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  • A Sinner Saved

    Contributed by Christopher Holdsworth on Dec 8, 2018
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     | 181 views

    A miraculous catch of fish, and the commencement of the Church's ministry.

    A SINNER SAVED Luke 5:1-11 I can remember reading a quaint old book by a Puritan who’s only acknowledged qualification for conducting a Christian ministry was, ‘Sinner Saved’. Without that we are either honestly mistaken, or really just charlatans and frauds! This begs the question, ‘What ...read more

  • Growing Better In Bad Times Series

    Contributed by Christopher Holdsworth on Dec 1, 2018
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     | 226 views

    No doubt the young Samuel, like the Child Jesus, ‘became strong in spirit, filled with wisdom, and the grace of God was upon him’ (cf. Luke 2:40).

    GROWING BETTER IN BAD TIMES 1 Samuel 2:18-20; 1 Samuel 2:26 The children of Israel forsook the LORD, and the anger of the LORD was hot against Israel, and He visited them with temporal judgments (Judges 2:13-15). ‘Nevertheless,’ (O, precious word!) the LORD raised up judges, or ‘saviours’ to ...read more

  • The Incarnation In Ezekiel Series

    Contributed by Christopher Holdsworth on Nov 30, 2018
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     | 172 views

    “I the LORD their God with them" (Ezekiel 34:30).

    THE INCARNATION IN EZEKIEL “I the LORD their God am with them” (Ezekiel 34:30). The word “am” is provided in italics in some of our English translations, to indicate that it is not in the original. ‘What is this but “God with us”?’ asked C. H. Spurgeon in his 19th century sermon on Ezekiel ...read more

  • Messiah As The New Adam Series

    Contributed by Christopher Holdsworth on Nov 28, 2018
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     | 168 views

    Luke leads us from Jesus back to Adam, but Paul leads us from the old Adam to the new.

    MESSIAH AS THE NEW ADAM Luke 3:23-38; Romans 5:12-21 Immediately after Jesus’ baptism, a voice from heaven declared, “You are My beloved Son; in whom I am well pleased” (Luke 3:22). This was not the way Jesus’ neighbours would view Him: to them, He was ‘the carpenter’s son’ (Matthew 13:55); ...read more

  • The Two Advents Series

    Contributed by Christopher Holdsworth on Nov 27, 2018
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     | 513 views

    The uncompromising preaching of John. Bearing fruit that proves our repentance. Practical moral guidance. Redirecting Messianic expectations.

    THE TWO ADVENTS Luke 3:7-18 In the fullness of the times (cf. Galatians 4:4), John came ‘preaching a baptism of repentance for the remission of sins’ (Luke 3:1-3). Being 30 years old, you might expect him to be starting his priesthood in the Temple in Jerusalem (cf. Numbers 4:3), but God ...read more

  • Heralding The Fullness Series

    Contributed by Christopher Holdsworth on Nov 25, 2018
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     | 660 views

    The ripeness of the times for the coming of Jesus into our hearts.

    HERALDING THE FULLNESS Luke 3:1-6 The Apostle Paul speaks of a 'fullness of time’ (Galatians 4:4). Well, if ever there was a time that was ripe for revival, perhaps it is now? ‘So much drunkenness, cursing and swearing (even from the mouths of little children),’ wrote John Wesley in ...read more

  • A Reasonable Offer

    Contributed by Christopher Holdsworth on Nov 17, 2018
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     | 339 views

    The calling out of the Remnant.

    A REASONABLE OFFER Isaiah 1:10-20 The opening of this wonderful Book of Isaiah introduces us to a Ministry which, on a conservative estimate, spanned some 64 years. The first verse (Isaiah 1:1) tells us of (I) its Divine authorship: it was a “vision”; (II) its human authorship: Isaiah, son ...read more

  • The Song Of The Ascension Series

    Contributed by Christopher Holdsworth on Oct 31, 2018
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     | 323 views

    The gates are open wide, never to close again.

    THE SONG OF THE ASCENSION Psalms 24 David, the sweet Psalmist of Israel (2 Samuel 23:1) takes us on a journey from the Cross in Psalms 22, under the guidance of the Shepherd’s Crook in Psalms 23, to the Crown in Psalms 24. These three Psalms belong together, and all ultimately speak of Jesus, ...read more

  • A Song Of Loves

    Contributed by Christopher Holdsworth on Oct 21, 2018
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     | 215 views

    Both Psalms 45:6-7 and Hebrews 1:8-9 address Jesus as God, yet distinguish Jesus from God.

    A SONG OF LOVES Psalms 45:1-2; Psalms 45:6-9 The mysterious word in the title of this Psalm, ‘Shoshannim’, may refer to a six-stringed instrument, or to the scattering of roses or lilies around the nuptial bed: what we might call confetti today. The word ‘Maschil’ may be a musical reference, ...read more

  • The Springtime Of My Love

    Contributed by Christopher Holdsworth on Oct 13, 2018
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     | 262 views

    'This is a great mystery, but I speak concerning Christ and the Church' (Ephesians 5:32).

    THE SPRINGTIME OF MY LOVE Song of Songs 2:8-13 The date and time of your next meeting is set: outside the Department store on such a street at such a time on Friday, or whenever. There you are, waiting, perhaps forgetting that these buildings often have more than one door. You wonder if your ...read more

  • Great High Priest Series

    Contributed by Christopher Holdsworth on Oct 10, 2018
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     | 558 views

    The superiority of Jesus' priesthood gives us boldness to approach the throne of grace.

    GREAT HIGH PRIEST Hebrews 4:14-16 The priesthood of Jesus is superior to that of Aaron. As a man like ourselves, Jesus is a merciful and faithful high priest: yet, unlike Aaron, He is capable of facing and overcoming temptation on our behalf (Hebrews 2:17-18; Hebrews 4:15). For though He is a ...read more

  • From Victim To Victor: The Widow's Mite Series

    Contributed by Christopher Holdsworth on Oct 6, 2018
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     | 1,202 views

    A contrast between acquisitive Scribes, and a gift given out of penury.

    FROM VICTIM TO VICTOR: THE WIDOW’S MITE Mark 12:38-44 In our previous reading, Jesus pronounced one Scribe, ‘Not far from the kingdom of God’ (Mark 12:34). Yet Jesus’ opinion of the Scribes in general was not unlike His opinion of the Pharisees (cf. Luke 11:43). ‘The Scribes and the ...read more

  • Not Far From The Kingdom Of God? Series

    Contributed by Christopher Holdsworth on Sep 29, 2018
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     | 1,341 views

    The greatest commandment.

    NOT FAR FROM THE KINGDOM OF GOD? Mark 12:28-34 Long before the invention of the printing press, men called Scribes would work together to copy out the Scriptures for future generations. By doing this, we might suggest, they became well-versed in the Law of Moses (cf. Ezra 7:6). They were the ...read more

  • The Blind Man By The Roadside Series

    Contributed by Christopher Holdsworth on Sep 16, 2018
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     | 1,899 views

    Importunity in the face of adversity.

    THE BLIND MAN BY THE ROADSIDE Mark 10:46-52 Jesus came to Jericho, with His disciples and a great multitude (Mark 10:46). Some of the multitude may have come with the apostolic party from Galilee, but probably the majority had come out of Jericho to meet Him and continued with Him on His ...read more

  • Where Were You? Series

    Contributed by Christopher Holdsworth on Aug 30, 2018
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     | 1,410 views

    A poem of Creation.

    WHERE WERE YOU? Job 38:1-11; Job 38:34-41 After all the crying and sighing, moaning and groaning of Job (and I do not blame him for it); after all the blaming and shaming, sharing and tearing of his ‘miserable comforters’ (Job 16:2): “Then the LORD answered Job out of the whirlwind” (Job ...read more