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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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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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Joseph of Arimathea: Emerging from the shadows (Mark 15:42-47)

The four Gospels give a coherent and complementary account of Jesus’ life.  However, relatively few stories are included by all four writers.  The account of Joseph of Arimathea is one of those which does feature across the Gospels – see Matthew 27:57-61, Mark 15:42-47, Luke 23:50-56 and John 19:38-42 – and the picture which is […]

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Simon Peter’s mother-in-law: Encountering Jesus & serving Him (Matthew 8:14-17)

Matthew 8:14-17 The third healing in Matthew chapter 8 is that of Simon Peter’s mother-in-law.  Jesus was most likely planning to stay at the house but Simon’s mother-in-law was unwell.  As soon as Jesus arrived He saw her and reached out to touch and heal her.  She was immediately healed and began to serve them! […]

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The Centurion: Faith in the authority of Jesus (Matthew 8:5-13)

Matthew 8:5-13 The second miracle recounted in Matthew chapter 8 is that of the centurion’s servant.  It is an immediately surprising story.  The first surprise is that the centurion would have been a member of the Roman army and therefore a Gentile but He was interested in seeking Jesus’ help.  Luke’s account of the story […]

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