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Bible Focus - Sunday 15th February 2015

posted 15 Feb 2015, 14:44 by Richard Bradley   [ updated 15 May 2015, 23:33 by St.Serfs Tullibody-Clacks ]

On the TV Show "Pointless" when Alexander Armstrong solicits information about an unusual job, or hobby, he has a habit of exclaiming "WOW!!!”

The amazement continues when his colleague Richard Osman offers some gem of wisdom. His response is the same. Like a child making some new discovery, "WOW" echoes round the game show.

In Several other shows, eg the X factor, when new talent is discovered, similar remarks of astonishment are made. In many of the TV programmes where people seek a new house, that is always a main question. Does this house give you the WOW Factor.?

Apparently, when cruising in the Northern Hemisphere, there are equal gasps of wonder in the fact that the sun never goes down.

What gives you that, "WOW factor"?

TV documentaries and access to vast material on the internet now stagger us. Leave the "pictorial" world out of the equation for the moment. Are you still totally and utterly astonished that God loves you,.. that sin is forgiven,.. that we can start every day with a clean sheet,.. that we are known as "a child of God" ... that we have freedom of worship.

Please, never take gifts like that lightly

Never let Sunday at 11-00 be "just a habit" good one as it is.

This morning as we climb another Scriptural Mountain;- the Mount of Transfiguration," try to sense something of the radiant beauty and glory of what the disciples saw and heard.

As the disciple Peter, starts to build a holy shrine for Jesus, Moses and Elijah, Jesus offers a gentle rebuke that He is not on equal footing with the greatest from the Old Testament. He is the fulfilment of the law and the prophets.

As His face Shone With the most brilliant radiance Jesus offers them, just a glimpse of what we might expect in heaven.

Compared to Alexander Armstrong's amazement at a mere contestant's occupation, our wonder at the thought of being in glory With the Lord, far outstrips anything we can ever imagine,


(Rev William Izett)