Bible study Strength in Weakness

Strength in Weakness

Ehud is described in most Bible translations as simply being left handed (Judges 3:15). However, scholars suggest that the original Hebrew phrase used literally means “shut up in his right hand“. Evidently his right hand was damaged in some way that made him unable to use it properly. Unfortunately it is likely that, in his …

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Bible study A Sunrise to Remember

A Sunrise to Remember

Tomorrow is the winter solstice, the shortest day of the year in the northern hemisphere. Here in Wales the sun won’t rise till past 8am and will be setting just after 4pm. One good thing about such a late sunrise is a lot more of us are awake to enjoy it than in the summer …

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Bible study What battle awaits you?

What battle awaits you?

The book of Judges in the Bible makes for a very engaging read. I still clearly remember the first time I ever read about Gideon. I was on the London Underground, jaw wide open and could barely contain my excitement as the story unfolded and Gideon’s army got smaller and smaller. The Judges were leaders in …

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Bible study What’s in a Song?

What’s in a Song?

Roughly a year ago, reporters latched onto a story about a primary school in one of the most deprived and densely populated neighbourhoods of Bradford. What was special about the school was the massive turn-around they had achieved – from being under special measures, to being rated ‘good’ by Ofsted. It is now in the …

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Bible study How to be Beautiful

How to be Beautiful

What is your beauty regime each morning? In ancient times, people would crouch over an incense burner, whilst holding a sheet over themselves like a tent. (I don’t know about you but this makes me very grateful for eau de toilette.) This was among the number of beautifying techniques it is likely that Esther would …

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Bible study Judah – What Have You Done?

Judah – What Have You Done?

Of the 11 brothers of Joseph, it was Judah who came up with the wicked plan to sell him as a slave to passing traders and make a profit (Genesis 37:26-27). It was Judah who denied his daughter-in-law her right to marry his son, leaving her a childless, bereft widow (Genesis 38:11) It was Judah …

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Bible study Pause

Pause

The English language is full of proverbs reminding us we are short on time and ought to act NOW… ‘There is no time like the present’ ‘The early bird catches the worm’ ‘Never put off until tomorrow that which can be done today’ …to name just a few. But what does the Bible say? Proverbs …

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Bible study Sleep Deprivation

Sleep Deprivation

“Sleep that knits up the ravelled sleave of care, The death of each day’s life, sore labor’s bath, Balm of hurt minds, great nature’s second course, Chief nourisher in life’s feast.” Shakespeare wrote these insightful words back in the early 1600’s – long before the influx of medical research on the topic of sleep. He was already profoundly aware of …

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Bible study Battle for the Mind

Battle for the Mind

Recently the BBC published an article on the special relationship between cycling and suffering. The writer interviewed various professional cyclists who described their battle in coping with the pain that high intensity exertion brings about. Perhaps unsurprisingly, most said that the majority of the battle takes place in the mind. Alex Hansen holds the record …

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Bible study What Does it Mean to Think Well?

What Does it Mean to Think Well?

In his letter to the Philippians, the Apostle Paul said, “whatever is true, whatever is honourable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is commendable, if there is any excellence, if there is anything worthy of praise, think about these things.”  Most people would probably look at this list and agree these are …

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