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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…

When the time is right

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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? If 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 monopoly of Bible teaching and you had to believe what they said, or else!

Times and Seasons

We have plenty of reasons to be grateful that we happen to be living in the 21st century and not at a much earlier time. Inventions and discoveries have made life much easier in some respects. We don’t have to work quite as hard as our forebears. We have the advantage of electricity and technology, even if we take them for granted most of the time. And most of us have complete freedom of religious belief and expression, which is a real blessing. But the time we were born wasn’t something we had any control over. We happened along when it happened; it was nothing to do with us. We had no say in the matter.

It was like that with the Lord Jesus too. When the time was right, God sent forth His Son having told Mary that she was to bear a child by the power of the Holy Spirit:

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“When the fulness of the time had come, God sent forth his son, born of a woman, born under the law, to redeem those who were under the law, that we might receive the adoption as sons” (Galatians 4:4,5).

The time was indeed right for, long before, God had indicated exactly when His Son was to be born. The prophet Daniel prayed earnestly for deliverance and salvation and God had given him a detailed timescale of when the Saviour and Redeemer would come, and what would happen to him. Daniel lived at the time of the Persian Empire and was told that from the time that a command was given for the rebuilding of Jerusalem (and that happened in 457 BC) it would be 69 x 7 years until the coming of Messiah.

If you work that out, it comes to 483 years, and to 27AD, the very time when Jesus announced the start of his ministry in Israel. Then, the angel said, “Messiah shall be cut off, but not for himself; and the people of the prince who is to come shall destroy the city and the sanctuary. The end of it shall be with a flood, and till the end of the war desolations are determined” (Daniel 9:26).

So, even the death of the Lord Jesus was forecast hundreds of years before it happened, and so was his Second Coming, in power and great glory.

When, when, when?

From the very first, when Jesus was teaching and doing wonderful works in Israel, people wanted to know when he would come as a Conqueror, just as the Old Testament promised.  

Jesus gave a very clear programme of events as to what had to happen first. He spoke of wars, famines, earthquakes, nations in distress, people worrying about the future, not knowing which way to turn, and the spread of false Christianity and false religion (see Matthew chapter 24; Mark 14 and Luke 21 for the full details). But he also said that nobody knew the precise day and hour of his  Return; nobody except God Himself:

“Of that day and hour no one knows, no, not even the angels of heaven, but my Father only” (Matthew 24:36).

To this day nobody knows precisely when Jesus will come, except that it will happen when the time is right. For God controls everything: all human history and earthly government is under His command (see Daniel 4:17). But Jesus gave one key indicator, which has now been fulfilled after almost 2000 years. He said that the Jews would eventually return to Jerusalem (see Luke 21:24), something that only happened 40 years ago, in 1967, when the city came under Jewish control after the Six Days War.

The Time is Right

That’s a huge bonus for us, and one we could have done nothing to arrange. All previous generations of believers, watching and waiting for the Coming of Jesus had to focus their attention on the possibility of the Jews returning to the land their forefathers once occupied. As recently as the beginning of the 20th Century that seemed unlikely, for the land was under Turkish control and resident Jews were not even allowed to own land there.

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But, step by step, all that has changed. In May 1948 − less than 60 years ago − the nation of Israel was established, albeit in circumstances that suggested it could be a shortlived political experiment; for they were at war at the time against stronger local opposition. Their survival and increase was foreordained, however, in the purpose of God and today the nation of Israel is a force to be reckoned with, and things that happen there frequently lead in news bulletins around the world.

Any time now the Lord Jesus Christ is returning and we need to be ready. For, when the time is right, Jesus will come; and his coming will transform the world. God’s Kingdom is to be established once again on earth. The desert will bloom; peace will abound; and at last the earth will begin to give Almighty God the glory that is His due.

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