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    by Sandy Shaw

In Matthew Chapter 8, Jesus comes from these slopes, not far from Capernaum, where he has been teaching the Sermon on the Mount, and a man approaches Jesus. We are told that he is full of leprosy – covered with leprosy – Luke 5. Think of the pain - isolation - ostracism……  ( Click for more )
We are looking at that question – “Who is this Jesus?” - from Matthew Chapter 21 and verse 10 – focusing our thoughts upon the humanity of Jesus – the manliness of Jesus Christ. We saw that from every page of the Gospels as we roamed all over the various aspects of the……  ( Click for more )
Jesus Christ’s’ presence at a wedding could transform the situation – his meeting a funeral procession could turn tragedy into rejoicing. His words when he spoke about sin and hypocrisy were searing and scorching – yet, when dealing with a sinner no one has ever been so tender and merciful and compassionate!……  ( Click for more )
“Who is this?” The people asked then – and some may still be curiously wondering today. The question was asked in Matthew Chapter 21 verse 10, regarding Jesus Christ. In Jesus, God has come to man – born in Bethlehem – in an outhouse beside the animals. For some……  ( Click for more )
We are reading in Matthew Chapter 21 – and last week I spoke about the coming and ministry and life of Jesus Christ, the Son of God, as being a watershed. Everything has been leading up to this moment and from the life and death and resurrection of Jesus, everything flows. I remember my friend……  ( Click for more )
So many people do not know who Jesus is. I have heard of all kinds of versions of Jesus. Turn to Matthew Chapter 21 and verse 10 – The setting is Jesus Christ riding into Jerusalem a week or so prior to his being crucified. It is a highly emotional scene. It is a highly emotional season……  ( Click for more )
Jeremiah Chapters 8 and 9. We come to the Word of God - always - in the Name of Jesus Christ - expecting Jesus to speak to us through this Word and expecting the Holy Spirit to minister to us, in some way. No wonder Jeremiah was unpopular. A man who preaches and proclaims and prophecies and speaks……  ( Click for more )
We move on to Jeremiah Chapter 7 - and this section goes right through to Chapter 8 verse 3. The background to this prophecy is in II Kings Chapter 22 - also in II Chronicles Chapters 34 and 35. There was a general RENEWAL going on in Jerusalem -……  ( Click for more )
In Jeremiah Chapter 5 and at verse 5 we read that Jeremiah sets out to go and speak to the leaders - but they too have compromised their principles - “Surely they will know the way of the Lord - surely they will know what God requires of them.” Yes, they knew - but they had thrown off……  ( Click for more )
We come to Jeremiah Chapter 5. This preaching of Jeremiah - these messages - these addresses - are so relevant to our nation today. We see that again in the verses we are reading. Remember the situation in which Jeremiah was prophesying - and to whom - the nation of Israel. There are two remarkable……  ( Click for more )
We are reading the prophetic preaching of a young man – Jeremiah – the early preaching of this young man - preaching to a people who really didn’t want to hear - to people who did not want to listen nor pay any attention. GOD was speaking and they were not interested. Jeremiah was chosen, called, and……  ( Click for more )
As we read Jeremiah Chapters 2 and 3 - the whole Hebrew nation is in view. Prophets tend to ignore the divided kingdom. They speak to the whole people of God. There had been a degree of prosperity and then there crept in the rot of compromise and complacency. There were too many other things to……  ( Click for more )
We move into Jeremiah Chapter 2 – and from verse 1 right down to Chapter 3 verse 5, we have one of his sermons - one of his messages, or addresses. We are reading of a young man - in his teens - preaching for the first time - not in the Temple, but in the streets of Jerusalem - to very unsympathetic……  ( Click for more )
Jeremiah the prophet - like every true prophet - spoke from God and spoke for God - and his words came true. This is what marks him out as a true prophet. Deuteronomy 18 verse 22. The mark of a true prophet - and the mark of a false prophet. Beware of the man who says something is going to happen……  ( Click for more )
Why did Almighty God choose this teenager? God saw something in Jeremiah - and God knew He could put more into him. Jeremiah means - GOD HURLS - God throws - God fights - and soon Jeremiah would be throwing God’s Word at the world - hurling heaven’s message across Jerusalem - fighting the depths of sin into……  ( Click for more )
Jeremiah is one of the prophets raised up by our Loving God in Israel at a time when the situation was serious and critical - the nation was facing a crisis - the nation was facing the Judgement of God. Open your Bible at Jeremiah Chapter 1. Who is he? Who is this man? Where did he come from?……  ( Click for more )
It is seldom easy to leave a book and no more so than Paul’s letter to the Romans. Here is a brief summary or overview. The first four Chapters are concerned with Faith - then Chapters 5 to 8 deal with Hope - then Chapters 9,10 and 11, the place of Jews and Gentiles in the economy of God - then Love in 12 –……  ( Click for more )
In Romans Chapters 16 we have been reading about people - we have this list of names of people - and how Paul appreciated people who had served Jesus Christ - how he noticed what they had done - and sometimes the degree of intensity and hardship and suffering which their faithfulness had brought upon them.……  ( Click for more )
Remembering names can sometimes be a very hard thing. If you pray for people, that will help you remember their name. Some people pray for those they have met during the day - and they remember their names more easily. We come to Romans Chapter 16 and verse 3 – A married couple - Priscilla……  ( Click for more )
We come to Romans Chapter 16. Consider what Paul has been writing about in these Chapters - the centralities of The Christian Faith - Israel and the place of Israel in the plan of God - the importance of presenting your body - and being totally committed to Jesus Christ - how we can know the Will of God……  ( Click for more )
As we complete our reading of Romans Chapter 15 – remind us of how Paul’s deep concerns was for the peace and harmony and unity of this fellowship in Rome - we have read of how he pleaded with these people to keep together - to remain one in Christ - to welcome, receive and accept one another……  ( Click for more )
There are times when it is not only what you can do - but what you can bear. Who can you lift up? Who can you support? Paul was an apostle - apostles are not people above us lording it over us - but under us supporting us - like the foundation of a wall. We are in Romans Chapter 15 at verse 4.……  ( Click for more )
Romans Chapter 15 verses 1 to 16 – Having looked at Chapters 12 to 14 a few months ago, now we are reading of how this dear man Paul had one great concern in his heart for The Church of Jesus Christ - that of Peace and Harmony. He had so many concerns - for truth and love and the flowing of The……  ( Click for more )
We return to the Roman letter. We are in Romans Chapter 14 – where we left off some months ago – such an appropriate timely passage - because we need to see clearly that ‘religion’ is a terrible thing – ‘religion’ which demands its rights - its legal rights. ……  ( Click for more )
Turn to John Chapter 21. This is a lesson I have had to learn again over these past months. You cannot turn the clock back, but sometimes even disciples of Jesus Christ try to turn the clock back – or just want to turn the clock back. Did these disciples of Jesus yearn to turn the clock back……  ( Click for more )
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