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A Voice From The Isles

A Voice From The Isles
The Repentance of the Righteous Job

Episode date: April 06, 2013
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The story of righteous Job is an amazingly insightful account of repentance offered by a man who, ostensibly, had no need of repentance.  He starts off in the story as a man righteous before God and richly blessed, but almost as soon as we are introduced to him in the first two chapters, his world collapses.  The instigator of his misery is Satan, the devil.  The devil is an old cynic of course.  He believes in sin too much because that is all he knows and he thinks therefore that all humans are tarred with the same brush.  So, he comes before God and hatches his little plot to undermine Job’s faith.  This is…

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Ancient Faith Commentaries
The Arrow That Flies

Episode date: April 16, 2013
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At this time, we are still reeling from incoming news of the bomb blasts that went off at the Boston Marathon.  News footage of twin explosions that went off within seconds of each other, reports of shattering glass, of individuals killed outright and many others injured and maimed, including young children, all combine to pummel the heart and reduce us to a state of shock.  Though the President of the United States did not use the words “terrorist act” in his initial statement to the press, others from his office did later confirm that this is being treated as an act of terror, given that the explosions seemed to have been coordinated. …

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A Voice From The Isles

A Voice From The Isles
Venerating the Cross of Christ

Episode date: April 19, 2013
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On this third Sunday of Great Lent, we are asked to venerate the cross of Christ, that is, to show our great respect and our deep awe for the cross on which Jesus Christ was crucified. What does that mean? How do we venerate the cross of Christ?

The reading today from the book of Hebrews, Chapter 4, Verses 15 and 16, explains that Christ sympathises with “our weaknesses”; and it is the reality that Christ first accepts us that can give each of us the courage to then accept Him. It is because of Christ’s acceptance of us with all our weaknesses that we are urged: “Therefore, let us draw near with confidence to the throne of grace,…

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A Voice From The Isles

A Voice From The Isles
St Peter, a Fisherman Most Wise

Episode date: April 19, 2013
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We revere the saints as very holy people and as intercessors with God on our behalf. They are as near perfect as we might expect. That is right and proper. However, for many of us they seem to be so holy and so exalted we tend to give up the serious business of being like them. What hope have we got, mere normal human beings, of being anything like them? As St Gregory Palamas puts it: - “For the sake of the sublime rewards promised by God, they strove honourably to the limit of human nature and showed us a way of life that was equally sublime.” Problems arise if we see them as so holy that we forget they are men and women like us.


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A Voice From The Isles

A Voice From The Isles
The Conversion of Saul

Episode date: April 26, 2013
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In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit, God is one.
Chapter 9 in the book of Acts and Chapter 1 in the book of Galatians set out how the Jew Saul was guided by Christ to become the Christian Paul. It is a story with which we are familiar—how Saul was struck down on the road to Damascus and then placed his zeal for God, his learning and his energy at the service of Christ. I want to put to you tonight a single idea: what happened to Saul on the road to Damascus can happen to each of us in our own journeys of life, if we are open to receive Christ’s guidance. Let us try to understand how   Saul responded…

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