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Life Questions

I suppose there are many important questions in life – but perhaps none more important than three I want to address in this post. And they are important because the answer and our view of each of them will have a massive impact on our lives at every level. It will determine the kind of people we are, the things we hold dear in life, how we see ourselves as well as others and indeed how well we do life itself – to say nothing of eternal matters. Continue Reading

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Offensive Grace

Watching grandchildren growing up is fascinating! One of our granddaughters is just learning to speak and assert herself in life. Some of her first words were “I do it” – as she attempted to undertake some task that hitherto someone else had helped her achieve! It reminded me of just how early in life we all strive for independence. And of course it is a trait that becomes stronger as we grow to adulthood – captured perfectly in the popular song of my generation – “I did it my way!” Continue Reading

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The Spirit of Wisdom

All of us, I suspect, have known people we have respected, admired and considered as living on a much higher spiritual level than us. I can recall several – men and women who appeared to have great spiritual gifts – who were perhaps great preachers, leaders or charismatic personalities. Continue Reading

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Friends or Acquaintances?

When I was a teenager, a few years ago now, I worked with an older Irishman who had a habit of making contentious comments. On one occasion I remember talking about the fact that I had a lot of friends. He immediately butted in and said – “no – you have a lot of acquaintances!”. Of course I disagreed strongly with him. However, many years down the road I am forced to agree with his assertion. Continue Reading

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Fear

I recently attended a family gathering where an old relative recalled his granny repeating often the words of the biblical sage –

“The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom.”

Proverbs 9 Continue Reading