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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…

Keep Hanging On!

 

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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.

 

Literal or Figurative?

Sometimes metaphors 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 in a hospital ward that same phrase would have a crash team running, in the hope they could get the stopped heart working again.

Or take the expression “Keep Hanging On”, which is the sort of advice you would give to someone who is thinking of giving up in a difficult situation. It might be that at work their best efforts are not recognised, or they don’t get on with the boss. They might respond by saying “I’m hanging on by my fingernails”, which means that they are on the point of giving up, but they haven’t quite decided to do so.

Apply that language to rock climbing, however, and both expressions take on a very different significance. Hanging on is of the essence of the sport and when the rock face is difficult, sometimes it might feel as if you are just hanging on by your fingernails. But that is better than the alternative, especially if you are free climbing, without the support of a rope or other accessories.

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Trying Times

 

When God created the world He formed a paradise in Eden and life was good. Everything in the garden was fruitful and it could have stayed like that. Fertility and fruitfulness would have spread much further afield as the population grew and human society advanced. But it was not to be.

 

Adam and Eve disregarded God’s law and made their own choices, so they were expelled from the garden and life became harder for everyone. It was a deliberate act on God’s part to make life more difficult because He wanted to help people understand that if they turned to Him they could find a better and more rewarding life. This is how the apostle Paul expresses that in his letter to the believers at Rome:

 

I consider that the sufferings of this present time are not worthy to be compared with the glory which shall be revealed in us … For the creation was subjected to futility, not willingly, but because of Him who subjected it in hope; because the creation itself also will be delivered from the bondage of corruption into the glorious liberty of the children of God. For we know that the whole creation groans and labours with birth pangs together until now (Romans 8:18–22).

 

God has engineered a situation which now enables us to look to Him for salvation, given that we can now see that there is no other way out of the muddle, confusion and hardship of life without God. And how has God engineered this situation? He has let mankind loose to govern His world without divine intervention, until that time when God will again take control.

World in a Mess

The suffering that now affects the western world following the financial chaos is the product of unchecked greed and human recklessness. Individuals, families and nations have been living beyond their means, everyone being encouraged to borrow more than they could afford, and to live on credit. With a crisis in the Eurozone, the dollar under some pressure now that the US credit rating has been downgraded, and with the threat of some nations having to default on their debts, commentators are now warning that another banking crisis is a possibility. And that crisis is one of many around the world as human society staggers on from one disaster to another.

Hard times have been experienced in the past, of course, and if the Lord Jesus remains away there will be worse times to come. But these things only really hit home when they affect us directly. We know how an illness can devastate a continent, just as the AIDS epidemic swept through Africa. But it is when we are told we have cancer, or when someone in our family dies of it, that the problem of illness and disease really hits home. And when medicine cannot help there is only one real answer.

Divine Physician

Jesus was once being challenged by religious authorities in Israel who were trying to prove him wrong and this is what he said to them:

“Those who are well have no need of a physician, but those who are sick. I did not come to call the righteous, but sinners, to repentance” (Mark 2:17).

Those people thought they were cleverer and better than Jesus so did not come to him to be saved from sin. They didn’t think they needed help. Instead, they thought he needed their help and guidance! But Jesus had come to save sinners, if only they would recognise their sin and repent. That offer still stands, but so does the precondition. We will only go to a doctor if we think we are sick and we will only come to Jesus if we think we are sinners, in need of salvation. He can heal us from our deepest sickness, the one that is natural to our human condition – the sickness of sin. For God’s purpose is to change our natures and to make us like the Lord Jesus Christ when he returns to take over the rulership of the world:

Our citizenship is in heaven, from which we also eagerly wait for the Saviour, the Lord Jesus Christ, who will transform our lowly body that it may be conformed to his glorious body, according to the working by which he is able even to subdue all things to himself (Philippians 3:20–21).

We need to be patient as we await the glorious Second Coming of Jesus; but both the promises of Scripture and the mess the world is in assure us that he is indeed coming to reign. We should not lose heart but need to keep hanging on, believing and acting in a way which is pleasing to God.

 

 

 

This article is from Glad Tidings magazine. 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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