Full of Grace and Truth

The opening chapter of John’s gospel provides a wonderful introduction to the work of redemption in Christ. Beginnings always propose something important. Whether it is the beginning of God’s creative majesty in Genesis 1, or the rearrangement of the calendar … Read more “Full of Grace and Truth”

Faithful Are the Wounds of a Friend

We live in a world where friendship is often defined by our friends and followers on social networking sites. We often interact with others by posting holiday snaps and updates about our children’s accomplishments as well as sharing recipes and … Read more “Faithful Are the Wounds of a Friend”

Isaiah’s Parable of the Grains

From Isaiah 28 through to Isaiah 33, we have a group of chapters all united by a series of woe judgments. They outline the impending Assyrian invasion of Samaria first, followed by Judah second, and highlight God’s determination to save … Read more “Isaiah’s Parable of the Grains”

Jesus at Jericho (2)

In our last article we saw the remarkable way in which our Lord healed the blind men at Jericho and the language that was used in the divine record to connect that incident with some of the key events that … Read more “Jesus at Jericho (2)”

Jesus at Jericho (1)

UNESCO claims that Jericho is the oldest inhabited city ever uncovered in the ancient world and geographically, is considered to be the lowest town on earth. In Old Testament times it had a significant part to play in the times … Read more “Jesus at Jericho (1)”

Benaiah – An Example of Loyalty and Courage

In 1 Kings 2 we read of David’s last personal words to his son Solomon: “Keep the charge of the Lord thy God, to walk in his ways, to keep his statutes, and his commandments, and his judgments, and his … Read more “Benaiah – An Example of Loyalty and Courage”

The Pathway to Forgiveness

When the angel appeared to Joseph at the birth of God’s Son, he instructed him to call the child’s name “Jesus: for he shall save his people from their sins” (Matt 1:21). In that simple declaration we have defined for … Read more “The Pathway to Forgiveness”

The Manifold Grace of God

There is a word used in the New Testament which, of itself, is of no great import. It is the Greek word poikilos and it is the word commonly used to describe “divers” diseases (cp Mark 1:34). The word is … Read more “The Manifold Grace of God”

Be Strong and of a Good Courage

At the time of writing, the coronavirus has infected over 100 million people and resulted in more than 2 million deaths. And the toll on human life continues to rise. As a community of believers, we have been remarkably blessed … Read more “Be Strong and of a Good Courage”

The Man from Baal-Shalisha

In the times of Elisha there lived a remarkable man from the area of Baal-Shalisha. The district wasn’t always called by that name. It was originally known just as Shalisha and was noted as the very place where Saul went … Read more “The Man from Baal-Shalisha”

A Royal Priesthood

We are all familiar with the promise that God made to Abraham in Genesis 12:2, “I will make of thee a great nation.” In Genesis 18:18, God further expressed the surety of that promise when He said, “Abraham shall surely … Read more “A Royal Priesthood”

Fellowship in the Gospel

We often associate the epistle to the Philippians with the theme of joy and rejoicing, and rightly so. But there is another topic that weaves its way through Paul’s letter – and that is predominance of the gospel and the … Read more “Fellowship in the Gospel”

The God of All Comfort

More and more we are hearing the expression ‘unprecedented times’ used by the media to describe the impact of COVID-19 upon our modern society. Some articles are reporting that unemployment rates are approaching those of the Great Depression years; others … Read more “The God of All Comfort”

Why?

The question “Why?” is perhaps one of the most insightful questions in the English language. It seeks to penetrate our subconscious and unveil our motives for acting the way we do. It is a word that often demands a response.

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Be Ye Stedfast, Unmoveable

The World Economic Forum Annual Meeting recently released a report saying: “We are living through an era of intense turbulence, disillusionment and bewilderment. Deepening geopolitical tensions are transforming international relations, and political tribalism is revealing deep fissures within countries. The

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He Commanded that Something Should be Given Her to Eat

The healing of Jairus’ daughter is an astounding miracle which allows us to understand that our Lord holds the keys of hell and of death in the power of his hand (Rev 1:18).

Mark records how Jesus took the young

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Doing Good

When the Apostle Peter was expounding the work of salvation to Cornelius he summarised the work of our Lord in this way: “God anointed Jesus of Nazareth with the Holy Spirit and with power: who went about doing good, and

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Simeon and Anna – Looking for Redemption in Jerusalem (2)

Whilst Simeon was embracing the Son of God in his arms, an aged widow named Anna drew alongside the small group. She, too, had been drawn to this spot to witness the remarkable pronouncements of salvation and glory announced by

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Simeon and Anna – Waiting for the Consolation of Israel (1)

The events surrounding the birth of the Lord Jesus Christ are both dramatic and significant. In a stunning display of harmonious glory, the angelic host filled the heavens with praise and joy. Wouldn’t it have been wonderful to witness those

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God Loveth a Cheerful Giver

We are told very emphatically in the Scriptures what God loves and what He hates.

He hates idolatry (Deut 16:22). He hates those who love violence (Psa 11:5). He hates hypocrisy and untruthful worship (Isa 1:11-15; Amos 5:21). He hates

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