We believe that the Bible is God’s word, given to us as the key to real happiness, not just now, but for ever. It is the Word of Life: an invitation to everlasting life and citizenship of God’s future Kingdom on this earth.
To understand the Bible’s message and enjoy the benefits, we have to read it for ourselves, so the entire King James Version is built into this website, with a reading plan that works through the Bible in three short portions each day, completing the Old Testament once, and the New Testament twice, each year.
Every day I awake to see large trees set against the sky. Before checking on my tablet, or watching the TV Weather Forecast, I can have a bleary-eyed idea of what is happening in the world outside my bedroom window. Even though I register the time, and the seasonal changes I can see in the tree tops, I am aware of the vagaries of the weather patterns at this time of year and still wonder what the day will bring.
Weather plays an important part in our lives as we need to plan for change through the seasons. Before the sophisticated weather forcasts we now have at the flick of a switch, our ancestors looked for the signs that they could see in their environment, and especially in the skies.
Do you realise how many modern pandemics have originated with animals?
About 3500 years ago guidance was given which, had it been followed closely, would have prevented these terrible outbreaks of disease.
The Law of Moses, given by God at Sinai, defined two distinct classes of animal – clean and unclean. The clean mammals were those which chewed the cud and had cloven hooves – cattle, sheep, goats, deer: all the rest were unclean, to be avoided completely as food, and treated with caution if domesticated as working beasts [like horses, asses and camels]. The preferred draught animals in peacetime were oxen. Only fish with scales and fins were clean. Only herbivorous birds were clean – such as doves. These food and contact restrictions, if followed closely, minimised the risk of sickness arising from animal-borne diseases. All recent pandemics have come into humans by way of animals the Law classed as unclean, and which a faithful Israelite would have avoided completely. (Read Leviticus 11:1-23)