Monthly Archives: March 2015

Glimpses of the Gospel: We have an Advocate

While his friends sit beside him in silent sympathy (Job 2:11-13), Job holds high hopes of receiving comfort from them. But when they open their mouths, he is deeply disappointed (Job 6:21; 13:4,5). Instead of supporting him and reassuring him, … Continue reading

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The Pilgrims’ Guidebook: Being distinct from the world

I Peter 4:1-4 Christians live in a sinful, rebellious world. And before our conversion we were part of it. For some of us, breaking free will be very difficult. So we must look at the example of Jesus: in order … Continue reading

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Glimpses of the Gospel: We need a Redeemer

In Job’s time and culture, the family is the major unit of society. And what we would call the ‘extended family’ (something that modern Westerners generally acknowledge only at grand social occasions such as weddings and funerals) is something of … Continue reading

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Is it ‘Goodbye’ or ‘Au revoir’?

It has been said that two things in life are inevitable: death and taxes. I’m not sure about the taxes (there must be some tribes living happily on a remote island somewhere who don’t even have money to worry about, … Continue reading

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Glimpses of the Gospel: We need a Mediator

Poor Job! Without any justification, God seems to have turned against him. His peaceful, happy life is in ruins, and he does not know why. He thought that he knew where he was with God; but evidently he was horribly, … Continue reading

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The Pilgrims’ Guidebook: Suffering and victory

I Peter 3:18-22 This is a notoriously difficult passage, with several possible interpretations. I am assuming that it is all part of Peter’s train of thought on suffering, although he does give us some fairly meaty theology in the process! … Continue reading

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Glimpses of the Gospel: The unpayable debt

Job has never been arrogant or self-righteous; good man though he is, he has never pretended to be perfect. On a regular basis, he would follow the custom of his time and offer sacrifices to appease God for any inadvertent … Continue reading

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