Bible study Judah – What Have You Done?

Judah – What Have You Done?

Of the 11 brothers of Joseph, it was Judah who came up with the wicked plan to sell him as a slave to passing traders and make a profit (Genesis 37:26-27). It was Judah who denied his daughter-in-law her right to marry his son, leaving her a childless, bereft widow (Genesis 38:11) It was Judah …

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Bible study Battle for the Mind

Battle for the Mind

Recently the BBC published an article on the special relationship between cycling and suffering. The writer interviewed various professional cyclists who described their battle in coping with the pain that high intensity exertion brings about. Perhaps unsurprisingly, most said that the majority of the battle takes place in the mind. Alex Hansen holds the record …

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Bible study What Does it Mean to Think Well?

What Does it Mean to Think Well?

In his letter to the Philippians, the Apostle Paul said, “whatever is true, whatever is honourable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is commendable, if there is any excellence, if there is anything worthy of praise, think about these things.”  Most people would probably look at this list and agree these are …

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Recipe What Do Your Thoughts Reveal About You?

What Do Your Thoughts Reveal About You?

Thoughts run through our head from morning to night, and then fill our head with dreams when we sleep.  Probably, the one thing we all do most, apart from breathing, is thinking. But to quote Thomas Traherne, a 17th century poet, “as nothing is more easy to think, so nothing is more difficult than to think well.” Recently, I’ve considered …

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Recipe Tired of Cleaning?

Tired of Cleaning?

“Where there are no oxen, the manger is clean, but abundant crops come by the strength of the ox” (Proverbs 14:4). Once fully trained, a well looked after ox may serve a farmer for 8-10 years, puling heavy loads for up to 5 hours a day. They can significantly increase the amount of crops a farmer is able to produce (compared with if he was just working with his own …

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Recipe Seasoned with Salt

Seasoned with Salt

Apparently the biggest difference between an amateur cook and a professional is seasoning. Professional cooks season with just the right amount, at different times throughout the cooking process depending on what is being prepared. For example, when preparing your roast dinner, you might rub salt into your meat before putting it in the oven. However, …

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Recipe Am I Useful To God?

Am I Useful To God?

Most women are aware that having children will place certain limitations on them – at least for a period. Some of them are obvious: sleep, going out, career progression. Others can take us by surprise. One such limitation I had not anticipated was the impact on church life. Simply sitting through the entirety of a …

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Recipe Why Esther?

Why Esther?

With kings, queens, revenge plots, ironic twists, and elements of comedy, Esther reads more like a Shakespearean play than a book of the Bible. However, as gripping as the story is, initially I found it difficult to relate to. What spiritual significance could it have to me? After all, God’s name is not mentioned once in the …

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Recipe Purim – A Jewish Celebration

Purim – A Jewish Celebration

Yesterday, many Jewish people around the world gathered in synagogues to hear the entire book of Esther being read. Today, they have been celebrating with feasting, drinking and exchanging gifts of food, as they remember how they were delivered from complete destruction. The book of Esther is one of just two books in the Bible …

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Recipe Battle of the pies

Battle of the pies

We’ve heard it said many a time that the world would be a boring place if we all liked the same things.  On a rational analysis I’d have to agree. However, motherhood doesn’t always bring out my most rational side! I wish my toddler liked the same t-shirts as me. In fact, I’d settle for …

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