Bible Studies, Devotions

Can you handle the “hebel”? (part 1)

The words of the Teacher,a son of David, king of Jerusalem: ‘Meaningless! Meaningless!’ says the Teacher. ‘Utterly meaningless! Everything is meaningless.’ Ecclesiastes 1: 1-2 Everything is vanity of vanities – utterly meaningless, perfectly useless, and totally futile? It is amongst the best known phrases in the Bible, yet as Christians we often have no idea… Continue reading Can you handle the “hebel”? (part 1)

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Read the Bible like Isaac Watts.

In 1709 Isaac Watts wrote a hymn that has had a profound impact on my walk with Christ, and more particularly, on my understanding of the Bible. The words are as follows... “Laden with guilt and full of fears, I fly to thee, my Lord, And not a glimpse of hope appears, but in Thy… Continue reading Read the Bible like Isaac Watts.

Bible Studies

Ephesians Study 2

Study 2: Praise God for His Plan Ephesians 1: 1-14 Why do you think Christians lose their excitement about the Gospel? What does this passage reveal about God’s ultimate purpose? How can we see the entire Godhead (Father, Son and Spirit) at work to fulfil that purpose? What are some of the blessings that flow… Continue reading Ephesians Study 2

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Ephesians Study 1: The Background

Study 1: Background to Ephesians In order to understand the challenges that were facing the Christians at Ephesus, we need to have a look at some of the contextual clues found in Paul’s letter and other parts of the Bible. For this study we will consider two Bible texts to help us understand why Paul… Continue reading Ephesians Study 1: The Background

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Verse of the Year (part 3)

The Sufficiency of Christ "But whatever were gains to me I now consider loss for the sake of Christ. What is more, I consider everything a loss because of the surpassing worth of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord, for whose sake I have lost all things. I consider them garbage, that I may gain Christ… Continue reading Verse of the Year (part 3)

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Verse of the Year (Part 2)

“But whatever were gains to me I now consider loss for the sake of Christ. What is more, I consider everything a loss because of the surpassing worth of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord, for whose sake I have lost all things. I consider them garbage, that I may gain Christ…” Philippians 7-8 (NIV 2011)… Continue reading Verse of the Year (Part 2)

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Verse of the Year (Part 1)

The battle is for your heart “But whatever were gains to me I now consider loss for the sake of Christ. What is more, I consider everything a loss because of the surpassing worth of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord, for whose sake I have lost all things. I consider them garbage, that I may… Continue reading Verse of the Year (Part 1)

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“Happy New Year!”

These words are bandied about with some regularity during this time of year. However, when we wish someone a “happy” new year, what do we really mean? “Blessed” New Year The very first sermon I ever preached at Bethesda was on Psalm 1. “Blessed is the one who does not walk in step with the… Continue reading “Happy New Year!”