Introduction Haggai was a prophet of the remnant of Israel and Judah that remained after the 70 years in captivity, and his task was to instruct, encourage and also rebuke after their recent return to the land. In particular Haggai in conjunction with Zechariah was given the task of stirring up the enthusiasm to rebuild … Continue reading Haggai
In 1 Kings 13:10-34, we read the account of a prophet, a donkey and a lion. This is indeed an intriguing chronicle but also a very stern warning for us! What can we learn from this? A prophet being persuaded and deceived by his “believing brother”… could this in any way be happening in our … Continue reading A prophet, a donkey and a lion…a warning for you!
THE word angel (Gk. angelos) means a messenger sent by God or man. Generally, it is used in the Scriptures to refer to the angels of God in heaven, and they are sometimes described as “spirits”; but if necessary they can take on a human form (Heb. 1:13–14). Occasionally, the word angels is used of … Continue reading The Angels of God
"The characteristics of true love are long-suffering, kind, not envious or easily angered or resentful, the sort of love we should have one to another is one that is not easily provoked." Bible Study Reading: 1 Sam 1 What we’re going to do is to look at two women in the Bible, Hannah and Mary, … Continue reading Hannah & Mary
"But Jonah didn’t argue. He didn’t try to talk God out of it. He didn’t even attempt a compromise. He just fled." Bible Study Jonah, rather than being a book of prophecy, is more of a book of history. The only real prophecy in this book is the prophecy that in ‘forty days the city … Continue reading Jonah: Prayers and Answers
It’s strange how certain activities trigger memories that unlock a world I have yet to understand. Physical actions gently push my mind, nudging my world closer to the words that I struggle to comprehend. Words that need to find a place in my heart. Require a practical understanding so I can relate to them in my own way. So I can learn to pronounce, remember and recognise them. To understand what they mean to me and others. I need that word to become visual almost tactile to revival something of it’s self to me. It’s a slow often frustrating way of learning. Taking time with just one word, allowing it to guide me in practical way.
The word Koinonia came into my life this week. I must have heard it before but for some reason I locked onto the word and tried to unpick what it means to me.
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Now may the Lord of peace himself give you peace at all times and in every way. The Lord be with all of you.
I, Paul, write this greeting in my own hand, which is the distinguishing mark in all my letters. This is how I write.
The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you all.
As was customary, Paul wraps up the second letter to the Thessalonian church with final greetings. In this case, there is a final hope/prayer in verse 16, authentication in verse 17, and a closing in verse 18.
First, Paul expresses his wish that God will grant to his recipients peace in the midst of their persecution. If you think about it, peace is almost the opposite of what they are going through at this time, and this wish expressed by Paul reminds us that even in the most…
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There she stood in the garden. She was beautiful, intelligent and confident. There was no need for a crusade for her rights. There was no need for a protest. She had no use for greed, she was the richest women to ever walk the earth. Everything in the garden has been entrusted to her and Adam. The enemy knew that faith and unhindered fellowship with God can’t be defeated. The Serpent is described as crafty and witty. The truth is he has to be. He dwells in darkness. Deceitful spirits especially The Father of Lies have no place in the light. It would be too easy to see clearly and expose him for what he is, a fraud.
The Serpent decides, “I must use what God said some how or call into question His Word. The man and the woman were given everything in the garden.” The fact is they can eat from any…
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