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Archives: "Word from Scotland"
  • We are reading and studying the letter to the Galatians and we are in the heart of Chapter 5. One of the things we have read in Chapter 5 is how Paul refers to "love". Now, there was not much mention of this in the early passages where Paul has some strong things to say these brothers in Christ. We remind…
    November 20, 2017
  • We are reading and studying this challenging and profound and inspiring letter to the Galatians. Serve one another in LOVE. He says it in a different way in verse 6, "The only thing that counts is faith expressing itself through love." That is the only thing that really matters. Faith working through love…
    November 13, 2017
  • We have to be so very careful as to whom we allow to influence our lives - on important matters - and particularly on spiritual matters. Can you imagine if one of the Senior Officers at R.A.F. Lossiemouth said - "Och, you don't need to bother too much when you are out flying that sortie - you don't need to…
    November 6, 2017
  •  As we come to Galatians Chapter 5 and verse 13, we learn so much about Christian Leadership in this letter. Paul has the courage to be bold and confrontational where necessary – and compassionate and so deeply concerned for the spiritual welfare of these people – when he saw the danger. He had listened…
    October 30, 2017
  • We come to Galatians Chapter 5 verse 7 – “You were running good race. Who cut in on you and kept you from obeying the truth?” Many start the race fast - they run well for a time - the first year - two years or even longer - and then other influences come along - other demands place a claim upon your…
    October 23, 2017
  •  We are reading and studying the letter to the Galatians, and we reach Chapter 5 and verse 4. Were there some people already insisting on parts of the law? If so - then Paul writes strongly to these men - alienated from Christ - and you have fallen away from grace. From then on what would matter is trying rather…
    October 16, 2017
  • In Galatians Paul is arguing for and pleading for the integrity of the gospel of Jesus Christ – the Good News of Jesus Christ, the Saviour, the Redeemer, the Lord, the King. That reminds us of the uniqueness of Jesus Christ. Speaking of the uniqueness of Jesus Christ in these present times is becoming increasingly…
    October 9, 2017
  • When we come to Galatians Chapter 5 and verse 1, we read further and deeper about our freedom in Christ.   This is basically what Paul has been wrestling with in this profound, if not exciting, letter. Some people like to be excited and thrilled when it comes to the Christian Faith - all the time - but there…
    October 2, 2017
  •  We have arrived at these closing verses of Galatians Chapter 4, where Paul speaks about being ‘persecuted’. What does the Bible say – verse 29 - "It is the same now!" All this has arisen because of his references back to Ishmael and Isaac in the times of Abraham and Sarah. Going…
    September 25, 2017
  •  We are reading in the second half of Galatians Chapter 4. It is another difficult passage, but enlightens the eyes of believers in Jesus Christ to the present world situation, particularly with regard to what is called the ‘Middle East’. Paul goes on to explain to these disciples of Jesus Christ what…
    September 18, 2017
  •  We have seen this real deep caring concern and passion within the heart and mind and ministry of Paul, as we make our way through Galatians Chapter 4, as he learned of those who had an experience of Jesus Christ - and who had tasted something of the power of the Holy Spirit - and he is seeing them on the verge of…
    September 11, 2017
  •  When people draw you away - or try to draw you away - from Jesus Christ - joy begins to go. Then you lose your peace - and then you try to keep their miserable rules and regulations which are inevitably introduced - and you realise you can't keep them - and you feel guilty and unworthy and unrighteous. All…
    September 4, 2017
  • In Galatians Chapter 4 verse 12 - what a courageous thing to say. He pleaded with these brothers in Christ to be like him. Paul was humble and bold. You can only say that to brothers. It would have been totally misunderstood otherwise. Sometimes we may say things to people thinking they are brothers and sisters…
    August 28, 2017
  • Those who appear with false teaching can present themselves as respectable and so tolerant and may not even be aware of what they are up to – and who sent them! This was the situation Paul confronts and wrestles with in the Galatian letter and in Chapter 4 verse 9 he writes – “Do you wish to be enslaved…
    August 21, 2017
  •  In his letter to the Galatians, Paul is dealing with some of the most serious, vital, and central questions, which were confronting the Church of Jesus Christ in its very early days. These disciples of Jesus Christ were on the point of being misled on some of the most crucially important matters.   Paul…
    August 14, 2017

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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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