Monthly Archives: July 2017

Hall of Fame: Abel

Hebrews 11:4 The Biblical account of Abel’s life (Genesis 4:1-8) is tantalisingly brief, and it’s unclear why his offering should have been acceptable to God while his brother Cain’s was not (it wasn’t because it was a blood sacrifice; these … Continue reading

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Pilgrims’ Progress: Handing on the baton

Numbers 27:12-23 Like Aaron, Moses has excluded himself from the land of Canaan by his failure to uphold God’s honour at Meribah. With Israel now poised to cross the Jordan, the time of his death is rapidly approaching – and … Continue reading

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Hall of Fame: Prelude

Hebrews 11:1-3 What is faith? The writer of the letter to the Hebrews has been imploring his readers to keep their faith alive and not give up. Faith is all-important, because “the righteous person will live by his faith.” (Habakkuk … Continue reading

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The plans of the Lord

Psalm 33:10-22 Many people think of God as a Being who made the world originally but who long ago ceased to take any interest in it, let alone intervene in its affairs. But this is not the case: He is … Continue reading

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By the word of the Lord…

Psalm 33:1-9 Why is it “fitting” for us to praise God (verse 1)? No doubt there are many reasons; this psalm focuses on some of them. “The word of the LORD is right and true…” (verse 4) There is a … Continue reading

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Pilgrims’ Progress: Eyes on the prize

Five wise virgins (Numbers 27:1-11) In an intensely patriarchal society such as ancient Israel, daughters do not normally inherit any share of the family estate. But a certain Israelite (Zelophehad) has died at some point during the nation’s wanderings without … Continue reading

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Radicalisation

Long before social media, long before Islamic terrorism, King Solomon noted that it’s not difficult to recruit people for violence: “A violent person entices their neighbour and leads them down a path that is not good.” (Proverbs 16:29) There are … Continue reading

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