Monthly Archives: June 2015

True worship: Confessing sin

Those who have been redeemed and brought into fellowship with God do not lose their basic sinful nature. Sadly, we continue to commit sins – and it is both intellectually and spiritually dishonest to claim otherwise (I John 1:8). So … Continue reading

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What price loyalty?

One of the most profound cultural shifts that has taken place in the last fifty years or so is in the value we place on loyalty. In my father’s generation, it was not unusual for a man to work for … Continue reading

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True worship: in community

The Israelites were encouraged to regard any particular blessing from God (such as recovery from sickness, or preservation in battle) as an opportunity for thanksgiving, and celebration. This was the purpose of the fellowship offering (Leviticus 3). Any domestic animal … Continue reading

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The Pilgrims’ Guidebook: Leadership

I Peter 5:1-4 If ordinary Christians are to stand firm during times of persecution, they must have good leadership. God has delegated the care of His people to church elders – and they are responsible for guarding them and feeding … Continue reading

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True worship: Devoted lives

The grain offering (Leviticus 2) was a tribute gift of farm produce (flour and olive oil), whereby the worshipper acknowledged God’s sovereignty over his life and asked for His continuing favour. And since every Israelite in those days was a … Continue reading

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Is God male or female?

This profound and controversial theological question, worthy of debate in the higher reaches of academia, surfaces in the media regularly – and is, inevitably, linked to the issue of women priests. Now this may seem a bit flippant, but it … Continue reading

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True worship: wholehearted commitment

The most basic sacrifice of the Old Covenant was the burnt offering – a whole animal (usually a substantial one, a bull or a ram) slaughtered, butchered and then burnt to ashes on the altar (Leviticus 1). It took the … Continue reading

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