Tag Archives: Christian life

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 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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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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The Narrow Way: Slaves or sons?

Galatians 4:1-20 The difference between the old covenant of law and the new covenant of grace is like the difference between being a servant and being a son (or daughter) of the family. Servants can retain their position only for … Continue reading

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The Kings Highway

Isaiah 35 The path of the King (verses 1-7) Isaiah was called to prophesy to a nation who thought they could work out their own salvation (in a political sense). They would fail; and the inevitable consequence of trying to … Continue reading

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Pilgrims’ Progress: Food again

Numbers 11 The Israelites are the recipients of a daily feeding miracle – every morning, in the midst of the barren wilderness, there is nutritious food waiting to be collected. And yet within a year or two its very familiarity … Continue reading

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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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