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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…

un logoWhose land?

Palestinians want half of Jerusalem, and a slice of Israel as their own Country of Palestine. Will it happen? Will the UN enforce it? Maybe! 

On September 23rd Palestinian Authority Chairman Mahmoud Abbas officially asked the United Nations to recognise a Palestinian state. Despite the Balfour Declaration, League of Nations mandates and United Nations recognition for a Jewish state in 1948, Abbas has refused to recognize Israel as a homeland for the Jewish people.

The Israeli-Palestinian Problem is a thorny one. For centuries Bible students had believed the prophecies that Israel would return to the land. The Balfour Declaration was the start, allotting Israel for its National Homeland a much larger area of land than she has ever occupied.

 The History of the Jews

The history of the Jews and this land is sad, it may be ‘the Promised Land’, and the Jews, ‘the people of God’ (Judges 20:1), but they have been expelled from it twice in the past. So, whose land is it really, Israeli ; Palestinian; both? The answer is it is God’s land.

Deut 11:12 describes it as ‘A land which the LORD thy God careth for: the eyes of the LORD thy God are always upon it, from the beginning of the year even unto the end of the year.’ And for over 5,000 years it has been promised to Abraham and his seed. This is one of the promises which God made to Abraham.

Gen 17:8  And I will give unto thee, and to thy seed after thee, the land wherein thou art a stranger, all the land of Canaan, for an everlasting possession; and I will be their God.

Gen 13:14 ¶  And the LORD said unto Abram, after that Lot was separated from him, Lift up now thine eyes, and look from the place where thou art northward, and southward, and eastward, and westward:

 15  For all the land which thou seest, to thee will I give it, and to thy seed for ever.

16  And I will make thy seed as the dust of the earth: so that if a man can number the dust of the earth, then shall thy seed also be numbered.

17  Arise, walk through the land in the length of it and in the breadth of it; for I will give it unto thee.

 That’s pretty conclusive, if you believe in God and His Word the Bible, but sadly, popular opinion seems not to. In the world’s hardly unbiased eyes, Israel is the oppressor and the Palestinians the oppressed and that with a fair share out of the land all will be well.

Of course, the Jews are not perfect. Theirs was intended to be a model God fearing Kingdom for all the nations to emulate but sadly from almost the start they failed to keep God’s Word. Eventually they failed Him so much that the Kingdom of Israel had to be dissolved. King Zedekiah ruled at the time when God could bear their sins no longer.

 Exodus 21:25  And thou, profane wicked prince of Israel, whose day is come, when iniquity shall have an end,

26  Thus saith the Lord GOD; Remove the diadem, and take off the crown: this shall not be the same: exalt him that is low, and abase him that is high.

27  I will overturn, overturn, overturn, it: and it shall be no more, until he come whose right it is; and I will give it him.

 The King, of course, to whom the crown is to be given is Jesus. His disciples knew this and were hoping that he would restore the Kingdom to Israel sometime soon and they asked him for a sign.

 The Return of Christ

In Luke 21 Jesus prophesied the destruction of Jerusalem in AD67-70 an exile of around 2,000 years, when the Jews would not have Jerusalem (described in v. 24 as being trodden down of the Gentiles) and the return of the Son of Man with power and glory. The amazing accuracy of the prophecy was seen in 1967 when v. 24 was fulfilled; All Jerusalem was in the hands of Israel and  thus no longer trodden down by the Gentiles. The Lord Jesus also described graphically the events we are experiencing now - a world in dismay, as shown in vv. 25-26. A “time of trouble such as never was” is upon mankind, both politically and naturally.

 Other Bible Prophecies (Ezek 38; Joel 3:14-16; Revelation 16:16 etc.) tell us that, at the Return of Christ to set up his Kingdom, the nations of the world will oppose him. Perhaps the current problems over Jerusalem are the trigger. In Zech 14 we read of the ‘Day of the LORD’ when all nations will attack Jerusalem

 14:1 ¶  Behold, the day of the LORD cometh, and thy spoil shall be divided in the midst of thee.

2  For I will gather all nations against Jerusalem to battle; and the city shall be taken, and the houses rifled, and the women ravished; and half of the city shall go forth into captivity, and the residue of the people shall not be cut off from the city.

Is it significant that the Palestinians want half the city for their capital? Perhaps, but even if the attack described is not sparked off by their demands and Israel’s refusal to bow to them, what is certain from Luke’s Gospel is that we are living in the days when the Lord’s return is very near and the next few verses show how this will be accomplished

 3  Then shall the LORD go forth, and fight against those nations, as when he fought in the day of battle.

4  And his feet shall stand in that day upon the mount of Olives, which is before Jerusalem on the

     east, and the mount of Olives shall cleave in the midst thereof toward the east and toward the west, and there shall be a very great valley; and half of the mountain shall remove toward the north, and half of it toward the south.

  9 And the LORD shall be king over all the earth: in that day shall there be one LORD, and his name one.

After this terrible battle, Jesus will be enthroned as King in Jerusalem. He will rule over the whole earth and  Jerusalem will be the global Centre of worship.

 Isaiah 2: 1 ¶  The word that Isaiah the son of Amoz saw concerning Judah and Jerusalem.

       2 And it shall come to pass in the last days, that the mountain of the LORD’S house shall be established in the top of the mountains, and shall be exalted above the hills; and all nations shall flow unto it.

3 And many people shall go and say, Come ye, and let us go up to the mountain of the LORD, to the house of the God of Jacob; and he will teach us of his ways, and we will walk in his paths: for out of Zion shall go forth the law, and the word of the LORD from Jerusalem.

      4  And he shall judge among the nations, and shall rebuke many people: and they shall beat their swords into plowshares, and their spears into pruninghooks: nation shall not lift up sword against nation, neither shall they learn war any more.

 No more strife, no more war, no more border disputes or ‘Problems’. May the time of Jesus’ return come quickly and may each of us take steps to make sure that we are found faithful to

 Jesus in that day.

The way is clear, we need to become one of Abraham’s seed in order to ‘inherit the promises’ In Galatians 3, Paul explained that Jesus was the unique seed to whom God was referring:

      16  Now to Abraham and his seed were the promises made. He saith not, And to seeds, as of many; but as of one, And to thy seed, which is Christ.

      And we can share in this promise if we repent, believe the Gospel and are baptised.

      27  For as many of you as have been baptized into Christ have put on Christ.

      28  There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither bond nor free, there is neither male nor female: for ye are all one in Christ Jesus.

      29  And if ye be Christ’s, then are ye Abraham’s seed, and heirs according to the promise.

Abraham never received the Promise in his lifetime but he believed God, and expected to be raised from the dead and to be given eternal life to live and reign with Jesus in his Kingdom*, that can be our hope too!

*Hebrews 11:10 &13; 17-19. John 8:56

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