Tag Archives: Suffering


As I write this, my husband is in the process of erecting a new garden shed. The old wooden one has rotted; the new one is metal and should last longer. But one thing is unchanged: the concrete slab that … Continue reading

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Pilgrims’ Progress: Testing

Exodus 15:22-27 Full of joy and praise after their miraculous deliverance at the Red Sea, the Israelites march on – straight into the desert. As they trudge through the hot thirsty wilderness, their enthusiasm steadily evaporates. Eventually they reach an … Continue reading

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Love hurts: When it all turns sour

Hosea 5:13-15 Eventually Israel realised that something was wrong, but instead of turning back to God they sought help from the pagan world – a ‘cure’ worse than the disease! Verse 13 could refer to the tribute paid to Assyria … Continue reading

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Daniel 3: Making choices (3)

Nobody goes through life without ever putting a foot wrong. If we find ourselves in a bad situation, it could well be that we’ve gone wrong somewhere. Why were the nation of Israel suffering in exile? Because they had made … Continue reading

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Love hurts: Consequences

Hosea 2:1-17 The consequences of adultery (verses 2-7) Hosea could have had his wife executed. Certainly he had no obligations, either towards her or towards her illegitimate children. In the same way, Israel had committed spiritual adultery, and could no … Continue reading

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If I were you…

A few years ago, I had a teenage girl in my consulting room with a positive pregnancy test. “What do you want to do?” I asked. “I don’t know,” she replied. “What would you do, if you were me?” At this … Continue reading

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True worship: Devoted lives

The grain offering (Leviticus 2) was a tribute gift of farm produce (flour and olive oil), whereby the worshipper acknowledged God’s sovereignty over his life and asked for His continuing favour. And since every Israelite in those days was a … Continue reading

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