Lent Reflections on Bible Prayers 4 – Joshua

Lent Reflections on Bible Prayers 4 – Joshua

Joshua 7:6-9 After 40 years of wandering in the desert, the people of God stood on the hills on the east of the Jordan River looking at the land God had promised to them.   Joshua led the people across the river and God miraculously brought down the walls of the city of Jericho. The people…

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Do we need creeds?

Do we need creeds?

88% of human beings believe in ‘god.’ Jews believe that “the LORD is one.” Muslims believe that “there is no God but Allah.” The Bible says “You believe that there is one God. Good! Even the demons believe that—and shudder.” (James 2:19) So what do Christians believe? Do all Christians believe the same thing? Does…

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Lent Reflections on Bible Prayers 3 – Praise

Lent Reflections on Bible Prayers 3 – Praise

Psalm 134:1-3 The songs of ascents (Psalms 120-134) were sung during the Feast of Tabernacles, when Jewish people would come to Jerusalem from all over and ‘ascend’ Mount Zion to the Temple, remembering the 40 years their ancestors spent in the wilderness before entering the Promised Land. The Feast is a reminder that this world…

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Lent Reflections on Bible Prayers 2 – Samson

Lent Reflections on Bible Prayers 2 – Samson

Judges 16:28 In Romans 12:19 we are told as Christians “never avenge yourselves” because the Lord has told his people “vengeance is mine, I will repay” (Deut 32:35).  Yet here is Samson praying that God will enable him to get revenge on those who gouged his eyes out – and God appears to give him…

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Personal Reflections on Psalm 119

Personal Reflections on Psalm 119

145 I call with all my heart; answer me, Lord, and I will obey your decrees. 146 I call out to you; save me and I will keep your statutes. 147 I rise before dawn and cry for help; I have put my hope in your word. 148 My eyes stay open through the watches…

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Lent Reflections on Bible Prayers 1 – Solomon

Lent Reflections on Bible Prayers 1 – Solomon

1 Kings 3:5-9 Here is Solomon, son of the great king David now himself king of God’s chosen people.  Under him the Temple was built in Jerusalem and nation of Israel reached the height of its power.  “King Solomon was greater in riches and wisdom than all the other kings of the earth. The whole world…

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Does God love Pharaoh?

Does God love Pharaoh?

The Bible resounds with messages of hope and liberation for the oppressed.  Jesus introduced His mission by quoting the prophet Isaiah: “The Spirit of the Lord is on me, because he has anointed me to proclaim good news to the poor. He has sent me to proclaim freedom for the prisoners and recovery of sight for the blind, to set…

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What’s with Israel

What’s with Israel

Teaser before leading CHOW session today for Business Connect on Israel. At the turn of the year, St James’ Church in Piccadilly hosted a 2 week festival called Bethlehem Unwrapped to “celebrate the culture and stories of those living [in Bethlehem today] and their work for peace.” The Vicar of the church, Rev Lucy Winkett, said it was…

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