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Small signs of growth

Small signs of growth

God asks us not to count the rings of the dead wood of the past – but to look for small signs of growth, the green seedlings of the future.

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The imagination of Isaiah

The imagination of Isaiah

We’re in Advent – and each Sunday has a reading from Isaiah. Isaiah is a visual prophet. He thinks in pictures. He uses his imagination.

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Seen to be believed

Seen to be believed

For that that kingdom to be more visible, Christ has to be seen to be believed – and how he is seen is down to you and down to me

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Remembrance – that undefinable something

Remembrance – that undefinable something

Remembrance Sunday – We remember Des Aspin, who had that undefinable something that caused him to stand out and above all those around him.

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Anti-heroes

Anti-heroes

Jacob is one of the Bible’s anti-heroes. There aren’t too many redeeming features on display. Not many laudable characteristics to emulate.

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Down to the River

Down to the River

Naaman goes down to the river – and his flesh is restored like the flesh of a young boy. It’s not just the leprosy that goes. He’s made new.

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Me. Send me.

Me. Send me.

At some stage, God’s plans will intersect with our own sense of being and purpose. We need to listen and hear and respond. To say: “send me”.

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Choose Life

Choose Life

But back from Renton to Moses and the original ‘Choose Life’ monologue from which this was all shamelessly, if maybe unwittingly, pinched.

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Proverbs

Proverbs

That’s what the Books of Proverbs is about. Every single moment is a lesson, if we choose to take the opportunity to learn.

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God is not interested in religion

God is not interested in religion

Compassion sees broken bodies & broken souls and then does something about it. Because God is not interested in religion but in human beings.

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Division

Division

Jesus was an agitator, not a pacifier. He started fires to bring justice for all. God’s love causes division because it makes people uncomfortable.

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Faith and Hope

Faith and Hope

May the faithfulness of Abraham and Sarah be an example to us so that we too may prove faithful and hopeful in whatever the future holds for us.

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Martha, Mary and the Youth Group

Martha, Mary and the Youth Group

That said, don’t you wish Jesus had replied: Martha, go and put your feet up. And to the disciples: Come on boys, we’re going to the kitchen

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His church – human and blessed

His church – human and blessed

Jesus started his church with a bunch of men and women that we know about from the Gospels. For the…

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Elijah, Elisha and transition

Elijah, Elisha and transition

Do you ever wonder that if your church or organisation or your place of work would cease to function, then…

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