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“Do everything without complaining…”

Benjamin Franklin famously said, “Any fool can criticize, condemn, and complain – and most fools do.” In his classic book, Games People Play, psychiatrist Eric Berne  said that one of the most frequent  of  human pastimes is a game he called, … Continue reading

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Kingdom, Power, Glory

Each clause in the Lord’s Prayer comes with the additive  “As above, so below.” That is to say, we are praying for the life of heaven to be seen and experienced on earth. Everything we long for -whether or not … Continue reading

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“When he was criticised, he did not criticise in return…”

  Jesus knew all about criticism. The Bible tells us of a constant sniping that went on. His words were taken out of context, and his actions misrepresented and misunderstood;  but how did he respond? In 1 Peter 2:23 there’s an indication … Continue reading

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If Jesus didn’t eat with sinners, I would still be lost and hungry

“The Son of Man came eating and drinking, and you say, “Here is a glutton and a drunkard, a friend of tax collectors and sinners.”” (Luke 7:34) The first thing to say is that if you think this famous verse … Continue reading

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Defy the Culture by refusing to get angry

Jesus was the archetypal Culture-Defier. He taught creative ways  to swim against the tide of the prevailing worldview. In a culture of fear, suspicion and prejudice, he taught (and lived out) confident love, empathy and kindness. And where people felt … Continue reading

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Specks and Planks (Luke 6)

‘Why do you look at the speck of sawdust in your brother’s eye and pay no attention to the plank in your own eye?” (Luke 6:41) So often we read these familiar sayings of Jesus and forget how funny they are. … Continue reading

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“My heart bursts its banks”- Five Kingly Qualities

    Psalm 45 was written as a “poem to the King” on the occasion of a royal marriage, but it goes much further than mere panegyric. Indeed, in the opening line, the writer confesses that “My heart overflows…” In … Continue reading

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