Blessed Assurance
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Blessed Assurance

In the times of trials, these words are a solace to the troubled heart. God’s assurance that He not only ‘knows’ what He is doing in our lives but also that whatever He is doing is ‘THE BEST’ for us, and there could be nothing better than ‘this’ can be […]

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Acts 26:1-23 Paul’s testimony

Paul’s “defence” was simply a straightforward recounting of those parts of his life-story which were relevant to the present situation.  He spoke first of his upbringing and training as a Pharisee, which many people still living in Jerusalem would be able to testify was true.  Following on from that he […]

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Before Kings (Acts 25:13-end)

Paul was a Roman citizen, and having exercised his legal right to appeal to Caesar, the Roman Emperor, Paul had been remanded in custody until such time as he should be sent to Rome, the seat of the Emperor. King Herod Agrippa came with his sister Bernice to pay a […]

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Acts 24:1-23 Political Power 

Judaism and the Roman Empire were two huge power blocs.  We might wonder what chance Paul had in the face of such political might.  Paul, however, was undaunted: he knew that with God all things are possible, and moreover he always wore the “armour” of which he wrote in Eph.6:10-18.  […]

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Acts 23:12-end  Ambush

Certain Jews resorted to underhand, illegal tactics in order to murder Paul.  Their plot was discovered, the Roman authorities alerted and Paul was taken out by night with a large military escort: the Romans were taking no chances.  This is the only time Paul’s sister and her son are mentioned […]

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Acts 22:22-23:11  Riot 

Again the soldiers had to rescue Paul from the crowd.  The commandant decided to try to discover the truth from Paul by torture (the lash was a vicious torture under which many died or were crippled for life).  Paul was a Roman citizen, a status which gave him certain rights […]

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Hebrews 11:1-2, 8-16 Faith

The Bible urges us to forsake what is behind and reach out to what is ahead of us.  That is not to say that all our past is necessarily bad, but we must not “live in the past”, imprisoned by the past.  We must, like St.Paul;, “press on”, our eyes […]

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Acts 21:37-22:21: Brethren, Listen!

The crowd falsely assumed that Paul had brought a Gentile (Trophimus) into the inner court of the temple and so, with great prejudice and anger, they turned on Paul without bothering to check the truth.  The Roman commandant assumed that Paul was an Egyptian fanatic, but in contrast to the […]