Category Archives: People

A centurion doesn’t meet Jesus

Luke 7:1-10 If you’re a member of an occupying army, you have your work cut out to gain the trust of the locals. But this guy has engaged in a one-man ‘hearts and minds campaign’ – and has achieved acceptance … Continue reading

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Levi the tax-collector meets Jesus

Just another day at the office? Levi is not a religious man (if he were, he wouldn’t be collecting taxes). He’s a collaborator and a fraudster, and he makes frequent contact with ‘unclean ‘ Gentiles. So all devout and respectable … Continue reading

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A leper meets Jesus

Mark 1:40-45 Leprosy is like a death sentence, without the actual death. People believe it to be some kind of divine punishment. A leper is an outcast from normal society, shunned by all whom he approaches (because the ‘uncleanness’ associated … Continue reading

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Simon the fisherman meets Jesus

Luke 5:1-11 Simon is tired, but he can’t go home to bed yet; he has fishing nets to wash first, to get them ready for the next night’s work. He doesn’t have time to go and listen to the latest … Continue reading

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Joshua

The first chapter of Joshua begins with the death of Moses. And Moses is going to be a very hard act to follow: he led the nation of Israel for forty years, out of Egypt and through the wilderness, and … Continue reading

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Hall of Fame: Sarah

Hebrews 11:11,12 Abraham was not the only member of his family who needed to have faith. His wife Sarah had not only been infertile all her life, but was long past the age of being able to have children. After … Continue reading

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Hall of Fame: Abraham

Hebrews 11:8-10,17-19 Abraham, the great founder of God’s people, is famous for his courageous and sacrificial faith. Yet in essence, all he did was take God at His word, made a definitive break with his former life, and put himself … Continue reading

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