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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…

The True Meaning Of Easter

 

World Record Poasvuur Slepp'n - Paasvuur Espelo 2012 - Easter Fire - Height: 45.98 m!

WHO NEEDS A HOLIDAY?

The Centre for Economics and Business Research has stated that  if public holidays were scrapped it would add £19 billion to Britain's annual economic output as each bank holiday, and there are up to 10 each year, costs the UK economy £2.3 billion!

So, they say, we have too many and our economy would improve if we have less. On the other hand  some specialists feel that a complete break improves productivity! Although the bank Holidays of Christmas and Easter were initially religious holidays, most people do take them as an excuse to chill out, and consume lots of rich foods or at Easter chocolate eggs! Sadly, as each year goes by, fewer people seem to want to use either period to reflect on the goodness of God in giving His Son and the great sacrifice which the Lord Jesus Christ was prepared to make. On Easter Sunday, for example, the sacrifice and resurrection of Christ at this time nearly 2,000 years ago ought to have been uppermost in people’s minds, yet the front page Headlines in most Sunday papers were on the Boat Race!

EASTER CELEBRATIONS

It could be thought that other Countries make more of Easter than we do in the UK , but again it seems to be an excuse to have a jolly good time under the loose term of Easter celebrations.

Take the town of Espelo in Holland. There, since 1987 they have had a place in the Guiness Book of Records for having produced the largest Easter Bonfire in the world. This year the pile of wood for the easter fire had a record height of 45.98 m( 154ft)! Which is taller than a 10 storey building!! Videos show everyone having a great time*, but it makes one wonder how many are there to remember and show gratitude for the death and resurrection of the Lord Jesus Christ.

The Dutch call Easter, ‘Paas’ which connects it with the Jewish Passover , which is as it should be as Easter springs from the Passover. Lets us look at Easter and the Passover which it commemorates and how it is celebrated by Jew and Christian.

Because Easter is based on the Jewish Festival of Passover, it falls at a different time each year.  Passover is a Spring Festival, which begins in the Jewish month Nisan. Jewish months are governed by the phases of the moon and so the 14th Nisan, when the Passover Lamb is killed, begins on the night of the full moon after the northern vernal equinox.

The Jewish Passover

The Passover feast starts a seven-day holiday of the Feast of Unleavened Bread, originated when God delivered the Hebrew Nation from cruel slavery in Egypt. ( Exodus 12:17). After refusing to let God’s people go, Pharaoh was given an ultimatum, let God’s people go or He will slay all your firstborn. In accordance with God’s commands, the Jews prepared to leave Egypt but first a lamb had to be sacrificed, its blood splashed on the doorposts and lintels of their houses ( Exodus 12:22) and roasted and eaten in haste. Because of their obedience, the angel sent to destroy the firstborn of Egypt ‘passed over’ their houses and thus they were spared. This was indeed a night to remember, when Israel was delivered from slavery and started their journey to the Promised Land. And the feast was to be celebrated forever in memory of this great deliverance.

Exodus12: 17  And ye shall observe the feast of unleavened bread; for in this selfsame day have I brought your armies out of the land of Egypt: therefore shall ye observe this day in your generations by an ordinance for ever.

18  In the first month, on the fourteenth day of the month at even, ye shall eat unleavened bread, until the one and twentieth day of the month at even.

25  And it shall come to pass, when ye be come to the land which the LORD will give you, according as he hath promised, that ye shall keep this service.

26  And it shall come to pass, when your children shall say unto you, What mean ye by this service?

27  That ye shall say, It is the sacrifice of the LORD’S passover, who passed over the houses of the children of Israel in Egypt, when he smote the Egyptians, and delivered our houses.

 

In the time of Jesus, every Jew came to Jerusalem on the 14th of Nisan and at dusk, each family offered a lamb to God at the Temple in remembrance of the deliverance from Egypt, then joyously ate of the offering together. Amazingly, the Passover has been kept by faithful Jews ever since. Once the Temple at Jerusalem was destroyed and sacrifices could not be made there, the Jews in every land kept the Passover in a symbolic form. The Passover meal now consists of several special foods and a roasted lamb shank bone recalling the special Passover lamb offered and eaten in Temple times. There are five cups of wine but the fifth is not drunk as it is prepared for Elijah the Prophet, harbinger of the Messiah in hope of the promise made in Malachi 4:5 ‘Behold, I will send you Elijah the prophet before the coming of the great and dreadful day of the LORD.’ They sing "Next year in rebuilt Jerusalem" and the whole feast is a reliving of their redemption and deliverance from bondage.

Christian Easter.

Throughout his life on earth the Lord Jesus kept the Passover just as other faithful Jews did, starting when he was 12 years old (Luke 2:41-42), but God intended him to supersede the Passover Lamb. John the Baptist, when he first saw him said to his disciples. ‘Behold the Lamb of God which taketh away the sin of the world.’ John 1:29. Before his sacrifice, Jesus instituted a special meal, commonly known as ‘the Last Supper’ saying that he had greatly desired to eat this Passover with them before he suffered. During the meal he shared bread and wine with them

Mark 14:22 And as they did eat, Jesus took bread, and blessed, and brake it, and gave to them, and said, Take, eat: this is my body.

23  And he took the cup, and when he had given thanks, he gave it to them: and they all drank of it.

24  And he said unto them, This is my blood of the new testament, which is shed for many.

25  Verily I say unto you, I will drink no more of the fruit of the vine, until that day that I drink it new in the kingdom of God.

Here, like the Passover meal, was a reminder of a deliverance. In this case, it was to remember the Lord’s sacrifice which can deliver us from sin (Galatians 1:4  Who gave himself for our sins, that he might deliver us from this present evil world, according to the will of God and our Father). It was to be carried out as often as they met together to remember Jesus.( 1Cor 11:25). Only unlike the Passover meal it was only to be observed until the Lord returned as he had promised.

THE MARRIAGE SUPPER OF THE LAMB

To many people, Easter seems to have degenerated into a time to relax, enjoy a couple of days off and indulge in Easter Eggs, Easter Bunnies, Hot Cross buns and the like. It is good to have Bank holidays which give rest to the whole nation but, sadly, the true meaning of Easter seems to have become lost. To the Jews when Jesus was on the earth, each Passover looked forward to a time of Spring, of rebirth and looked back to their miraculous deliverance from bondage in Egypt. Jesus, at the very time when the Passover Lamb was being sacrificed, offered his own life as the perfect sacrifice for sins and within 3 days, God had raised him from the dead to be the ‘Saviour of the world’. (John 4:42) The Jews share 4 Cups of wine to commemorate their deliverance, leaving a 5th in the hope of the appearance of Elijah. As we have read, Jesus, before he was crucified also shared a cup of wine and broke bread with his disciples and gave them the command to do this regularly until he would drink new wine with them in the Kingdom of Heaven. In doing this faithful Christians celebrate a better deliverance from that of Egypt- deliverance from sin. And rather than looking forward to’ next year in Jerusalem’ they look forward to the time when the Lord Jesus returns and, as he promised will ‘ drink it (the wine) new in the Kingdom of God’ This will be when there is a feast much better than any Passover feast, far better than any Easter Celebration. It is termed the ‘Marriage Supper of the Lamb’ and those invited will be those who have been judged worthy by the Lord Jesus at his return ‘ And he saith unto me, Write, Blessed are they which are called unto the marriage supper of the Lamb.’ (Rev 19:9)

Those called will be those who are found worthy and who are preparing themselves now for that great day; those who repent, become baptised into Christ and obey his commands. Will you be there? You make the answer now!


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