Category: Old Testament

Do you get wiser with age?

Do you get wiser with age?

Do you get wiser as you get older? Is it fair to say that, in general, those who are older are wiser? Instinctively, most of us would like to think this is true. And it often is! As we grow older, as we have more experiences and make more mistakes, we should learn things. And …

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Use your organisation for more than just yourself

Use your organisation for more than just yourself

Organisation matters. If we are organised and use our administrative gifts, it will mean that we are more likely to do what we promise to do. It will mean that we don’t forget the important things we need to do. And we will reflect our Heavenly Father, who loves order. Solomon’s kingdom in 1 Kings …

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The value of being organised

The value of being organised

Some people love to make lists and plan out their diaries. They know what they need to do and when they need to do it by. I am one of those people. I always have a lot of diverse things to do and responsibilities to manage; if I don’t make some kind of plan, things …

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God’s kindness in our messiness

God’s kindness in our messiness

Our lives are messy and complicated. All of us are sinners in all kinds of ways, people who would rather run our own lives instead of doing what God wants. There are times when we feel this very strongly. Perhaps I am not good enough for God? Maybe God is interested in saving good people, …

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Jesus is King, not some kind of advisor

Jesus is King, not some kind of advisor

Jesus is the King of the whole world. That is the essence of the gospel. When you look for the shortest expression of the gospel in the Bible, it is “Jesus is Lord” (1 Cor 12:3, 2 Cor 4:5). Jesus is God’s chosen King, the Messiah, the Christ, the Anointed One, the one with all …

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Stop complaining all the time

Stop complaining all the time

There is a lot to complain about right now. You can’t do the things you want to do. Your job situation is at the very least disrupted, maybe uncertain, and maybe just gone. The kids being at home means things are louder and messier than you’d like. The lack of certainty makes you grumpy. Your …

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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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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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Rejoicing in the everyday

Rejoicing in the everyday

The world is a messy, and often wicked, place. Just turn on the news. They never have to cancel investigative shows that reveal injustice because there is so much around. That’s nothing new. The Teacher of Ecclesiastes noted the same kind of things around 3000 years ago. In Ecclesiastes 8, he noted that governments can …

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