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Feb
20
2016

In the Old Testament God supernaturally appeared to people. This is called a theophany. In Exodus 3 God appeared in a flame out of a burning bush. Moses needed to learn that God was holy, and so he was told to keep his distance. This holy God graciously came near to  sinful Moses. Keep reading...keep reading»»


Feb
19
2016

In this chapter of Job we see a great and amazing contrast.  Job moves from the valley of despair to the heights of faith.  As we have been reminded in recent sermons, frailty is part of being human and it is not always an indicator of some hidden sin. Keep reading...keep reading»»


Feb
18
2016

Human beings have notoriously short memories.  We are creatures of the moment and we seem naturally disinclined to remember how we came to be the people that we are.  We forget the contributions of others, the sacrifices of our forebears and the wisdom and prudence of previous generations.  In Exodus chapter 1 we read these ominous words:  Keep reading...keep reading»»


Feb
14
2016

RMM Weekly Quiz - Week 7

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Before we get to the RMM Weekly Quiz for Week 7 , here are some fun facts from week 5. The average score on last week's 1 year quiz was 78% - nice job! That's our highest average score so far. The average score on the 2 year test was even higher at 86%. I think we're getting the hang of this. Keep reading...keep reading»»


Feb
12
2016

The building tension of the story of Joseph reaches a climax as his identity is finally proclaimed to his brothers. But vengeance and justice doesn't come from Joseph's hands like his brothers expected. Instead he comforts them by saying, Keep reading...keep reading»»


Feb
11
2016

Much of the material covered in Mark 14 was previously encountered by the reader in Matthew 26. Scholars generally assume that Mark wrote his Gospel first under the supervision of the Apostle Peter. Mark has been associated with Peter from the earliest recollections of church history. It is assumed that he served as Peter's secretary and assistant during his pastorate in Rome. Keep reading...keep reading»»


Feb
09
2016

In Job 8 we hear from Bildad, another of Job's counsellors. Like Eliphaz, Bildad's view of the world is highly proverbial. Bildad seems to lack the social graces of Eliphaz and he comes off as simplistic, dim witted and cruel. Incredibly, he says to a man whose children have just died tragically: Keep reading...keep reading»»


Feb
06
2016

Job 5 continues the speech of Eliphaz. Job's counsellors say many true things - they simply do not apply in Job's case. Eliphaz has a simplistic view of the world that does not seem to account for the sinfulness of sin or the Sovereignty of God. Keep reading...keep reading»»


Feb
05
2016

Before you even try to make sense of Genesis 38 you probably need to remember that the Bible is not the story of good guys and bad guys, it is the story of bad guys that need Jesus. Pastor Marc Bertrand, who has written a longer article on this very complex little story, says similarly:  Keep reading...keep reading»»


Feb
02
2016

If you were to make a list of the chapters that don't seem to belong in the Bible, Genesis 34 would almost certainly be on that list. It is unpleasant, it seems to lack a single admirable character and it doesn't obviously relate to the central message of redemption - what gives? It is helpful to remember that the Bible is not the story of good guys and bad guys, rather it is the story of bad guys (and girls) who need Jesus. Read more...keep reading»»


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