Psalm 93 – Who is on the throne?

The simplicity and confidence of Psalm 93 has struck me with renewed force this week.  At a time of lockdown, social restrictions, widespread fear and anxiety, closed schools and businesses, pressurised health services, isolation and Coronavirus, this Psalm has brought strength to my faith. The psalmist begins with a description of a God who reigns.  […]

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Psalm 91 – When fear lurks

Psalm 91 is a masterpiece.  Before reading on, you really must make sure that you have slowly read the whole psalm – maybe a couple of times! In the light of the unfolding situation related to the Coronavirus, COVID-19, I have been struck by the poignancy of this magnificent psalm.  It is a psalm of […]

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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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Joseph (Part 1): A righteous man (Matthew 1:18-25)

It was an absolute bombshell when Joseph heard the news that his fiancée was pregnant.  It was almost unbelievable that Mary could have done this.  It seemed so out of character for the young woman promised to him in marriage… And yet it was true.  She was pregnant and the rumours were swirling. Matthew 1:18-25 […]

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