Category: Bible

David: a man after God’s own heart?

David: a man after God’s own heart?

King David, the greatest of the Old Testament kings, is a figure who confuses many. After all, he was deeply flawed. Here is a man who is called the one after God’s own heart (1 Sam 13:14), the king with whom God made a covenant (2 Sam 7), who was promised a descendant who would …

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The danger of watching the weather

The danger of watching the weather

We can sometimes be paralysed by waiting for the perfect conditions to do something. I found myself in that position a week or two ago when I needed to put fertiliser on my lawn. The packet said that the fertiliser should be applied to wet grass, but it must not rain within 24 hours or …

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Surely you can’t pray that?

Surely you can’t pray that?

The book of Psalms is a wonderful book for many reasons. It is the songbook of the Old Testament people of God, containing the full range of human emotions poured out to God. Many appreciate sections that speak of God’s love, his shepherding, and his protection like a fortress. And yet, amid these types of …

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Letting God speak for Himself

Letting God speak for Himself

Sometimes you might hear someone say something like this: “I hope the sermon today is interesting; I hope the preacher uses funny illustrations and makes the Bible interesting”; or “I love that particular Christian blogger; they make the Bible relevant to me”; or “I think non-Christians won’t be interested in the Bible; let’s reduce the …

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Recommended books about the Bible

Recommended books about the Bible

Last Sunday at church, we looked at the wonderful gift that God has given to his people in the Bible. We have the words of God, given through different people over a long period of time, adding up to one big story of God’s work in the world. The sermon touched on a range of …

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Showing faith by what we do

Showing faith by what we do

We are only saved by grace. That is a wonderful truth. We can only be counted as one of God’s people by what Jesus has done for us in his death and resurrection. He paid the debt we could not pay. Jesus took our sins upon himself. All we need to do is trust in …

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Prayer: can we really ask for anything?

Prayer: can we really ask for anything?

In my last blog post (which you can read here), I noted that we should be praying to our Father often, making the most of the privilege we have to speak directly to God. We should actually ask and not keep censoring ourselves. God, in his wisdom, will decide which requests to grant and what …

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