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At noon, darkness fell across the whole land until three o’clock. Then at three o’clock Jesus called out with a loud voice, “Eloi, Eloi, lema sabachthani?” which means “My God, my God, why have you abandoned me?” Some of the bystanders misunderstood and thought he was calling for the prophet Elijah. One of them ran and filled a sponge with...

I no longer call you servants, because a servant does not know his master’s business. Instead, I have called you friends, for everything that I learned from my Father I have made known to you.  John 15.15 When they saw him, they worshiped him; but some doubted. Then Jesus came to them and said, “All authority in heaven and on...

Background: Jacob (Joseph’s father) has just died. Joseph threw himself upon his father and wept over him and kissed him. Then Joseph directed the physicians in his service to embalm his father Israel. So the physicians embalmed him, taking a full forty days, for that was the time required for embalming. And the Egyptians mourned for him seventy days. Gen...

David and Bathsheba In the spring, at the time when kings go off to war, David sent Joab out with the king’s men and the whole Israelite army… But David remained in Jerusalem. One evening David got up from his bed and walked around on the roof of the palace. From the roof he saw a woman bathing. The woman...

“He mocks proud mockers and gives grace to the humble” Proverbs 4:34 Comment God hates pride and loves humility. In today’s world humility is likened to being weak. The trouble with pride is that it makes ‘me’ the centre of my life. Humility is part of the character of God, God wants us to be humble and it’s even the...

Therefore, as God’s chosen people, holy and dearly loved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience. Bear with each other and forgive whatever grievances you may have against one another. Forgive as the Lord forgave you. And over all these virtues put on love, which binds them all together in perfect unity. Colossians 3:12 Comment It was a...

Then Peter came to Jesus and asked, “Lord, how many times shall I forgive my brother or sister who sins against me? Up to seven times?” Jesus answered, “I tell you, not seven times, but seventy-seven times.” Matthew 18:21&22 Comment HOW MANY TIMES???  Forgiving others is tough and doesn’t necessarily come naturally. However, the power when we do forgive is...

‘This is how we’ve come to understand and experience love; Christ gave up his life for us.  That’s why we ought to live sacrificially for each other and not just be out for ourselves.  If we see each other needing something and have the means of doing something about it, but turn a cold shoulder and do nothing, what happens...

(Jesus said…) “at the beginning the Creator ‘made them male and female,’ and said, ‘For this reason a man will leave his father and mother and be united to his wife, and the two will become one flesh’? So they are no longer two, but one. Therefore what God has joined together, let man not separate.” Matthew 19:4-6 Comment Our culture...

Three different times I begged the Lord to take it away. Each time he said, “My grace is all you need. My power works best in weakness.” So now I am glad to boast about my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ can work through me. That’s why I take pleasure in my weaknesses, and in the insults, hardships,...