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Seek the Lord and You Shall Live

Sunday, 25th November 2018

Readings: Nehemiah 13, Amos 5, 2 Timothy 2

In our everyday lives we are constantly making decisions, in the things we say, in the things we do, whether big decisions or those very ordinary things that we buy for our daily needs. They are so common and ordinary that we hardly think of them as decisions at all and yet we know that even in the smallest decisions they can reflect how we are actually leading our lives. We rarely reflect upon how our lives and the way we lead them affect the way others think of us, and yet it is only in the outward appearance of our lives that they can make their judgement. Are we seen as those who are no different from the majority who are round about us, talking of the same sort of things in conversations with our neighbours that they might talk about, following a life virtually indistinguishable from those we meet?

Readings: Nehemiah 13, Amos 5, 2 Timothy 2

Colossians – A letter to the Christadelphians (Part 1 of 2)

Monday, 19th November 2018

A bit of background information

Where was the Colossian church? It was in Eastern Asia, about one hundred miles east of Ephesus. Colossae was located on a ridge overlooking the Lycus river in Central Asia Minor. It was on the main route to the Euphrates valley (although this was already beginning to be replaced by a more southerly route which would have an effect on the economy of the city). But where was Paul when he wrote to it? Well, it is generally accepted that he was in prison in Rome (possibly the first of two such imprisonments). That meant that he was about one thousand miles (or one thousand six hundred kilometres) away. What is more, he had almost certainly never been to Colossae. (We note in passing that this is not the only time when he wrote to a church to which he had never been. The same was the case with the letter to the Romans).

Flourishing and Acceptance

Sunday, 18th November 2018

Readings: Nehemiah 5-6, Joel 1, 1 Thessalonians 5

When Solomon built the temple 1 Kings 6:32-35, he specifically included palm trees on the walls, and both sets of doors. The figure of the palm tree, is appropriate as an illustration of a spiritual believer, and it is appropriate as an illustration of what we ought to be. As we meditate upon the palm tree, I would like you to consider the fatness of the palm tree. In this day of obsession related to slimness, the idea of fatness is obnoxious, but the Bible says that fatness has its merits for in Psalm 92:14, we read.

 

They shall still bring forth fruit in old age; they shall be fat and flourishing;

 

Speeches in Acts – Paul

Monday, 12th November 2018

Background

After the Apostle Paul was converted and baptised, and after having received his sight, while he is with the disciples in Damascus we read: “Straightway he preached Christ in the synagogues, that he is the Son of God” (Acts 9:20). The final record we have of Paul in Acts is in the last verse which records that he is still “preaching the kingdom of God, and teaching those things which concern the Lord Jesus Christ with all confidence, no man forbidding him” (28:31). From beginning to end it is preaching that is at the heart of his discipleship.

There are occasions where there are brief comments on his preaching and speeches as in the above two examples. But then on occasion we are provided with more content on what was preached or witnessed:

13:13-43

The Ever-Present God (Acts 27)

Sunday, 11th November 2018

Readings: Ezra 7, Hosea 8, Acts 27

One of the greatest blessings and greatest comforts of our life in Christ is the knowledge that we are always in God’s presence, and continually surrounded by his unfailing love and care. A wonderfully reassuring fact of which we are repeatedly reminded by the book of Psalms. So that we are told, for example

 

Where can I go from your spirit? Where can I flee from your presence? If I go up to the heavens, you are there, If I make my bed in the depths, you are there. If I rise on the wings of the dawn, If I settle on the far side of the sea, Even there your hand will guide me, Your right hand will hold me.’ (Psalm 139:7-10)

 

Or again,

 

CIL & Ireland Publicity Meeting

Saturday, 10th November 2018

WalesIrelandA chance to hear about the work of the CIL here in the UK and the work undertaken in Ireland

Swansea Ecclesial Hall

4pm Saturday 10th November 2018, God Willing

 

Speeches in Acts – Stephen

Monday, 5th November 2018

Background

Stephen is first mentioned in Acts 6 and has fallen asleep in Christ by the end of Chapter 7. He is at first appointed by the brothers and sisters and the apostles to join six others to fulfil the work of the daily ministration. Stephen is described as a man full of faith and of the Holy Spirit and in the same chapter described as being full of grace and power.

Pray and Don’t Give Up

Sunday, 4th November 2018

Readings: 2 Chronicles 33, Hosea 1, Acts 14-15

Reading - Luke 18

My beloved brethren and sisters,

You will inherit the earth; you will become immortal; you will reign with Christ when he comes back to the earth; you will be kings, and priests of the most High God; you will be at one with God, as Jesus is at one with his Father. We will judge nations, girded with the wisdom of eternity, free from sin once and for all; manifesting God just as Jesus does. It is the consummation of all our hopes and the very point of our full transformation. It is the subject of our daily prayers – but at the moment it may seem that this prayer is not being heard; but is that so?

 

The Call to Baptism

Thursday, 1st November 2018

Reading: Romans 6

Baptism was not a customary activity amongst Jews, but it was required of Gentile proselytes when they converted to Judaism. Ancient Jewish synagogues were, however, equipped with a bath (miqveh) in which washing, as a prerequisite of worship, could be undertaken. Some of these baths had two sets of steps so that those who had washed were not contaminated by accidental contact with those were about to do so. When John the Baptist commanded the Jews of his day to be baptized, saying “Repent ye for the kingdom of heaven is at hand” (Matthew 3:2), it was as though he was accusing them of being no better that the Gentiles! This raises the question: why did the Lord Jesus submit to baptism by John the Baptist? Before administering this rite, it seems that John required that the candidates should confess their sins. Of course, the Lord Jesus had no sins to confess and this resulted in John saying