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Lessons from Mary and Martha

Monday, 21st October 2019


So often in our reading of the Bible we may be surprised at the selection of topics and their presentation – at the meticulous detail of some particular narrative which we might have considered unimportant. The Apostle Paul gives the explanation when he writes to the Romans 15:4: “For everything that was written in former times was written for our instruction, so that through endurance and through encouragement of the scriptures we might have hope”. The first of the three incidents we are going to consider in the life of Mary and Martha probably falls into one of these categories. It is only recorded by Luke.

“Heavenly Places in Christ” – (Part 2 of 2)

Monday, 14th October 2019

We saw in Part 1 that the “heavenly places in Christ” is a reference to the status we now have in Christ that we took on when we were baptized into his Name. This is what Paul was referring to when he said in Ephesians 1:3 that God “… hath blessed us with all spiritual blessings in [the heavenlies] in Christ”. Now Jesus, having been raised from the dead, has been “set … at [God’s] own right hand in the [heavenlies], far above all principality, and power, and might, and dominion, and every name that is named, not only in this world, but also in that which is to come” (v20,21). This is not referring to his physical elevation to heaven, but refers instead to his exalted status. Jesus has been given the position of supreme ruler in the coming Kingdom, under his Father in heaven.

Finding the Place

Sunday, 13th October 2019

Readings: 2 Chronicles 1,2, Ezekiel 39, John 5

From our childhood to maturity, life’s challenges are changing, and through maturity to old age we face many more changes too. Life may be described as a journey. For example, Israel’s departure from Egypt through the wilderness to the Promised Land was a journey filled with the mistakes they made and lessons learnt. The LORD showed His wisdom and patience, a generation grew to trust the LORD and enter the Land.

“Heavenly Places in Christ” (Part 1 of 2)

Monday, 7th October 2019

Reading: Ephesians 1

In Ephesians 1 we see how that the Apostle Paul, after his salutation in v1,2, plunges into his message of exhortation and instruction with the words: “Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who hath blessed us with all spiritual blessings in heavenly places in Christ” (v3).

Walking worthy of our calling

Sunday, 6th October 2019

Readings: 1 Chronicles 22, Ezekiel 32, Ephesians 3, 4

Paul’s important phrase “in Christ” or “in Him” or similar, appears 35 times in Paul’s letter to the Ephesians. This is more than in any New Testament book. The opening verse of chapter 1 starts the use of this phrase and sets the underlying theme of the letter; “…and to the faithful in Christ Jesus;” Ephesians 1:1 (AV); “…in heavenly places in Christ:” (v3) “...He (God) has chosen us in him...” (v4)

Jesus Christ’s Death and Resurrection (1 Corinthians:15)

Tuesday, 1st October 2019

Reading 1 Corinthians 15

There is nothing more important

For those that believe that Jesus of Nazareth was and is the Son of the Living God, there is no doubt that the sequence of events from the Crucifixion to the Empty Tomb are the most important yet in the whole history of mankind since the creation itself.


The Apostle Paul in his 1st letter to the Corinthians found it necessary to remind his fellow Christians of those few critical elements to the message that he preached concerning salvation. This was the focus:

The Accounts of the Breaking of Bread

Monday, 30th September 2019

This study considers the four1 New Testament accounts of what later became known as “The Breaking of Bread”, but originally was “The Last Supper”. These accounts differ in their content but there are no contradictions. For example, synoptic2 Gospels give details of the meal, but John does not even mention it. The reason may be that if his Gospel was the latest to be written, the Breaking of Bread would be widely known. Only John, however, describes the washing of the disciples’ feet and he also provides the fullest account of what the Lord said that evening. The sequence of events in Luke 22 appears to differ from the others in that a cup is mentioned in v17 and again in v20.

A New Creation in Christ

Sunday, 29th September 2019

Readings: 1 Chronicles 12, Ezekiel 25, Luke 22

By way of exhortation today we are going to consider the theme of being a new creation in Christ, focusing on Colossians 1. We will look at what God instructs us to do as part of this new creation and we will consider the many blessings that this brings.

The Rich Man and Lazarus

Monday, 23rd September 2019

Reading: Luke 16:19-31

This parable, recorded for us only by Luke, stands apart from other parables of Jesus because its setting in Hades is at variance with our understanding of the clear and unambiguous teaching of scripture. While this is a unique setting for a parable, we recall that some of the miracles of Jesus were performed against a background of false beliefs. Legion and others were healed of apparent demon possession without any recorded correction to those ideas.