Simon Clay

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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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Jahaziel: Speaking faith when fear abounds (2 Chronicles 20:1-30)

Jehoshaphat was a good king.  He reigned over Judah for twenty-five years and during that time the nation was oriented towards God.  However, early on in his reign he and the nation faced a huge challenge as detailed in 2 Chronicles 20:1-30: a number of the surrounding nations made an alliance and came together to […]

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