Monthly Archives: October 2013

Division

Genesis 25:21-28 Isaac and Rebekah, the inheritors of God’s great promise to Abraham, were the parents-to-be of twins. No ultrasound scans then, of course, to discover the reason for Rebekah’s discomfort, but she received a prophetic explanation: “Two nations are … Continue reading

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What are the sacraments?

43) What are the sacraments or ordinances? The sacraments or ordinances given by God and instituted by Christ, namely baptism and the Lord’s Supper, are visible signs and seals that we are bound together as a community of faith by … Continue reading

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The sovereignty of God

Romans 9:14-24 This notoriously contentious passage is part of a long section of the letter to the Romans where Paul is exploring the relationship between God and the Jewish people. For two thousand years (since the time of Abraham) God … Continue reading

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Why read the Bible?

42) How is the Word of God to be read and heard? With diligence, preparation and prayer; so that we may accept it with faith, store it in our hearts, and practise it in our lives. “All Scripture is God-breathed … Continue reading

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No easy ride

Is ‘religion’ a crutch? It certainly can be, for some people. I did once meet a lady who used Christianity in that way: she loved to come to church and share her problems with everybody, and get help and sympathy. … Continue reading

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The Lord’s Prayer

41) What is the Lord’s Prayer? Our Father in heaven, hallowed be your name, your kingdom come, your will be done, on earth as it is in heaven. Give us today our daily bread. And forgive us our sins, as … Continue reading

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Tales of the unexpected: the ox-goad, the tent-peg, the millstone & the jawbone

The judge Shamgar gets just one verse of Scripture to tell of his exploits (Judges 3:31). Such a brief account inevitably forces us to use our imaginations. How did the situation come about? Why did he not have time to … Continue reading

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