Intriguingly Hosea’s prophecy begins with an account of a marriage that while commanded by God was at variance with our understanding of Biblical principles…It is clear from 1:2, however, that Hosea’s marriage to this woman was intended to be a picture lesson to the nation of their apostasy.
“Solomon in his naivety thought that he could enjoy whatever woman he desired because he offered everything by way of riches and material comfort. In the case of this young woman, however, he could not give her what her Shepherd could supply, true love.”
The middle aged father sat in the congregation listening to another sermon, praying, wanting to believe there would be a message of hope. He has grown desperate when looking at the wreckage of sin in the life of his son, now turned 19. The abuse of alcohol, the increasing smoking habit and the justificationContinue reading “THE FATHER’S PROMISE; praying the prodigals home”
WHAT CHILD IS THIS? The Popular Christmas song, written by William Chatterton Dix, “What Child is This?” asks the all important Christmas question: “What Child is this Who laid to rest On Mary’s lap is sleeping? Whom Angels greet with anthems sweet, While shepherds watch are keeping?” We do well to ponder the question andContinue reading “WHAT CHILD IS THIS?”
The Gentile widow and her inspirational devotion; “Intreat me not to leave thee, or to return from following after thee: for whither thou goest, I will go; and where thou lodgest, I will lodge: thy people shall be my people, and thy God my God”
Never before had a Priest used his own body as the offering. Paul clearly writes, however, that Christ “offered himself”.
How Martin Luther and the Reformation revolutionised family life and the relationship between parents and children. The Gospel affects every area in the life of man. http://www.justbyfaithalone.net/blog/apples-rods-raising-of-children
A Puritan Parable Archbishop Ussher had long wished for the opportunity to meet with Samuel Rutherford, the Scottish Presbyterian preacher. He reckoned that the Scot would not entertain him because he was an Episcopalian Bishop. Therefore while travelling from Ireland through south west Scotland, en route to London, he called at the Manse in AnwothContinue reading “THE ARCHBISHOP AND THE PRESBYTERIAN”
In this fascinating passage we discover the social side of the Apostle Paul. He was a lover of people who found great comfort from his many friends scattered throughout the Roman world.
I heard Donald Trump quote this Psalm during his Inaugural Address. While I appreciated him bringing Scripture into his speech I couldn’t help but wonder, “Is this really an appropriate use of The Word?” A Song of degrees of David. Behold, how good and how pleasant it is for brethren to dwell together in unity! Continue reading “THE TRUE SPIRIT OF UNITY – Psalm 133”