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Does the Bible itself provide evidence for God?

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Most people would agree that the existence of God and His revelation in the Bible is a matter of faith. But how compelling is this faith? Can something that cannot be seen or touched, cannot be proven by experiment, can only be inferred from evidence, be real? One of the most powerful statements about faith […]

Figures of speech and symbolic language in the Bible

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The Bible, throughout its pages, uses both figures of speech and symbolic language. There are many symbols. Some of these, what they represent, and where in Scripture they are found, are:- Symbol Literal Passage God’s face His presence Numbers 6:25-26; Psalm 34:16 God’s arm/hand His power Psalm 21:8; Psalm 89:13 God’s eyes His awareness Proverbs […]

Does water save? Why Baptism is essential

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Baptism is a physical happening with symbolic meaning. Perhaps the clearest place in which Scripture explains this is Romans 6. Here we find – “All of us who were baptized into Christ Jesus were baptized into his death. We were therefore buried with him through baptism into death in order that, just as Christ was […]

I believe in angels

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Firstly, what does the Bible say about the word ‘angel’ and their purpose? The Bible word ‘angel’ means ‘messenger’. The angels are God’s messengers. They were present at creation and are at work for God in the world. They are immortal beings and cannot sin. We are not told how many angels there are, but […]

I believe Jesus will return

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There are many reasons I believe that Jesus will be on earth again. He will come in the future to the earth, and reign over the whole world as king. It is my personal faith that this will occur sooner rather than later. Jesus himself said – Revelation 22:12 – “Behold, I am coming soon! […]

What is going on in the world?

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Do you ever wonder what is going on in the world? Why is Jerusalem such a problem for so many people? This is one reason to read the Bible. The Bible tells the story of the Jewish people and helps to make sense of what is going on in the world today and gives us […]

Doing Good on the Sabbath

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The Scribes and Pharisees are watching Jesus. They seek every opportunity to catch him in word and deed. With his disciples Jesus has gone a short journey from the town of Capernaum. On either hand are cornfields, and as they pass through his disciples pluck the ears of the now ripe corn and rubbing them […]

The Leper of Galilee

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All day long, the multitudes were with him. All day he was talking, or healing, or journeying. But we shall read very frequently that Jesus, before the crowds came, or after they had sought their homes in the evening, found solitude in the waste places or the quiet hills and prayed. Jesus could “of his […]

Samaria

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Palestine, in the time of Jesus, was divided into five regions, two on the east, and three on the west of Jordan. Of these the most important to us are the three divisions between the Mediterranean Sea and the Jordan. We have constantly named the division to the north, Galilee, and that occupying the south, […]

The Court of the Gentiles

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Three blasts of a trumpet break the silence of the twilight morning. Jerusalem stirs. From this courtyard, and that narrow street, figures emerge. There is a faint lowing of cattle and bleating of sheep; animals are being driven through the streets to the Temple. The outer Temple gates are open, and many are entering into […]