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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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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