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The Encouragement of Old Age

It’s easy enough to dismiss old age as just being ‘too difficult’. We have more and more physical ailments. But there is much that can encourage us as we grow older. Hopefully we are much more mature than when we were younger! There is a certain ‘ripeness’ about being older. Some people grow old gracefully. That is, they are fully in the grip of the grace of God. Such people display a well-developed understanding about matters because they have had more time to reflect on particular life issues. The Bible highlights the fact that spiritual ripeness should increase as we get older. Living with the intention of pleasing the Lord will bring wisdom. Hopefully this can be seen to take place in an

Called to point people to Christ

Jesus declared John the Baptist to be the greatest man to have ever lived. “I tell you,” he said, “among those born of women there is no one greater than John.” Luke 7:28 In the church’s calendar, we usually celebrate the life and ministry of saints on the anniversary of their deaths. However, in the case of John the Baptist the church remembers both his execution – by beheading – on 29 August as well as his birth on 24 June. This is the church’s way of saying – along with Jesus – that, “among those born of women no one is greater than John.” The story of our Patron Saint who we celebrate at this time begins even before his birth. His mother, Elizabeth, was a relative of Mary, the mother of

Baptised in the name of the Trinity

Trinity Sunday is the first Sunday after Pentecost. The most graphic reference to the Trinity occurs in Chapter 1 of Mark’s Gospel where the three ‘members’ or ‘persons’ of the Trinity are all involved. ‘As Jesus was coming up out of the water, he saw the heavens torn apart and the Spirit descending like a dove on him. And a voice came from heaven, ‘You are my Son, the Beloved; with you I am well pleased.’ Jesus, the obedient Son, had just emerged from the waters of the Jordan, newly baptised by John the Baptist. The Spirit of power descended on him in a dovelike form; and from the skies, as it were, the Father endorsed the Son’s great mission of salvation. St Paul refers to the Trinity in h

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