What was it really like to be a Christian in the first half of the first century AD? We read how the apostles preached the gospel and people were being saved all over the place and it can seem so thrilling and exciting but very…

The Lord is my Light Psalm 27 Of David. GOD’S LOVE AND PROTECTION 1 The LORD is my light and my salvation— whom shall I fear? The LORD is the stronghold of my life— of whom shall I be afraid? 2 When the wicked advance…

In recent years the church has been rediscovering a neglected truth. God loves everybody. God welcomes everybody. Not just Christians or even religious people. Jesus went out of his way to welcome people with problems. Tax collectors like Matthew and Zacchaeus. Unsavoury characters like the…

Out of all the churches we read about in the New Testament, which would you say had the greatest impact on the growth of the Early Church? Would you think of the church in Jerusalem, the birthplace of the church, the home of the apostles?…

descendants of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob from slavery in Egypt. Throughout the Old Testament that wonderful liberation was the dominant picture of salvation for the Israelites. And time and again God promises freedom for the captives when His Messiah would come. Isaiah 42: 6 “I,…

You won’t be surprised to hear that the word “praise” appears more than 210 times in the Book of Psalms. Sometimes it is praising God for who He is and sometimes it is praising God for his mighty acts of Creation. But very often it…

What is mankind? In the cosmic scheme of things, just where do human beings fit in? Astronomers estimate that there are between 100 billion and 200 billion galaxies in the universe. They estimate there may be as many as one million million million million stars…

If you offered a Jewish person a bacon sandwich, what reply would you expect to get? Perhaps it would be a polite refusal. More likely something less polite because you have insulted them. One thing is for sure. No practising Jew would eat any sandwich…

Before and after. We thought last week about the difference Jesus makes, changing sinners from saints and atheists to missionaries, the transforming power of God which can save from the guttermost to the uttermost. When a person becomes a Christian they become a brand new…

Blessed is the one Depending on context Blessed can mean “under God’s blessing,” “happy or fulfilled,” or “intrinsically right.” All three meanings apply here. When we are doing right God’s blessing will fall and we will be happy and fulfilled. But we each have a…

In the book by Ronald Sider, ‘Rich Christians in an age of hunger’ are challenged to act justly, not only as consumers and campaigners, but also in their lifestyle in general. Rich Christians are challenged to consider the environmental impact of their lifestyles and to…