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Posts from September 2017

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…