Monthly Archives: July 2014

Flies in the ointment

One has to admire the new Pope for doing so much to restore the reputation of the Roman Catholic Church. Seriously discredited by the revelations of institutionalised child abuse all over the world, it has been under relentless attack from those who … Continue reading

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Who is Yahweh? A God who does not take sides

The story continues… Part 24 (Joshua 5,6) A generation after the rebellion at Kadesh-Barnea, the Israelites finally enter the land God has promised to them. However, Canaan is occupied by other peoples who do not acknowledge God’s sovereignty and who will … Continue reading

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The Pilgrims’ Guidebook: Redemption

I Peter 1:18-21 Peter has a lot more to say about redemption. Jesus was our sin offering, dying in our place to take the punishment for our sins. He fulfilled all the criteria for being that sin offering; for He … Continue reading

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Who is Yahweh? A reliable God

The story continues… Part 23 (Numbers 22-24) As the Israelites approach Canaan once again (this time from the east), the local chieftains are alarmed. Fearing that his own territory might be invaded, Balak king of Moab consults a famous holy man … Continue reading

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A conflict of loyalties?

Matthew 22:15-22 “Is it right to pay taxes to Caesar or not?”  (verse 17) This was a trick question, designed to trap Jesus into making a statement that was guaranteed to get Him into trouble, either with His ‘fan club’ (the … Continue reading

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Who is Yahweh? A God not to be trifled with

The story continues… Part 22 (Numbers 13,14) By the time the Israelites reach Kadesh-Barnea, on the borders of Canaan, they have already hankered after their old life in Egypt on numerous occasions. But their last-minute refusal to enter the land that … Continue reading

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The Pilgrims’ Guidebook: Reasons to be holy

I Peter 1:14-19 1) We have a Father who is holy Children obey their parents; Christians therefore ought to obey their heavenly Father (Malachi 1:6). Before we became Christians, we did not know that our true purpose in life was … Continue reading

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