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GETHSEMANE

Matthew 26:39: “My Father, if it is possible, may this cup be taken from me. Yet not as I will but as you will.” Many of us have experienced that sense of dread or depression that overtakes us before we have to face a particular trial or crisis. But no one alive has ever experienced […]

YOU ARE THE CHRIST

Mark 8:29 “But what about you” he asked. “Who do you say I am?” Peter answered: “You are the Christ” This is an amazing moment in the Gospel narrative. Matthew records it in more detail in Matthew 16:13-20. He goes on to say that Jesus replied: “Blessed are you, Simon son of Jonah, for this […]

THE UNPARDONABLE SIN

Mark 3:28 “I tell you the truth, all the sins and blasphemies of men will be forgiven them. But whoever blasphemes against the Holy Spirit will never be forgiven; he is guilty of an eternal sin.” These are very serious words and ought to be taken very seriously. Yet it is also true that these […]

WHERE IS JESUS WHEN I NEED HIM?

Mark 5:36 Jesus told the synagogue ruler: “Don’t be afraid just believe.” The story in Mark 5:2-4 is full of interesting and mysterious things. Jesus is approached by a troubled and anxious father to heal his eleven year-old daughter. This man “Jairus” was neither an enemy nor a critic of our Lord. He was simply […]

FEAR OF THE LORD

Proverbs 1:7 “The fear of the Lord is the beginning of knowledge, but fools’ despise wisdom and discipline”. Many would agree that our world needs men and women of integrity and moral vigour as leaders. Some have called for a moral revolution and I suppose it is not far off the mark to say that […]

ACKNOWLEDGE CHRIST

Proverbs 3:5 & 6 “Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways acknowledge him, and He will make your paths straight.” We always have to choose between two different ways of looking at life – our way and God’s way. Our natural tendency is […]

DO IT NOW

  Proverbs 3:27-28 Do not withhold good from those who deserve it, when it is in your power to act. Do not say to your neighbour, “Come back later; I’ll give it tomorrow” – when you now have it with you. Here is a word in season for all of us. There is within our […]

THE MOST PRECIOUS THING

Proverbs 4:23 “Above all else guard your heart for it is the wellspring of life.” In Mark’s Gospel we are introduced to the on-going conflict between Jesus and the devil. Jesus is always victorious over Satan because He has all authority in Heaven and Earth. We must remember that on the Cross the devil was […]

REJECTION

Mark 5:15 “When they came to Jesus they saw the man who had been possessed by demons sitting there, dressed and in his right mind, and they were afraid.” Our generation of people is used to seeing pictures of the weird and the wonderful. Movies and special effects have left us largely expecting the spectacular […]