1 Samuel

“RUNNERS take your marks,” the starter barks his signal, and the crowd turns quiet attention to the athletes walking towards the line. “Get set”… in position now, muscles tense, nervously anticipating the sound of the gun.  It resounds!  And the race begins.  In any contest, the start is important, but the finish is even more […]

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Exodus

GET UP… leave… take off – these words are good ones for those trapped or enslaved. Some resist their marching orders, however, preferring present surroundings to a new, unknown environment.  It’s not easy to trade the comfortable security of the known for the uncertain future.  But what if God gives the order to move?  Will […]

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Esther

DRAMA, power, romance, intrigue – this is the stuff of which best-selling novels are made. But far from a modern piece of fiction, those words describe a true story, lived and written centuries ago.  More than entertaining reading, it is a story of the profound interplay of God’s sovereignty and human will.  God prepared the […]

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Eccelesiates

THE MOULDED bunny lies in the basket, surrounded by green paper “grass”. With Easter morning eyes wide with anticipation, the little boy carefully lifts the chocolate figure and bites into one of the long ears.  But the sweet taste fades quickly, and the child looks again at the chocolate in his hand.  It’s hollow! Empty, […]

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Interpretations

Making yours more important than Scripture: “The teachers of the law and the Pharisees sit in Moses’ seat. So you must obey them and do everything they tell you.  But do not do what they do, for they do not practise what they preach.  – Matthew 23:2-3 The Pharisee’s traditions and their interpretations and applications […]

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Isolation

Comes from despair: Out of the depths I cry to you, O LORD; O LORD, hear my voice.  Let your ears be attentive to my cry for mercy. If you, OLORD, kept a record of sins, O Lord, who could stand? – Psalms 130:1-2 In the depths of despair, the psalmist cried out to God. […]

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Intimacy

Sin breaks it down: The man and his wife were both naked, and they felt no shame. – Genesis 2:25 Have you ever noticed how a little child can run naked through a room full of strangers without embarrassment? He is not aware of his nakedness, just as Adam and Eve were not embarrassed in […]

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Illustrations

How Jesus used them in teaching: Such large crowds gathered round him that he got into a boat and sat in it, while all the people stood on the shore. Then he told them many things in parables, saying: “A farmer went out to sow his seed.  –  Matthew 13:2-3 Jesus used many illustrations, or […]

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The Parables of Jesus

Teaching Parables: About the Kingdom of God The Soils (Matthew 13:3-8; Mark 4:4-8; Luke 8:5-8) The Weeds (Matthew 13:24-30) The Mustard Seed (Matthew 13:31, 32; Mark 4:30-32; Luke 13:18, 19) The Yeast (Matthew 13:33; Luke 13:20, 21) The Treasure (Matthew 13:44) The Pearl (Matthew 13:45, 46) The Fishing Net (Matthew 13:47-50) The Growing Wheat (Mark […]

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