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As we got off the bus and viewed the city from its eastern approach, everyone in the group couldn't miss it: Jerusalem is surrounded by hills and mountains.  Reliable sources say there are seven! Our enthusiastic youth pilgrims had the opportunity of seeing a view similar to that which inspired the Psalmist when, under the inspiration of the Holy Spirit, he penned down these words: As the mountains surround Jerusalem, so...
One of the problems Christians face is the tendency to often 'forget' God and their relationship with Him. It's not that our memory is short or we deliberately put God aside. It's just that there's so many distractions, things to do, places to go and struggles to overcome. An unknown ancient Egyptian monk residing in the Egyptian desert is reputed to have said "Forgetfulness is the root of all evil". When...
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The opening ceremony of the Olympics was spectacular in many ways but maybe that touch of British humour added to its entertainment value. And whether you are a Mr Bean fan or not, his part in the orchestra and his dream of winning the race necessarily elicit a smile if not a good laugh. Only the athletes who have trained hard to win and get a medal know the apprehension they...
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Summer is in and many people have shaped up as well as they can. Gym, exercise and diets. The outer man/woman needs to be in good shape! Yet there is an inner me which needs far more attention than what the body requires. Its what really counts as these timeless words suggest: Above all else, guard your heart, for it is the wellspring of life.  Prov. 4:23 It is not to be...
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Recently I've met a number of people who feel disappointed with God. As long as our suffering is self inflicted we seem to cope a bit better, ‘after all I'm the one who got myself into this’ we say. But when we are trying our best to live a good Christian life and yet suffering and setbacks come our way, the struggle is more difficult: the sudden death of a...