does it all … Continue reading

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The Resurrected Lord Imparts Peace through the Holy Spirit


19 On the evening of that first day of the week, when the disciples were together, with the doors locked for fear of the Jewish leaders, Jesus came and stood among them and said, “Peace be with you!” 20 After … Continue reading

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The Grace of the Risen Lord Shown to Doubting Thomas


24 Now Thomas (also known as Didymus), one of the Twelve, was not with the disciples when Jesus came. 25 So the other disciples told him, “We have seen the Lord!” But he said to them, “Unless I see the … Continue reading

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Godly Extravagance


12:1 Six days before the Passover, Jesus came to Bethany, where Lazarus lived, whom Jesus had raised from the dead. 2 Here a dinner was given in Jesus’ honor. Martha served while Lazarus was among those reclining at the table … Continue reading

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