Author Archives: Deborah

What’s the point of it all?

Psalm 39 This psalm was composed out of frustration (verses 1-3) – frustration at the prosperity of the wicked at the expense of the righteous. It’s all very well for God’s Word to tell us that the wicked man’s success … Continue reading

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Focus on Jesus: He is the ultimate priest (part 1)

“Fix your thoughts on Jesus” (Hebrews 3:1) Hebrews 4:14-5:6 The writer of this letter has so far shown that Jesus is greater than the prophets (Hebrews 1:1,2), greater than the angels (Hebrews 1:5-14), and greater than Moses (Hebrews 3:1-6). Now … Continue reading

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Forgiveness and prayer

Mark 11:25 “When you stand praying, if you hold anything against anyone, forgive them, so that your Father in heaven may forgive you your sins.” Why is forgiveness an essential precondition for effective prayer? We cannot approach a holy God … Continue reading

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Focus on Jesus: He is greater than Moses

“Fix your thoughts on Jesus” (Hebrews 3:1) Hebrews 3:1-6 Moses is greatly revered by the Jews, and rightly so, because he established the nation of Israel as God’s people. In obedience to God’s command, he brought the Israelites out of … Continue reading

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Hardness of heart

Mark 10:1-12 Divorce has always been a touchy subject. John the Baptist was imprisoned and executed because he criticised Herod Antipas for divorcing his first wife and marrying the wife of his brother. Our current cultural climate encourages easy divorce … Continue reading

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Focus on Jesus: He is fully human

“Fix your thoughts on Jesus” (Hebrews 3:1) Hebrews 2:14-18 Many early Christians with a background influenced by Greek philosophy struggled to accept that a divine being could become a human being. There was a very early heresy (Docetism) which maintained … Continue reading

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Grieving the Spirit

We believe in the Holy Spirit. Ephesians 4:30 ‘Do not grieve the Holy Spirit,with whom you were sealed for the day of redemption.’ The Holy Spirit is God’s most precious gift to us – His own self, no less. It … Continue reading

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