Monthly Archives: September 2015

Healthy living

Food is good; food is essential to life. And yet a large proportion of the population are eating and drinking themselves to an early grave. The recent revelation that sugary drinks can cause diabetes will not have surprised anyone in … Continue reading

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Paul’s testimony (Acts 26:12-14)

I’ve heard that only about one-third of Christians can even remember a specific day and say ‘That’s when I was converted’. That’s still quite a lot of people. But even these apparently sudden conversions don’t often happen completely ‘out of … Continue reading

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Love hurts: Consequences

Hosea 2:1-17 The consequences of adultery (verses 2-7) Hosea could have had his wife executed. Certainly he had no obligations, either towards her or towards her illegitimate children. In the same way, Israel had committed spiritual adultery, and could no … Continue reading

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Holiness: Sexual behaviour

Leviticus is famous for its stringent code of sexual morality (Leviticus 18) – and for the harsh penalties prescribed for breaking it (Leviticus 20). Nowhere else is the gulf between pagan and Judaeo-Christian ethics so vast. We live in a … Continue reading

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Treason!

When Christianity first appeared in the Roman Empire it aroused considerable suspicion, and sometimes alarm. Those irritating Christians refused to show allegiance to the emperor in the approved manner, by burning incense in front of his statue – even though … Continue reading

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Holiness: Dealing with sin

One of the most boring parts of the book of Leviticus (to the average modern reader) is the section dealing with ‘leprosy’ (Leviticus 13 & 14). The visibility of disorders and blemishes of the skin makes them a cause of … Continue reading

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Love hurts: Is this the End?

Hosea 1:10-2:1 Judgement is never God’s final word: He would not abandon His people totally. Some members of the northern tribes took refuge in Judah and survived the Exile. Many of their other descendants (the Samaritans) eventually became Christians, and … Continue reading

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