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Recent articles

The Wives of Jacob (Part 1 of 2)

Monday, 28th January 2019

Reading: Genesis 29

Each New Year as I read the chapters in Genesis, I am confident of my awareness of the incidents and the extent of the record. It is very much a narrative account and I expect few surprises after the first few times of reading it. That may be your experience as well. Each year is a repetition with familiar people and incidents.

We soon become very aware of the struggle to provide heirs for the Patriarchs. First, Sarah, Abraham’s wife is found to be barren. Then Rebekah, Isaac’s wife is also barren. Rachel and Leah, Jacob’s wives are both barren. It took a few readings to notice that Leah was also, initially, barren. Infertility was a persistent problem for the Patriarchs and their wives, that is, until God intervened.

Psalm 49 – Our Common Humanity

Sunday, 27th January 2019

The Psalms reflect the history and life of God’s people. Some are joyful songs of praise and thanksgiving, expressing confidence in God. Others are heart-felt prayers of individuals or of the whole community. Still others are songs of Zion, celebrating the reign of God and of the Lord’s anointed one – the Messiah. All of them have something important to teach us because they were written by people like us and have been preserved for our benefit.

The Hebrew Twins

Monday, 21st January 2019

Reading: Genesis 28

You really can’t have two more different brothers than this – and they were twins as well! One stayed at home with his mother, tied to her apron strings, the other was an outdoor man who loved the hunt and the chase. By human standards, God chose the wrong man to be in the line of succession. He should have chosen Esau who was the first born. Yet he proved to be a man for the moment and did not value the things of God. Their mother was perplexed and wondered why she was carrying twins as there was to be a single line to the promised Seed that should come. Jacob proved to be a quiet and inoffensive man.

Biblical Pictures

Sunday, 20th January 2019

In the Bible there are many pictures and lessons that show Christ and his character, many of which you will be familiar with I’m sure. Let’s begin by looking at 1 Corinthians 3:11,

 For other foundation can no man lay than that is laid, which is Jesus Christ.

where we read that the apostle Paul describes the Lord Jesus Christ as a “foundation’. This is a great example of how we are taught about the role that Jesus should play in our lives, acting as a foundation, a sure footing, upon which we should base our beliefs, and indeed our lives.

New Beginnings (Part 2 of 2)

Monday, 14th January 2019

In Part 1, we briefly considered the creation record and compared it with other Scriptures that have a bearing on the concept of time itself and on the beginning and end of time. We saw how it is illogical to twist the narrative to try to align it to an atheistic doctrine. When we fail to listen to God and to take Him at His word, we fall into the same trap that Cain fell into, with disastrous consequences. God had no respect for Cain’s offering and he ended up murdering his brother.

Following this event the Scripture narrative moves very swiftly through the next 1,600 years. The main thing we learn from the account of this time is the frighteningly rapid decline of the moral state of God’s creation; from a state where He could reckon it to be ‘very good’ to a state in which it repented Him that He had created man upon the earth. Indeed, He observed “that the wickedness of man was great in the earth, and that every intent of the thoughts of his heart was only evil continually” (Genesis 6:5, NKJV).

Mental Health

Sunday, 13th January 2019

When you think of the words “physical health”, what images come into your mind? When you think of the words “mental health”, what images come into your mind? Most people’s response to the first question is that of a gym, running, cycling or muscular men or women; positive imagery. People typically answer the second question with thoughts of stress, depression, anxiety, struggling to cope; negative imagery.

The truth is that we all have a mental health which, just like our physical health, can be in a good state or a poor state. But our society has long stigmatised ‘mental health’ such that it automatically has negative connotations when we hear that term mentioned. Not surprising really, since the conditions associated with a poor mental health are so prevalent in our modern, hectic world. How does that link to us as Christians?

New Beginnings (Part 1 of 2)

Monday, 7th January 2019

Did you make any New Year’s resolutions? If you did, how many have you abandoned already? The turn of the year, although a somewhat arbitrary marker, provides a useful reference point to assess our lives and, perhaps, persuade ourselves that we can make some changes. Should we be more faithful in our daily reading of God’s word, pray more often, see friends and family more, eat less, learn a new skill? There are lots of things that people resolve to do at the turn of the year. Our own birthdays, when we begin a new year of our life, can also provide an opportunity to take stock and promise ourselves we can do better.

We, of all people, should know about making resolutions at a new beginning; for we do so, no doubt, at the start of each week, when we remember our Master in bread and wine. Touched by words of exhortation and our reading of God’s word, we look back over the week and promise ourselves we can do better in the week ahead. But do we?

Matthew 8 – The Centurion’s servant

Sunday, 6th January 2019

‘’And many other signs truly did Jesus in the presence of his disciples, which are not written in this book, but these are written, that ye might believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God; and that believing ye might have life through his name.’’(John 20:30,31)

“Potted History of How the Bible Came into Being”

Tuesday, 1st January 2019

Reading: 2 Timothy 3

It is hardly controversial to say that we live in a very troubled world, with significant political, social and economic upheavals, disease, dire warnings about the consequences of climate change, and natural disasters – the latter reminding us forcefully how small and vulnerable we are, how impotent, especially if the elements turn against us.

 

The question is often asked, “What is the world coming to?” Is there really any way of making sense of world events, especially given our short life-span, and finding out the destiny of the human race? The answer to these questions is ‘yes’ and it is contained in a book that is widely ignored today – the Bible.

 

Types in Genesis

Monday, 31st December 2018

There are quite a number of types in Genesis which are picked up in the New Testament and the antitypes clearly shown. The Lord Jesus, for example, speaks of Adam and Eve (though not by name), Noah and the flood, Lot and Sodom and Gomorrah, Abraham, Isaac and Jacob. The Apostle Peter speaks of the flood in his first and second epistles. The Apostle Paul writes of Adam and Eve, Cain and Abel, Abraham and Sarah, Hagar, Melchizedec and others.

This study shows just how closely the original creation foreshadowed God’s new creation in those who are in the process of developing spiritually into fully grown men and women in Christ Jesus our Lord.