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Archives: "Word from Scotland"
  • What has all this today to do with an event in a little town in the Middle East some 2,000 years ago? It causes traffic jams – and packed shops.   It irritates many, and results in serious debt.   Yet, families and friends seek to come together.   In many places there is a very special…
    December 10, 2018
  • When we were ‘born again’ and came to believe in Jesus Christ and then learned that it was Jesus Christ Who took the initiative and called and chose us, we have that desire and motivation to serve loyally and lovingly and faithfully. But even after receiving this wonderful new life - old habits can hang…
    December 3, 2018
  • Suffering is mentioned frequently in this letter of Peter – again, very few people appreciate hearing about suffering – but we cannot avoid it. We come to the end of Chapter 1, where Peter has been writing about being holy. Paul would address the people to whom he is writing as SAINTS – called to be…
    November 26, 2018
  • What do you tend to think about when you have nothing specific to think about? That is a sobering thought – it illustrates what we might be drinking in and concentrating on in life! We are in I Peter Chapter 1 and reading on from verse 13. Peter assumes that despite the hardships these disciples are experiencing…
    November 19, 2018
  • We have such privileges and that is why Peter goes on right away to speak of responsibilities. Privileges always bring responsibilities. We are reading in Peter’s first letter and in Chapter 1 at Verse 13 we come to these words - Prepare your minds for action. Roll up the sleeves of your mind - think…
    November 12, 2018
  •  There is a testing which purifies our faith and this testing lasts too. We are in I Peter Chapter 1 and we read of this at verse 6. The joy outlasts the pain – the trials – the suffering. Verse 7 – Today our world can tolerate almost anything, except faith in Jesus Christ, the Son…
    November 5, 2018
  • Spiritually hungry disciples of Jesus Christ will find that I Peter Chapter 1 is packed with spiritual nourishment for those persecuted, hunted, and scattered men and women. It was a difficult day, as it is for many today. Persecution can divert you from Christ – and cool your love for Jesus and the Gospel –…
    October 29, 2018
  • We have been reading these opening verses of I Peter and how in this whole matter of salvation there was nothing human involved. There was and is nothing of man. It was all of GOD – chosen by God the Father – set apart or sanctified by the Holy Spirit – sprinkled or sealed by the blood of Jesus. There…
    October 22, 2018
  • Simon Peter, a man who has been an ordinary businessman in the fishing industry, has now been serving Jesus Christ and ministering in the front line of the Kingdom of God for around 60 years and he has something relevant and powerful to teach and write. He is not a man to waste words as we read the opening words of his…
    October 15, 2018
  • This profound letter is being written during a time of real severe persecution, by a man who had been so transformed by Jesus Christ - and he is saying - 1. You have been chosen. 2. You have been sanctified – or set apart - and you are different so that you can obey. 3. You have been sprinkled by the blood…
    October 8, 2018
  • On being asked to say something about Peter, and our recent daily Bible readings focusing on Peter, I thought it was right to write about Peter, and for various good reasons.   Turn to Peter’s first letter.   I recall hearing a colleague say - Imagine if we were to have a competition in the Church…
    October 1, 2018
  • Over these past weeks we have spent much time reading of, and observing, the various stages in the Creation narrative and we spend one last day as we move into Genesis Chapters 10 and 11, where we read of the sons of Noah and how the scenario develops – some of it good – some of it not so good – perhaps…
    September 24, 2018
  • Why are we reading and studying these verses in Genesis - because we learn from the successes and failures of the past.   This is God's Word for His People - to be led – and guided.  We can learn from this Word how to avoid the errors of others.   We can do that if we are willing to learn. In…
    September 17, 2018
  • In Genesis Chapter 9 verse 8 - God speaks once again to Noah.    God desires to make a Covenant with man.   This is more than a contract.   It is more than two people making an agreement or a bargain.    It is one party laying down conditions and the other party accepting.  …
    September 10, 2018
  • We are in Genesis Chapter 9.   The Flood is past.   The cataclysmic devastation is over - never to be repeated.   God has dealt with a world which had become so wicked and evil, and through this period of judgement God had kept eight people secure and safe in the ARK - with the animals which…
    September 3, 2018

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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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