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  • We move on to I Thessalonians Chapter 2 – “You know, brothers, that our visit to you was not a failure.”   It was not for nothing that we came – it was not for nothing that all this has happened.   Are there not times and occasions when we do wonder if our work and service…
    July 6, 2020
  • In I Thessalonians Chapter 1 at verse 4 we learn that these believers in Jesus were chosen.   They were part of the elect.   They were marked out or cut out to be different.  We could say they were ‘holy’ and set apart for God.   Their calling was genuine, and that gives…
    June 29, 2020
  • We turn to I Thessalonians Chapter 1.   This is a letter from Paul and Silas, or Silvanus, and Timothy, and it is sent to the Church, and the wording is most specific and precise.   It is some title – written from Corinth – and there is a strong suggestion that both letters were…
    June 22, 2020
  • Paul and Silas had been preaching and proclaiming the Gospel of Jesus Christ for only a fortnight – opposition was violent – and for their safety the new believing brothers sent Paul and Silas down the coast to Berea.   One would have thought they were required to remain in Thessalonica to protect…
    June 15, 2020
  • How did there come to be a vibrant Church of Jesus Christ in Thessalonica and what was its significance in these early days – but before we read this amazing letter to the Thessalonians – written probably around 52 to 53 AD – probably the first letter Paul wrote to the Church – we take time see how…
    June 8, 2020
  • At Pentecost, the risen and living and ascended Lord Jesus Christ poured out the Holy Spirit upon one hundred and twenty disciples just as he had promised.   Jesus always keeps his word.   Jesus Christ always fulfils his promises. Has Jesus Christ given you a promise that has as yet to be fulfilled?  …
    June 1, 2020
  • What happened at Pentecost and how is this so highly relevant to the Church of Jesus Christ today?   Why does this matter?    It is much more important than many really realise.    These apostles and disciples were gathered together in one place.   They were in the Temple…
    May 25, 2020
  • We turn to the Gospel of John and to Chapter 11 to consider God’s timing and what Jesus Christ offers in these verses – and how he wants to involve others. There are always things we want – things we want fixed – things that have been broken and we want them repaired or restored –…
    May 18, 2020
  • I cannot imagine what it must have been like to see Jesus Christ go.   These men were so different on that awesome occasion – they were able to take it in their stride. We read the account of the Ascension in the opening section of ACTS and also in the concluding words of the Gospel of LUKE.   ACTS…
    May 11, 2020
  • Romans 15 verse 29 – “I know that when I come to you I will come in the full measure of the blessing of Christ.” “See Rome and die” says the proverb.   It was the dream of Paul, the servant and apostle of Jesus Christ, to visit Rome before he died.   He was determined…
    May 4, 2020
  • As Jesus Christ approached Jerusalem and saw the city He wept over it.   Luke Chapter 19 verse 41.   There are different ways of looking at a city. Some think of the city as the place of gateway to glamour and adventure and freedom and business and pleasure – a place to carve out your career. To…
    April 27, 2020
  • “Remember your creator in the days of your youth, before the days of trouble come – the opening words of Ecclesiastes Chapter 12.   This is a verse which has influenced my life, even when I did not know its significance - nor what was happening.   This was the motto of the Boys'…
    April 20, 2020
  • This message – this article - may be for only two people this week – Luke Chapter 24 verse 21 – “but we had hoped that he was the one who was going to redeem Israel”.   They had hoped in Christ – and it appears to have come to nothing. He was dead.   This was the…
    April 13, 2020
  • A young boy was asked to read one of the lessons and he said – Let us turn to the Gospel according to Isaiah, to Chapter 52 reading from verse 13 and into Chapter 53.   Some people cringed.   I did that a few years ago in a Holy Week Service and some people did raise their eyebrows – but…
    April 6, 2020
  •  “An angel from heaven appeared to him and strengthened him.”  Luke Chapter 22 verse 43.   In my preparations on these words of Jesus Christ on the cross, my eye rested on this verse. On this journey through life – which at times can be most strange – there can arise a question…
    March 30, 2020

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Alexander "Sandy" Shaw is pastor of Nairn Christian Fellowship in Nairn, Scotland. Nairn is 17 miles east of Inverness - on the Moray Firth Coast - not far from the Loch Ness Monster!

Gifted as a Biblical teacher, Sandy is firmly committed to making sure that his teachings are firmly grounded in the Word.

Sandy has a weekly radio talk which can be heard via the Internet on Saturday at 11:40am, New Orleans time, at wsho.com.

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