Why were tax collectors and sinners drawn to Jesus?

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During our series on “The Prodigal (extravagant) God”, we are spending our time in Luke 15 comparing Jesus’ story of the actions and reactions of the conscience-stricken younger son and his self-righteous elder brother. Jesus was drawing larger and larger crowds who listened eagerly to his teaching. Luke tells us the growing crowd often consisted […]

The Parable of Two Lost Brothers

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Someone once asked the great American story teller, Mark Twain, who he thought was the best storyteller who ever lived. He answered, ‘Jesus Christ’. “What was the greatest story Jesus told?”. He replied, “The story of the ‘Prodigal Son’”. For centuries, that is the name given to Jesus’ story in Luke 15:11-31 but it is […]

A Gardener or a Nobleman?

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Once upon a time there was a gardener who grew an enormous carrot. He took it to his king and said, ‘My lord, this is the greatest carrot I’ve ever grown or ever will grow; therefore, I want to present it to you as a token of my love and respect for you’. The king […]

R.I.P — O’Christmas Tree

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Real or artificial, big or small, quirky or traditional, a home, office or shop is not complete at Christmas time unless there is a Christmas tree. Not only do they bring joy, but they bring a festive spirit to the place, with the coloured baubles, beautiful twinkling lights and mysterious presents placed underneath waiting to […]

Christmas Invitation

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I’ve written before that I became a Christian just before Christmas (in 1984).  And that my first Christmas as a believer was so special and filled with wonder at what God had done in sending Jesus to be our Saviour. The opening words from the Gospel of John set the context of eternity: “1In the […]