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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...

June 20, 2020

"My father was a wandering Aramean..." Deuteronomy 26. 5

Everybody needs a home. According to the UNHCR there are 79.5 million people in the world today who have no home, of whom 26 million are refugees - half of whom are under 18 (ie children). Figures are hard to find but there are probably about 2,000 refug...

June 19, 2020

"... he had compassion on them..." Matthew 9. 36

Jesus was in touch with his emotions. The Gospels are replete with eye-witness accounts, not only of what Jesus did and said, but of how he felt. He wore his heart on his sleeve: he could be angry, he could be sad, he could be happy, he could be sympathetic. Wha...

June 18, 2020

"Only be careful, and watch yourselves closely so that you do not forget the things your eyes have seen or let them fade from your heart as long as you live. Teach them to your children and to their children after them." Deuteronomy 4. 9

History teachers must be rejoicing that their subject has been released f...

June 17, 2020

"I pray that they will all be one, just as you and I are one..." John 17. 21

Does the unity of the church where you are advance God's Kingdom or contradict it? Does the way we relate to fellow Christians (and they to us) confirm or deny our message of reconciliation? You see it mattered enough to Jesus that he...

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