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Joseph (Part 1): A righteous man (Matthew 1:18-25)

It was an absolute bombshell when Joseph heard the news that his fiancée was pregnant.  It was almost unbelievable that Mary could have done this.  It seemed so out of character for the young woman promised to him in marriage… And yet it was true.  She was pregnant and the rumours were swirling. Matthew 1:18-25 […]

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Jahaziel: Speaking faith when fear abounds (2 Chronicles 20:1-30)

Jehoshaphat was a good king.  He reigned over Judah for twenty-five years and during that time the nation was oriented towards God.  However, early on in his reign he and the nation faced a huge challenge as detailed in 2 Chronicles 20:1-30: a number of the surrounding nations made an alliance and came together to […]

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Psalm 80 – The Vine

Psalm 80 was written during a period when God was angry with His people (v4).  He was not answering their prayers and they had become an object of ridicule amongst their enemies (v6).  Three times in the psalm the refrain, ‘Restore us, O God; let your face shine, that we may be saved!’ occurs (verses […]

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The Merarites: Carrying tent pegs (Numbers 4:29-33)

The people of Israel were a tribal people. Jacob (also known as Israel) was the nation’s founding father and he had twelve sons. Each of these sons became head of a tribe and these twelve tribes made up the nation. One of the tribes was the tribe of Levi. God set apart the Levites for […]

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Psalm 117 – Two reasons to praise!

Psalm 117 is the shortest of all the psalms but packs a punch far more powerful than its brevity would indicate. The first thing to note is that it is addressed to ‘all nations’ and ‘all peoples’. Wow – so this tiny psalm has a global audience! The whole of the world is told to […]

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Zeruiah: Mother of Warriors (1 Chronicles 2:9-17)

The early days of the kingdom of Israel were turbulent times.  Saul, Israel’s first king, drifted away from following God.  His rebellion meant that God rejected him as king and instead looked for a man after God’s heart.  Upon Saul’s death the kingship passed to God’s chosen man, David son of Jesse. However, as on […]

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Psalm 42 – When your soul is downcast

A longing for the presence of God is a distinctive mark of His people.  There is nothing better than the experience of being with God.  The riches of earth cannot compare to it.  The glories of nature can only point to it.  The intimacy of fellow humans is a mere shadow of it. In Psalm […]

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