Monthly Archives: August 2015

Holiness: What is it?

Holiness is a much-misunderstood concept. It conjures up images of solitary hermits shutting themselves away from the distractions (and also the needs) of the world, or of self-righteous Pharisees condemning lesser mortals for their failures (Luke 18:11,12). But Biblical holiness … Continue reading

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Love hurts: What’s in a name?

Hosea 1:3-9 Hosea showed tremendous dedication to his prophetic calling. Not only did he marry Gomer, but he gave his children prophetic names chosen by God. The name Jezreel was evocative of promise and high hopes. Jezreel was where Jehu, … Continue reading

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Acts 13:44-52

Good news for the Gentiles But something happens during the next few days. Paul and Barnabas have done their bit; and now the Holy Spirit sets to work. People go home and start talking to their friends and relatives about … Continue reading

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If I were you…

A few years ago, I had a teenage girl in my consulting room with a positive pregnancy test. “What do you want to do?” I asked. “I don’t know,” she replied. “What would you do, if you were me?” At this … Continue reading

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Acts 13:13-43

Strategic evangelism What is Paul’s missionary strategy? He tells us in his letter to the Romans: he preaches “first to the Jew, then to the Gentile.” (Romans 1:16) He didn’t make this up himself; it’s based on Jesus’ parable of … Continue reading

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Love hurts: An arranged marriage

After Solomon died, the ten tribes that made up the kingdom of Israel had split away from the tribe of Judah. Israel’s first king, Jeroboam I, had introduced the worship of two golden calves, one in Bethel (in the south) … Continue reading

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Acts 13:4-12

In Paphos Paul and his friends meet with opposition from a man called Elymas, who is also Jewish. But he is an example of the kind of person you often find on the ‘fringe’ of mainstream religion. Many Jews at … Continue reading

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