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A mighty fortress is our God

Psalm 46 1 God is our refuge and strength,    an ever-present help in trouble. 2  Therefore we will not fear, though the earth give way    and the mountains fall into the heart of the sea, 3  though its waters roar and foam    and the mountains quake with their surging. 4  There is a river whose streams make glad the city of God,    the holy place where the Most […]

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Love covers a multitude of sins

1 Peter 4: 7-11 The end of all things is near. Therefore be alert and of sober mind so that you may pray. Above all, love each other deeply, because love covers over a multitude of sins. Offer hospitality to one another without grumbling. Each of you should use whatever gift you have received to serve others, as faithful stewards of God’s grace in […]

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Cyrus the Persian

“I will raise him up in my righteousness: I will make all his ways straight. He will rebuild my city and set my exiles free, but not for a price or reward, says the Lord Almighty.” (Isa 45:13) In March 1879 an Assyrian British archaeologist Hormuzd Rassam made the most incredible find. Whilst excavating the […]

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Tremble

At long last we come to the end of our journey through the magnificent Old Testament prophecy of Isaiah. We have barely scratched the surface, but I hope that least we have mined it for most of the rich deposits it contains. Just when I thought that could not mine any more such gold from […]

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Chosen

May the words of my mouth and the meditation of all our hearts be acceptable in Your sight our Redeemer and strength. “But when the set time had fully come, God sent his Son, born of a woman, born under the law, to redeem those under the law, that we might receive adoption to sonship..” (Gal 4:4-5) Chosen Do you feel […]

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Too proud to bury the hatchet

I wonder, do you have any long standing family disagreements? Do you have anything in your wider family circle which may be classed as a feud? If you do then you will know how horrible such things are. The formation of two sides in opposition, harbouring long held resentment over past injustices or even perpetuated […]

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I’ll give you three guesses

Why is it that some people say “Guess what’s happened?” and when faced with a blank look continue with, “I’ll give you three guesses?”  Do you find it mildly irritating when people do that to you?  Often people will say “I’ll give you three guesses” when they are  bursting to share a piece of good […]

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Custodian or trustee?

What have you done with your Christian faith recently?  I am not pointing any fingers.  I am asking the same question of myself too, but what have you done with your faith?  When was the last time you shared the joy of your faith with someone else? When was the last time you did something […]

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The Real Deal

Are you feeling happy? I hope very much that you, but even more so I hope that you are not feeling unhappy.  I know that many of you reading or listening to this are carrying significant burdens of worry and even sadness.  Some of you have known the acute pain of bereavement from those dear […]

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Debt

Do you have debts?  Most people do, but they remain in control. Some of you, however, may have had the awful experience of being in uncontrolled debt. Debt is like a deadly trap from which some people cannot escape.  Many incur even deeper debt through short term high interest loans or even resort to criminal […]

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