If there are lessons to be learnt from Asa for us as individuals is that as Christians, we can become less gracious and in fact harsh as we become older. The more important lesson is that we start to rely on ourselves too much and less on God! Our natural inclination is to rely on […]

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The Power of the Gospel – Romans 1:17

Romans 1:16-18 are the verses which many say the whole rest of Romans then unpacks.  Romans 1:17, in particular, is often known as Martin Luther’s verse, one upon which much of the reformation focussed.  Yet when we break down the elements of it and study the verse can we really explain what it means? What […]

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Judges 6 – Regret or Repentence

The familiar cycle in judges continues.  Except this time before sending a judge God first sends a prophet.  The question is asked whether God will always just be merciful, no matter what?  But then what about his judgement and wrath against sin?  Or will he eventually just give up and abandon his people?  But then […]

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Each Christian has to overcome their own fears – fears of being humiliated, fears of being unacceptable, fears of physical persecution, fears of standing out in a crowd. Paul and multitudes of other Christians before you have had to think about it before saying that they are not ashamed of the gospel. Alastair Begg writes […]

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One commentator I read wrote that Jeroboam was busy taking his people back to Egypt. When Jeroboam first comes on the scene, he is a kind of Moses. Moses pleaded with Pharaoh to ease the burden on the Israelites and Jeroboam did the same. Rehoboam was like Pharaoh at that time and said, “I’ll make […]

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