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Recent articles

The Empty Tomb (Part 2 of 2)

Monday, 27th January 2020

Mark records that “When the sabbath was past, Mary Magdalene, and Mary the mother of James, and Salome, had bought sweet spices, that they might come and anoint him” (Mark 16:1). The Sabbath ended at 6pm on what we would call Saturday. Traders would resume their activities and that was the time the women bought and prepared their materials. Then they rose “and very early in the morning the first day of the week, they came unto the sepulchre at the rising of the sun” (v2), “bringing the spices which they had prepared, and certain others with them” (Luke 24:1; see v10). This confirms that the resurrection took place in the darkness of the early hours on the Sunday.

“The City of the Great King”

Sunday, 26th January 2020

Readings: Genesis 42, 43, Psalm 46-48, Matthew 28

This exhortation comes with love from my wife, sister Gill, and the Rayleigh and Southend on Sea Ecclesia, and myself.

The Empty Tomb (Part 1 of 2)

Monday, 20th January 2020

Reading: Matthew 28 or Mark 16 or Luke 24 or John 20

“Joseph of Arimathaea … went in boldly unto Pilate and craved the body of Jesus”. The Gospel records of this momentous time are brief but succinct. Every word had been carefully chosen by the inspired hand that guided the four writers who all say that he was an honourable counsellor: “He was a good man, and a just … who also himself waited for the kingdom of God” (Luke 23:50,51). Is this why he associated himself openly with Jesus even though the chief priests had condemned him to death? His determination (or was it his faith?) led him to go in “boldly” to Pilate.

The Fountain of Life

Sunday, 19th January 2020
What wonderful confidence David had in his God. We cannot be sure why he wrote the Psalm we read today. Throughout his life he had many difficulties and many enemies but he always believed that God would watch over him and deliver him out of all his troubles. David knew that as long as he remained faithful to God, the LORD would protect him from the wicked men who were plotting against him (Psalm 36:4 NKJV). His confidence came from his knowledge of the goodness and faithfulness of God. Three times in this Psalm he speaks of the lovingkindness which God shows to those who love and fear Him. He says God’s mercy (the same word as lovingkindness) is as extensive as the heavens (v5), and it is so comforting that it becomes a precious treasure to be relied upon (v7). For this reason, David’s prayer is that it will always continue (v10).

The Rich Young Ruler

Monday, 13th January 2020

Reading: Mark 10:17-31

Like anyone ‘in the public eye’, the Lord Jesus met thousands of people during his ministry. He met those who were old, and those who were young. He met some who were rich, and some (probably very many) who were poor. He met those who were well, and he met people suffering from a whole array of illnesses. He met rulers, common people, Jews, Gentiles, wise, foolish, friends and enemies. He met enemies pretending to be friends.

Compassion

Sunday, 12th January 2020

Readings: Genesis 22, 23, Psalms 26-28, Matthew 14

Luke tells us that Mary and Elizabeth were related; so Jesus and John were related too. The two boys were almost the same age, John being about six months older. Since Jesus grew up in Nazareth in the north and John in ’a town in Judea’ in the south, the two were not raised together. Their backgrounds were quite different. Though descended from King David and of the tribe of Judah, Jesus was the supposed son of a village carpenter. By contrast, John was born into the aristocratic priestly tribe of Levi, descended on both sides of his family from Aaron himself. So, John was born to be a priest, but it never happened.

Judgement and Generosity

Sunday, 5th January 2020

Readings: Genesis 9, 10, Psalms 11-13, Matthew 7

The readings in Matthew 7 are in the section usually called the ‘Sermon on the Mount’. Jesus is thinking about relationships with each other and says:Judge not, that ye be not judged.” (Matthew 7:1, AV).

What is the Gospel

Wednesday, 1st January 2020
In the Christian era the word gospel, from the original languages through which the word of God has passed, always meant Good News. When Jesus was in the synagogue at Nazareth he used his reading from Isaiah chapter 61 to explain what his mission was, and why he had been sent to the land of Israel at that special time. Luke tells us that Jesus stopped halfway through, what to us is the second verse, and handed the scroll back to the attendant before sitting down. When asked why he had done this, his answer was “This day is this scripture fulfilled in your hearing”. So, what had Isaiah included up to that point?

As We Approach the End of the Year (Part 2 of 2)

Monday, 30th December 2019

Regarding our spiritual life there is a verse in Hebrews that says this:

“We must pay the most careful attention, therefore, to what we have heard, so that we do not drift away.” (Hebrews 2:1)

The Bible abounds with warnings of this danger to God’s called out ones. It describes this awful condition of declining faith in a variety of different ways, such as “falling away”, or “backsliding”. Sometimes we call it ‘apostasy’.

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