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1st February 2016

The Lord God Almighty loves you!

It’s probably fair to say that February isn’t a lot of people’s favourite month of the year. The New Year celebrations of January are all but a distant memory and yet the Easter holidays are still a good way off in the future. The weather is often bitterly cold and the nights are still long, yet slap bang in the middle of the month lies February’s redeeming feature - Valentine’s Day. A day of loooove! Well, actually, it’s a period of intense consumerist marketing, but on the whole people don’t mind because it often cheers up an otherwise dreary winter month with a bit of panache. That is of course… as long as you have a valentine with which to share the day! There are many people for whom Valentine’s Day is little more than a painful reminder of their singleness and for some, it can really play havoc with their self-esteem or self-worth.

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1st August 2016

"And while he was praying, the appearance of his face changed, and his clothes became dazzling white." (Luke 9.29)

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1st August 2016

Success - Round about now many young people are eagerly waiting - a text message, an email or an envelope through the letter box. The arrival of exam results will be a measure of success and a major factor in the year or years ahead. Comparisons will be made - did I do better than I expected? Did I do better than some of my peers? Did I do as well as my teachers or parents believed I should? Perhaps most significantly - is it enough to take me to the next stage of my career?

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1st April 2016

Alleluia! Christ is Risen! “Early on the first day of the week, while it was still dark, Mary Magdalene came to the tomb and saw that the stone had been removed from the tomb. So she ran and went to Simon Peter and the other disciple, the one whom Jesus loved, and said to them, ‘They have taken the Lord out of the tomb, and we do not know where they have laid him.’“ John 20: 1-2

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1st March 2016

Is it time you followed the ‘Romans Road’?

Life is often referred to as a journey and the road we travel is filled with ups and downs and bends and straights, there are times we feel like we are moving along smoothly and other times when it is a struggle.

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1st February 2016

Choose life. Choose Jesus.

Every day we are confronted with choices. Even this morning you have made many choices: what time to get up (How many times did you hit the snooze button?); to have a shower or bath or nothing; what to wear; what to eat; which car to drive; what do the kids need to wear? Some of the choices that we make on a daily basis have very little impact on our lives whereas others can significantly change the course of our lives.

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1st January 2016

Golfing superstar Tiger Woods was quoted as saying he ‘has nothing to look forward to’. Of course (or should that be off course?) his personal life is turbulent and ‘on course’ he has been dogged by a succession of injuries that seem to threaten his continuing to play golf at the highest level. He is someone who has earned $1.5 billion playing golf, is only 40 years old and is still highly sought after by golf tournament organizers worldwide, yet, it would appear, he doesn’t know where his life is going, has no timetable for recovery and presumably no alternative career or activity he wishes to pursue. His life is golf - and without that we must guess he sees little clear purpose or direction.

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1st June 2016

Do you have dreams?

Perhaps you are dreaming of a long, hot, relaxing summer. Maybe you are hoping for good exam results for yourself or someone you care about. Perhaps you have a vision of a better world, where the news isn’t full of despair and disaster. Maybe you dream of being rich and famous! We have all sorts of dreams, with all levels of seriousness from wild fantasies to dreams we commit our lives to. These dreams can be ours alone, or we may share them with our families, our communities and wider groups.

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1st June 2016

It’s a new world.

On 7th April this year the death was announced of the final native resident of Hirta in the archipelago of St. Kilda. Rachel Johnson was only eight years old when the last remaining islanders left for the mainland in 1930. Life had become increasingly difficult for a shrinking population, struggling to provide for themselves and their families in the harshest of environments. With their departure a particular kind of life ended too.

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1st May 2016

Be decisive - Take your life into your hands

Big collective decisions are to be made (have been made) about the future of Scotland and about our place in the European Union. Those collective decisions are made out of single ones - yours and mine. In this way you and I have a real impact on our country’s future. It’s not always easy to see that, particularly when the final outcome is different than expected. It’s easy to take your voting right for granted and give it a miss for various, sometimes trivial, reasons.

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1st April 2016

The Gift of Christ

I once heard the story of a pastor who was getting increasingly infuriated week by week by a women in his congregation. One week the pastor went to speak to her about her behaviour. The pastor was warmly greeted by this women as she shouted to him ”Pastor, the Lord keeps speaking to me.” The pastor got increasingly infuriated until he thought enough is enough.

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1st March 2016

We are all important to God

One summer, many years ago, I conducted a wedding, as you do. The church was very popular for weddings because it was a fine building and had beautiful gardens, which were maintained by a small group of enthusiastic gardeners and, as the church was planted right in the middle of the High street, there was always a real buzz about the place.

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