Monthly Archives: January 2016

“The LORD make His face shine on you and be gracious to you.” (Numbers 6:25) There is nothing more blissful than to bask in the sunshine of God’s smile – especially since I can do nothing to deserve it…  

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The gifts of the Spirit: words of wisdom and knowledge

Anyone can ask God confidently for wisdom (James 1:5); it is a product of ‘the fear of the Lord’ (Job 28:28). But the spiritual gift of wisdom is slightly different; it is, in fact, a ‘word of wisdom’ (I Corinthians 12:8). … Continue reading

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Love hurts: ‘Come, let us return’

Hosea 6:1-11 True repentance (verses 1-3) What is repentance? Fundamentally, it is a change of attitude towards God. It means turning away from the idols that have captured our attention and devotion. It means acknowledging our sinfulness, and the fact … Continue reading

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The gifts of the Spirit: some principles

“Now about the gifts of the Spirit, brothers and sisters, I do not want you to be uninformed…” (I Corinthians 12:1) The church at Corinth was richly endowed with spiritual gifts (I Corinthians 1:7) – but were woefully ignorant of … Continue reading

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Steam or sail?

For millennia, sea travel was dependent on the wind. Ocean currents can carry you a long way, but only very slowly; to make any real progress, sails must be hoisted to catch the breeze. A basically simple idea, yet sailing … Continue reading

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Festival time: Pentecost

The Feast of Weeks (Pentecost) was the complement and conclusion of the Passover festivals, and coincided with the beginning of the wheat harvest (Leviticus 23:15-21). It was an opportunity to give thanks to God for His provision of food for … Continue reading

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Love hurts: When it all turns sour

Hosea 5:13-15 Eventually Israel realised that something was wrong, but instead of turning back to God they sought help from the pagan world – a ‘cure’ worse than the disease! Verse 13 could refer to the tribute paid to Assyria … Continue reading

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