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Dad is missing you

This afternoon I go to pick up my two daughters (aged 4 and 8) who have been staying with my parents for a week. While they have been enjoying an action-packed week with Grandma, I have spent days and evenings sanding, painting and varnishing a new bedroom for them. It has been a labour of […]

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St Paul addresses the bloggers

“Now all the bloggers would spend their time in nothing but telling or hearing something new” (a paraphrase of Acts 17:21) It is the nature of blogs to prioritise newness, the very design of a blog feeds the newest information to the reader. So also does the TV news, newspapers, magazines and even scholarly journals. […]

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Plodding is OK

Whenever a mature Christian comments on how they could have better use their time, it is worth paying attention. Especially if that Christian is still known as a faithful servant of Jesus 200 years after he died. So take note of what John Newton wrote about his own reading habits: Alas, how much time have […]

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Should we have a turn being poor?

My 8-year-old daughter was watching news footage of the catastrophe in Haiti with me this evening. Afterwards, while eating dinner she commented that it’s not fair that people have to always be poor, in her words, “they should get to be rich and we should have a turn being poor.” I was very proud of […]

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Rebuked on my crooked way

Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and do not lean on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make straight your paths. Proverbs 3:5-6 This morning I was reading Isaiah 50:10-11, in which the Messiah sustains the weary with the words of his mouth. Those who listen and […]

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He raises the poor from the dust

Look at me and be appalled, and lay your hand over your mouth. (Job 21:5 ESV) This should be our response when we look at the suffering in Haiti. Disasters such as the catastrophic earthquake in Haiti can prompt us to ask, “Why?” No doubt the theology of earthquakes and natural disasters and God’s sovereignty […]

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He knows what you can endure

You search out my path and my lying down and are acquainted with all my ways. (Psalm 139:3) God knows your heart, He knows exactly how much you can bear. That may be more than you think, but He has promised not to put upon you more than you can endure (1 Corinthians 10:13). Because […]

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On demand: God’s Word

You know when I sit and when I rise up; You discern my thoughts from afar. Psalm 139:2 God knows every thing I do. He also knows every thought I have. Therefore He knows when my thoughts, attitudes and actions do not line up. God sees me as other people see me, as you see […]