Category Archives: Themes

Leaders who fail

Mark 3:19 “… and Judas Iscariot, who betrayed Him.” Luke tells us that Jesus spent a whole night in prayer (Luke 6:12) before selecting the twelve men who would be His apostles – the men responsible for spreading the good … Continue reading

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The Anointed One

Mark 1:10 “Just as Jesus was coming up out of the water, He saw heaven being torn open and the Spirit descending on Him like a dove.” The title ‘Christ’ or ‘Messiah’ means ‘Anointed One’. The concept of ‘anointing’ means … Continue reading

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Our Passover Lamb

I Corinthians 5:6-8 Paul had received news from Corinth that shocked him: the church was condoning sexual immorality of a particularly offensive kind. In rebuking them, why did he make this reference to the Passover? The first Passover (Exodus 12) … Continue reading

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Hair

The hair on our heads is a strange part of our anatomy: virtually irrelevant to the body’s functioning, but carrying huge social significance. As one of the few bits of us that can be displayed in public, how much we … Continue reading

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Foundations

As I write this, my husband is in the process of erecting a new garden shed. The old wooden one has rotted; the new one is metal and should last longer. But one thing is unchanged: the concrete slab that … Continue reading

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A city on a hill

Isaiah 2:1-5 This is a prophecy of ‘the last days’ – which began at Pentecost. So it is being fulfilled now! When Isaiah was preaching these words, the city of God was Jerusalem (which is on a hill, though only … Continue reading

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What have you got?

II Kings 4:1-7 The prophet Elisha, as God’s representative, was approached by a destitute widow. With no husband to provide for her, she faced the loss of her two sons as well in order to pay off her debts. She … Continue reading

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