Monthly Archives: May 2017

Why it’s a good idea to read the Bible every day

When I became a Christian, I was told that I ought to have a ‘Quiet Time’ every day – preferably first thing in the morning – when I should spend time reading the Bible and praying to God. I sometimes … Continue reading

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Jesus preaches in Nazareth

Luke 4:14-30 Have you ever thought that there’s something a bit odd about this story? Within the space of about five minutes we go from “all [the congregation] spoke well of [Jesus]” (verse 22) to all of them being so … Continue reading

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Pilgrims’ Progress: Facing death

Numbers 20:22-29 Not long after the incident at Meribah (Numbers 20:1-13), Aaron is told that he is about to die, in fulfilment of God’s judgement. He will not enter Canaan, but will go straight to the final home of God’s … Continue reading

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The Narrow Way: The flesh and the Spirit

Galatians 5:19-26 The battle against sin may have been decisively won when Jesus died on the Cross, but our sinful nature has a powerful hold on us and refuses to admit defeat – which makes further conflict inevitable, even after … Continue reading

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In God’s hands

Psalm 31 David has always made it his habit to trust in God for protection and security. Now once again he is in danger: he and his 400 followers have come out of hiding in order to protect the border … Continue reading

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The Narrow Way: The Law and the Spirit

Galatians 5:13-18 But there was much more to the Jewish Law than the issues raised by the Judaisers (circumcision and diet). Without the restraining influence of its moral demands, surely Gentile converts would continue to live in their sinful, pagan … Continue reading

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Pilgrims’ Progress: Leadership yet again

Numbers 20:1-13 After about 35 years of wandering in circles, Israel again find themselves near Kadesh-Barnea. This time the water supply fails, provoking yet another volley of complaints – and the airing of all their old grievances. And as usual, … Continue reading

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