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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…

5 mins to midnightThe Doomsday Clock moves 1 minute closer to midnight

On January 10th a panel of Scientists who had helped develop the first atomic weapons in the Manhattan Project

God is in control 

Fortunately, we can rest assured that the world won’t be subjected to a rain of missiles followed by a nuclear winter. For God is and always has been in control of world events and He promised long ago to Noah that.. Ge 8:22 While the earth remaineth, seedtime and harvest, and cold and heat, and summer and winter, and day and night shall not cease.

Still, the world is due for a bumpy ride in the near future, particularly in the Middle East due to the tension between Iran and God’s people, Israel.

 

For some time Israel, the United States, other Western nations, and the Gulf Arabs have charged Iran with pursuing a secret nuclear weapons development program. Iran denies this, but the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) has reported that Iran has long sought nuclear technology of a military nature.

Iran has agreed to more talks with IAEA officials in late February but many believe Tehran is just buying time while continuing its nuclear programme.

The horns of a dilemma

European nations fear a nuclear armed Iran and/or Israel taking steps to prevent it. The USA is worried too. U.S. Defence Secretary Leon Panetta believes there is "a strong likelihood" that Israel will strike Iran in April, May or June. After this, Iran will have produced enough enriched uranium to make a weapon. In a truly ‘Catch 22’ situation - the US doesn’t want to hit Iran until all negotiations have failed and they have evidence that Iran is building a bomb- by which time it will be too late!

Both the US and Israel are on the horns of a dilemma, made worse for the US, because they are not sure what Israel’s plans are.  President Obama said recently that he didn’t think Israel had made a decision on what they need to do. He wouldn’t comment on whether the US would get notice from Israel before any potential strike on Iran, but it has been speculated that Israel would not give the Obama Administration more than a few hours notice before launching an attack on the Islamic Republic.

Although Israel is contemplating military intervention as an option; Iran’s nuclear programme cannot be blocked by a single air-attack as it was in 1981. The sites are now scattered across mountainous areas, deep underground where bunker busting bombs cannot reach. A surgical strike seems thus unlikely; possible options would be nuclear weapons, ground attacks or even invasion. None of which would help Israel’s standing in the International Community.
And, of course, Iran would retaliate. They could impose a ban on oil exports to Europe and the Strait of Hormuz, the passageway through which nearly 40% of the world’s oil has to pass, could easily be blockaded,  which would cause a worldwide economic crisis – and Iran has been practicing for such a move, with a large naval exercise, which includes mine laying.

Israel & the US have been painted into a very tight corner. Economic sanctions have been sabotaged at every step by Russia who has regularly blocked resolutions against Iran in the UN Security Council; provided technology for missile and nuclear reactor development and still claims that Iran’s nuclear development is only peaceful. It seems their plan is to diminish the USA in the eyes of the world. For, whatever happens, the US cannot win!  If they attack, the world will see them as the oppressor, if they don’t and Iran obtains nuclear weapons, they will be seen as impotent – and an Iran with nuclear weapons would encourage other Middle Eastern countries to build them.

What a nightmare! Imagine if several Arab nations who are committed to the destruction of Israel had such power in their hands; that would be a true Doomsday scenario.

Jerusalem a burdensome stone.

The Jews , though God’s People, are not as yet behaving as such. They are striving to save their nation by their own strength, without recourse to God. Their salvation will only happen when finally realising that they are facing total annihilation, they turn to God who will save them. He will also at this time make them worthy of His love

Eze 36:26  A new heart also will I give you, and a new spirit will I put within you: and I will take away the stony heart out of your flesh, and I will give you an heart of flesh.

At this time they will acknowledge Jesus as their Messiah

Zec 12:10  And I will pour upon the house of David, and upon the inhabitants of Jerusalem, the spirit of grace and of supplications: and they shall look upon me whom they have pierced, and they shall mourn for him, as one mourneth for his only son, and shall be in bitterness for him, as one that is in bitterness for his firstborn.

The threatened conflict with Iran is, in God’s plan, merely a skirmish. Jerusalem will be a burdensome stone to all nations (Zech 12:3) until the time when the world’s armies meet in conflict in Israel. We read of this in Joel Ch 2, where the ‘weak’ possibly encouraged by possessing nuclear weapons, consider themselves ‘strong’.

1   For, behold, in those days, and in that time, when I shall bring again the captivity of Judah and Jerusalem,

2  I will also gather all nations, and will bring them down into the valley of Jehoshaphat, and will plead with them there for my people and for my heritage Israel, whom they have scattered among the nations, and parted my land.

9   Proclaim ye this among the Gentiles; Prepare war, wake up the mighty men, let all the men of war draw near; let them come up:

10  Beat your plowshares into swords, and your pruninghooks into spears: let the weak say, I am strong.

11  Assemble yourselves, and come, all ye heathen, and gather yourselves together round about: thither cause thy mighty ones to come down, O LORD.

14  Multitudes, multitudes in the valley of decision: for the day of the LORD is near in the valley of decision.

15  The sun and the moon shall be darkened, and the stars shall withdraw their shining.

16  The LORD also shall roar out of Zion, and utter his voice from Jerusalem; and the heavens and the earth shall shake: but the LORD will be the hope of his people, and the strength of the children of Israel.

17  So shall ye know that I am the LORD your God dwelling in Zion, my holy mountain: then shall Jerusalem be holy, and there shall no strangers pass through her any more.

So the BAS scientists can rest easy, there will be no Doomsday! Joel describes  a time when God brings this crisis to a head and crushes Israel’s enemies. Then Jerusalem will be the centre of the world from which the Lord Jesus Christ will reign.

A King who will reign over all the earth

Psalm 72 gives us a beautiful picture of the reign of God’s King, who after he has saved Israel will rule over all the world. And, unlike today’s rulers, dictators, presidents and kings he will govern wisely and kindly,  so that all the man made evils of mankind will be eliminated.

1  Give the king thy judgments, O God, and thy righteousness unto the king’s son.

2  He shall judge thy people with righteousness, and thy poor with judgment.

3  The mountains shall bring peace to the people, and the little hills, by righteousness.

11  Yea, all kings shall fall down before him: all nations shall serve him.

12  For he shall deliver the needy when he crieth; the poor also, and him that hath no helper.

17  His name shall endure for ever: his name shall be continued as long as the sun: and men shall be blessed in him: all nations shall call him blessed.

18   Blessed be the LORD God, the God of Israel, who only doeth wondrous things.

19  And blessed be his glorious name for ever: and let the whole earth be filled with his glory; Amen, and Amen.

May that time come soon!


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