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Ho Hum It’s Easter

An article I saw recently about a visitor to Australia who had been diagnosed with leprosy reminded me that this disease is still around today in various parts of the world. This was true even more so in Jesus’ time, and for Jews was serious in a way that went far beyond the disease’s terrible…

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A New Ten Commandments

For many people life easier if they just have to ‘tick boxes’ i.e. they just want somebody, or a set of rules, to tell them what to do, so they can do it, ‘tick the box’ and move on. There are also those who like ‘ticking boxes’ in terms of their Christianity e.g. went to…

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A Tale Of Two Villages – For Choosing The Future

In the ‘Village’ pretty much everyone dressed up and gathered in the church building for the Sunday service. During the week they lived and worked in, or in close proximity to, the ‘Village’, either on the land, or in service enterprises (blacksmiths, coopers, shoemakers etc). This proximity meant that they rubbed shoulders with and connected…

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A New Iron Curtain

In 1946 the former British wartime Prime Minister Winston Churchill made what came to be known as the ‘Iron Curtain’ speech. It contained these words: “From Stettin in the Baltic to Trieste in the Adriatic, an Iron Curtain has descended across the (European) Continent. Behind that line lie all the capitals of the ancient states…

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Longing

For many years I worked as a professional engineer in a design office in Wales in the United Kingdom. Most of my colleagues were fluent welsh speakers, a point that thoroughly irritated me because most of the time I could not understand what the office chat was about. So working on the principle of “If…

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King Canute and the Unstoppable Tide

King Canute was an English King in the 10th Century who is recorded as having governed very wisely and as having done a lot of good for his people. However, the story (legendary or not) is that he became so flattered by those around him as to his greatness that he believed he could control…

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The Unchanging Changer

All who claim to be Christians will say they worship God The degree to which we worship God however depends on the extent to which we actually know Him-or to put it another way which ‘god’ do we actually worship? If our knowledge of God is limited, defective or distorted by our own ideas, then…

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Crying Jesus Tears

At a recent CrossRoads meeting one of our international members told us how his heart was breaking.  I wondered why, was it because of some personal loss, a relationship break up or death of a loved one? No he told us, his heart was breaking over the spiritual status of three unsaved friends.  This was…

Have A Very Peaceful Christmas

Well it’s Christmas, as you may have noticed. I could use the opportunity here for a tirade against all the materialism, consumerism and shopping insanity I suppose. Perhaps not however, for I believe that the battle against the ‘Babylonian Captivity’ of Christmas is probably largely lost. For Christmas is well and truly captured by ‘Babylon’,…

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Resurrection – You Too Can Have A Heavenly Body

There are many human ‘Body types’-thin, fat, sturdy, slight etc. Most people when they look at themselves have ‘bits’ they would like to change and of course the ‘body industry’ always wants to help whether through plastic surgery, cosmetics etc. There is also the ‘spare part surgery’ option for the important ‘bits’ that don’t work…