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Thought for November 20th 'Let the weak say, I am A Warrior'
“LET THE WEAK SAY … “  Nov. 20 Today we completed reading the short but intensely challenging prophecy of Joel: it contains predictions which, in part, are very appropriate to the present situation in the Middle East. Today’s chapter (3) starts with, “For behold, in those days and at that time, when I restore the fortunes of Judah and Jerusalem, I will gather all nations … and I will enter into judgment with them there on behalf of my people …” [v.1,2] What nations will he enter into judgment with? Verse 4 tells us, “What are you to me, O Tyre and Sidon, all the regions of Philistia?” In the days of Joel, they were the enemies of Israel, but this is spoken of the time God restores “the fortunes of Judah and Jerusalem” [v.1]. The latter day inhabitants of the Gaza strip which is the heart of where the Philistines dwelt are “men of war (who) draw near” and, says the prophet of them, you will “beat your plowshares into swords, and your pruning hooks into spears; let the weak say, ‘I am a warrior” [v.9, 10] The weak are talking tough, their spears have become rockets and so see themselves as warriors against God’s regathered people whose fortunes have been restored. The prophecy is addressed to “all you surrounding nations” [v.11] but then “multitudes” [v.14] get involved and this verse refers to “a valley of decision! For the day of the LORD is near” Is Armageddon meant here? We noted v16, “The LORD roars from Zion, and utters his voice from Jerusalem, and the heavens and the earth quake. But the LORD is a refuge to the people of Israel” [v.16]  A remarkable result of this awesome climax is that “Jerusalem shall be holy and strangers shall never again pass through it” [v.17] – the very last words of the chapter being “… for the LORD dwells in Zion.” – it surely pictures the kingdom of God in action with Jesus as king. Now the end of chapter 2 told us that “everyone who calls on the name of the LORD shall be saved”, but we need to “know” the LORD, and have a relationship with him in order to call upon him – sadly some will be like the foolish virgins (and half of the waiting virgins were foolish!) whose lamps (of faith) had gone out for lack of oil. In a real sense our own constant reading, meditation and reflection on God’s word is a major source for oil. May you make sure you are among those “who call on the name of the Lord” like the worthies of old who were commended for NOT being “weak in faith” [Romans 14 v.19] but will among “those whom the LORD calls”.
04:42
November 20, 2019
Thought for November 19th 'Those who perish because'
“THOSE WHO ARE PERISHING BECAUSE …”     Nov. 19 We are challenged by the way Paul uses the word “truth” 3 times in Chapter 2 of his 2nd letter to the Thessalonians. He also uses it 11 times in his letters to Timothy, which we are just about to read.  There is not much “truth” spoken today.  No one  admits anything they say is a lie, but it is a challenging question to ask ourselves ‘Can we really make a positive statement about something which is neither a “lie” nor “the truth”? The tactic of deliberately giving a misleading impression is all too common; some refer to such as ‘half-truths’ !   Let’s consider some of the points Paul makes.  He writes of “those who are perishing because they refused to lovethe truth and so be saved” [v.10]  So ‘truth’ is not just something to be spoken – there is a certain “truth” which  is something to be loved – and those who do not do this – perish! What is the specific “sense” of the “truth” Paul is referring to here? It is the truth about God and the truth about his ways and the beliefs he is looking for humans to accept and – as a result - then to live their lives in a way that shows they willingly – indeed joyfully – accept this truth as the only meaningful way to live their lives. We are then challenged to understand the character of God when the next 2 verses tell us “therefore God shall send them a strong delusion, so that they may believe what is false in order that all may be condemned who did not believe the truth but had pleasure in unrighteousness” [v.11,12] Some pull a curtain across their minds as to the character of God; to simply say ‘God is love’ is an oversimplification.   Those who have pleasure in unrighteousness cannot serve God acceptably.  God knows our hearts; we can intellectually know – and say we understand what is true – but do we lovethat which is true?  We may believe God is soon going to make his power known in a very dramatic way!   Do we “see” in our hearts that God is being “righteous” in doing this - that God is doing the right thing - because the world deserves this! Verse 13 says we are chosen by God “to be saved through sanctification (holiness) by the Spirit and belief in the truth”.  In contrast, when Jesus returns he will “inflict vengeance on all those who do not knowGod and on those who do not obey the gospel …” [1 v.8] But, oh the wonder and joy for those who do! [1 v9-12]  And you?
04:40
November 19, 2019
Thought for November 18th 'The Breastplate of Faith'
“THE BREASTPLATE OF FAITH” Nov. 18th Some of the verses in the final chapter of Paul's first letter to the Thessalonians are really appropriate for conditions we live in today. The chapters in Nehemiah are also full of lessons, showing his dedicated effort, despite all kinds of distraction and opposition. He led the people in overcoming these so that the rebuilding of the walls of Jerusalem were completed in just 52 days (6 v.15). Although the word "faith" is not used (for it is largely a N.T. word), the dedication and faith of Nehemiah is so unshakable; it can be truly said that he was a man who had "put on the breastplate of faith and love, and for a helmet the hope of salvation" [1 Thess. 5 v8] as Paul was encouraging the Thessalonians to do. Paul told them, as he tells us, "God has not destined us for wrath, but to obtain salvation through our Lord Jesus Christ, who died for us so that whether we are awake or asleep we might live with him."[v.9,10] His words are full of practical advice, “Be at peace among yourselves. And we urge you, brothers, admonish the idle, encourage the fainthearted, help the weak, be patient ..." [v.13,14] What an increasing challenge it is to find and maintain inner peace - and outward peace - when the world is increasingly without peace! The world situation is getting steadily worse - and it demands that we note Paul's prophecy that "the day of the Lord will come like a thief in the night. While people are saying, ‘There is peace and security’, then sudden destruction will come upon them ..."[v.2,3] They will only be talking about the urgent need for it – they will not achieve it! How even more vital it will be for us, when that happens, to have on "the breastplate of faith" living in every situation in ways that show, as Paul puts it, we really "are all children of light, children of the day. We are not of the night or of the darkness" [v.5] even though the darkness is all around us, trying to suffocate us. Let us follow the example of Nehemiah, who, in the face of increasing opposition prayed, "... now, O God, strengthen my hands." [6 v.9] Let us say the same because we have put on "the breastplate of faith."
04:14
November 18, 2019
The Challenge of Renewal – 5 classes Bro Steve Mansfield
illustrated video version here... https://bibletruthandprophecy.com/the-challenge-of-renewal-5-videos/  Having recently finished Romans via the Christadelpihan Bible Reading Planner we are pleased to announce a Brand new 5 part video series covering Romans 12-16. This series deals with Paul’s attitude and love towards his Brothers and Sisters and his encouragement to them all to follow his and Christ’s example- this is not to be missed! a great series worthy of any bible class program. Class 1 – ‘A Renewed Life’ Class 2 – ‘ A Respectful Life’ Class 3 – ‘A Resilient Life’ Class 4 – ‘A Responsible Life’ Class 5 – ‘ A Relational Life’
4:25:15
November 17, 2019
Thought for November 17th 'Establish you hearts blameless'
"ESTABLISH YOUR HEARTS BLAMELESS"  Nov. 17 Several verses in the 2 chapters (3 & 4) of our 1 Thessalonians reading today are very meaningful for us as we struggle with influences that can undermine our faith.  In many ways it was a better atmosphere a few generations ago (in the western world), not only because moral standards were higher, but because the churches generally, although misunderstanding some of the foundation teaching of Jesus and the Apostles, nevertheless had a measure of influence for good and right living in the world. It is not so today, therefore even greater effort is needed by us individually - it is even more vital to read and meditate on God’s word – at some point each day.  We read how Paul was anxious about the state of the faith in the hearts of the believers in Thessalonica and is comforted “now that Timothy has come to us from you, and has brought us the good news of your faith and love …[3 v.6] adding “in all our distress and affliction we have been comforted about you through your faith.  For now we live if you are standing fast in the Lord/” [v.7,8]. Committed believers survived then by helping each other, Paul told the Galatians, “Bear one another’s burdens and so fulfill the law of Christ” [6 v.2] Back in Thessalonians we read, “may the Lord make you increase and abound in love for one another … that he may establish your hearts blameless in holinessbefore our God and father, at the coming of our Lord Jesus with all his saints.” [[v.12,13].   The end of ch. 4 gives us more details of his dramatic return. As the troubles being experienced in our world grow greater we will need to “establish” this attitude more and more.  Notice, Paul does not say “establish” your minds in the sense of intellectual understanding, although that is important, but “establish your hearts.”     In Ch. 4 he emphasizes this this, saying “you yourselves have been taught by God to love one another … we urge you brothers, to do this more and more …” [v.9,10] Our chapters in Nehemiah show the tremendous teamwork he inspired among those rebuilding the gates and walls of Jerusalem. Ch. 3 lists 33 individuals and groups each working on the part of the wall nearest them.  There are enemies trying to stop them, but Nehemiah says, “Do not be afraid of them.  Remember the Lord who is great and awesome …” [4 v.14] There is a comparison here with what Paul wrote in 2nd Cor, “…we are not waging war according to the flesh. … the weapons of our warfare are not of the flesh but have divine power to destroy strongholds. We … take every thought captive to obey Christ”   [10 v.3-5] - by that means we will “establish (our) hearts blameless.”
05:09
November 17, 2019
Thought for November 16th 'But to please God'
“… BUT TO PLEASE GOD”  Nov. 16 A simple – and maybe obvious point – attracted our attention as we read the first 2 chapters of Paul’s first letter to the Thessalonians.  What motivates us to do things?  What motivated Paul?  Today, it can be; to make money, to create an opportunity for enjoyment, some excitement – and other things which centre on ourselves. Paul makes a simple, yet vital point when he writes, “we have been approved by God to be entrusted with the gospel, so we speak, not to please man, but to please God.” [2v.4] Let us be conscious, as Paul was - and states in his next words – that we, “….please God who tests our hearts.”  So man, especially those who have no consciousness of the all-seeing eyes of God and his angels, speak and act with different motives.  Paul observes this in the verses which follow; we note the contrast between his motives and theirs. He says,  “for we never came with words of flattery, as you know, nor with pretext for greed – God is witness.  Nor did we seek glory from people, whether from you or from others … “ [v.5,6] The extreme opposite of this is seen in those seeking political positions of high office. Prayerful reading and meditation of God’s word is the antidote for any inclination to do this, notice how Paul was pleased with the believers at Thessalonica over this, writing, “we also thank God constantly … that when you received the word of God which you heard from us, you accepted it not as the word of men, but as what it really is, the word of God , which is at work in you believers.” [2 v.13] May that be happening among us, but it will only happen when we constantly read and reflect and act upon what we are reading so that the thoughts, God has inspired, become part of our way of thinking.  We do this “to please God” and, as a result, it becomes true of us also that “the word of God” is “at work in you believers.”
03:39
November 16, 2019
Thought for November 15th 'Struggling on your Behalf in his Prayers'
"STRUGGLING ON YOUR BEHALF IN HIS PRAYERS"  Nov. 15 The wonder and reality of effective prayer confronts us in today’s readings.  Paul tells the Colossians to “continue steadfastly in prayer, being watchful in it with thanksgiving ... pray also for us” [4 v.2,3] Paul is imprisoned, he asks them to “remember my chains” [v.18] A believer from Colossae is with him “Epaphras, who is one of you, a servant of Christ Jesus, greets you, always struggling on your behalf in his prayers”   And what is he praying for with such an earnest struggle?  The verse continues, “that you may stand mature and fully assured in all the will of God.” [v.12]  Are there some we should utter such a prayer for?  There could be many! How ‘alive’ with meaning are those words!  All prayer is made, or should be, conscience of the will of God – there are times when we implore God that it might be his will that something will – or will not – occur – or cease; that a ‘thorn in the flesh’ might be removed – or understanding given to appreciate God’s will in allowing it. (see 2 Cor. 12 v.7-10) . The prayer from the heart of a committed believer is made knowing that God has the oversight of their lives – and God sees that in the lives of “those who love God, all things work together for good” [Rom.8 v.28], that is for the good of God’s will and purpose, the ultimate example being the mortal life of our Lord. Today we started reading the book of Nehemiah and it has heart stirring lessons for us. “O Lord” he prays “let your ear be attentive to the prayer of your servant, and to the prayer of your servants who delight to fear (be in awe of) your name, and give success to your servant today, and grant him mercy in the sight of this man.” [1 v.11] And who is this man? It is Artaxerxes, the king of Persia to whom Nehemiah is cupbearer.   Nehemiah has received distressing news about the state of things in Jerusalem and the king asks, “Why is your face so sad?” [2 v.2] He tells him why “… the place of my Father’s graves lies in ruins and its gates have been destroyed …” [v.3] The king responds, “What are you requesting?”  How is Nehemiah to answer?  “So I prayed to the God of heaven” [v.4]  That was obviously an instant prayer! We are going to read the outcome of that prayer – and of the traumas and successes that follow in Nehemiah’s life. We may well have challenging situations like that especially as this world threatens more and more to fall apart. Some of us could be confronted with awesome situations that cause us to “struggle” in prayer.  May we all practice more and more the intimacy and intensity of heart felt prayer to our Maker and Redeemer.      (all quotes from ESV)
04:22
November 15, 2019
Thought for November 14th 'Be STRONG and do it'
"BE STRONG AND DO IT"  Nov. 14 Today we completed reading the book of Ezra.  Only the last 4 chapters were written by or for him, the first 6 are to be seen as a continuation of 2 Chronicles.   Before Ezra came, the people - led by Zerubbabel, and encouraged by the prophets Haggai and Zechariah (ch.5 v.1,2)  had rebuilt the Temple. When Ezra arrived it became plain many had not, however, regained the spiritual vision of a true relationship with their God. We can see some comparisons with today’s Christianity – and also with the nation of Israel.  Churches continue to exist and be built and some flourish and the nation of Israel has now sustained its existence for more than 60 years, but these achievements are physical, they are not an end in themselves. The nation to which Ezra came had compromised their separation from unbelievers.  They lived among people who had some knowledge of God, especially those who came to be known as Samaritans (Ch. 4 v.2) but also among idol worshipers. When Ezra realized many had taken wives from among them, including some of the priests; Ezra proved himself the strong minded God fearing man needed to inspire them to correct this situation. We read Ezra’s confession of great concern in yesterday’s chapter 9.  “O my God, I am ashamed and blush to lift up my face to you for our iniquities have risen higher than our heads, and our guilt has mounted up …” [v.6]  Today’s chapter starts, “ … Ezra prayed and made confession, weeping and casting himself down before the house of God, a very great assembly of men, women, and children, gathered to him out of Israel, for the people wept bitterly.” Shecaniah, one of the leaders, addressed Ezra, “we have broken faith with our God … but even now there is hope for Israel in spite of this. Therefore let us make a covenant with our God and put away all these wives and their children, according to the counsel of my lord and of those who tremble at the commandment of our God.”[v.2,3] His final words to Ezra are an inspiration to all who have fallen away – or who are in the process of doing so – to turn back and serve God and his Son in the way that was established in the First Century as we read today in Colossians: many verses illustrate this point. Paul encourages them that “being knit together in love, to reach all the riches of full assurance of understanding …” [2 v.2]  Truly, God is a “mystery” to those who do not search the Scriptures he inspired to be written, let us not be guilty of that.  Paul feared that some “may delude you with plausible arguments” [v.4] ; and so it has happened more and more through the centuries. Finally, we specially note the ‘punch line’ in Ezra of Shecaniah’s final words to him, “we are with you, be strong and do it.” [v.4] This is a recipe for action by all who have slipped or are starting to slip away from true belief and service to God in our days.
04:18
November 14, 2019
The Inner Man: Darren Tappouras - 5 Videos
Visit and Subscribe to our other main podcast here... https://cdvideo.org/podcast Please share on your timelines and with anyone /ecclesial pages etc that you believe may benefit from this video.?? that it may bring Glory to our God. https://www.podbean.com/podcast-detail/ku3h2-a6b6f/Christadelphians-Talk-Podcast https://podcasts.apple.com/gb/podcast/christadelphians-talk/id1448751691 https://christadelphianstalks.podbean.com/ https://anchor.fm/Christadelphians-Talk Watch / read / Listen to other thoughts for the day on our site here https://bibletruthandprophecy.com/category/thought-for-the-day-2/  The original content for this video can be found at: https://www.youtube.com/user/SYPAdelaide
4:53:26
November 13, 2019
The Mind of Christ - 5 Videos
A five-part series by Nathan Lewis, dealing with the very real problem of our propensity to sin - He investigates the problems we face and offers some helpful solutions. A very informative and helpful set of videos that are well worth a watch. This talk emphasizes the critical importance of our minds and our thinking, takes a candid look at the Carnal Mind - it's origins, it's anatomy and physiology, it's limitations, and paints the portrait of it's hideous characteristics that alienate us from God.
4:49:18
November 13, 2019
Thought for November 13th '...that you may be filled'
"THAT YOU MAY BE FILLED WITH ..."  Nov. 13 The Apostle Paul has some challenging points to make in his letter to believers  at Colossae – most of them are really relevant to us today,  An very important point is the power of prayer. Paul rejoices that “the word of truth, the gospel which has come to you … is bearing fruit and growing” [1 v.5,6] The gospel is not static – it is a living message, it grows; when we have really embraced it into our hearts and minds it shows its presence within us; this was happening in Colossae and so writes Paul “from the day we heard, we have not ceased to pray for you …” [v.9]  Now, note what he prays for: it is no general prayer of thanksgiving, but “…asking that you may be filled with the knowledge of his will in all spiritual wisdom and understanding.”  How do we read God’s word?  For what purpose? What effect does it have on us?  We should also ask ourselves, ‘With what spirit, in what frame of mind do I read it? Is it limited to the aim of understanding it a little better? We should reflect on Paul’s words about having “all spiritual wisdom” as a result of our reading and ponder whether there is real evidence of this in us.  The next verse (10) shows the result that comes when our minds are filled in this way, it leads us “to walk in a manner worthy of the Lord, fullypleasing to him, bearing fruit in every good work and increasing in the knowledge of God.”  Do you, did I, “walk in a manner worthy of the Lord” yesterday?  If not, let us aim to do so today that we may be “fully pleasing to him.”
02:36
November 13, 2019
Thought for November 12th -For i was ashamed to ask-
“I WAS ASHAMED TO ASK  Nov 12 Today’s reading in Ezra [Ch. 8] does not look at first very interesting with all its detail about those returning from captivity in Babylon.  It appears that Ezra himself wrote this chapter and the next. He led a company of Levites who were returning to Jerusalem and they had with them a great quantity of gold and silver, as detailed in ch. 7; this was the what Nebuchadnezzar had plundered from the Temple about 100 years before. The Persian King is motivated to send it back to the Temple that had now been reconstructed.  It is just possible that this King was the son of Queen Esther of whom we are going to read in a couple of weeks’ time. Ahasuerus is mentioned ch. 4 v.6 and Daniel refers to a king of this name in his ch.9 v.1: a connection would explain the action of this king Artaxerxes (see ch. 7 v.21) These Levites are carrying a cargo of enormous value, the 20 gold bowls [v.27] alone contained 250 ounces of gold!   What a target for robbers what a challenge of faith for Ezra and his fellow Levites.. Ezra proclaims a fast [v.21] before they set out “that we might humble ourselves”.  He then said, “For I was ashamed to ask the king for a band of soldiers and horsemen to protect us against the enemy on our way, since we had told the king, ‘The hand of our God is for good on all those who seek him, and the power of his wrath is against all those who forsake him’.” Scripture shows that sometimes God leads us through the valleys for our ‘long term’ good – that we grow and gain the full assurance of faith: these are times of testing to teach us to even more earnestly commit our lives to God. If we are ‘soldiers for Christ’ there are journeys to be undertaken and tests to be endured; we will read examples of such in Paul’s letters from tomorrow as we have just finished reading in Acts.  As we grow spiritually stronger we must not be ashamed of professing our faith. When Ezra reaches Jerusalem he says, “The hand of our God was on us and he delivered us from the hand of the enemy and from ambushes by the way.” [v.31]   As we complete the journey of our own lives may we say the same – or when it is evident that our Lord is returning and the ‘virgins’ are going forth with their lamps and are seeing “the power of his wrath  … against all those who forsake him” [v.22]
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November 12, 2019
The Prophecy of Daniel - Now i will show thee the Truth. 2 classes
Two wonderfully in-depth studies based on the book of Daniel 11 - this is a must-see series that will open up these chapters. Please share on your timelines and with anyone /ecclesial pages etc that you believe may benefit from this video.?? that it may bring Glory to our God. https://www.podbean.com/podcast-detail/ku3h2-a6b6f/Christadelphians-Talk-Podcast https://podcasts.apple.com/gb/podcast/christadelphians-talk/id1448751691 https://christadelphianstalks.podbean.com/ https://anchor.fm/Christadelphians-Talk Watch / read / Listen to other thoughts for the day on our site here https://bibletruthandprophecy.com/category/thought-for-the-day-2/
1:35:01
November 11, 2019
3 Strange Stories
Bro Roger Lewis leads us in this wonderful short series of studies looking at some interesting biblical topics that are not so simple to answer
2:18:06
November 11, 2019
A Tale of 2 Cities: 6 classes - Joseph Palmer
Description:  In this series, Christ strengthens Paul (even in his absence) to address the needs of the early ecclesias who were struggling with varying issues—Just like the contentions amongst believers in our day. The first letter to the Corinthians commissions us to carry our cross, why we must crucify the flesh; to become the new man! The second letter to the Corinthians gives us the motivation to do this! By focusing on the empty tomb; the resurrection of our Lord, we are being comforted to live eternally with our Lord and the Father despite enduring the painful, short reality of our lives.
4:01:21
November 11, 2019
Thought for November 11th -For they sow to the wind-
“FOR THEY SOW TO THE WIND”    Nov. 11 You may have heard the proverb about sowing to the wind and reaping the whirlwind?   Do you know what it means?  Did you know it was taken from the Bible?   The farmer in ancient times, sowed seed in his field by carrying a basket and scattering the seed around as he walked.  He took care to scatter it as evenly as possible but still some fell in unproductive places as the parable of Jesus tells us; it was very unwise to sow on a windy day. Our reading in Hosea today [Ch.8] has God, through his prophet telling the nation, “For they sow to the wind, and they shall reap the whirlwind” [v7]. The spiritual application here for them – and for us - is about how we use our life, our intellect, and our energies.  When you go to school; you are - or were -  “sowing” for your future.  Those who sow to the wind blow the seeds of thought and purpose in their minds all over the place. Lots of useless stuff comes into their minds that will not only be of no benefit in the future, but has quite a chance of being destructive. The context in Hosea is that Israel, especially the northern ten tribes, had done just that! We read in the very next verse, “Israel is swallowed up; already they are among the nations as a useless vessel.”  They have become a ‘vessel’ sailing they know not where – there are no thoughts about direction- only about their immediate future. Hosea’s contemporary prophet in Judah, Isaiah, was similarly telling them, “…the Lord God … called for weeping … and behold (instead)  joy and gladness … drinking wine (and saying) ‘Let us eat and drink, for tomorrow we die” [22 v.13]. This is living totally for the enjoyment of the moment, today, this week, this month … The essential fault, as Hosea puts it is that [v.14] “… Israel has forgotten his Maker”.  That is exactly the case today, most do not want to believe their Creator even exists! The result of this non-belief  – this sowing in the wind, is that our world today is now getting very worried about the whirlwinds looming on the horizon. Some of these are literal as the effects of the apparent climate change become more and more evident and violent. Jeremiah, the final prophet God sent to his nation as it collapsed, said, “I know O LORD, that the way of man is not in himself, that it is not in man who walks to direct his steps” [10 v.23]  We can only direct our steps, our future in a meaningful way if we direct our minds to the ways of God: daily Bible reading and meditative reflection will lead us to know how to direct our steps, not only preventing us from sowing to the wind, but giving us a totally wonderful eternal future.
03:51
November 11, 2019
Thought for November 10th “The Help that comes from God”
"THE HELP THAT COMES FROM GOD" Nov. 10 It is Luke “the beloved physician” (Col. 4 v.14) who travelled with Paul in the later years of his preaching – for it is evident he was with him when he returned to Jerusalem (Acts 21 v.17) and Paul was arrested. The detailed account we are reading is therefore an eye witness account, and Luke shows himself in many ways to be a diligent historian as sceptics trying to prove otherwise have had to admit.. We read the 3 fascinating speeches Paul gave in his defense in which he stresses how his life was turned around on the road to Damascus to cause him to preach the message of Jesus “to open their eyes so that they may turn from darkness to light … that they may receive forgiveness of sins and a place among those who are sanctified by faith in me.” [26 v.18]   Genuine faith brings us into a position of ‘holiness.’ Read Heb. 12 v.14 The “darkness” in the world was dramatically pierced by that light, indeed only 300 years later  Christianity became the official religion of the Roman Empire.  However – history shows how the teaching of Jesus and the Apostles had become seriously corrupted by that time.  Nevertheless God’s word endures in written form, and now brings “light” into the minds of those who will take its message seriously and respond to what they read.   Paul is one of the outstanding examples for them to follow.   We noted today how Paul said to King Agrippa, “to this day I have had the help that comes from God” [v.22] and his letters and what Luke has written illustrate this. Paul is ready to appeal and challenge everyone, great or small, as to what they believe about the meaning and purpose of their lives. He says to the king, “do you believe the prophets?  I know that you believe.” [v.27] to which the king responds, “In a short time would you persuade me to be a Christian?” Maybe some have too much time!  Many are not sufficiently conscious of “the help that comes from God” and fail to read the scriptures daily and allow God’s word to live in their hearts and minds.  For ourselves, and we know it is the case with others, it is only when we look back on the varied pathways of life one fully realizes the help that has come from God. Do you want that help?  Do you need that help?  Can you sense that help in the pathways of life you have travelled?  Key questions to meditate on today.
03:36
November 10, 2019
Thought for November 9th “Like a Morning Cloud”-
"… LIKE A MORNING CLOUD"  Nov. 9 Today’s chapter in Hosea is a message given when God was about to send the 10 northern tribes into captivity in Assyria.  There are several points made by God through this prophet which are helpful for us to think about. Notice the line of thought that starts from verse 4 of ch. 6, - where the chapter break is in the wrong place. “What shall I do with you, O Ephraim? (the leading tribe in the northern kingdom) What shall I do with you Judah?  Your love is like a morning cloud, like the dew that goes early away.”  How remarkably true this of the course human love so often takes these days!  If we live in a rural area and wake to the rising of the sun and see the dew on the ground and the mist hovering above it, we accept it is an altogether peaceful and tranquil scene.  But it is also rather like human expressions of love for each other can be like all too often these days. The Jews made a great show of worship and sacrificing in their temple, especially on the appointed feast days – but Jesus saw much self-exaltation in their worship.   Two verses further on Hosea states God’s attitude, “I desire steadfast love and not sacrifice, the knowledge of Godrather than burnt offerings” There is no difficult in understanding “steadfast love” but it is valuable to realize that sometimes the context in which the word “knowledge” occurs shows it has the sense of ‘knowing’ as in a true relationship between two people. Isaiah 53 v.11 is an outstanding example.  It forecasts the work of Christ, “ … by his knowledge shall the righteous one, my servant, make many to be accounted righteous and he shall bear their iniquities”.  Jesus had a total “knowing” relationship with God and with the strength of mind that relationship produced he was able to overcome all the fleshly inclinations of his human nature. Let us aim to follow his example as closely as we can and develop a really ‘knowing’ relationship with God. It is valuable to bear in mind the prayer of our Lord, “… this is eternal life, that they know you the only true God” [John 17 v.3]
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November 9, 2019
Thought for November 8th “Rise and be Baptised”
Please share on your timelines and with anyone /ecclesial pages etc that you believe may benefit from this video.?? that it may bring Glory to our God. https://podcasts.apple.com/gb/podcast/christadelphians-talk/id1448751691 https://christadelphianvideo.podbean.com/ https://anchor.fm/Christadelphians-Talk Watch / read / Listen to other thoughts for the day on our site here https://bibletruthandprophecy.com/category/thought-for-the-day-2/ “I AM INNOCENT. FROM NOW ON …”  Nov. 6       Today we read two very stirring chapters about the total commitment of the Apostle Paul to preach – to witness to as many as possible about the eternal life giving message of our Lord Jesus Christ.  It is the only message that matters (eternally).      These chapters give some indication of the dangers that surrounded the Apostle.  At Corinth “the Lord said to Paul one night in a vision, ‘Do not be afraid, but go on speaking and do not be silent …” [Acts 18 v.9].  In his 2nd letter to the Corinthians Paul commented on “the affliction we experienced in Asia.  For we were so utterly burdened  beyond our strength that we despaired of life itself. Indeed, we felt we had received the sentence of death.  But that was to make us rely not on ourselves but on God who raises the dead.  He delivered us from such a deadly peril, and he will deliver us.  On him we have set our hope that he will deliver us again.  You also must help us by prayer, so that many will give thanks …” [1 v.8-11]     Returning to Acts we notice how Paul “when they (the Jews) opposed and reviled him, he shook out his garments and said to them, ‘Your blood be on your own heads! I am innocent.  From now on I will go to the Gentiles. [v.6}   Is our understanding clear as to his meaning – “I am innocent”?  He means he has fulfilled his responsibility before God to witness to his own countrymen!     These words have a lesson for us: first to witness to those among whom we live – and then – after we have done that and become “innocent” –  having a clear conscience having carried out our responsibility there in the service of God, we should seek to make an opportunity to go further afield seeking places where people are prepared to listen – as Paul did. And there are certainly countries today where people are prepared to listen.  If it is physically impossible for us to do this then the next best thing is to support those who can and so be “innocent” in the sight of God and our Saviour.   
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November 8, 2019
Thought for November 7th “UNTIL THERE WAS NO REMEDY”
grgg65bv Please share on your timelines and with anyone /ecclesial pages etc that you believe may benefit from this video.?? that it may bring Glory to our God. https://podcasts.apple.com/gb/podcast/christadelphians-talk/id1448751691 https://christadelphianvideo.podbean.com/ https://anchor.fm/Christadelphians-Talk Watch / read / Listen to other thoughts for the day on our site here https://bibletruthandprophecy.com/category/thought-for-the-day-2/ “UNTIL THERE WAS NO REMEDY”  Nov. 7     Today we completed reading 2nd Chronicles, a chapter which describes the final end of the kingdom set up in God given glory in the reigns of David and Solomon.  Now it has become a time when “all the officers of the priests and the people were exceedingly unfaithful …” [v.14] to God.  Despite this, The LORD, the God of their fathers , sent persistently to them by his messengers, because he had compassion on his people …” [v.15]     We can see parallels with today.  There was a resultant awareness and awe of God in the generations following the time the Bible was first printed.- and initially many parts of the world became God fearing.  This spirit has now just about all disappeared – yet human beings still benefit from the “compassion” God still shows in holding back from the severe judgment human beings deserve.      Let us ask ourselves – are we worthy of God’s calling?   We recall Paul’s words, “… we always pray for you that our God may make you worthy of his calling …” [2 Thess 1 v.11]; yet how can God make us worthy if we take little or no notice of his word?        We fearfully note the next verse in Chronicles for it is parallel with what must be about to happen to our world, for the people then were “despising his words and scoffing … until the wrath of God rose … until there was no remedy” [v.16]  Well, the only remedy was destruction of ungodliness!     There is also a clear parallel to this in what we read in Hosea today.  This prophet was giving a message in the final years of the northern kingdom saying “the LORD has a controversy with the inhabitants of the land. There is no faithfulness or steadfast love, and no knowledge of God …” [4 v.1]  What a contrast with the last verse of the previous chapter and its remarkable vision of the future!  This is as much a vision for us as for them!  A time will come, says God through the prophet when “the children of Israel shall return and seek the LORD their God, and David their king, and they shall come in fear to the LORD and to his goodness in the latter days.”         This verse will be fulfilled when the kingdom of God is established!  Today we see that Israel has, at least in part, returned to their land, but are yet to “seek” the LORD.  We are in “the latter days” – but how we individually believe and behave will decide whether we experience “the goodness of the LORD” and rejoice in the incredible wonders that are promised to God-fearing men and women of all ages and all races.
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November 7, 2019
Thought for November 6th: “I AM INNOCENT FROM NOW ON I WILL GO TO THE GENTILES””
Please share on your timelines and with anyone /ecclesial pages etc that you believe may benefit from this video.?? that it may bring Glory to our God. https://podcasts.apple.com/gb/podcast/christadelphians-talk/id1448751691 https://christadelphianvideo.podbean.com/ https://anchor.fm/Christadelphians-Talk Watch / read / Listen to other thoughts for the day on our site here https://bibletruthandprophecy.com/category/thought-for-the-day-2/ “I AM INNOCENT. FROM NOW ON …”  Nov. 6       Today we read two very stirring chapters about the total commitment of the Apostle Paul to preach – to witness to as many as possible about the eternal life giving message of our Lord Jesus Christ.  It is the only message that matters (eternally).      These chapters give some indication of the dangers that surrounded the Apostle.  At Corinth “the Lord said to Paul one night in a vision, ‘Do not be afraid, but go on speaking and do not be silent …” [Acts 18 v.9].  In his 2nd letter to the Corinthians Paul commented on “the affliction we experienced in Asia.  For we were so utterly burdened  beyond our strength that we despaired of life itself. Indeed, we felt we had received the sentence of death.  But that was to make us rely not on ourselves but on God who raises the dead.  He delivered us from such a deadly peril, and he will deliver us.  On him we have set our hope that he will deliver us again.  You also must help us by prayer, so that many will give thanks …” [1 v.8-11]     Returning to Acts we notice how Paul “when they (the Jews) opposed and reviled him, he shook out his garments and said to them, ‘Your blood be on your own heads! I am innocent.  From now on I will go to the Gentiles. [v.6}   Is our understanding clear as to his meaning – “I am innocent”?  He means he has fulfilled his responsibility before God to witness to his own countrymen!     These words have a lesson for us: first to witness to those among whom we live – and then – after we have done that and become “innocent” –  having a clear conscience having carried out our responsibility there in the service of God, we should seek to make an opportunity to go further afield seeking places where people are prepared to listen – as Paul did. And there are certainly countries today where people are prepared to listen.  If it is physically impossible for us to do this then the next best thing is to support those who can and so be “innocent” in the sight of God and our Saviour.   
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November 6, 2019
Thought for November 5th “While he was yet a Boy””
“WHILE HE WAS YET A BOY”   Nov. 5 Reading the context about the one who is described as being “yet a boy” we discover he was 16 years old.   Who was he?  What did he do at this age?  Today we read 2 Chronicles Ch, 34 about a really young boy who “was eight years old when he began to reign” [v.1].  His father Amon had died after reigning only 2 years but he was a very ungodly king, like his grandfather Manasseh of whom we read (33 v.10) “The LORD spoke to Manasseh and to his people, but they paid no attention.” The LORD speaks to every generation these days through his written word, but so few pay any real attention.  Well, we read in today’s chapter how this 16 year old boy, “in the eighth year of his reign , while he was yet a boy, he began to seek the God of David his father” [v.3].  When he was 20 he started to take action to destroy all the false places of worship.  At his command, “they chopped down the altars of the Baals in his presence” [v.4].  When he was 26 he gave orders to repair the Temple and make it fit for use in the worship of the LORD. In the process of doing this, Shaphan the secretary reported to him, “I have found the book of the Law in the house of the LORD” [v.15].  After it had been read before him “the king sent and gathered together all the elders” [v.29]; then the King himself “read in their hearing all the words of the Book of the covenant” [v.30]. The result was a great reformation!  What a total difference reading God’s word makes when it is read with intent and purpose by a heart that is seeking to really know God and develop a real relationship with him.  How great is the need for such a reformation today. In those days it was initiated by the King as we will read tomorrow.  But today it has to start with the individual and God has seen to it that His word is available in all languages. It will be diligently read by those who are mentally awake and see the need to really seek God. Those who are ready to practice the result of such a seeking will make sure they read it.  What position are you in?
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November 4, 2019
THE LAST DAYS - OUR NINEVEH OPPORTUNITY - Dave Jennings
This latest podcast is an evening address from the Rogue River Bible school 2019.  The speaker (Brother Dave Jennings) addressed certain issues from within and without Ecclesial life, the growing trends relating to religious acceptance and worship, and offers sound advice on how to best preach God's word to those who are willing to listen.
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November 4, 2019
Thought for November 4th. “THROUGH MANY TRIBULATIONS””-
“THROUGH MANY TRIBULATIONS”  Nov. 4 No one likes friction, yet it is impossible to totally avoid it.  News bulletins are usually dominated by information about troubles, about friction of various kinds, and as the world becomes more ungodly this is increasing many fold.  God often uses human friction to test men and women as to whether they will follow what is good and true – or not!  It is of great concern when it occurs inside churches between church members, but it serves a purpose. Our readings today, in Acts 14 and 15 once again include accounts of friction as the Gospel spread in the First Century.  Paul and Barnabas spent a long time in Iconium and a great number believed “but the unbelieving Jews stirred up the Gentiles and poisoned their minds” and “the people of the city were divided” [v.2,4].  A threat of stoning arose so they fled to other cities and preached and made more converts.  Later they made a return journey “strengthening the souls of the disciples, encouraging them to continue in the faith, and saying that through many tribulations we must enter the Kingdom of God.” [v.22] Very few of us have faced troubles like this!  Is that a blessing or not?  The last year or two has brought disturbing news about fellow-believers in some countries – and led to many prayers on their behalf..  All previous generations have faced difficulties, often because they would not join the army and train to fight – when I was 19 I had to go to court because I refused to do this.  Some of the relatively few believers in Germany were killed by the Nazis; also in Russia (Ukraine) in the 1930’s fellow believers were all killed, today in some countries they find it very difficult, indeed, dangerous to come together in any number for worship. But friction results in greater conviction – you ask yourself whether you are really certain of what you believe.  If you are not certain that what you are defending is vitally important, you will not defend it, or only half-heartedly so.  The only really convinced people you seem to hear about these days, at least in this country, are those who are certain there is no God and they should be allowed to live whatever lifestyle suits them. What are we really certain about?  We have to make sure NOW that we have a clear answer!   Check how much oil is in your lamp
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November 4, 2019
Exhortation – King Hezekiah: Today’s readings.. (2 Chronicles 32), (Daniel 12), (Acts 13)
In this week’s Sunday Exhortation, we consider the righteous reign of Hezekiah.  This exhortation is available as a free MP3 Audio file
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November 3, 2019
Thought for November 3rd. “Thought for November 3rd “THE TIME OF THE END”
Watch / read / Listen to other thoughts for the day on our site here https://bibletruthandprophecy.com/category/thought-for-the-day-2/
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November 3, 2019
Signs of the Times Prophecy Update (October 2019)
Milestones updates are produced throughout the year and have been for many years they give an insight to how world events are unfolding just as the Bible Prophecied. There seems so much happening in the world at the moment and this is also to be considered a sign of the times. The movements of Russia, the EU, and others are fascinating as we see them jockey for position on the world stage. Bro Don and his Farther before him have followed these prophetic milestones for decades, producing books articles and videos to help us all understand the significant outworking of God's plan according to the scriptures. 
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November 2, 2019
Bible Questions and Answers: What Is the third Heaven why could Paul not describe it? (2 Corinth 12)
What Is the third Heaven why could Paul not describe it? (2 Corinth 12)  This question is dealt with Brother Bernard Burt from Cov west   Let us know if you agree or otherwise with his answer...
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November 2, 2019
The Two Witnesses in Revelation - Who are they? (Rev 11)
Chapter 11: A deep understanding of the Bible gives the tools to interpret the symbolic language so that believers can see God's purpose unfold from John's time on Patmos until the Kingdom is established.
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November 2, 2019
Out of the Mouth Of the Dragon Revelation
The 1st study ‘The Dragon and the Beast’ the second ‘The False Prophet’ and then the third a signs of the times update for October 2019 this event is held annually and is a great way to keep upto date with the outworking of God’s plan with the earth and Mankind that he placed upon it. his talk was the second study presented at the Northern Prophecy day in 2019 bro Bro John Owen You can watch the videos here.. cdvideo.org/2019NPD
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November 2, 2019
The False Prophet of Revelation Explained!
The False Prophet of Revelation Explained! the second ‘The False Prophet’ and then the third a signs of the times update for October 2019 this event is held annually and is a great way to keep upto date with the outworking of God’s plan with the earth and Mankind that he placed upon it.  This talk was the second study presented at the Northern Prophecy day in 2019 bro Bro Pete Owen  You can watch the videos here.. cdvideo.org/2019NPD
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November 2, 2019
Thought fo November 2nd: 'HE DID WITH ALL HIS HEART'
"HE DID WITH ALL HIS HEART"  Nov. 2 In reading the next chapter (31) in 2 Chronicles today, we saw what an example of true kingship Hezekiah displayed.  If we can grasp and keep in mind the last 2 verses in that chapter we will more fully see the POWER of positive thinking and doing – in contrast to the leaders of the nations today. These verses tell us that Hezekiah “did what was good and right and faithful before the LORD his God.  And every work that he undertook in the house of God and in accordance with the law and the commandments, seeking his God, he did with all his heart, and prospered.” There should be no ‘half measures’ in living in a way which shows our Lord takes a primary place in our thinking and the aims we have in life.  Our thoughts went forward to the time when true believers in Christ take significant roles in “the kingdom of God” that will be established over all the earth.  In that day God’s laws will be proclaimed and will be expected to be kept – throughout all the earth, “for out of Zion shall go the law, and the word of the LORD from Jerusalem.  He shall judge between the nations, and shall decide disputes …” [Isaiah 2 v. 3,4]. We linked these words with those of Jesus in his last message to those who bear his name, “…. Hold fast what you have until I come.  The one who conquers and keeps my works until the end, to him I will give authority over the nations”  [Rev. 2 v.25,26].  In a significant way, Hezekiah sets an example of this happening.  But he was a mortal king so his work did not last, but in the kingdom, those Christ puts in authority “will not be hurt by the second death” [v.11]   Let us follow Hezekiah’s example now, seeking to follow our Master with all our heart.
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November 1, 2019
Thought for November 1st “GOD IS GRACIOUS AND MERCIFUL”
In 2 Chron. Ch. 30 we have a wonderful testimony to the way God shows grace, describing the events which led to this.  Hezekiah had come to the throne in Jerusalem; his father Ahaz had been a wicked king.  Hezekiah first restores the Temple to make it fit for worship and re-organises and re-consecrates the priests as we read in ch. 29 yesterday.  A proclamation is made throughout the nation, this is also sent to the largely ungodly northern tribes, inviting them to come to Jerusalem to keep the Passover again. The king’s message is, “O people of Israel, return to the LORD, the God of Abraham, Isaac and Israel, that he may turn again to the remnant of you … Do not be like your fathers, and your brothers, who were faithless to the LORD …. So that he made them a desolation … Do not be now stiff-necked …” [v.6-8]   His message continues, “… if you return to the LORD your brothers and your children will find compassion … For the LORD your God is gracious and merciful…” [v.9]   We read that “couriers went from city to city … but they laughed them to scorn and mocked them … however, some … humbled themselves and came to Jerusalem.” [v.11] The was particularly the reaction of the godless northern tribes, but “the hand of God was also on Judah to give them one heart to do what the king and the princes commanded by the word of the LORD.” [v.12] Very soon after this the northern tribes of the kingdom were taken away to captivity by the Assyrians: actually just 6 years after Hezekiah came on the throne (see 2 Kings 17 v.6 cf 18 v.1)  Sadly about 140 years later the nation of Judah also became so godless that it suffered the same fate, this was at the hands of the Babylonians. We can see comparisons with today!  It has become common place to scorn and even mock at the message of God in the Bible. Let us make sure we are among the few that so think and live to whom “God is gracious and merciful” because they trust his word as the only source of hope in a world that is increasingly experiencing his “fierce anger”  [v.8].  It may be that exceptional fierce and destructive events such as in the weather – worse than anything previously experienced - illustrate this. Do we not see “fire and hail, snow and mist, stormy wind fulfilling his word!” [Psalm 148 v.8]?  In this situation may the LORD be “gracious and merciful” to all who turn and humble themselves and seek to serve him in truth and righteousness – knowing that “whoever does not practice righteousness is not of God.” [1John 3 v.10]
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November 1, 2019
Minute Meditation – The Carrot and the Stick – by R J. Lloyd
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November 1, 2019
Thought for October 31st. “FOR YOU ARE GREATLY LOVED”
Today’s readings.. (2 Chronicles 29), (Daniel 9), (Acts 9) What a remarkable set of heart stirring readings we have today, accounts of individuals with whom and through whom God can and did work. First, in 2 Chron. 29 we have the account of when the good king Hezekiah became king and his instant action beginning in the first month of his reign to restore the Temple and rededicate worship in it and how he inspired “all who were of a willing heart.” [v.31] to bring offerings, “and they sang praises with gladness and they bowed down and worshipped.” [v.30]. It is a chapter to be read with imagination of the event – that foreshadows – a far greater future event . In Daniel ch. 9, the aged prophet is now living in the era of King Darius, he is deeply grieved as he “perceived in the books … according of the word of the LORD to Jeremiah “ [v.2] that 70 years must pass “before the end of the desolations of Jerusalem.” Most of the chapter is his impassioned prayer, a great example for us, “O Lord, the great and awesome God, who keeps covenant and steadfast love with those who love him … To us, O LORD, belongs open shame, to our kings, to our princes, and to our fathers, because we have sinned against you. To the Lord our God belong mercy and forgiveness…[v.4,8,9] The angel Gabriel comes to him, “saying, “O Daniel, I have now come out to give you insight and understanding. At the beginning of your pleas for mercy a word went out, and I have come to tell it to you, for you are greatly loved.” [v.22,23] What will the angels say to the ‘elect’ as they gather them? How soon? When they (we) “meet the Lord in the air” [see I Thess, 4 v.17] Our ‘feast’ of thoughts continued in Acts 9 with the dramatic conversion of Saul – soon to be referred to as Paul. His first action was to be baptised. His preaching then astonished the Jews. Immediately he proclaimed Jesus in the synagogues, saying, “He is the Son of God.” Then Paul “increased all the more in strength, and confounded the Jews who lived in Damascus by proving that Jesus was the Christ.” [v.20-22] And us. How, is our strength increasing? How zealous are we in “proving” the things which we claim to believe? Surely Paul became “greatly loved” for his zeal and total commitment – and we must look at ourselves, look into our own hearts. May the angels gather us because we “are greatly loved.”
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October 31, 2019
Conversations: Christadelphians talk about their Faith - Prophecy of Daniel 2
Open and honest personal testimony by individual Christadelphians concerning how they  came to their faith and what convinced them the Bible (Scriptures ) were the inspired word of an almighty God who has a plan and purpose with this earth and Mankind who he placed upon it. This episode - Matt Davies on prophecy  "Men were not ushered into being for the purpose of being saved or lost. God-manifestation, not human salvation, was the grand purpose of the Eternal Spirit. The salvation of a multitude is incidental to the manifestation, but it was not the end proposed. The Eternal Spirit intended to enthrone himself on the earth, and, in so doing, to develop a Divine Family from among men, every one of whom shall be spirit because born of the Spirit, and that this family shall be large enough to fill the earth, when perfected, to the entire  exclusion of flesh and blood." John Thomas Feb26,1858
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April 25, 2019
Rugby Bible prophecy Day 2019
  Ever given serious consideration to what is happening in the world? The Bible has been largely neglected by modern generations for it’s ability to show those things which God has declared ‘shall shortly come to pass’ The world in which we live has become increasingly uncertain and men’s hearts are concerned only with what they want! The Bible prophecied this time would come – A time, just before the return of Jesus Christ to the Earth. Have you read the Bible lately? you may be surprised! Watch in Full HD below – Click Image to play… 1: Israel an attractive spoil – Bro A.Bramhill (Redditch)2: The Nations preparing for Armageddon – Bro N.White (Pershore)3: Milestones Update Feb 2019 – Bro D. Pearce (Rugby Watch in Full HD below – Click Image to play… https://bibletruthandprophecy.com/rugby-bible-prophecy-day-2019-live-video-stream/
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March 3, 2019
Developing A Godly Conscience - Essential!
An excellent exhortation and insight into how to go about achieving this essential attribute. Delivered by Bro Justin Robinson (Enfield Ecclesia) in Feb 2019
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February 11, 2019
Is the Bible Of Any Use in 2019?
Bro Pete Owen leads us in this end of year study
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January 6, 2019
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