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 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 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 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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Recipe What Do Your Thoughts Reveal About You?

What Do Your Thoughts Reveal About You?

Thoughts run through our head from morning to night, and then fill our head with dreams when we sleep.  Probably, the one thing we all do most, apart from breathing, is thinking. But to quote Thomas Traherne, a 17th century poet, “as nothing is more easy to think, so nothing is more difficult than to think well.” Recently, I’ve considered …

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Recipe Tired of Cleaning?

Tired of Cleaning?

“Where there are no oxen, the manger is clean, but abundant crops come by the strength of the ox” (Proverbs 14:4). Once fully trained, a well looked after ox may serve a farmer for 8-10 years, puling heavy loads for up to 5 hours a day. They can significantly increase the amount of crops a farmer is able to produce (compared with if he was just working with his own …

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Recipe Seasoned with Salt

Seasoned with Salt

Apparently the biggest difference between an amateur cook and a professional is seasoning. Professional cooks season with just the right amount, at different times throughout the cooking process depending on what is being prepared. For example, when preparing your roast dinner, you might rub salt into your meat before putting it in the oven. However, …

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Recipe Am I Useful To God?

Am I Useful To God?

Most women are aware that having children will place certain limitations on them – at least for a period. Some of them are obvious: sleep, going out, career progression. Others can take us by surprise. One such limitation I had not anticipated was the impact on church life. Simply sitting through the entirety of a …

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Recipe Why Esther?

Why Esther?

With kings, queens, revenge plots, ironic twists, and elements of comedy, Esther reads more like a Shakespearean play than a book of the Bible. However, as gripping as the story is, initially I found it difficult to relate to. What spiritual significance could it have to me? After all, God’s name is not mentioned once in the …

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