Your oil will not run out

Today’s reading comes from 2 Kings 4:1-7

The wife of a man from the company of the prophets cried out to Elisha, “Your servant my husband is dead, and you know that he revered the Lord. But now his creditor is coming to take my two boys as his slaves.”

2 Elisha replied to her, “How can I help you? Tell me, what do you have in your house?”

“Your servant has nothing there at all,” she said, “except a small jar of olive oil.”

3 Elisha said, “Go around and ask all your neighbors for empty jars. Don’t ask for just a few. 4 Then go inside and shut the door behind you and your sons. Pour oil into all the jars, and as each is filled, put it to one side.”

5 She left him and shut the door behind her and her sons. They brought the jars to her and she kept pouring. 6 When all the jars were full, she said to her son, “Bring me another one.”

But he replied, “There is not a jar left.” Then the oil stopped flowing.
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What is Water Baptism?

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Our Lord Jesus Christ commanded us to be baptised with water (Matthew 28:19-20). Jesus Himself was baptised with water at the beginning of his ministry (Mark 3:13-15, Luke 3:21)

Being baptised with water is a demonstration of our obedience to the Lord Jesus Christ. Furthermore, water baptism is a practical demonstration of a spiritual reality that has already taken place.

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The Language of God: A Scientist Presents Evidence for Belief

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Francis Collins, the author of this work, is the distinguished physician and geneticist who was the director of the Human Genome project. The Human Genome research was a ‘complex multidisciplinary scientific enterprise directed at mapping and sequencing all of the human DNA, and determining aspects of its function’.

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Mere Apologetics: How to Help Seekers and Skeptics Find Faith

The author of this book is Alister McGrath, formerly Professor of Mere_ApologeticsTheology, Ministry and Education at King’s College London,  is now the Andreas Idreos Professorship in Science and Religion at University of Oxford, UK.

This book is an excellent introduction to apologetics. ‘Apologetics aims to convert believers into thinkers, and thinkers into believers’ (p.11), is one of McGrath’s precise descriptions on this subject that offers a clear understanding of what apologetics aims to accomplish. Continue reading Mere Apologetics: How to Help Seekers and Skeptics Find Faith

Spirit, Soul and body

The Christian faith should touch more than just your spirit. The phrase ‘I am born-again’ is often used lightly.

The full implications of our coming into a living knowledge of Christ should a renewed thinking and more control of the untamed emotions that often give believers a bad name – and not always without some justification.

Bible Tour – Part 2

This continues our Bible Tour from last month. 

Joshua follows the book of Deuteronomy. Joshua is all about the conquest of the land of Canaan that God had promised to Abraham in Genesis 12. Moses is now dead and Joshua is the new leader of the children of Israel. God tells Joshua to be strong and courageous – essential ingredients for leadership (ch. 1). Joshua leads the children of Israel in taking (almost) all the Land God had promised them. Continue reading Bible Tour – Part 2

Made in His Image

Then God said, “Let us make mankind in our image, in our likeness, so that they may rule over the fish in the sea and the birds in the sky, over the livestock and all the wild animals, and over all the creatures that move along the ground.” So God created mankind in his own image, in the image of God he created them; male and female he created them. (Genesis 1:26-27 NIV)

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