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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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The Merarites: Carrying tent pegs (Numbers 4:29-33)

The people of Israel were a tribal people. Jacob (also known as Israel) was the nation’s founding father and he had twelve sons. Each of these sons became head of a tribe and these twelve tribes made up the nation. One of the tribes was the tribe of Levi. God set apart the Levites for […]

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Zeruiah: Mother of Warriors (1 Chronicles 2:9-17)

The early days of the kingdom of Israel were turbulent times.  Saul, Israel’s first king, drifted away from following God.  His rebellion meant that God rejected him as king and instead looked for a man after God’s heart.  Upon Saul’s death the kingship passed to God’s chosen man, David son of Jesse. However, as on […]

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Gomer: The Prostitute who was Loved (Hosea 1-3)

The book of Hosea is extremely challenging.  The message of the book shines like a powerful beam of light highlighting the unrelenting faithfulness of God’s love in stark contrast to the persistent faithless rebellion of His people.  It is set in Old Testament time where, despite the covenant relationship between God and His people, the […]

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The Magi: Gifts for a King (Matthew 2:1-12)

The nativity accounts of the birth of Jesus contain some famous characters.  Some of those characters are the Magi, or wise men, whose appearance is described in Matthew 2:1-12.  These Eastern mystics travelled a long, long way from their homeland because they believed they had seen a heavenly sign that a special baby had been […]

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Tychicus: God’s Postman (Colossians 4:7-9)

Very often we define ourselves, or find ourselves defined by, what we do.  Upon meeting someone, after exchanging names our second question is usually, ‘So what do you do?’  Our occupation, field of work or career therefore communicates to others something about us which begins to define us as a person. So on that basis […]

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