Monthly Archives: August 2016

Pilgrims’ Progress: Baptism

Exodus 14 As they march eastwards, the Israelites are confident and cheerful, believing that all their problems are over and unaware that they are being pursued. For even after the near-destruction of his country and people, Pharaoh’s heart is unchanged! … Continue reading

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Messy church: Gender issues

I Corinthians 11:1-16 In early Christian meetings both men and women were allowed to address the congregation, in marked contrast to the Jewish synagogues. Paul was concerned, not because the women were engaging in a ‘masculine’ activity but because they … Continue reading

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Pilgrims’ progress: Redemption

Exodus 12 This is where the journey begins: in Egypt. Israel is enslaved (and has been for generations). They are completely unable to save themselves; God has to send Moses to force Pharaoh to let them go. The preceding few … Continue reading

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Watching the Olympics (again): Winning the prize

II Timothy 4:7,8 When the Bible promises that we shall wear crowns, it doesn’t mean royal crowns but victory crowns – like the laurel wreaths that the winners in the ancient Greek games were presented with. Our modern trophies are … Continue reading

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Our rightful King

Psalm 24 The Proprietor (verses 1,2) Who owns this planet? God. “The earth is the LORD’s, and everything in it.” (verse 1) All things (not just our own world but everything else in the entire universe) were originally made by … Continue reading

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Watching the Olympics (again): Running the race

Hebrews 12:1-3 The Christian life is a race, not a stroll in the sunset! And for most of us it isn’t a short sprint, but a marathon. You may have noticed that the course for a marathon, being run on … Continue reading

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Love hurts: the decision

Hosea 14 The way back is always open – even for those as persistently rebellious and unfaithful as Israel. What must we do if we find ourselves far away from the God we once knew? We must acknowledge our sins … Continue reading

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