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Abigail

Calm in a crisis

How do you handle conflict? Are you good in a crisis or do you panic? Ever wondered why God made you look the way you do? Abigail is a remarkable woman, caught between two huge ego’s she shows initiative, wisdom and courage – Jesus said ‘blessed are the peacemakers’, Abigail is definitely one of those!

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© Ruth Perrin -0001. Last revised on 30 November -0001

Tags: courage initiative self-esteem conflict

Elijah

The God of Encouragement

A mighty man of God, hero of the Old Testament – who reaches the end of himself. An encouragement for those of us who run out of energy, hope and courage – this is the very human story of a man who just couldn’t cope anymore and how God met him in that place.

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© Ruth Perrin 2008. Last revised on 1 December 2008

Tags: courage faith suffering conflict

Jael

Guts & Glory!

Ever struggled to get your head around all that violence in the Bible? Ever been camping? Put those two things together and you get Jael; a woman with tent pegs who you wouldn’t mess with! She raises some questions for us about gender, war and courage... read on!

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© Ruth Perrin 2008. Last revised on 22 November 2008

Tags: courage initiative violence gifts conflict

Jonathan

Friends to the end

Jonathan is one of my favourite men of the Old Testament. If they made a film of his story I’m sure someone muscular and dashing would get the part! He’s a proper ‘boy’s own’ action hero, but he’s also a man who is often overshadowed by his great friend King David.

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© Ruth Perrin 2010. Last revised on 16 December 2010

Tags: conflict courage integrity relationships

Leah and Rachel

Not so happy families!

Most of us dream of a happy family. TV adverts show loving parents, laughing children, doting grandparents and bounding pets, the reality is not quite like that for most of us though! Still, that’s not a new thing, ever since Cain killed Abel, brothers and sisters have been fighting. There really is nothing new under the sun... read on: Eastenders meets the Patriarchs!

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© Ruth Perrin 2009. Last revised on 19 November 2009

Tags: relationships conflict self-esteem

Tamar

The woman who refused to be a Victim

Low self esteem? The victim of bad relationships? Many of us struggle with experiences we’ve had that have crushed our confidence, made us feel useless or worthless. Tamar is a young woman who’d recognise those experiences. She might also inspire us to re-think how we see ourselves, and view our futures.

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© Ruth Perrin -0001. Last revised on 20 February 2009

Tags: courage relationships conflict initiative self-esteem suffering

Cloud of Witnesses is a series of Bible studies on the men and women of scripture. You'll find everyone from Gideon and Andrew through to Tamar and Tabitha.

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Ruth Perrin, the author, is on staff at King's Church Durham and holds an MA in Theology and Ministry.

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