Category Archives: Bible

You don’t want to read that!

I was talking with a minister recently who was preparing a Sermon about Zacchaeus and his encounter with Jesus. She mentioned she was reading a commentary for background information about the Bible passage in Luke 19. My instinctive reaction was … Continue reading

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I don’t remember reading this bit before

On Good Friday, some of us gathered to read through the Bible account of the days and hours leading up to and including Jesus’ death. We read a section together, paused to reflect on what we had read and then … Continue reading

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Jesus died to make it possible for Enemies of God to become his Friends

I was reading the part of the Easter story where Peter cuts off the ear of the High Priest’s slave. Usually this is a part of the account that gets missed out but as I thought about it, I began to … Continue reading

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Lent Reflection 2: What do we need in life?

When Jesus said that ‘people do not live by bread alone’, was he reminding us that there is more to life than just surviving? When he said this, he had been fasting for 40 days and 40 nights and the … Continue reading

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Jesus gave signs to say Why rather than When

If Matthew 24 was the only part of the Bible that we had, then you probably wouldn’t ask Jesus for directions! His disciples asked him for a sign so that they know when he would return and when the end of … Continue reading

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Lent is primarily about going With God, not going Without things

Traditionally people associate Lent with giving things up but if this is our only focus I think that we might be missing the real point? During Lent, people especially remember the time when Jesus spent 40 days and nights in … Continue reading

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The one about showing people how to find the way?

I had been in the hospital before with my son and had followed him to the correct department. Now I was back a few months later without him and unfortunately I couldn’t quite remember the way. Fortunately the receptionist told me … Continue reading

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The One About Two Donkeys and Some Soil

So Naaman had come to Israel and he had been healed by God. But before he went home, he asked for some soil (as much as two of his donkeys could carry). What was that all about? All this happened a … Continue reading

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Pentecost: Knowing God rather than just knowing about him

It’s Pentecost Sunday but did you know that during the Jewish festival of Pentecost (originally called Weeks) they remembered the giving of the 10 commandments? What do you think that the significance is of the giving of the Holy Spirit taking place … Continue reading

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Are we thankful for Pentecost?

It’s Pentecost Sunday tomorrow but did you know that the Jewish festival of Pentecost (originally called Weeks) was a harvest festival? What do you think that the significance is of the giving of the Holy Spirit taking place during a harvest … Continue reading

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