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A Voice From The Isles

A Voice From The Isles
Be Prepared

Episode date: December 16, 2013
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I never joined the Scouts when I was young or any other uniformed organisation for young people. That was a shame really because these organisations do a lot of very good work with children building confidence, practical skills and social responsibility. You may know that the motto of the Scouts and indeed the Guides has always been: “be prepared.” Good preparation is everything when it comes to achieving an important goal.

This is no less true in the Scriptures where God’s dealing with humankind involves extensive preparatory work with key people, sometimes over centuries. Today is the Sunday of the Holy Forefathers when we remember…

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A Voice From The Isles

A Voice From The Isles
Being Glorified

Episode date: June 11, 2014
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Children, today as a special treat, everyone receives a halo that they can take home. Who wears a halo? . . .Yes, it is true that angels do have halos, but each saint also has a halo. Friends of Jesus? Yes, certainly. In Orthodox Christian tradition, each of us can become a saint and receive a halo. So later in this sermon, when I say, “Are you ready children? Action!” please stand up and put the halo in place on your head.
The Gospel for today from the seventeenth chapter of St. John begins with the words of Christ, who lifts His eyes up to heaven and says: “Father, the hour has come; glorify your Son, that the Son may glorify…

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A Voice From The Isles

A Voice From The Isles
Christmas Nonsense and Christmas Truth

Episode date: December 27, 2013
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I love Christmas although some of the run up is less enjoyable; such as the frantic writing of Christmas cards and the rush to buy presents. Lots of people travel long distances because this is the time of the year we are expected to spend time with assorted family members. Beyond this there are calls on our charity. Someone who lives alone should not be like this on the big day. All this happens over a few days of too much eating for many of us and the January sales to look forward to. There is more to Christmas than this of course, something so awe-inspiring it provokes a reaction.

One recent aspect of pre-Christmas activity is the…

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A Voice From The Isles

A Voice From The Isles
Glory to God in the Highest

Episode date: December 30, 2013
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Tomorrow is a holiday. After much work, preparing for the holiday we can celebrate. But what are we celebrating? Are we celebrating the birth of baby Jesus? Not really, there would be little reason for us to celebrate tomorrow the birth of a little baby born some two thousand years ago whose mother lived in Nazareth in Palestine,  and who was born in Bethlehem, near Jerusalem, also in Palestine—a small province in the powerful Roman Empire.

We are not celebrating the birth of baby Jesus. We are celebrating the birth of Christ—the birth of “the Anointed One,” the Messiah. We are celebrating what is known in theology as…

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A Voice From The Isles

A Voice From The Isles
Massacre of the Innocents

Episode date: January 03, 2014
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St John Chrysostom comments on the horrible massacre of the innocent children by King Herod in this way:-
“The Evangelist by this history of so bloody a massacre, having filled the reader with horror, now again sooths his feelings, shewing that these things were not done because God could not hinder, or knew not of them; but as the Prophet had foretold.”

Doubtless some people will be satisfied with this account of these terrible events on the basis that once a matter has been foretold in prophecy, and therefore being part of God’s plan, even the most horrendous actions of men can all serve God’s ultimate purpose. Whereas…

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