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Keeping vows

“I will come to your temple with burnt offerings and fulfil my vows to you, vows my lips promised and my mouth spoke when I was in trouble”.. “I will fulfil my vows to the LORD in the presence of all his people” (Psalms 66:13, 116:14).

The psalmists often made vows to God. And then they reminded themselves that they must fulfil their vows. The writer of Ecclesiastes warns us, “When you make a vow to God, do not delay in fulfilling it”.

Do you remember the vows you made …

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The Reformed Faith

Benjamin Breckenridge Warfield (1851-1921) taught at Princeton Seminary in the USA for more than thirty years. He was one of the greatest theologians and Bible-teachers who ever lived, but to the end of his life, showed the simple faith of a child. In all his writings, he shows that great learning can be coupled with passionate devotion to God and love for the Saviour. Among his many books, we particularly recommend Faith and Life, published by the Banner of Truth Trust.

Here is his twelve-point summary of …

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So this is Christmas?

Twenty-five shopping days to Christmas…

Christmas is a dilemma for us all. For years, Scrooge-like, I muttered and groaned about Christmas. I said that I’d like to abolish it completely. I refused to put up any decorations in my home. I sent as few cards as I could decently get away with. I never managed to escape Christmas entirely. But some Christians do. They simply ignore the Christmas season. They send no cards, accept no presents, sing no …

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What shall we sing?

We are asking the question today “How do we assess hymns, and how do we assess hymn-books?” I hope to do three things. Firstly I want to make a general observation about singing in the New Testament. Then I want us to look at Paul’s instructions in Ephesians and Colossians. Then I want us think a little about the book of psalms.
First then, a very general point. It is simply this. Singing does …

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Memorising the Bible

I hope you can read this! We take it for granted that most people can read. But that was not true in Bible times. In the Greek and Roman world, only a small minority of people ever learned to read. The proportion of Jewish men who could read was certainly higher, but there were still many who never learned – and of course, it was almost unknown for a Jewish woman to read or write. Another fact we tend to forget is that there were no printed books. …

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