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Older people have significant contribution to make

The Christian message has a significant contribution to make in the ministry of caring for the aged. It teaches or implies the following: First, that every person matters Christ taught that all persons are of equal value and worth irrespective of sex, race, background or age. The local church must cease to regard and treat older people as second class members. Every aged person can be included in the ministry of the church. Second, honour and respect should be given to the aged The commandment 'Honour your father and mother' is the first commandment with a promise: so that it may be well with you and you may live long on the earth (Ephesians 6:2,3). Such teaching is not exhausted when we t

Magi were representatives of the old order

On the Feast of the Epiphany (January 6) we celebrate the coming of the Magi or ‘Wise Men’ to worship the infant Jesus at Bethlehem. The story of the Wise Men who came from the east to honour a newborn king is strange and mysterious. Magi is what they really were – soothsayers, magicians, astrologers and fortune tellers. There is no hint in the Gospels that they were kings. They represented the enormous power of superstition in the ancient world. No emperor would go to war, no rich man would marry and no one would buy a piece of land without consulting the soothsayer. In Matthew’s story even Herod treated these unexpected visitors with respect. They embodied the power of the unseen world of

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