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June 30, 2020

"Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened..." Matthew 11. 28

Have you a favourite "go to..." place, when you are stressed, confused, or in need of inspiration? Some people have a song, a chair, or they jump on a bike. All of these can be helpful, essential even. Best of all, though, is our Lord's graciou...

June 29, 2020

Chan eil sa chraoibh ach smuain

gus an tuit sìol dhan talamh.

Chan eil ann an sìol ach poca comas-fàis

gus an cuir am poca sìos freumhan.

Chan eil ann am freumhan ach lìonra

gus an cuir an lìonra suas stoc.

Chan eil san stoc ach pòla

gus am fàs am pòla geugan.

Chan eil sna geugan ach cnàimhneach

gus am fàs an cnàimhne...

June 28, 2020

"Grace and peace to you from him who is and who was and who is to come..." Revelation 1. 4

The Book of Revelation, which draws the whole Bible to its conclusion, has been described as "an apocalyptic prophecy in the form of a circular letter". That is to say that it is about how God will bring history itself t...

June 27, 2020

"Join with me in suffering, like a good soldier of Christ Jesus." 2 Timothy 2. 3

Recently and for good reasons our focus has been on our health and emergency services. Not so many years ago the so-called "war on terror" dominated the headlines. And as the generations that fought in the two World Wars have died...

June 26, 2020

"The LORD is in his holy temple; let all the earth be silent before him." Habakkuk 2. 20

In my devotions this morning I came across a saying associated with the mediaeval luminary Thomas a Kempis: "When I have been much in the company of men, I emerge feeling diminished." Put a bunch of sinners together and wh...

June 25, 2020

"... first take the plank out of your own eye, and then you will see clearly to remove the speck from your brother's eye." Matthew 7. 5

I heard a story this morning, about a local hotelier. He received an enquiry from the agent of a group of friends, who come every year to stay in the area. "Can you guarantee...

June 24, 2020

"Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid." John 14. 27

An unusual quiet has settled over many places which would ordinarily be bustling at this time. Is this peace? Or is it the absence of activity?

There is no...

June 23, 2020

"... everything exposed by the light becomes visible..." Ephesians 5. 13

Apparently in China many more lives have been saved through improved air quality, on account of the lockdown, than have been lost to Covid 19! I cannot vouch for the origin of that information but it's one of those arresting statistics th...

June 22, 2020

"For there is nothing hidden that will not be disclosed, and nothing concealed that will not be known or brought out into the open." Luke 8. 17

Life in a fallen world is full of compromise and contradiction. How we wish it were not so. We long for clarity, purity, integrity. But life as we know it is just not...

June 21, 2020

"And do not call anyone on earth 'father,' for you have one Father, and he is in heaven." Matthew 23. 9

Where on earth did that come from? Father's Day, I mean. In the Gospel according to Wikipedia we are informed that the tradition of honouring fathers originated in the USA at the beginning of the 20th centur...

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