Like Sheep?

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Are sheep sheepish? Are they stupid? Top marks if you answered no to both of these questions. Sheep are remarkable creatures – and we human beings are very much like them, as you’ll learn from the Bible. All in together! Sheep like to be together. The Bible pictures a shepherd with his flock gathered around him. The sheep know his …

Harvest Time

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While working as an agricultural mechanic, I enjoyed watching the changes brought by the maturing of crops in the fields. Once the ground started warming in the spring, the farmer’s thoughts would turn to planting seeds in the fields. Often, when there were problems with the seeding equipment, the urgency to get it repaired was fairly low. As long as …

A Long Path to Freedom

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Carol Ridgley was in bondage. She had married at age 17 and before she had reached age 20, she had two children and was addicted to drugs. Her addiction was stronger than her love for her husband and children, so she left them to live as a drug addict with a man who promised to meet her needs. That meant …

The Wrong Hiding Place

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It happened in Florida. A young man and his partner-in-crime planned a night of mischief, crime and burglaries. He had shared his intentions, of breaking into a number of homes in the bay area, with his girlfriend earlier in the evening. Neighbours spotted two suspicious men behind their homes and called the emergency services. Police, a service dog and a …

The Substitute

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I watched a video of a beautiful horse named Daisy. Her back legs were trapped as she had somehow fallen into a well. She was helpless and without strength to get herself out of the pit she was in. If it wasn’t for a backhoe and a skilled operator, Daisy would have died. I thought about this story for a …

When the party is over

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There are many people, and you may be one of them, who believe that life should be one never-ending party; friends to meet, places to go, things to get and do, seeking constant amusement in the pursuit of happiness, needing non-stop activity to fill the emptiness inside, to fight the boredom that surrounds them. Drugs, alcohol, immoral relationships, money and …

Connected – but alone?

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“Can anybody hear me?” “Is anyone really listening?” “Is there anyone I can talk to?” Have you asked any of these? They’re such frustrating questions. With the world-wide popularity of cell phones and the internet, the world has never been more connected – but at the same time, we can feel very alone. When life gets hard, it suddenly doesn’t …

Centre of Attention

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A remarkable quality about our reflection in a spherical mirror is that, no matter where the mirror might be placed, our eyes will always be in the dead centre of the mirror. Whether we hold the ball inches away or at arm’s length makes no difference. There is no escaping being at the centre of a spherical mirror when looking …