DEVOTION: A Cloud of Witnesses

Hebrews 12:1-3 Having “so great a cloud of witnesses surrounding us” (1a) might seem an odd expression, but it was a statement intended to encourage. Because firstly, the writer of the Letter to the Hebrews intended his readers—a group of Christians facing...

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DEVOTION: Surprises

1 Thessalonians 5:1-11 If there’s one thing in life I don’t like, it’s surprises—events that occur from time to time, that have a tendency to disrupt life. Indeed, when life is going smoothly, and everything is under control, the kind of events that have a habit of...

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DEVOTION: The Problem of Money

Mark 12:41-44 The availability (or lack of availability) of wealth, today, is a determining factor in how people live. It can be used to live a life of opulence, or it can limit people to a life of poverty. The same is also true of the church. It can free up the...

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DEVOTION: The Wisdom of Solomon

1 Kings 3:16-28 We all make decisions—many decisions every day—some big, some small. Indeed, this morning we would have decided when to get out of bed, whether to have a wash or a shower, what we were going to have for breakfast, etc. etc. Decisions that many of us...

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UPDATE: Exile and Restoration, etc.

Exile and Restoration Despite my plans to put Exile and Restoration aside while completing the A-Z of the Laws of Moses, I found an opportunity to review the manuscript. As a consequence, the volume (now minus my notes) is beginning to look more like the finished...

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SERMON: Judgement Day

Daniel 7:1-18 A. INTRODUCTION Every now and again someone appears proclaiming that the end is nigh. That the world has got so bad—with all its selfishness, greed, injustice, wars and disasters—that the end is imminent. That God is about to bring the world and...

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DEVOTION: The Quiet Life

1 Thessalonians 4:9-12 “Seek to lead a quiet life, pursue your own affairs and do the work of your hands, just as we instructed you…” (1 Thessalonians 4:11) Does that sound like good advice? Because many people, throughout the ages, have used it as their motto: keep...

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DEVOTION: Levels of Belief

John 4:46-54 I find it very odd, today, that so many people profess to be believers, and yet so few attend God’s church. Indeed, when people are admitted to hospital, a fair number still confess to have some sort of religious affiliation. When it’s time for a church...

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DEVOTION: The Christmas Jigsaw Puzzle

Luke 2:1-7 I was in an Op Shop the other day, and what did I find? A Jigsaw puzzle. A puzzle called “The Story of Christmas.” And it appealed to me, because it had no picture on the box, and because it had five pieces missing—and it said so right on the box. Now I...

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SERMON: Six Responses to God

2 Samuel 6:1-5, 12b-19 A. INTRODUCTION 1. General Responses to God The subject of the existence of God invariably evokes a variety of responses. Some deny his existence and say that the world, and even our presence, is the result of random acts of nature. Some are...

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