The Widow of Nain: Seen by Jesus (Luke 7:11-17)

Luke 7:11-17 tells a remarkable story from the ministry of Jesus.  Jesus is travelling with His disciples to a city called Nain and, as became typical, a large crowd accompanied them.  As Jesus came to the gate of the city He encountered what would have been a pretty common scene: a funeral procession.  The crowd […]

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Psalm 130 – Looking for redemption

Psalm 130 is a song filled with deep cries of longing for mercy and redemption.  As one of the Songs of Ascents (Psalms 120-134) it would have been used by pilgrims as they made their way to Jerusalem for the festival celebrations.  This particular song helped the pilgrims articulate their hope for salvation. The psalm […]

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Psalm 146 – Where is your trust?

The ten verses of Psalm 146, bookended with a command to ‘Praise the Lord’, have been food for my soul in these last few weeks.  For me, living in a nation which has a proud history of strong democracy and the rule of law, recent events have been unsettling to say the least.  The Brexit […]

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Jehoshabeath: The Courageous Princess (2 Chronicles 22:10-12)

Cast list: Ahaziah              King of Judah (also known as Jehoahaz) Jehoram             Father of Ahaziah Athaliah              Mother of Ahaziah Jehoshabeath   Sister of Ahaziah Joash                   Son of Ahaziah Jehoiada             High priest 2 Chronicles 22:10-12 happened during dark times for the nation of Judah.  Following the death of King Jehoshaphat who ‘sought the Lord with all his […]

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Sarah: The Mother who Laughed (Genesis 18:9-15 & 21:1-7)

It definitely counts as an unusual event when three visitors turn up from nowhere to visit your tent.  Especially when it turns out that the visitors are God Himself and a couple of angels!  And particularly when they predict that one year later you would have a baby.  And even more so when you are […]

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Joseph (Part 3): Dreamer, Refugee, Protector (Matthew 2:13-23)

It happens so frequently.  Someone or something captures the public imagination and for a short time they are the talk of the town.  But, no sooner than they become a household name, they disappear from view.  Just two months ago, Joseph was the subject of every nativity play in the country.  Now, in the middle […]

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Joseph (Part 2): On that holy night (Luke 2:1-7)

The Christmas story, as is true of any and every historical event, is firmly rooted at a particular time in a particular place.  Luke, that most careful of chroniclers, identifies the circumstances surrounding the time and place of Jesus’ birth in Luke 2:1-7.  Emperor Caesar Augustus decreed that everyone within the vast reach of the […]

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