Monthly Archives: June 2017

Pilgrims’ Progress: Idolatry again

Numbers 25 Finally the Israelites come to the east bank of the River Jordan, on the border of the country of Moab and within a stone’s-throw of their goal. And at this point, at the very end of their long … Continue reading

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The normal Christian life (part 2)

Mark 8:27-9:29 (read part 1 here) So should the normal Christian life be a never-ending victory parade? It looks as though it ought to be, but I’ve found three reasons in this section of Mark’s gospel why it isn’t. Mark … Continue reading

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The normal Christian life (part 1)

Mark 8:27-9:29 It’s good to read Christian books… but some of them don’t half make you feel inadequate. ‘The normal Christian life’ is the title of a classic book by Watchman Nee – which I’ve never actually read, but from … Continue reading

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The Narrow Way: The mark of the people of God

Galatians 6:11-18 At the time Paul wrote this letter, Christians were persecuted mainly by the Jewish community (who resented the inclusion of Gentiles). The Judaistic version of Christianity (forcing Gentile converts to become Jews) effectively reduced it to no more … Continue reading

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Pilgrims’ Progress: Grumbling

Numbers 21:4-9 Now the Israelites are in the final stage of their prolonged journey. But it must seem to them as though they are never going to reach their destination! Within weeks, discouraged by the unusually arid terrain they are … Continue reading

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The Narrow Way: Sowing and reaping

Sowing and reaping (Galatians 6:7-10) To sum up: sin is a serious matter, and we don’t have the luxury of being able to ignore it. “Do not be deceived: God cannot be mocked. A man reaps what he sows.” (Galatians … Continue reading

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Chosen

We believe in the holy catholic church, the communion of saints… Deuteronomy 7:7 “The LORD did not set His affection on you and choose you because you were more numerous than other peoples, for you were the fewest of all … Continue reading

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