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Andrew

Living in someone else's shadow

If you’ve ever felt overlooked, or in someone else’s shadow Andrew might be a helpful person for you to think about. Brother to Peter, friends with James & John, Andrew had unique qualities that weren’t high profile but made him indispensible. Encourageing for those who serve ‘behind the scenes’ and a chance to think about where we get our security from!

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© Ruth Perrin 2008. Last revised on 1 December 2008

Tags: relationships self-esteem gifts

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

Esther

God in Control

‘If I die, I die!’ The words of a young woman trapped in the court of a Babylonian dictator. Esther is inspiring for anyone who finds themselves trying to follow God in situations beyond their control. If you feel in need some courage – Esther’s your girl!

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© Ruth Perrin 2008. Last revised on 1 December 2008

Tags: courage faith integrity initiative

Eunice

A woman of influence

For a woman who only gets two brief mentions in the Bible, Eunice is a woman of great influence. Addressing questions of family, parenting and the faith of our children this study considers the effect of a mother’s faith on her children and the implications of that.

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© Ruth Perrin 2008. Last revised on 1 December 2008

Tags: relationships gifts

John Mark

A man who blew it

John Mark blew it, let his team down, bottled out. This study looks at second chances, how we react to mistakes (both our own & others) what the bible teaches about forgiveness, and the potential God sees even in those who are less than perfect!

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© Ruth Perrin 2008. Last revised on 1 December 2008

Tags: forgiveness relationships integrity gifts

Jonah

A patient, merciful God

Here’s a man who didn’t like the job God gave him – but thorough a long and humbling journey discovered who God really was. Many of us can empathise with Jonah – but it would be great to learn from his mistakes rather than have to make them ourselves!

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© Ruth Perrin 2008. Last revised on 1 December 2008

Tags: forgiveness courage faith gifts

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

Ruth

A God of generosity

In the middle of a dark time in Israel’s history one story shines out, little people who obey God and are honoured by him. It may be the ‘chick lit’ of the Bible, but the book of Ruth has lessons for us all ( Both men & women!) about what courage and integrity mean.

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© Ruth Perrin 2008. Last revised on 1 December 2008

Tags: courage faith relationships money integrity suffering

Solomon

A God of wisdom

Ever felt out of your depth? Done your best but not quite got it right? Solomon would empathise with that. Taken from the start of his reign (before it all went wrong!) this study looks at how God equips people to do what he’s asked of them.

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© Ruth Perrin 2008. Last revised on 1 December 2008

Tags: leadership money integrity

Tabitha

An extraordinary, ordinary woman

Jesus said ‘the poor will always be with you’ (Matt 26.11). It’s true, but as Christians how do we start to help those in trouble? Tabitha was a compassionate, generous, inspiring woman – she might just give you some ideas of how to start showing God’s love to those in need.

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© Ruth Perrin 2008. Last revised on 22 November 2008

Tags: money relationships initiative self-esteem gifts

The Shunammite Woman

Faith and Disappointment

How do people grow in faith? What about when things don’t work out the way we hoped? A woman from the distant past, from a place called Shunem might give us some pointers.

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© Ruth Perrin 2009. Last revised on 11 November 2009

Tags: faith initiative money 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.

For ideas on how to use these studies most effectively, click here

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

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