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  There are many signs along the way that we all recognise letting us know that Christmas is close. Decorations start to show up, holiday advertising is everywhere, shops wear their ‘Christmas look’, Christmas jingles can be heard around every corner and our social calendar is jam-packed. All telling us to get ourselves ready for the ‘big day’. Our Destination None of these are necessarily wrong in themselves when they do not get...
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Summer is in and many people have shaped up as well as they can. Gym, jogging and diets. The outer man needs to be in good shape! Yet there is an inner me which needs far more attention than what the body needs. This is what really counts as these words suggest: Above all else, guard your heart, for it is the wellspring of life.  Prov. 4:23 A world that prizes busyness, efficiency,...
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Pentecost, the day the Fire fell, was not a one time event. God still desires the same for us. We can prepare for this great feast by understanding its Jewish background. Nothing happens in the scripture by coincidence. It is all part of God’s great plan. Shavuot This feast, called shavout in Hebrew, occurred 7 weeks (or fifty days hence Pentecost) after Passover (Pessah). Pessah commemorated God’s freeing the people of Israel from...
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This article builds upon the previous one: The Good News of Easter    Jesus teaches us that the road to life is narrow. We need to make sure not only that we on the right road, and not continuously won over by the distractions of the world around us, but that we remain firmly put. Sincerity is no guarantee that we are in the right place. One can be sincere but still sincerely wrong. In the...
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The Good News of Easter addresses man’s most essential fear: death. There comes a time in life when one faces one’s mortality in a deeper way. Perhaps death in the family or of a close friend; or young celebrities who appeared to be full of life; or we ourselves get very sick. It just won’t go away. Jesus shows us that death is no longer an enemy for those who believe in...
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Holy Week, the culmination of Lent, is the most important time in the liturgical year. Like many things in life, it is easy to take the symbolism for granted and even worse, to fail to live their significance or let them impact our life. So here some things to keep in mind as well as 4 simple prayers we we can pray from our hearts especially on these days ON PALM...
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A quick glance at what is happening in the world around us is indeed very sobering. The abandonment of faith for seeking pleasure and wealth, the deterioration of the family unit, a crisis in world leadership, conflict and thousands of people seeking refuge outside their country... the list goes on. But seeing what is happening in our society and within us may be even more sobering. We have become desensitised, the...
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This article the last in a three-part article: Come and See based on the passage John 1:35-42 So in the passage, Jesus utters the famous words: “Come and See”. They weren’t enthralled because He had a nice home, or because Jesus was a good philosopher, or because He said good jokes, or because He promised them a good job. They had met someone who penetrated their deep hearts, who had an answer for their deepest longing, their...
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This article the second of a three-part article: Come and See based on the passage John 1:35-42   When we wish to find out more about a person, our first impulse is to look them up on social media; to find out what they like, who their friends are, where they work and where they go on holiday. But to really get to know the person, we need to meet them face to face and spend...
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When was the last time someone enthusiastically told you to ‘Come and See’ something? What can be so new and exciting? These words are heard at the beginning of John’s Gospel. They are an invitation, an appointment none of us would want to miss. Read: John 1:35-42   The Lamb of God In this passage once again John the Baptist appears. He is sending an indirect invitation to all of us: ‘Look, See the Lamb of...