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Contributed on Mar 18, 2018
The spontaneous voluntary sharing of the early church.
GRACE TO GIVE Acts 4:32-35 The first reference to the voluntary sharing of the early church occurs soon after Pentecost, when the believers in the Jerusalem church (3,120 members plus daily additions) were said to be ‘together, and had all things in common, sold their possessions and goods, ...read more
Contributed on Mar 10, 2018
The knitting together of kindred hearts in covenant love.
THE DEW OF HERMON Psalm 133:1-3 I like the Scottish Metrical version of this Psalm: “Behold, how good a thing it is, and how becoming well, Together such as brethren are in unity to dwell!” A good one to sing, perhaps, as we break bread together. “Behold” calls us to look ...read more
Contributed on Mar 2, 2018
Bringing the hope of salvation into an otherwise dismal prospect.
THE EASTER APOCALYPSE Isaiah 25:6-9 This small passage lies at the heart of the so-called ‘Isaiah Apocalypse’ of chapters 24-27 and brings hope into an otherwise dismal prospect. Chapter 25 itself begins with praise for God’s ‘plans formed of old, faithful and sure’ (Isaiah 25:1) - which ...read more
Contributed on Feb 18, 2018
John's is the only Gospel to tell us about the palm branches.
THE FIRST PALM SUNDAY John 12:12-19 First, in this short passage, we see the sense of expectation of the people of God (John 12:12). We read that “much people” who were come to the feast, “heard” that Jesus was coming to the City. And hearing, they acted on it. It is good to “hear” the ...read more
Contributed on Feb 9, 2018
How to keep our ways pure.
TEACH ME YOUR STATUTES Psalm 119:9-16 The question is posed: “How shall a young man keep His way pure?” (Psalm 119:9a). Before we look at the answer, we might consider who this young man is? The Psalmist seems to be putting himself, and us, in the position of the son (i.e. student) in ...read more