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Archives: "Word from Scotland"
  • We are in Isaiah Chapter 1 and reading of what the circumstances were in Israel when Isaiah was called and raised up to speak out.  Rome was rising at this time, as was the city of Athens.  Why were things so terribly wrong among God’s chosen people?    There was spiritual decline throughout…
    June 17, 2019
  • Having looked at these gracious and inviting words in Isaiah Chapter 55, let us turn to Isaiah Chapter 1.   Who is this man Isaiah?   When did he live?    What is his significance?   Does what he said have meaning and relevance for us today? We so frequently…
    June 10, 2019
  • Give ear – pay attention – come to me – hear me.   We are reading these opening words of Isaiah Chapter 55 – and these are such simple words in verse 3 – words of one syllable. Isaiah goes on to speak to the people of Israel - reminding them of who they are and of what…
    June 3, 2019
  • Would you like something free and as much of it as you needed?   The price has already been paid and the gift on offer is priceless.   There was a man who called out to all who were thirsty to come and drink.  He even pointed out the source of the refreshing waters.   His name was Isaiah…
    May 27, 2019
  • A mother can try to get her son to wash his face, brush his hair, to appear reasonably tidy – and almost fail. One day, some 16 or 17 year old girl walks into his life and onto the scene, and she achieves more in two weeks than mother has managed in this area over a period of months.  There is a new…
    May 20, 2019
  • Peter writes about the origins of God’s people.  How did they get their existence?  Where did they come from?   What is God calling His people to be and do? These are massive questions to which Peter gives answers – answers which will help disciples grow and mature, and who are prepared…
    May 13, 2019
  • Leaders lead positively or negatively – for good or for ill.   These seven disciples were out all night fishing, with nothing to show for it.   Fishing had been something they had been good at.   The risen Jesus appears on the Galilean shore.   He calls to them - "Lads…
    May 6, 2019
  • Whatever the bankers may have done over these past years with interest rates, investments, and inheritances, nobody can touch this inheritance.   It is indestructible, non perishable, unfading and cannot be spoiled – and it is reserved for you.  No one can take it from you and give it to someone else.  …
    April 29, 2019
  • How did this man who had so many weaknesses and obvious failings suddenly become courageous and fearless, and with an amazing concern for others? Peter experienced many ‘ups and downs’ during his three years in Jesus Christ’s discipleship school.   What was it that changed this fish merchant? …
    April 22, 2019
  • Everyone is building a life.   Building is inevitable – through education, further study, or hard work.  The question is – what is your foundation? Jesus speaks specifically about foundations In Matthew Chapter 7, at the close of what is generally accepted to be “The Sermon on the Mount”…
    April 15, 2019
  • An army medical orderly serving in the desert of North Africa developed a serious skin disorder.   He was admitted to hospital in Sudan, but available treatment was minimal. What would he do?   When at work, he dispensed medicine to the soldiers three times a day, after meals.   That led him…
    April 8, 2019
  • What do you do when you have been out fishing, expending all the energy you have, only to return ‘empty’ – whatever that fishing might be? Sometimes our best is just not good enough.   When Simon Peter had Jesus Christ in his fishing boat, agreeing to go into deeper water and resume fishing,…
    April 1, 2019
  • Everybody experiences setbacks, disappointments, or failures.  That can happen even when we have put our heart and soul and energy into life.   Exam results have various emotional reactions. Imagine this scene.   Four fishermen have been out all night fishing – working hard, probably for…
    March 25, 2019
  • When we hear or read of men of faith, there is always that element where each acted on the basis of his faith.   They did something, obeying God, having taken risks. They were prepared to look foolish, or be regarded as peculiar, and then there came that day when their names appeared in an honours list in the…
    March 18, 2019
  • Why would anyone want to become a Christian during these first three centuries?  Persecution was fierce and universal.  Yes, it has been so since the very early days of the Church of Jesus Christ, and we need to be informed as to how it is spreading rapidly today.   The book of Acts tells us how serious…
    March 11, 2019

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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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