Monthly Archives: September 2012

The schemes of Satan

Satan the deceiver (Genesis 3:1-7) The first human beings had an uninhibited relationship with God. What could possibly have gone wrong? Something – or someone – caused them to doubt God’s goodness and love. That ‘someone’ was the devil, “the … Continue reading

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Christians and the Law

Matthew 5:17,18 “Do not think that I have come to abolish the Law or the Prophets; I have not come to abolish them but to fulfil them. I tell you the truth, until heaven and earth disappear, not the smallest … Continue reading

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A God of mercy

God’s mercy is great (I Chronicles 21) It seems somewhat odd to us today that the taking of a census should arouse God’s anger. But to the Israelites, it was forbidden; David knew this, but insisted that it should be … Continue reading

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Righteousness through faith

Nobody’s perfect (Ecclesiastes 7:20) How should ‘righteousness’ be defined? Most of us would like to think of ourselves as being decent, upright, law-abiding citizens. And when we make the “occasional” slip, we just remind ourselves that “nobody’s perfect”. Looking around … Continue reading

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God is with us

Psalm 14:4,5 Will evildoers never learn –                                                                   … Continue reading

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Ebed-Melek

Ebed-melek is one of the Bible’s more obscure characters. He is not famous, and we know very little about him. If you think of the Bible as a drama, he makes a brief appearance in one of the middle acts … Continue reading

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Going the right way

Deuteronomy 28:14 “Do not turn aside from any of the commands I give you today, to the right or to the left, following other gods and serving them.” About to enter the Promised Land, the Israelites would shortly find their … Continue reading

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