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Seed and soil

Matthew 13:1-9,18-23 This parable is about evangelism, isn’t it? As we talk about Jesus, we’re ‘sowing seed’ in people’s hearts, which hopefully will lead to them committing their lives to Him. We know that the ‘seed’ we’re sowing is good … Continue reading

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Was Jesus a legalist?

Matthew 19:16-21 Many Christians find this incident confusing. When the rich young man asks how to gain eternal life, why does Jesus tell him to keep the Law (verse 17)? Is Jesus implying that we can be saved by obeying … 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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Jesus: King and Judge (part 2)

Matthew 3:1-12 Isaiah’s prophecy (Isaiah 11:1-7) sounded pretty fabulous, didn’t it, if not mind-blowing! That’s what we all want the world to be like; but we can’t have peace just on its own, without justice and truth. Which is why … 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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A city on a hill

Isaiah 2:1-5 This is a prophecy of ‘the last days’ – which began at Pentecost. So it is being fulfilled now! When Isaiah was preaching these words, the city of God was Jerusalem (which is on a hill, though only … Continue reading

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What have you got?

II Kings 4:1-7 The prophet Elisha, as God’s representative, was approached by a destitute widow. With no husband to provide for her, she faced the loss of her two sons as well in order to pay off her debts. She … Continue reading

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