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11 April 2021

How the Church sings Last week we looked at some of the reasons the Bible gives for Why the Church sings. But does the Bible have anything to say about How the Church sings?  Yes – consider these two parallel passages from Paul’s letters to the churches in Colossae and Ephesus: Let… Read More

4 April 2021

Why the church sings 1  Shout for joy in the LORD, O you righteous! Praise befits the upright. 2  Give thanks to the LORD with the lyre; make melody to Him with the harp of ten strings! 3  Sing to Him a new song; play skilfully on the strings, with loud shouts.  These… Read More

28 March 2021

Humbled by God’s Holiness (The Holiness of God - Pt 2)      Q. What is the holiness of God?         A. God’s holiness is his total state of being, wherein he is revealed as transcendentally separate from all else in existence.     Q. How ought we to benefit from the doctrine… Read More

21 March 2021

Seven reasons families should pray together (Pt 2). From Thomas Doolittle, “How May the Duty of Family Prayer Be Best Managed for the  Spiritual Benefit of Every One in the Family?” Puritan Sermons 1659-1689, Being the Morning Exercises at Cripplegate, Vol 2, Richard… Read More

14 March 2021

Seven reasons families should pray together (Pt 1). From Thomas Doolittle, “How May the Duty of Family Prayer Be Best Managed for the Spiritual Benefit of Every One in the Family?” Puritan Sermons 1659-1689,  Being the Morning Exercises at Cripplegate, Vol 2, Richard Owen Roberts, Publisher.  REASON… Read More

7 March 2021

The Holiness of God In Revelation 4:8 we read: “Holy, holy, holy, is the Lord God Almighty.”  Likewise in Isaiah 6:3: “Holy, holy, holy is the LORD of hosts.”  Psalm 99 also declares: “The LORD reigns; let the peoples tremble! He sits enthroned upon the cherubim; let the earth quake! The LORD… Read More

28 February 2021

Are you inspired to know God? (God is Infinite - Pt 4). Do you like music?  I don’t know about you, but every so often I discover a new piece of music that compels me to listen.  For about three days after I discover it, I cannot stop listening to it, and even when I’m not listening to it, it plays on an… Read More

21 February 2021

God is Incomprehensible (God is Infinite - Pt 3). “Have you not known? Have you not heard? The LORD is the everlasting God, the Creator of the ends of the earth. He does not faint or grow weary; his understanding is unsearchable” Isaiah 40:28.     Q. What does it mean to say that God is Infinite?  … Read More

14 February 2021

The Boundless Delight of Seeking God (God is Infinite – Pt 2). Because God is infinite, knowing God is an infinite privilege.  It’s a privilege that never ends and that will continually open before us new experiences of His glory and goodness.  In Psalm 16:11 the psalmist exults in this when He says: “You make… Read More

7 February 2021

Everything happens for a reason An excerpt from Tabletalk Magazine by Robert Rothwell. https://tabletalkmagazine.com/article/2021/02/gods-providence-revealed-in-scripture/  Have you ever heard a non-Christian say, “Everything happens for a reason”?  I have, and probably… Read More

31 January 2021

The God without limits (God is Infinite – Pt 1). “Can you find out the deep things of God? Can you find out the limit of the Almighty? It is higher than heaven – what can you do? Deeper than Sheol – what can you know? Its measure is longer than the earth and broader than the sea” Job 11:7-9. “Great is… Read More

27 December 2020

Seeking and finding at Christmas by Joe Boot. Each Christmas, the reality of the virgin birth in the humility of the stable invites us, like the wise men, on a search for the child – that is, to discover His identity and to worship Him.   ‘For the Grace of God has appeared,… Read More