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 – those who devour my people as men eat bread and who do not call on the LORD? There they are, overwhelmed with dread, for God is present in the company of the righteous. … 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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