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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…

 

800px-lab mouse_mg_3263 Israeli researchers * have discovered a gene that increases the lifespan in mice, and may do the same in humans. Their findings have been published recently in the prestigious journal, Nature.

Recently a number of genes have been discovered which affect the lifespan of laboratory animals.  Among them is a group known as Sirtuins, which are found in every species. The gene SIR2 has been found to prolong  life in yeast, worms and flies. Researchers in Israel are now experimenting with a companion gene SIRT6 in mice

Dr Cohen of the research team, stated  "Originally in mice without the gene, researchers saw premature aging,” Dr Cohen said. “They suffered spinal curvature, calcium deficiency and osteoporosis, immune system problems, and diabetes – conditions which are familiar to us in aging humans. "We called the second group, which we created in the laboratory, the 'MOSES' mice and compared their lifespan to that of wild-type mice, which possess a normal amount of SIRT6.”

 Both groups were fed on a high fat diet designed to bring on diseases associated with ageing. The wild mice developed these diseases, but the MOSES mice remained healthy.

"We were the first to show that these sirtuin genes regulate life span in mammals,”Dr Cohen declared. “The research was conducted in laboratory animals under very sterile conditions. Is this what happens in nature? It's not clear. The human SIRT6 gene is very similar to that in mice.

“It could be that drugs designed to activate the gene will have a positive impact on our ability to treat age-related diseases whose frequency increases in the elderly and in the physiological damage caused by obesity,”

Teach us to number our days

It is hoped that  with Scientific advances some severe age related illnesses, Alzheimer’s for example and life threatening conditions such as obesity, will be eliminated; however, the signals and symptoms of old age are given to us by a merciful God for a purpose. That purpose is to teach mankind that we are mortal and that a gradual deterioration of our senses, followed by death in old age is our lot unless we seek His help to change our mortal condition.

Psalm 90 states quite succinctly that we have only a short time on this earth and we need to use that time wisely.

 

 9  For all our days are passed away in thy wrath: we spend our years as a tale that is told.

10  The days of our years are threescore years and ten; and if by reason of strength they be fourscore years, yet is their strength labour and sorrow; for it is soon cut off, and we fly away.

11  Who knoweth the power of thine anger? even according to thy fear, so is thy wrath.

12  So teach us to number our days, that we may apply our hearts unto wisdom.

The early Genesis record tells us how death became man’s lot. Genesis Ch. 3 records that Adam and Eve broke God’s only commandment  and ate of the fruit of the Tree of Knowledge of Good and Evil. As they had been warned, the curse of death came upon them.  From then on their lives would be hard, they would have to labour, gaining their food by the sweat of their brow and would finally die and return to the dust out of which they had been created.

God said , Genesis 3:19 ‘ In the sweat of thy face shalt thou eat bread, till thou return unto the ground; for out of it wast thou taken: for dust thou art, and unto dust shalt thou return.’

God was merciful in that He did not carry out His sentence of death right away, He allowed Adam and all mankind time to think how they ought to spend their lives and gave them a promise that if they were obedient and turned to Him, there was still hope.  As a ‘visual aid’, God caused their bodies to age noticeably so that death would not come as a sudden surprise. Hence the Psalmists request... ‘So teach us to number our days, that we may apply our hearts unto wisdom.’ In other words ‘help me to see my fate, repent and change my ways before it is too late’.

Adam and Eve were cast out of the Garden in Eden ‘Lest he should stretch forth his hand and eat of the tree and live forever’(Gen 3:22). This was in God’s mercy for imagine how painful and full of regret would be the life of an everlasting sinner, unable to communicate with God and living in a world full of eternally wicked people.  The first people on earth lived very long lives, for example Methuselah who lived almost 1000 years, but God soon significantly reduced man’s life expectancy. Because of their persistent sinning, Man’s life was shortened so that that their evil would not live on and on as an offence to God. 

Genesis 6:3 ‘And the LORD said, My spirit shall not always strive with man, for that he also is flesh: yet his days shall be an hundred and twenty years.’

Since then, doubtless because of genetic disorders developing over time, lives are shorter so that now, as the Psalmist said in Psalm 90, we are fortunate to reach our 70s and 80s in good health.

Age related diseases, the tell tale signs of ageing, are then a warning that our time is limited, and if we are wise we will make the most of our time, like the Psalmist in Ps. 71

5  For thou art my hope, O Lord GOD: thou art my trust from my youth.

6  By thee have I been holden up from the womb: thou art he that took me out of my mother’s bowels: my praise shall be continually of thee.

7  I am as a wonder unto many; but thou art my strong refuge.

8  Let my mouth be filled with thy praise and with thy honour all the day.

9  Cast me not off in the time of old age; forsake me not when my strength faileth.

17  O God, thou hast taught me from my youth: and hitherto have I declared thy wondrous works.

18  Now also when I am old and grayheaded, O God, forsake me not; until I have shewed thy strength unto this generation, and thy power to every one that is to come.

The wise will make the Lord God their hope, they will see in the Gospel given through Jesus Christ that everlasting life is possible and will change their ways. They will spend their time praising Him and speaking of His goodness to all who will hear. For God has promised a reversal of the curse placed in Eden to those who serve Him. This hope is shown in Genesis Chapter 3. Eve was promised that one of her ‘seed’ would bruise the serpent’s head (i.e. put an end to the power of sin and its end result-death) and as Adam and Eve were banished from the garden they were given a hope that there would be a way back. In Genesis  3:24 ‘ So he drove out the man; and he placed at the east of the garden of Eden Cherubims, and a flaming sword which turned every way, to keep the way of the tree of life.’

The way of the tree of life has been opened by the Lord Jesus at his death and resurrection when he (2Ti 1:10) ’abolished death, and hath brought life and immortality to light through the gospel’: and he will grant eternal life to all those who have obeyed him and believed his gospel.

In time, Science may be able to reduce the effects of some form of ageing, but the Gospel offers everlasting life, where one will never again feel pain, sorrow or any kind of ill health. Eternal life will be granted by the Lord Jesus at his return to those he finds worthy. At that time he will raise the dead for judgement as we are told in  Acts 17:31 ‘ Because he hath appointed a day, in the which he will judge the world in righteousness by that man whom he hath ordained; whereof he hath given assurance unto all men, in that he hath raised him (Jesus) from the dead.’

The Last Enemy

Chapter 15 of Paul’s  1st letter to the Corinthians deals specifically with the resurrection, in verse 26 he states that ultimately when the world is filled with faithful men and women, death will no longer exist v 26 ‘The last enemy that shall be destroyed is death’

At the end of the Chapter, Paul paints a wonderful picture of the resurrection and judgement when the Lord Jesus returns.

51 ¶  Behold, I shew you a mystery; We shall not all sleep, but we shall all be changed,

52  In a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trump: for the trumpet shall sound, and the dead shall be raised incorruptible, and we shall be changed.

53  For this corruptible must put on incorruption, and this mortal must put on immortality.

54  So when this corruptible shall have put on incorruption, and this mortal shall have put on immortality, then shall be brought to pass the saying that is written, Death is swallowed up in victory.

55  O death, where is thy sting? O grave, where is thy victory?

56  The sting of death is sin; and the strength of sin is the law.

57  But thanks be to God, which giveth us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.

Jesus has given us ‘the words of eternal life’(John 6:68) but our time to accept them is limited. As our body ages, we need to heed its warning and realise that, unless we heed Jesus Words and he grants us immortality, death will have won the victory.

So, may we echo the words of the Psalm 90:12 ‘ So teach us to number our days, that we may apply our hearts unto wisdom.’

*The researchers, led by Dr. Haim Cohen of the Mina and Everard Goodman Faculty of Life Sciences, teamed up for the study with scientists from Hadassah Medical Center, Jerusalem's Hebrew University and the Carnegie Mellon University.

Acknowledgements: images are from Wikipedia.org and are used under the GNU license.

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