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We're just beginning to build a video library of short recorded talks on important subjects from fulfilment of prophecy to doctrine and the comforts of God's promises. The first short series will cover the way the Bible was made available to us in our own language. Each new talk will be announced in the yellow post-it note at the top right of the homepage and will then be added to the library so that folks who discover this resource late and want to review previous talks can always find them. The library will be HERE but it's a bit empty at the moment.
We live in an imperfect world in which suffering is a fact of life and we cannot eradicate it. We are vulnerable and susceptible to suffering and death, unscrupulous humans even intentionally inflict suffering upon others. Suffering has many causes: war, poverty, disease, bereavement and depression are only a few, but some types of suffering can be beneficial - pain can alert us to the need for medical assistance, for example, and suffering is an important element of human development - the process we usually call growing up.
The Bible provides insight into the origin of suffering, stating plainly that it is the consequence of man’s fallen, sinful state. Ever since sin appeared through the disobedience of Adam and Eve, mankind has been on a downward spiral both of habitual sinful behaviour and of lack of clear direction, worthwhile hope, or knowledge of God...
These are grim times in which we live. We may not know how long they will last, but of one thing we are assured: they will not last forever, and they will eventually be replaced with peace, safety and good health.
When God created the earth, He had a purpose with it. Three times that purpose is proclaimed in the Bible in slightly different terms, the third passage bringing together the features of the other two.
In this little section of our webpage we examine, in detail, the things we hold true as a fellowship of believers in the God of Heaven. Our aim is to challenge you to sit for a few moments and consider your own ideas on some fundamental questions, and to provide a framework of Bible teaching to help you order your thoughts.
We already have a section in our main menu called What we believe, with short-form summaries of our beliefs, but here we'll provide more supporting detail.
For the past two Thursdays at 8.00pm, people in our street have come to their front doors and shown their appreciation for those on the NHS frontline by prolonged clapping of hands, a laudable and touching demonstration of gratitude and admiration. For a variety of reasons, however, I have not joined them.
One reason is that I do not share the feeling of helplessness that began these demonstrations when they originated in Italy and Spain - the perplexity that Jesus spoke of...
And there shall be signs in the sun, and in the moon, and in the stars; and upon the earth distress of nations, with perplexity; the sea and the waves roaring; Men's hearts failing them for fear, and for looking after those things which are coming on the earth: for the powers of heaven shall be shaken.
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