Monthly Archives: December 2014

The Pilgrims’ Guidebook: The principle of submission (3)

I Peter 2:21-23 Jesus is the supreme example of how to live the Christian life. No-one deserved suffering less than He; yet everything that His enemies did to Him – the false accusations, the beatings, the mockery, and the cruel … Continue reading

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Under the influence

The priests (Leviticus 10:8-11) This command follows close on the horrifying incident when Aaron’s two eldest sons, Nadab and Abihu, died because of their irreverent conduct within the sanctuary. Alcohol suppresses inhibitions and distorts judgement; it encourages recklessness. Had they … Continue reading

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The truth about Father Christmas

Christmas is coming and… yet another hapless member of the clergy has upset parents by telling some primary school children that Father Christmas is not real. In this case, the subject came up because the curate in question asked the … Continue reading

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Coping under stress

Psalm 4 Even though we have a just and righteous God, bad things still happen to us, and believers often find themselves in difficult, even dangerous situations. How should we deal with them? “Peter was kept in prison, but the … Continue reading

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The slavery of religion

The popular (atheist) theory of the origins of religion states that early man, in terror of natural forces (such as storms, drought, disease, and death), felt the need to appease the unseen, supernatural beings that he believed must have the … Continue reading

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‘I fell at His feet as though dead’

Revelation 1:17 “When I saw Him, I fell at His feet as though dead. Then He placed His right hand on me and said, ‘Do not be afraid…’” The terrifying presence of God (Leviticus 9:23,24) The Israelites had made and … Continue reading

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The Pilgrims’ Guidebook: The principle of submission (2)

I Peter 2:18-21 Under the Roman Empire, slaves had no status; even if well treated, they were mere chattels, without any rights or legal protection. But Peter addresses Christian servants (including slaves) as people with free will – because they … Continue reading

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