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Posts by Paul Brice

Transfiguration touches – 7 October 2018

This morning we will be studying Matthew’s account of the transfiguration of Jesus (17v1-13).  This was truly an awesome experience for Peter, James and John as they glimpsed something of the glory of the Lord.  Let me highlight two, perhaps subsidiary, aspects to this remarkable event: Jesus’ temptation – John Stott has pointed out that, if Jesus’ transfigured body was effectively His…

Secular suffering? – 9 September 2018

I’m reading Timothy Keller’s book “Walking with God through pain and suffering” and, although only part-way through, would really recommend you read it (– in fact anything by Keller is good!).  Gill and Marcelle have recently read it and both found it very helpful. Future bulletin articles may draw further from this book but in the opening chapters Keller examines how suffering…

Take care! – 5 August 2018

We often use the words above when saying goodbye to someone – we want them to keep safe, to drive carefully etc.  It’s interesting, however, how words can change their use or meaning over time – for instance the KJV translates Paul’s opening words in Philippians 4v6: “Be careful for nothing”.  Paul is actually talking about anxious care and worry, so the…

Biblical inferno – 29 July 2018

Were you struck by Wednesday’s headlines about the awful fires in Greece?  The flames were described as Biblical and apocalyptic – but why would newspaper editors immediately associate deadly fire with the Bible? In many ways such associations may seem to be appropriate.  The Bible contains several stories about fire – we may think, for example, of the burning bush (Exodus 3),…

Divine pleasure – 22 July 2018

I was particularly struck at our Wednesday evening homegroup by these words within our study passage, Numbers 14v1-25: “If the Lord is pleased with us, He will lead us into that land, a land flowing with milk and honey, and will give it to us” (v8).  These were the words of Joshua and Caleb to the whole Israelite assembly when they pleaded…