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Recent articles

The Greatest Commandment

Monday, 24th December 2018

We stand at the threshold of a New Year and surely we must be on the brink of Jesus coming back. The Promised Land would appear to be right in front of us just as it was for Israel of old. On that previous occasion Moses gave the people God’s commandments “that ye might do them in the land whither ye go to possess it” (Deuteronomy 6:1). The ‘greatest’ of these commandments, as assigned by Jesus, follows in v4:

“Hear, O Israel: The Lord our God is one Lord.

Humility

Sunday, 23rd December 2018

Readings: Job 31-32, Zechariah 8, Revelation 5-6

Anyone who says that they are humble, almost certainly is not; it’s not in our nature to be humble. Pride, confidence, self-assertion: these are the things in our nature and seemingly to be advanced and encouraged.

 

THE PROPHECY OF HAGGAI

Monday, 17th December 2018

Although Haggai is a relatively short book it contains important timeless lessons. In order to appreciate these we need to be familiar with the background and contents of this prophecy. It was not only given after the Exile, but is dated from the “first day of the sixth month of the second day of Darius” to “the four and twentieth day of the ninth month” of the same year. From the accurate dating of new moons in the time of the Persian Empire, we know that Haggai began on 29th August and ended on 18th December 520 BC. The deportation into exile of the people of Judah occurred during the reign of Nebuchadnezzar, King of Babylon. Jerusalem fell to him on 16th March 597 BC when Jehoiachin was captured and Zedekiah was installed as a puppet king (2 Kings 24:17,18). A further deportation was effected in 581 BC (2 Kings 25:8-21).

Light

Sunday, 16th December 2018

Readings: Job 20, Zephaniah 2, 1 John 1-2

In 1 John 1 we read that God is light and in Him is no darkness at all. We know that God dwells in physical light. Referring to the LORD God Paul wrote to Timothy “who only has immortality dwelling in light which no man can approach unto, whom no man has seen nor can see”.

 

The context in 1 John:5 is that God is light in the spiritual sense. He is morally pure; His moral purity is reflected in His commandments. Jesus endorsed those commandments which are applicable to us today. 1 John 1:1 makes it clear that if we walk in this light we have fellowship one with another and the blood of Jesus Christ His Son cleanses us from all sin.

 

Philemon

Monday, 10th December 2018

The Apostle Paul’s letter to Philemon is only a short book of the Bible, but its contents are worthy of consideration. We note from the first two verses that the letter was written not only to Philemon, but also to Apphia and Archippus. I would suggest that Apphia was the wife of Philemon, and Archippus their son. This is because Paul then goes on to refer to the “church in thy house”. It suggests that these other two names are those of his family, and that they lived in the house where the ecclesia met.

‘Drawing nigh unto God’

Sunday, 9th December 2018

Readings: Job 11, Micah 7, James 3-4

In our New Testament reading, James 4:8 records:

Draw nigh to God, and he will draw nigh to you”

 

These are powerful inspired words and need to be manifested ‘in the thoughts, actions and the service’ of the sons and daughters of God. The words ‘draw nigh’ carry the meaning of ‘to come near’ and ‘to approach’. They emphasize the importance of our ‘individual’ and ‘collective’ relationships with our Heavenly Father and also how we need to approach Him in faithful and reverential prayer - through our High Priest at His right hand, the Lord Jesus Christ.

 

Sign up for the Daily Readings by E-mail

Saturday, 8th December 2018
Just in time for starting the daily readings cycle again in the new year, you can now get daily emails on the daily Bible readings from the CIL website! The Daily Readings and Daily Readings Exhortations can be received, daily, by email (along with the existing weekly notifications email).  This is available if you update your account on the website (or when registering on the site).  

Hosea – the Unbounded Love of God

Monday, 3rd December 2018

It was a big ask; perhaps one of the biggest that God asked of any of His faithful prophets. In fact it was more than an ‘ask’ – it was a command: “Go, take to yourself a wife of whoredom” (1:2). Hosea obeyed. The Book of Hosea starts with Hosea’s marriage to Gomer, but not on a good basis for a marriage relationship! It’s going to be an unhappy marriage. It is made immediately clear by God that Hosea’s real-life experiences of an unfaithful wife – the hurt, the anger, the heartache – are to convey the Lord God’s feelings toward His People Israel (and Judah): “… for the land commits great whoredom by forsaking the Lord”. ‘Whoredom’, in the literal sense, relates to Gomer’s personal unfaithfulness in her marriage and her pursuit of many lovers. In spiritual terms ‘whoredom’ translates to idolatry in Israel’s worship of Baal and the pursuing of alliances with other nations (Egypt and Assyria), rather than trusting in God for protection.

“His heart wasn’t in it”

Sunday, 2nd December 2018

Readings: Job 1-2, Jonah 2-3, Hebrews 8-9

This is a phrase we often hear when someone doesn’t perform as well as we might expect. The point is that, with the best will in the world, we generally don’t achieve our full potential in anything, if the drive doesn’t come from within. External encouragement can help to motivate us but will only take us so far. This is why the promise made by God to the prophet Jeremiah and quoted by the writer of the letter to Hebrews is so important. (See Jeremiah 31:33 and Hebrews 8:10) God promises to take His law, an external force, and help us to internalise the principles behind the written decrees

The Return of the Lord Jesus Christ

Saturday, 1st December 2018

Reading Matthew 24

There has been no shortage of people who have wanted to change the world and whilst individuals have made important contributions, people tend to look to national or international organisations for major advances. For example, Institutions like the United Nations came into existence to prevent war and to provide food aid, education and refuge for the poorest peoples and to protect human rights. The International Monetary Fund aids developing countries in their economies and so on. But none of these has been able to solve the many problems our world now faces.