I think “Immanuel” was the first of God’s names I learnt growing up because of Christmas carols and the annual reading of Isaiah’s prophecy echoed by Angel Gabriel during services [Isaiah 7:14, Matthew 1:23]. Until recently, I didn’t think much of the implications of the name, possibly because I’d become overly familiar with it. But …

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Some things to remember in adversity

We often shudder at the thought that life will throw us a curveball at some point, something painful and unexpected. Something in us quite rightly resents pain, suffering and death because tribulation and affliction were never part of God’s design for humanity. They are a consequence of sin [Genesis 2:16-17]. Even then, when we imagine …

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