But even if you should suffer for the sake of righteousness, you are blessed. And do not fear their intimidation, and do not be troubled, but sanctify Christ as Lord in your hearts, always being ready to make a defense to everyone who asks you to give an account for the hope that is in you yet with gentleness and reverence; and keep a good conscience so that in the thing in which you are slandered, those who revile your good behavior in Christ will be put to shame.  1 Peter 3: 14-16

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Friday, 18 October 2019 04:44

“Negotiation?”

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One of the commonest words in the news these days is “negotiation”. It can only apply where there are two sides of roughly equal rank seeking to settle some differences. They usually do so by the exercise of some ‘give and take’ on each side. Without this there can be no...

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Friday, 11 October 2019 19:06

“Tough Little Flowers”

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It is that time of the year when we experience unwelcome changes. The early morning walks mean going out into darkness; the swallows have long gone for their summer holidays in Sub-Saharan Africa; the robin is making himself heard as he looks for his morning grated cheese from my wife; the air is...

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Friday, 04 October 2019 18:31

“The Importance of the Blade”

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Our title comes from the Lord’s words in Mark 4: 28: “First the blade, then the ear, after that the full corn in the ear”, which we will examine as we go along in the context of a rich harvest.

I have never seen so many bales of hay and silage in the fields as I am seeing...

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Friday, 27 September 2019 19:56

“The Gospel of God”

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One of the fundamental truths concerning salvation is that it is by grace alone, through faith alone, in Christ alone. There the word “alone” occurs three times. As a rule do we not like repetitions, but in this case the repetition emphasises the overwhelming importance of the word...

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Saturday, 21 September 2019 01:34

“”Hardening of Heart”

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There is a definite chill in the air these mornings, reminding us that winter is not far away. It seems such a short time since we were welcoming the first sensations of summer warmth. How wonderful these were. To put it in scriptural language, “Lo, the winter is past, the rain is over and...

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Monday, 16 September 2019 19:36

“Heaven on Earth?”

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A few weeks ago we decided to have a short holiday before the summer weather slipped by. Having looked at many offers, entitled, “you cannot refuse”, we eventually settled on a place in the warm south, which on the whole did not disappoint, except for one thing. One of the attractions...

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Saturday, 07 September 2019 01:44

“Longing for the House of God”

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As we sit at breakfast during the summer, we enjoy watching the swallows doing their incredible aerobatics. The ease with which they fly and swoop and glide without collisions  or any misjudgments whatsoever, fills us with wonder.  Soon they will begin to gather in large numbers on the...

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Saturday, 31 August 2019 07:34

True Seeking

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Some years ago, while on holiday, we came across a very large store which dealt only with pearls. We went in out of curiosity as we expected everything to be too expensive for us to buy. To our great surprise, there were some small things which were unexpectedly cheap. After some browsing I saw my...

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Sunday, 25 August 2019 15:53

Holiday Notes 2

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As well as the forgiveness of sins, Christ has purchased for us an eternal inheritance in heaven with Himself. This inheritance is described for us in beautiful language in 1 Peter 1:4:

This inheritance is not only without any corruption, but it is incorruptible, that is, it is impossible for it to...

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Saturday, 17 August 2019 06:00

Holiday Notes 1

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“It is time for thee, LORD, to work: for they have made void thy law.” (Psalm 119: 126).

How often we find the Psalms expressing precisely what is in our own hearts. Surely there cannot be a believer in our country in the present age, who does not have this cry in their hearts. The truth...

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Friday, 09 August 2019 20:36

“Let there be Light”

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The words of our title come from the account of the creation of the universe in Genesis Chapter 1. Verse 2 describes the earth as it first came into being by the creative hand God before the various daily steps by which the earth reached its final form. We read of that early earth that it was,...

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Friday, 02 August 2019 18:29

“The Humbling Demands of Marriage”

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At the time of writing this, I am about to conduct a marriage. Having met with the young couple a few times, I have confidence, although they are not christians, they understand why they have chosen a church wedding rather than a much simpler procedure, such as a Registry wedding. They both believe...

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We are hearing of extreme heat in some parts of the country. Although most of us enjoy the sun, sometimes it gets so intense that we have to look for some shade away from the direct heat of the sun to escape into.

Our title comes from a beautiful verse in the Bible: Isaiah 32, verse 2:

“And a...

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Our title comes from 1 Corinthians 6: 19, 20: “Know you not that your body is the temple of the Holy Ghost who is in you, which you have of God, and you are not your own, for you are bought with a price; therefore glorify God in your body and in your spirit,  which are God’s”....

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Friday, 12 July 2019 17:59

“Men loved Darkness rather than Light”

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I am sorry for referring once again to our hedge (which is no longer there), but I am compelled to do so because of a further development. So please bear with me. Our title is a quote from John 3:19: “This is the condemnation, that light is come into the world, and men loved darkness rather...

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Friday, 05 July 2019 20:08

“Resident, but not President?”

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One of the most important matters in defining true christian faith is the nature of the relationship between the professing christian and Christ. In order to clarify this matter, the first thing that we have to answer is the overwhelmingly important question: are there two levels of christianity or...

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Saturday, 29 June 2019 06:12

Holiday Note (2).

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“Stand fast therefore in the liberty wherewith Christ hath made us free, and be not entangled again with the yoke of bondage. Behold, I Paul say unto you, that if ye be circumcised, Christ shall profit you nothing.” (Galatians 5:1-2)

The “yoke of bondage” with which the...

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Saturday, 22 June 2019 04:52

Holiday Note (1)

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“Praise ye the LORD. Sing unto the LORD a new song, [and] his praise in the congregation of saints. Let Israel rejoice in him that made him: let the children of Zion be joyful in their King. Let them praise his name in the dance: let them sing praises unto him with the timbrel and harp. For...

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Monday, 17 June 2019 04:38

“Christ’s Revulsion at Lukewarmness”

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It is a strange thing that we love water and soft drinks to be ice cold, and tea or coffee to be piping hot, and that we recoil from all of these if they are neither cold nor hot, but lukewarm. As we shall see, the bible makes use of this strange phenomenon in a very powerful way to condemn...

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Friday, 07 June 2019 20:12

Youth Renewed like the Eagle’s

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As I age, I have less and less hair, but some things do not change. I still have to go to the barber’s  just as frequently as ever, and the cost is the same as if I had a full head of hair. There are four barbers in the shop, and I am happy to take the first one available; but I have to...

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Friday, 31 May 2019 19:36

“My Peace I Give unto You”

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Instinctively, most human being want to have peace, but few have it. Indeed it is difficult to have peace when the world is in such turmoil. This is especially true when our great institutions, such as our parliament, is in turmoil. Not so long ago there was a measure of respect for one another...

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Friday, 24 May 2019 18:55

General Assembly Note

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“And certain men which came down from Judaea taught the brethren, [and said], Except ye be circumcised after the manner of Moses, ye cannot be saved. When therefore Paul and Barnabas had no small dissension and disputation with them, they determined that Paul and Barnabas, and certain other...

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Friday, 17 May 2019 17:57

“Darkness to Light “

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There is surely no contrast in human experience greater than that between darkness and light. It is a strange thing that it is more difficult to create total darkness than to create the brightest  light. I discovered this many years ago when I was trying to make a photographic darkroom in a...

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Friday, 10 May 2019 19:49

“Barriers Removed”

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Up until last Friday we had an eight-foot hedge bordering our front garden, considerably and progressively obscuring the view from our kitchen window. We had arranged to have two men come to take two feet off the top of the hedge, making it easier to trim. Almost as soon as the men began the job...

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Thursday, 02 May 2019 02:29

“Secrets”

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Secrets are very much in the news at this present time. Every free country must of necessity have some way that high level discussions can take place freely, with the confidence that these discussions will forever remain secret. This function is served in the UK by the National Security Council,...

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