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Digging for bedrock

Learning to dig for the bedrock of Christ and writing from that foundation about the messy details of life.

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John the Baptist gets high

Imagine spending thirty years of your life intensely focussed on what you are convinced is your entire purpose for being. The enormity of the task sometimes causes you to quiver and seriously doubt yourself, can you really pull it off? What if, in the crucial moment, you fail to perform what is expected of you? […]

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The total supremacy of Christ

We are all inclined to boast, some are more subtle than others. Paul really goes for it in Colossians 1:17-18, starting with a John-like comment about Christ existing before all things and holding everything together, he then says that Jesus is head of the church before returning to speak of the beginning and Christ’s supremacy […]

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Simple, not easy

I was listening to Matthew Chapter 7 as I walked home this afternoon and noticed how simply Jesus taught. He did not make it complicated to understand how to be righteous – simply listen to what He said and put it into practise, simple! “Everyone then who hears these words of mine and does them […]

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Propitiation

The ESV translation of 1 John 4:10 uses the word ‘propitiation’, a big scary theological term which has dropped out of common use in English as some Bible translators decided that we are too stupid or lazy to work out what it means. The word ‘propitious’ means to have a favourable disposition towards someone. In […]

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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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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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A beautiful verse

Shower, O heavens, from above,and let the clouds rain down righteousness. Let the earth open, that salvation and righteousness may bear fruit; let the earth cause them both to sprout; I, the LORD, have created it. (Isaiah 45:8 ESV) In His goodness and sovereign power God ordains that righteousness and salvation should shower down from […]