December 23rd, 2013

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Joseph is chosen too Icon: Scripture: Matt 1:18-24 Choosing to be Jesus’ father, wasn’t instinctive for Joseph. Before he had his dream, his choice, carefully made, had been quite different. Mosaic Law permitted him to, given Mary’s apparent offence, issue … Read More

December 22nd, 2013

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Mary’s long commitment Icon: Scripture: Luke 2:22-40 After the long journey to Bethlehem, after the delivery of the baby in a place meant to house animals, after the shepherds had come and gone and Jesus was circumcised, Mary and Joseph … Read More

December 21st, 2013

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Elizabeth Icon: Scripture: Luke 1;24-25; 39-45 When I awoke yesterday and looked out the window I was pleased to see the world covered with snow. For a moment I anticipated the joy my daughter would express later when she saw … Read More

December 20th, 2013

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Zechariah’s gift Icon: Scripture: Luke 1:5-24; 57-80 Alone, burning incense before the altar to fulfill his duty as a Levite and priest, Zechariah is confronted by an angel who speaks of answered prayer.  ‘Do not be afraid,’ the angel tells … Read More

December 19th, 2013

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Esther Prays Icon: Scripture:  Esther chapter 4 I believe in prayer.  Not because it works like magic, but because it connects me to God.  The labyrinth of prayer is full of mystery not to confound us but to entice us … Read More

December 18th, 2013

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Elisha’s desire Icon: Scripture: 1 Kings 19, 2 Kings 2 I am not convinced that anyone in the Bible aspired to be a prophet, given the often harsh and persecuted conditions in which they worked.  The call was laid on … Read More

December 17th, 2013

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And Elijah ran Icon: Scripture: 1 Kings 19:1-18 Immediately following Elijah’s confrontation with the prophets of Baal, the greatest power encounter since the plagues from God descended on the people of Egypt, Elijah ran away. He had good reason.  He had … Read More

December 16th, 2013

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A friend like Jonathan Icon: Scripture: The stories of the Kings of Israel extend from I Samuel through to II Chronicles. Today, we will draw from i and II Samuel as we pull thoughts from King David’s reign. Following the years … Read More

December 15th, 2013

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Ruth and Naomi Icon: Scripture: The Book of Ruth When I read the story of Ruth I am drawn to the way Ruth and Naomi posture their lives toward each other as they journey through devastating loss and subsistence living.  … Read More

December 14th, 2013

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Gideon – mighty man of valour Icon: Scripture: Judges 6 & 7 Gideon isn’t an intimidating hero.  His abilities and moral character do not stretch high like a tower casting an imposing shadow over us all.  He is initially cynical, scoffing at … Read More

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