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Posted by Peter on February 27, 2015
One of the surprising and ultimately comforting aspects of the Bible is its candour concerning human nature. Human beings are wicked; yet God chooses to work with them and through them and even save them.
In his sermon Working with Terrible Raw Material from the current series on the life of Joseph, William Taylor draws out painfully from Genesis 38 the wickedness of Joseph's brother, Judah. This makes all the more poignant and wonderf Continue reading…
Posted by Tim on February 27, 2015
As we've been working our way through Colossians at 6pm, we’ve heard a number of remarkable statements about Jesus. He made all things (Col. 1:16). He sustains all things (Col. 1:17). He has reconciled all things (Col. 1:20). And then this from Colossians 2v3:
‘… Christ, in whom are hidden all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge.’
It’s a statement designed to stop us in our tracks.
Jesus Christ is the source of all wisdom. Jesus Chr Continue reading…
Posted by Tim on February 24, 2015
London gets a lot of stick for being impersonal and lonely. No-one speaking on the tube, everyone competing on the roads, neighbours living side by side for months and yet only knowing each others' names because of all the times they've arranged the post into neat piles.
But I'm not sure that reputation is entirely fair. London is also an eminently social city, with thousands upon thousands of bars, pubs, restaurants, cafes, coffee sho Continue reading…
Posted by Peter on February 22, 2015
If a tree falls in a forest but there is no one there to hear it, does it make a sound? I don't know and I am not that fussed. If someone sins but no-one else is there to see it, does God know about it? Yes, definitely.
This is one of the lessons the people of Israel learnt the hard way, as they failed to defeat the city of Ai on their first attempt (Joshua 7). God had promised his people the Land of Canaan, but that didn’t mean they c Continue reading…
Posted by Peter on February 21, 2015
Sending flaming camels towards your enemy (yes, literally camels loaded with stacks of burning hay) sounds like a fairly odd battle plan, but for Emir Timur in 1398 it actually worked. For him it was more luck than anything else as the opposition’s herd of war elephants were spooked by the fiery dromedaries.
If you were Joshua, you might have thought God's battle plan to defeat Jericho was a bit odd too; just march around the city for Continue reading…