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"Prove all things, hold fast what is good" 1Th 5:21

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Women in Christ's Genealogy…

Women in Christ's Genealogy…

Women in Christ's Genealogy

  The women in Christ’s line…An extract from the Testimony Magazine, February 2016 There are four women mentioned in the genealogy of Christ as recorded by Matthew. It is suggested that they reflect the life in Christ of a baptised believer. &nbs hab, the harlot. Rahab lived in Jericho in a world so steeped in sin that it had to be totally destroyed. However, she heard of the might of the God of Israel and believed in the way that He had led His people Israel out of Egypt and throug…

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Keep Hanging On!…

Keep Hanging On!…

Keep Hanging On!

Every day we say things which are not to be taken literally. If we’re not feeling well, we might say that “We’re under the weather” or that we “Feel like death”. That’s just a colourful way of expressing our feelings, and everybody understands that. Literaurative? Smetaphors are used which have a quite different meaning when applied literally. We might say that “My heart stopped when I saw it!”, when we really mean that we were very shocked at something we had seen. But…

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The Prophet Isaiah…

The Prophet Isaiah…

Isaiah lived in the times of Uzziah, Ahaz and Hezekiah, kings of Judah – about 740 to 680 BC. This was the period when the Assyrian Empire was growing in power, and Judah was about to be invaded by Sennacherib. Isaiah lived in royal circles (he was a great friend and advisor of King Hezekiah) and had a wife and children in Jerusalem. Isaiah is writing at a time of nations in decline, he is as it were sent at the 11th&n ur to speak to Israel. Basically the book can be divided into 3 rough s…

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Developing Bible Study Skills - 5…

Developing Bible Study Skills - 5…

David's input into Solomon's temple This study s designed to highlight a number of different aspects of Bible study, as follows: that Bible study is not difficult or the preserve of the intellectual the need to give careful attention to the text the value of comparing Scripture with Scripture the value of building up a picture from various scriptures the value of recording and preserving information found. &n  You will need: Bible with marginal references, concordance or compueriz…

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When the time is right…

When the time is right…

When the time is right

Sometimes things happen just because we are in the right place at the right time. Or, if it is something bad that happens, because we were in the wrong place at that very time. What if we had been born at a different time in the world’s history?&n  you had been born in the Middle Ages, just reading this website (had it been around at the time!) could have cost you your life. Many people were executed just because they wanted to read the Bible for themselves. At that time the Church held the m…

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Developing Bible Study Skills - 4…

Developing Bible Study Skills - 4…

  The Promise To David  This study is designed to highlight a number of different aspects of Bible study, as follows: that Bible study is not difficult or the preserve of the intellectual the need to give careful attention to the text the value of comparing Scripture with Scripture the value of following up quotations the value of recording and preserving information found. You will need: Bible with marginal references, concordance or computerized Bible There are two ac…

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Developing Bible Study Skills - 3…

Developing Bible Study Skills - 3…

Psalm 34 and David’s experiences This study is designed to highlight a number of different aspects of Bible study, as follows: at Bible study is not difficult or the preserve of the intellectualtrneed to give careful attention to the texttrimportance of contexttrvalue of comparing Scripture with Scripturetrvalue of recording and preserving information found. will need: &nbs e with marginal references; &nbs ordance or computerised Bible&nbs The title of Psalm 3…

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Developing Bible Study Skills - 2…

Developing Bible Study Skills - 2…

Developing Bible Study Skills - 2

  The death of Saul You will need a Bible, a Bible Atlas, a concordance.   Read 1 Samuel 31     This study is designed to highlight the following aspects of Bible study from the list given in Part 1: 1 show that Bible study is not difficult or the preserve of the intellectual show the need to give careful attention to the text reveal the value of knowing Biblical geography highlight the value of recording and preserving information found The Bi…

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Developing Bible Study Skills - 1…

Developing Bible Study Skills - 1…

Introduction This series of short articles is designed to demonstrate, by working through some simple pieces of Bible exposition, that Bible study is not just for the academic. It is hoped that any who read these short expositions will realise, if they have not done so already, that rewarding Bible study is within the grasp of us all. All that will be required to develop your own studies along similar lines will be a Bible, ideally with marginal cross-references; a good concordance or comp…

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Salvation from sin and death…

Salvation from sin and death…

Salvation from sin and death

  Criminal Convictions The original Guildhall at Lichfield probably goes back even further than 1421, the first recorded date. It was known to be the meeting place of the guild of St Mary and St John which was founded in 1387, hence its name the “Guildhall.” And the later use of part of the building as a prison is enough to send a chill down one’s spine. For in the times in question there was little mercy shown to suspected criminals; the only protection from the weather was the bars w…

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The Lamb of God…

The Lamb of God…

The Lamb of God

    It was John the Baptist who first made the connection. He had become a well-known figure in First Century Israel; a priest by birth who had become a reformer instead. Positioning himself by the River Jordan, instead of in the Temple at Jerusalem, he had summoned the nation to renew their vows and to enter into a new spiritual experience. They were to repent of their sins and be baptised in the Jordan. Coming Deliverer But, on his own admission, John was not the centre of the r…

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What's around the corner?…

What's around the corner?…

What's around the corner?

    Have you ever travelled along a twisting and narrow road hoping that there is no other vehicle approaching the same tricky corner at the same time? Or have you walked along a winding path wondering what you are going to see around the corner, hoping that you will get a new insight into how near you are to your journey’s end? rld Events Things that are happening in today’s world are a bit like that for some people. We seem to be turning a corner, but nobody is very sure what…

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One step at a time…

One step at a time…

One step at a time

Climbing steps is easy enough when you are young and fit but not so easy when you’re getting older and a bit stiff. Young people love to race up, partly to show what they can do at their age; older folk have learned that it’s surprising what you can accomplish if you take things one step at a time. r ChallengesLife can present us with some formidable challenges. We might have a crisis with our health, or with that of someone close to us. We could lose our job; have to move home; make…

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Coping with Change…

Coping with Change…

Coping with Change

 This is the time of year in Britain when it might snow. It might or it might not. The weather has been so unpredictable of late − 2012 being almost the wettest year since records began − that anything might happen. Some years it snows heavily; occasionally we get a very severe winter; but it could remain mild. It’s that unpredictability that makes it difficult to plan ahead so that everything carries on much as before, snow or no snow. ck! is well known that a light snowfall c…

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Felixstowe Talk…

What's around the corner?

 

Have you ever travelled along a twisting and narrow road hoping that there is no other vehicle approaching the same tricky corner at the same time? Or have you walked along a winding path wondering what you are going to see around the corner, hoping that you will get a new insight into how near you are to your journey’s end?

World Events

Things that are happening in today’s world are a bit like that for some people. We seem to be turning a corner, but nobody is very sure what lies around it. The explosion of people power in the Middle East has been caused by years of repression and perceived unfairness. Young educated people have lived without any real prospects of advancement, or even employment, whilst other sectors of society have had a really good lifestyle.

So they came out on the streets to protest and to demand a change of government, one which would give them a greater share of the country’s wealth and more representation. But protest is one thing and reconstructing a society is another, much harder, task.

The present impasse in Syria demonstrates that people who are in power will not readily relinquish that and for as long as their supporters are willing to uphold them and, if necessary, die for them, they will hang on to what they have. Nor have the opponents of President Bashar al-Assad a coherent plan of what they would do should they persuade him and his family to leave Syria . The ‘rebels’ have no obvious leader and apart from a widespread desire for “freedom”, they appear to have no plans and no policies.

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The result of this upheaval in Tunisia, Egypt, Libya and Syria is uncertain and unstable. Perhaps Muslim fundamentalists will get the upper hand and will impose Sharia – the sacred law of Islam. Perhaps a western style of democracy will emerge and nations will begin to live together in peaceful cooperation. Maybe Egypt’s ‘cool’ peace treaty with Israel will warm up and the two nations will cooperate more. Perhaps Libya’s alleged support of terrorist groups will end and the world will become a more peaceful and more harmonious place. Perhaps so, but perhaps not!

There is a way of ensuring that you don’t live in a way which takes you heedlessly around a corner to crash into someone coming the other way. You can find out what the future holds by reading the Bible and understanding God’s plan for the future. Then you will have some idea of how near we are to the end of the road and, despite some uncertainties, you will get reassurance about the future.

Bible Prophecy

Someone who went to the trouble of counting up the number of verses in the Bible which foretell coming events discovered that of the entire Bible’s 31,124 verses 8,352 contain predictive material – that’s 27 per cent of the whole. So more than a quarter of the Bible is looking forward to events that are (or were) coming and the way in which these predictions have been fulfilled can give us real confidence for the future.

For the God who foretold the fall and abandonment of the ancient city and the collapse of the Babylonian empire (ancient Iraq) also foretold the return of the Jewish people to their ancient land. The prediction about Babylon was only a few hundred years in advance of its fulfilment. The prophecy about the return of the Jews to their ancient nation was given thousands of years in advance, and it has been (and is being) fulfilled precisely.

The prophets said that the Jews would return to the land of Israel surrounded by enemies and the sort of enmity that has existed from ancient times, when Jews and Arabs were equally unable to live together in peace (see Ezekiel 35:5). So it has worked out. It could have been different, as well-meaning statesmen hoped would be the case when the land was partitioned. But that was not destined to happen.

Instead the prophets foretell an increase of hatred and animosity towards Israel and its almost total isolation among world nations. So Bible readers are not hopeful that any regime changes in the Middle East will lead to a widespread recognition of

Israel’s right to exist. Quite the contrary, for we are now living in the last times. The return of the Jews to Jerusalem signals the imminent return from heaven of the Lord Jesus Christ to rule on King David’s throne in Jerusalem and he will come to rescue a nation that is on the brink of destruction.

Jesus is Coming!

Here’s just one prophetic insight about that Coming:

Behold, the day of the LORD is coming, and your spoil will be divided in your midst. For I will gather all the nations to battle against Jerusalem; the city shall be taken, the houses rifled, and the women ravished. Half of the city shall go into captivity, but the remnant of the people shall not be cut off from the city. Then the LORD will go forth and fight against those nations, as he fights in the day of battle. And in that day his feet will stand on the Mount of Olives, which faces Jerusalem on the east… (Zechariah 14:1-4).
Right at the centre of international concern, the city Jerusalem will feature in God’s future plans. At a time when nations are warring over whose city it really is, God will repossess it as His own. For the Coming King – the Lord Jesus Christ – is to reign there over the worldwide Kingdom of God. That regime change has been well prepared and will come about in God’s good time, to benefit all who are willing to welcome a ruler of absolute integrity and perfect self control. That’s what God has in store for the world and now it’s just around the corner!


 

A version of this article was published in Glad Tidings magazine. If you found it helpful you can subscribe to receive a free copy of the Glad Tidings magazine each month by clicking on the logo below.

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Acknolwements: Wikipedia.com, Reuters

 

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