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A Voice From The Isles

A Voice From The Isles
Feeding the 5000

Episode date: August 28, 2013
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Feeding of the 5,000 Today
In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit, God is one.
 
This miracle of Christ feeding a large crowd on the shore of the Sea of Galilee occurs in all four gospels. So it is important, but what does it mean for us today? The interpretation of St Cyril of Alexandria, Bishop of Jerusalem in the 4th century, has been summarized as: “Christ’s feeding of the multitude is an example for all of us to be bold in believing that with God all things are possible.” St Cyril’s precise words were: “Just because we are powerless to accomplish anything, we should not be [limited]…

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A Voice From The Isles

A Voice From The Isles
Subduing Our Fears

Episode date: September 06, 2013
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Subduing our Fears
Our Lord Jesus Christ is both Man and God.  Limited in space and time in his earthly showing He nonetheless remained and remains unbounded and infinite in power as Lord over all Creation, Pantocrator.  Usually his divine power was not exercised over nature during his earthly life for in the affairs of men this was rarely necessary, health being the more important need to be met.  Nevertheless, here we see Christ walking on the waves of the sea as if dry land; walking toward the disciples’ boat through the storm. When He gets into the boat all is calm.  Why did He do this?

Maybe the disciples…

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A Voice From The Isles
The Spirit of Aidan

Episode date: September 12, 2013
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There is a double celebration today; the festival of our saint transferred from the end of August and the new year of the Church. Happy New Year would be trite; many of us are worried and concerned for the future. Rather I say may your year be blessed in every way possible.

There is a saying of Christ:  “A prophet is without honour in his own country”. It is proverbial, a version of “familiarity breeds contempt” or “no man is a hero to his valet or his son”. I once told my son about something I did where I got a good response and he simply said “well of course they don’t know you the way I do.”

So it was…

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A Voice From The Isles
Be Like Christ

Episode date: September 15, 2013
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The epistle for today from the second chapter of the book of Philippians can be summarised with the words, “Be like Christ?” How can we do that? How can we with all our hopes and problems be like Christ? Is it possible that this week as we begin a new church year, we might choose these words to express our personal aspiration for the year—to be like Christ?

Perhaps. First, we each have to recognise, as verse 6 reminds us, that Christ Himself “although He existed in the form of God did not regard equality with God [as] a thing to be grasped.” On the contrary, Christ chose to be a servant of God the Father and of all…

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