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‘One-anothering’ one another

There are almost 60 ‘one another’ instructions in the New Testament, the most frequent being “love one another”.  At the Wednesday homegroup last week we discussed how we can “encourage one another daily” (Hebrews 3v13) and noted that, just a few chapters further on, the writer exhorts us to “consider how we may spur one another on toward love and good deeds. …

The Son of Man

When referring to Himself, Jesus’ favourite title was the Son of Man.  He used this title over 80 times in the Gospels – each time as the Son of Man (i.e. the greatest son of man of all time), not a son of man (i.e. an ordinary male human being).  Yet it is a most humble title, identifying Himself totally with humanity. …

Wilful neglect

The Wednesday evening homegroup grappled with the first 4 verses of Hebrews 2 last week, having just started a new series going through this letter.  One of the unique features of Hebrews is the inclusion of six very serious warning passages, the first of which declares in chapter 2 verse 3 “how shall we escape if we ignore such a great salvation?” …

Plodders Plodding On

I’ve referred recently in two different settings to the founder of modern missions, and in particular the Baptist Missionary Society, William Carey who lived between 1761 and 1834.  His most famous quotation, based on Isaiah 54v2,3 is “Expect great things from God; attempt great things for God”. Carey was determined to take the Gospel to India and arrived there in 1793.  Shortly…

Shaken but not stirred

An entirely understandable reaction to another terror attack in London on Friday is fear – indeed this is one of the terrorists’ primary objectives.  However, during my Bible reading on Friday morning I read these lovely words in Psalm 62 v5-8 which are worth quoting in full: “Find rest, O my soul, in God alone; my help comes from Him.  He alone…

Christ-like compassion

Last Sunday morning we looked at Matthew 9v35-38 and, in particular, noted that when Jesus “saw the crowds, He had compassion on them, because they were harassed and helpless, like sheep without a shepherd” (v36).  Rather than criticise, condemn or display cold indifference to the crowds, Jesus was moved with compassion.  Indeed we saw that the Greek word for compassion here literally…

Feeling forgiven

Last Sunday morning we read Hebrews 10v1-14 as we prepared to share the Lord’s Supper together.  I was struck by the implications of part of verse 2 – the animal sacrifices offered within the old covenant couldn’t cleanse “once for all” and therefore left the people still feeling “guilty for their sins”.  The clear inference is that Jesus’ sacrifice of Himself “for…

Separate sleeping arrangements

We thought a little last Sunday morning about Jesus’ words in regard to Jairus’ daughter – “The girl is not dead but asleep” (Matthew 9v24).  He certainly didn’t mean that she was in a coma – the crowd knew she was dead and laughed mockingly at Jesus.  But if we substitute “dead” for “asleep”, what Jesus said makes little sense – “The…

Fighting Faith

I came across this thought last week: “The Christian life is not a victorious life but a victorious battle!”  Whilst we may experience even long periods of lulls in the warfare, it is helpful to be reminded that, as Christians, we are engaged in a lifelong battle, facing an enemy ‘trinity’ of the world, the flesh and the devil. Many will be…