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A man silenced, women heard

Zechariah said to the angel, ‘How will I know that this is so? For I am an old man, and my wife is getting on in years.’ The angel replied, ‘I am Gabriel. I stand in the presence of God, … Continue reading

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The invisible woman

The high priest Hilkiah said to Shaphan the secretary, ‘I have found the book of the law in the house of the Lord.’ When Hilkiah gave the book to Shaphan, he read it… Shaphan the secretary informed the king, ‘The … Continue reading

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It’s not about the money

Then Jesus said to the disciples, ‘There was a rich man who had a manager, and charges were brought to him that this man was squandering his property. So he summoned him and said to him, “What is this that … Continue reading

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Better than the Pharisees?

For I tell you, unless your righteousness exceeds that of the scribes and Pharisees, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven (Matthew 5:20). I’ve always struggled with this statement of Jesus. Schooled in the evangelical view of salvation by … Continue reading

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What glory? Whose power?

For the kingdom, the power and the glory are not ours, for ever and ever, Amen. There is no Scripture reference for this, even when it’s not in my ‘reversed’ version. That’s because it isn’t in Scripture, in either Matthew’s … Continue reading

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Lord, save us!

And do not bring us to the time of trial,but rescue us from the evil one (Matthew 6:13). In my Mennonite church, we used a modern translation of the Lord’s Prayer where the first line of this verse was rendered … Continue reading

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As I… so you…

Be perfect, therefore, as your heavenly Father is perfect (Matthew 5:48) Be merciful, just as your Father is merciful (Luke 6:36) I give you a new commandment, that you love one another. Just as I have loved you, you also … Continue reading

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Debts paid and unpaid

And forgive us our debts, as we also have forgiven our debtors.  (Matthew 6:12) It’s no accident that it’s taken me nearly nine months to get back to this blog and especially this verse. Yes, a lot of hard things … Continue reading

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Who needs bread?

Give us this day our daily bread Matthew 6:11 This is the line that makes this a prayer to be used by the poor. We rich, and I include myself and most people reading this, generally know where our next … Continue reading

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A cry for change

Your kingdom come. Your will be done, on earth as it is in heaven. Matthew 6:10 What would it mean for God’s kingdom to come? How would we know? Ultimately, it would mean the fulfilment of that bit of ‘realized … Continue reading

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