Exodus 26. A place to meet God

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18–24 February 2018. Exodus 26 (click to read). For those of you who have been lucky enough to live in Europe or go on holidays there, you will know how wonderful it is to enjoy their great cathedrals. Every day tourists from all over the world flock to those ancient churches, walking through those historic […]

Exodus 16. Learning to trust

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11–17 February 2018. Exodus 16 (click to read). The Hebrew slaves in Egypt knew what it was like to be oppressed through work. Under the harsh rule of their masters they were abused, forced to work long hours every day, used up, and then thrown aside when they couldn’t work anymore. But through Moses, God […]

Exodus 5–6. God cares about our work life

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4–10 February 2018. Exodus 5–6 (click to read). One of the most common worries that people share with me is their worry about work. That’s not surprising given how stressful the work situation is here in Taiwan. Jobs here aren’t easy to find, and when one does have a job, the work is stressful, long, […]

Mark 14:53–72. Can people tell we are Christians?

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28 January – 3 February 2018. Mark 14:53–72 (click to read). In Mark 14 we find a story of two trials. Inside the home of the High Priest, Jesus is on trial before the chief priests, elders and scribes. We watch sadly as the council plots and lies together, beating Jesus, abusing him, and condemning […]

Mark 11:1–19. It’s time to let go of the past

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21–27 January 2018. Mark 11:1–19 (click to read). In Jesus’s day, many Jews looked forward to a messiah who would come to free Israel from the Roman Empire. They dreamt of a kingly messiah who would ride into Jerusalem as a new ruler, someone who would defeat the Roman enemy and chase the foreign soldiers […]

Mark 7:24–37. God shows no favouritism

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14–20 January 2018. Mark 7:24–37 (click to read). We often divide people up into those who are our friends and those who aren’t; we then treat both groups very differently. When our friends need something we are happy to help. But when others want something from us we turn away, pretend not to hear, or […]

Mark 4:1–20. Today is a new chance to grow

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7–13 January 2018. Mark 4:1–20 (click to read). In Mark 4 we find one of Jesus’s great parables. In this story, a farmer takes handfuls of seeds and scatters them all around him. But the seeds fall onto four different types of ground, with each producing very different results. Some seeds fall on a hard […]

Isaiah 64. The wait is over

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31 December 2017 – 6 January 2018. Isaiah 64 (click to read). When Isaiah looked at the world around him, he wasn’t happy. On all sides, there were disasters, suffering, and evil. Empires were going to war, the strong ruled, the weak were oppressed, and even the Israelites – who were supposed to be good, and […]

A Christmas Prayer

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24–30 December 2017.   Our Lord Jesus, So many times you have come to our hearts and found no place to stay. Forgive us our overcrowded lives, our busyness and our distractions, and our preoccupation with ourselves. Come again now, Lord. And even though our minds are a jumble of voices and our hearts are […]

Isaiah 57. Come home to God

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17–23 December 2017. Isaiah 57 (click to read). In Isaiah 57 we find another example of God’s fierce criticism of Israel and all the evil they had been doing. Straightaway in verse 3 we get a sense of how deeply hurt God is by Israel’s behaviour, as he accuses them of being “witches’ children”, and […]