Monthly Archives: February 2017

Salt of the earth

What’s so special about salt? We just buy it in the supermarket… These days it’s cheap and we take it for granted, but 2000 years ago it was a valuable commodity: it was sometimes used as a currency, and wars … Continue reading

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Pilgrims’ Progress: ‘Come with us’

Numbers 10:29-32 As the Israelites prepare to leave Mount Sinai, Moses invites his Midianite in-laws to come with them. “Come with us ands we will treat you well, for the LORD has promised good things to Israel.” (verse 29) Initially, … Continue reading

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The Narrow Way: New life in Christ

Galatians 2:17-21 As a Christian, Paul had given up all hope of achieving a state of righteousness through observing the Law. But although he was no longer under the Law’s authority, he was not lawless; rather, he now had a … Continue reading

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Parables

Mark 4:10-12,21-25 The Kingdom of God has always been a difficult concept to grasp. In first-century Palestine, when Jesus went around saying, “The Kingdom of God is near,” most people assumed that He was about to start a political revolution. … Continue reading

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The Narrow Way: Justification

Galatians 2:15,16 How does one distinguish between those who belong to the people of God and those who don’t? For the Jews, the answer to this question was quite straightforward: if you were circumcised and subscribed to other marks of … Continue reading

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Pilgrims’ Progress: Guidance

Numbers 9:15-23 The pillar of cloud that has accompanied the Israelites all the way from Egypt is now located over the Tabernacle. It is a reassuring sign of God’s continuing presence, and is visible even during the hours of darkness … Continue reading

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Under the scanner

When I first qualified as a doctor (nearly forty years ago), the treatment of cancer was somewhat hit-and-miss. If you found a breast lump, the surgeon would carry out a mastectomy – and that was all the treatment you had. … Continue reading

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