Monthly Archives: December 2015

Love hurts: When God is mocked

Hosea 5:1-12 Mocking God (verses 1-7) Did the people think that they could deceive God with their ‘religious’ services? He was well aware of what was going on! Sin is not something that we can safely dabble in; it is … Continue reading

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Festival time: the Sabbath

What sort of image does the word ‘Sabbath’ evoke? Maybe one of the early scenes in the film Chariots of Fire, where we see the devout Christian athlete Eric Liddell telling off some young boys for playing football on a … Continue reading

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December 25th

Why do we celebrate the birth of Jesus on December 25th? Actually, not all Christians do; the Eastern Orthodox churches, following a different calendar, will have their Christmas on January 7th. But it’s a good question. After all, we aren’t … Continue reading

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Festival time

All societies set aside specific days (usually dates of historical or religious significance) for celebration, to break the monotony of routine daily life, and Israel was to be no exception. The people were given six festivals during the course of … Continue reading

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The most important thing is…

What is the most important aspect of the Christian life? There are certainly a number of things that we should consider to be important (Acts 2:42 tells us that the very first Christians devoted themselves to apostolic teaching, fellowship, breaking … Continue reading

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Daniel 3: Making choices (3)

Nobody goes through life without ever putting a foot wrong. If we find ourselves in a bad situation, it could well be that we’ve gone wrong somewhere. Why were the nation of Israel suffering in exile? Because they had made … Continue reading

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Love hurts: Keep clear

Hosea 4:15-19 One object of Hosea’s preaching was to restrain Judah from following Israel into apostasy. Israel still claimed to be the people of God, but their national shrines were actually places of idolatry: ‘Bethel’ (“the house of God”) had … Continue reading

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