Monthly Archives: March 2016

Love hurts: the morning after the night before

Hosea 9 The party’s over (verses 1-9) A good harvest would normally be cause for celebration. But what were the Israelites doing? They were observing the festivals of the fertility gods, provoking their own God to jealousy. They had forgotten … Continue reading

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Can we rehabilitate Judas?

Of all the characters in the Easter story, Judas is one of the most enigmatic, and therefore one of the most fascinating. As the man who betrayed Jesus with a kiss and then killed himself, he has been vilified all … Continue reading

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Looking at the human heart

Psalm 19:12-14 Because we are incapable of achieving the righteousness defined by God’s Law, one of its main functions is to convict us of sin (Romans 3:20). Our natural consciences are dull (verse 12); we do not recognise the full … Continue reading

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Looking at the Word

Psalm 19:7-11 The ‘book of nature’, though universally available, is not always an easy one to read; for not everything in nature reflects the character of God. He has revealed Himself far more fully and clearly in His written word. … Continue reading

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Looking at nature

Psalm 19:1-6 The pagan worships created things; the atheist sees only the products of random chance. But for us, the universe confronts us with the wisdom, power and majesty of the One who made it. “The heavens declare the glory … Continue reading

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Festival time: Trumpets

After Pentecost, there was quite a long gap before the final three festivals, all of which took place in quick succession during the seventh month of the Jewish year, at the end of the harvest season. That month opened with … Continue reading

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Love hurts: Sowing and reaping

Hosea 8 “Do not be deceived: God cannot be mocked. A man reaps what he sows…” (Galatians 6:7,8) This is true of unbelievers as well as believers, and of nations as well as individuals. Sowing (verses 1-6) Israel’s motto could … Continue reading

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