Matthew 1:18-25 Fulfilled!

Moving towards Christmas we look at one of the prophecies regarding Jesus birth.  Found in the first chapter of Matthew it is originally found in Isaiah 7 and concerns the coming of Immanuel, born of a virgin.  A familiar passage, as is the whole Christmas story.  Yet, has the good news of Jesus coming become […]

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1 Kings 12:1-24 Poor Leadership!

As a “Reformed” Christian I know that there is such a thing as Human responsibility and God’s Sovereignty. I can’t always work it out, but I simply accept that it is true. Rehoboam made his choices and they were poor choices, demonstrating immature and selfish leadership. Yet, as the passage reminds us, God is behind […]

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Romans 1:1-17 Longing for Rome

In the 2nd week of our series in the book of Romans, we see Paul longing to go to Rome.  We discover why he has this longing, because of his mission in life given to us in verse 5, to bring about the obedience of faith among all the gentiles for the sake of God’s […]

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1 Kings 8:31-53 An amazing Prayer

To me the whole thing is about forgiveness and grace. We sin, and yet, we can come to God at any time and find mercy. In the Old Testament the people suffered the consequences of their own sin but in the New Testament Jesus does – and in that we experience grace. Solomon’s prayer seems […]

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Romans 1:1 – 7 Set apart for the Gospel?

It is interesting how you assess someone. How do assess a person you meet, perhaps on holidays or at work and they claim to be a Christian. You might hear them say that they go to church but really you are after a little bit more information. You really want them to say something about […]

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Judges 4 & 5 – Deborah and Barak

Following on in the 2nd part of our look at the story of Deborah and Barak; this week we uncover more of the events that led to the victory over their enemies.  Yet while Deborah and Barak come across as the main characters, we see that this is, in fact, God’s story!  He is the […]

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Mark 2:1-12 Who is this Man?

The book of Mark asks and helps to answer the question – Who is this man Jesus?  In this passage where Jesus heals a paralysed man, there is further evidence that Jesus is in fact not merely a man but is, in fact, God incarnate.  This is seen as Jesus knows people’s heart, He has […]

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Daniel 6 – Daniel in the Lion’s Den

In one of the Old Testaments best-known stories, Daniel is thrown into the Lions Den.  We are reminded that the bible is God’s story, so while Daniel is a man from whom lessons may be drawn for our life, the story is ultimately about God.  We see that God is king over history, over empires […]

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