Author Archives: joeripley

The real Nativity Story

Mary and Joseph had to go on a very inconvenient journey from Nazareth to Bethlehem as ordered by the occupying Roman government. Joseph’s ancestors went back to King David of Bethlehem and it was there that he had to register. … Continue reading

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Take up your cross

Traditional views can hinder a fair consideration of what the Scriptures really say. For example we have no trouble in visualising what Jesus meant by taking up one’s cross. Now, what was a cross for? In my mind I can’t … Continue reading

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Is God’s Name “I AM”?

In Scripture a name is more than what you put on your letterbox. We have an expression, “he made a name for himself”. This means he had done something or had become something that enhanced his reputation or a bad … Continue reading

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The hardened heart

‭ ‬At the close of Matthew‭’‬s gospel we read‭ ‬of the women coming to the tomb of Jesus.‭ ‬There was a violent earthquake and an angel came down‭ ‬from heaven,‭ ‬“whose face was like lightning and his robe‭ ‬was as‭ … Continue reading

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To your tents Oh Israel

This is Sunday 14th September 2014 and on Thursday the people of Scotland will be voting to be independent or to stay as part of the United Kingdom. Many who will vote YES for independence will be motivated by a … Continue reading

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The most important commandment

Which commandment comes first?   Mat 22:36-40   Master, which is the great commandment in the Law?Jesus said to him, You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your mind.This … Continue reading

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Fred Sanger

The late Fred Sanger was twice awarded the Nobel Prize. The first was for working out the amino acid sequence for the insulin protein. He chose insulin because it is one of the simpler protein molecules and is easy to … Continue reading

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