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Recent articles

The Secret friend

Monday, 3rd June 2019

Reading: John 3:1-17

We all like the idea of a secret friend; someone who admires us, or at least, appreciates what we stand for; someone who does not stand out in our immediate circle, but who, nevertheless, admires or respects us from afar. It is just part of being ‘human’.

However, Jesus was exceptional in that he did not have pride. His mission was that people should love and respect his Father, the Lord God Himself. But he had admirers, nevertheless, both public and private.

One of these was, on the surface, most unlikely for he belonged to one of the groups that constantly opposed the Lord Jesus – the Pharisees. They stood for the ‘old order’, for the way things were from before the time the Romans took over the land of Israel, long before the birth of Jesus of Nazareth, the king of the Jews.

The Wondrous Things of God

Sunday, 2nd June 2019

Readings: Joshua 19, Isaiah 25, Hebrews 8-9

In the opening verses of Isaiah 25, the prophet looks to that future time when the nations will fear the LORD and praise His name v3 (ESV); “Therefore strong peoples will glorify you; cities of ruthless nations will fear you.” However, in this present age, it is human achievement and technological advancement that is praised and become the dominant feature of modern life, God, generally speaking, is no longer regarded or praised as He once was.

Prophecies of the Old Testament – Their relevance today

Saturday, 1st June 2019

Reading: Daniel 2

Introduction

Our Bible (both Old and New Testaments) claims to be the inspired word of God (2Timothy 3:16). Despite this claim, some people think that the Old Testament is not relevant today. We hope to show that this is not so; that the whole Bible and particularly the Old Testament has a great relevance for our own uncertain times.

 

Prophets and Prophecies

A Mystery no longer

Monday, 27th May 2019

Reading: Ephesians 3

Early in the 4th Century AD (over 200 years after Ephesians was written), the Council of Nicea, convened and presided over by the Roman Emperor Constantine, ordered that the church must believe in a God who exists as a Holy Trinity. The Roman Catholic and Orthodox churches still believe and teach this today. Although not taught in the Bible, the Trinity survived the Reformation and most Protestant churches also still believe and teach it.

Sometimes, those who accept this error make no attempt to argue the case when we point out that the Trinity doctrine is unknown in the Bible – where God is presented as a glorious unity and Jesus as His Son. They simply say ‘That is the mystery.’ They are hiding behind the word ‘mystery’.

“Last Days”

Sunday, 26th May 2019

Readings: Joshua 12, Isaiah 16, 2 Timothy 2

When we want to know what life will be like in the last days, 2 Timothy 3 is a useful chapter. In it the Apostle Paul describes the standards and behaviour of people in the days before the return of the Lord Jesus. Whilst it can be upsetting to read about how dreadful society will become, it can also be comforting for us. The Bible says clearly how standards will deteriorate, and as we see that happening, we can be reassured that the return of the Lord Jesus is getting closer. He will return and take control and gradually all the problems of the world will be solved.

Paul’s last days

The Apostle who doubted

Monday, 20th May 2019

Reading: John 20

The Lord Jesus was often asked by those around him for some proof or sign, preferably of a miraculous nature, that would convince them of his divine commission: “What sign will you perform then”, the people asked him in John 6, “that we may see it and believe you? What work will you do?” (v30, New King James Version). Yet Jesus consistently declined to grant such requests, because he knew that those who refused to believe until overwhelming evidence was placed before them lacked faith. If he had shown them a miraculous sign this would not have led to the willing and uncoerced belief which he wanted to draw from his followers.

Our Pilgrimage

Sunday, 19th May 2019

Readings: Joshua 3&4, Isaiah 9, 1 Thessalonians 5

Forty years after the exodus from Egypt, God's people Israel came at last to the border of the Promised Land. The journey should never have taken so long. As Moses reminded the people, when they stood ready to cross the river Jordan, "It is eleven days' journey from Horeb by way of Mount Seir to Kadesh Barnea." Deut 1:2 (NKJV). They could have reached the Promised Land in 11 days! But because of their rebellion they first had to wander "through all that great and terrible wilderness" (Deut 1:19; 8:15) for a total of 40 years.

Simeon and Levi

Monday, 13th May 2019

Reading: Deuteronomy 33

As Jacob realised that his days were coming to an end, he “called unto his sons, and said, Gather yourselves together, that I may tell you that which shall befall you in the last days” (Genesis 49:1). The inspired patriarch uses a term that elsewhere refers to future events. The phrase “the last days” only occurs twelve times in the Old Testament, most of which are end time prophecies (e.g., Numbers 24:14; Deuteronomy 4:30; Isaiah 2:2).

Jacob continued: “Gather yourselves together, and hear, ye sons of Jacob; and hearken unto Israel your father” (Genesis 49:2). The repetition is instructive; “hear” and “hearken” then “sons of Jacob” and “Israel your father”. Jacob’s words are prophetic with both near fulfilment and for a long while to come. Note that he refers to himself as Jacob and as Israel.

Lydia, whose heart the Lord opened

Monday, 6th May 2019

Reading: Acts 16

Few men in the history of the world have experienced quite so much variety, and faced quite so many challenges, dangers and opportunities, as the Apostle Paul. He knew life as one of the most senior Pharisees, and then, (more importantly) as the beloved “apostle to the Gentiles” (Romans 11:13). And throughout his life he met great multitudes of people. Some were friends; some were enemies. Some were enemies pretending to be friends. Some, such as Demas, embraced the Truth, then rejected it (2 Timothy 4:10). Others were faithful and true. They learned of God and His Son, and went on to become great stalwarts in the first century ecclesia, like one great woman, who he met in the city of Philippi. She was a seller of purple, and known as Lydia.

Hearing and Listening

Sunday, 5th May 2019

Readings: Deuteronomy 22, Song of Songs 2, Acts 14 & 15

In the middle portion of the daily readings we have the beautiful poem depicting the loving relationship between the groom and his bride to be. In Song of Solomon 2:14 (NKJV), the bride says of her beloved,

Let me see your countenance, Let me hear your voice; for your voice is sweet, and your countenance is lovely”.

In the middle of the above phrase we find the Hebrew word ‘shama, which literally means to hear or obey. This is a common word throughout the Old Testament and the same word that gives its name to the very important Jewish morning and evening prayer, “Shema Yisrael”, (better known as The Shema).