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Holes, Jesus and the act of Salvation

Holes, Jesus and the act of Salvation

Our church has someone present communion each Sunday. Generally the person doing it shares some insight from the Bible, something relevant to communion. This week past I presented communion and I thought I’d share what I said, since I wrote it as well… ——   I want to start by telling a story. It’s a story I’ve told before, but I think the Lord wants me to tell it again. So, A man was walking along one day and he…

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Forgiveness – What and Who is Getting Repaid

Forgiveness – What and Who is Getting Repaid

“It is mine to avenge; I will repay.” Deut 32:35a There are people in my life who owe me revenge. When I was young, I was on the receiving end of some pretty brutal bullying. It was systematic and unending. I cannot remember happiness in my school life because of it. I remember being terrified, as well as punched, kicked, spat on, cursed and shunned, blamed and rejected. I was called “a reject” from the age of nine or ten until…

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Writing, Writing and More Writing

Writing, Writing and More Writing

I’m doing my best to be head down and butt up with my writing this year. I know from experience that if I can get a good run at it, I can do a rough draft for a novel in about three months – fitting it around the household schedule. I’m the at home parent, but these days with one adult child and one teenager, that’s a pretty manageable set of chores, mostly.   So, I’ve been giving it some…

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A not so angry young man

A not so angry young man

Last Thursday, I heard a speaker preach a sermon using as one of his texts the famous incident of Jesus “cleansing” the temple. The story occurs in all four of the gospels in the Bible (Matthew 21:12–17, Mark 11:15–19, Luke 19:45–48 & John 2:13-16). Here’s the version found in Matthew’s gospel: 12 Then Jesus entered the temple and drove out all who were selling and buying in the temple, and he overturned the tables of the money changers and the…

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Arrogance or humility? Love and the Gospel of John

Arrogance or humility? Love and the Gospel of John

This Sunday past I was asked to present communion in our morning service and this is what I felt the Lord wanted me to share. I’ve added a couple of little bits, things I’ve thought of or realised since Sunday morning, but everything I said is still here. When I was a young Christian I did not like the Gospel of John very much. In his gospel John, refers to himself as “the disciple whom Jesus loved”. That always seemed a…

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My Fanboy Weekend

My Fanboy Weekend

I would never normally describe myself as a fan – of anything. Not because I don’t like things; I like a lot of things. No, I don’t call myself a fan because I do not like a lot of what I have seen of fandom. Also, fans and fandom used to generate nuclear warfare levels of hate from the non-fan community (mundanes as they are sometimes called). Remember, I come from a point in history where the word cosplay didn’t…

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