Monthly Archives: December 2012

Don’t let others do your thinking for you.

When my kids were growing up, one of my favourite sayings to them was, “Don’t let your friends do your thinking for you.” I wish I could claim it as original, but it was from some song lyrics. Now to … Continue reading

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New perspectives

If your pastor, or a fairly close friend could be a fly on your wall, would they be shocked at your behaviour? When your partner says something none-too-complimentary about you, or someone eats your birthday chocolate that you’d been saving … Continue reading

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Fraud!

Most of the time when my grown-up kids are around, the conversation is matter-of-fact, what they’ve been up to, how things are for us, who’s done what etc., but sometimes you get a moment of real connection, of heart sharing. … Continue reading

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Good news, bad news

Don’t you just hate it when you do all the work and somebody else gets the rewards and the glory? It happens in work life for most people, and it certainly happened over and over again for Isaac. His servants had … Continue reading

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Be alert!

“Keep your friends close, and your enemies closer,” Michael Corleone apparently said in The Godfather Part II (1974). Abimelech obviously thought it was a good idea too, in Genesis 26 v 26 – 31, when he puzzled Isaac by coming … Continue reading

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Christmas in Genesis

We’ve had some delightful celebrations of Christmas – the children’s nativity presentation and carol service on Sunday, and the Christmas service this morning, then family gathering for a delicious lunch. One thing that really struck me afresh was the angel who … Continue reading

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Digging for victory

We’ve visited lots of old cathedrals and churches. In some you get a real sense of the presence of God, whilst others are little more than mausoleums. You can get a ‘feel’ about whether they are real churches, where God … Continue reading

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Blessing upon blessing

Do you know anyone who you would call very rich? Do you ever feel a tiny bit envious? The Philistines got really jealous of Isaac, because God was blessing him so much (Genesis 26 v 12 – 15) so they … Continue reading

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The difficulty of duplicity

They say the 11th commandment is “Thou shalt not get caught out”! People who are generally law-abiding, and try to live a good life on the whole usually fall by the wayside on this. They aren’t hardened to the criminal lifestyle, … Continue reading

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The struggle puzzle

It’s wonderful when people stand up and tell amazing stories about how God has supplied their need. I love it! When we bought a business, many years ago, the first year was a real struggle, but every time we had … Continue reading

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