Joseph Swan

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The Gift From Hell!

The steps of a good man are ordered by the LORD, And He delights in his way. Though he fall, he shall not be utterly cast down; For the LORD upholds him with His hand. Psalm 37.23-24 (NKJV)

I heard on the radio this last week that the Salvation Army were asking for people to donate all their unwanted gifts from Christmas. It got me thinking about some of the presents we receive at Christmas time. Have you ever been given a gift which didn’t really turn out to be a gift at all? Read more

All For Love!

Now the young woman pleased him, and she obtained his favor; so he readily gave beauty preparations to her, besides her allowance… Esther 2.9 (NKJV)

All species of animals have a unique way of attracting a mate. Some use a special call, or a bright display of colours, or a display of strength, or a weird dance or even a display of affection (such as licking themselves). The male hippo uses his faeces to attract the attention of the ladies while Amazon river dolphins initiate courtship by gently nibbling the flippers of their female counterparts and then presenting with clumps of weeds like exquisite bouquets.

But no matter how diverse or bizarre the methods of attraction are in the animal kingdom, there is no species on earth quite like humans! Read more

Come Out Of The Closet

Many people did believe in Him, however, including some of the Jewish leaders. But they wouldn’t admit it for fear that the Pharisees would expel them from the synagogue. (John 12.42 NLT)

It seemed 2010 was the year for ‘coming out’!

Every time you picked up a newspaper there was another report about some celebrity making the decision to come clean about their personal life with the rest of the world. We heard from everyone; from Ricky Martin (no surprise there) to country music singer Chely Wright, to Australian Olympic swimmer, Daniel Kowalski, just to name a few. Read more

No Room At The Inn

“So be truly glad. There is wonderful joy ahead, even though you have to endure many trials for a little while.” 1 Peter 1.6 (NLT)

Most of us know the Christmas story back to front. We have grown up hearing about it every year, we’ve watched the movies, performed in the pageants and heard the sermons. I was reading through it again just this last week and something stood out to me which I had never seen before.

Joseph took his very pregnant wife Mary to Bethlehem and they arrived only to discover that there was no where to stay. The Bible uses the phrase “there was no room at the inn.”
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While You Were Sleeping

I lie down and sleep; I wake again, because the LORD sustains me. (Psalm 3.5 TNIV)

Will Shriner, an American comedian from the 1950′s once said, “I want to die in my sleep like my grandfather, not screaming and yelling like the passengers in his car.”

For many years now I have always thought that when my time comes, dying in my sleep would have to be one of the most peaceful ways to go. The prospect of being blown apart, shot, stabbed or Read more