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The Gift that Money Can’t Buy

We recently watched an old Macaulay Culkin film, not ‘Home Alone’ (though it won’t be long now!) but ‘Richie Rich’. The richest boy in the world discovers that no matter how many billions he has in the bank, there are some things that money can’t buy, real relationship, true friendship and lasting happiness. It’s sad…
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Glorious King Crown

King Jesus Reigns

By the time you read this, you may well know who has won the 2020 presidential election. At the time of writing, both candidates are claiming to be on course to win, and at least one is threatening legal action if he loses! It’s an ugly and bitter battle. I’m also thoroughly confused by the…
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Happy birthday

Happy Birthday! (One will not do)

Birthdays are a time -as the name suggests- to remember the day of someone’s birth. Last week we celebrated Katie’s 12th birthday together. I think she had a good time, and I’m sure one of the highlights must have been being serenaded (albeit digitally) by Neil as he sang “Happy Birthday” to her. As members…
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Waiting by the waters

Waiting by the Waters

5 Some time later, Jesus went up to Jerusalem for one of the Jewish festivals. 2 Now there is in Jerusalem near the Sheep Gate a pool, which in Aramaic is called Bethesda and which is surrounded by five covered colonnades. 3 Here a great number of disabled people used to lie—the blind, the lame, the paralysed.  5 One…
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Finishing well

Finishing Well

6”For I am already being poured out like a drink offering, and the time for my departure is near. 7I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith. 8Now there is in store for me the crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous Judge, will award to…
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Will your anchor hold?

Will Your Anchor Hold?

The Murphy family managed to get away to Dornoch over the September weekend. The beach was a particular highlight, one half is beautiful smooth sand, and the other rocky and filled with sea-beasties for the girls to find (and photograph)! The highlight for me though was a half-submerged anchor. The ornate design, barnacles and rust…
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Connect

Connected

Last week we moved from one internet supplier to another. We had been told that our new supplier would activate the connection remotely and send me a text message when the internet was live. We waited and waited… and waited. Seconds turned to minutes and minutes to hours. Can you imagine a whole day disconnected?!…
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Hope horizon

Two Breaths

I feel sorry for Nicola Sturgeon. Day after day she has to stand and give statistics on how many people have been tested, how many positive tests have been reported, how many Covid patients are in hospital and so on. It must be a thankless task to give such depressing statistics. I’ve had cause recently…
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Language of love propitiation

The Language of Love

Last week’s article mentioned 1 John 4:10: “In this is love, not that we have loved God but that he loved us and sent his Son to be the propitiation for our sins.” ‘Propitiation’ is not a common word in the world in which we live today. It’s one of those words we might hear…
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God is love

God is Love

8 Anyone who does not love does not know God, because God is love. 9 In this the love of God was made manifest among us, that God sent his only Son into the world, so that we might live through him. 10 In this is love, not that we have loved God but that…
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