Signs of the Times – “A Middle East assassination”

Tensions between the USA and Iran escalated towards the end of 2019, culminating early this month with the killing in Iraq of Iran’s second most powerful figure, General Qasem Soleimani, in an American airstrike. President Trump justified his decision to act in this way by claiming that “Soleimani was plotting imminent and sinister attacks on… Read More Signs of the Times – “A Middle East assassination”

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Today’s thought “Plea for Vindication or for Protection against Oppressors” (January 07)

The previous years we here in Belgium did not have it quite easy. In 2012 we got even silenced for some time. It looked like the time of a battle of the greatest and strongest, against such small communities like ours, had started. With the hope to have a bigger community and able to be… Read More Today’s thought “Plea for Vindication or for Protection against Oppressors” (January 07)

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Today’s thought “Allowed to have dominion over the universe” (January 02)

The first Daily Bible Readings of the year tells us about the beginning of everything and how man received the earth. In Genesis 1 we read on the first day of the year how the Unseen Eternal Spirit Being out of nowhere, time, space, and all the living whirl forth, as Elohim or God spoke… Read More Today’s thought “Allowed to have dominion over the universe” (January 02)

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Prayer theme for December: Pray for the coming of the Prince of Peace

When you visit Bethlehem today, you are in a war zone. It is only 10km from Jerusalem, but getting there involves crossing a fortified border, for Bethlehem is in Palestinian territory, in the West Bank. Only tourists can cross this border; Israelis and Palestinians are mainly restricted to their own sides. The forbidding border wall… Read More Prayer theme for December: Pray for the coming of the Prince of Peace

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Today’s thought “If I perish I perish” (November 28)

Today’s thought “If I perish I perish” (November 28) We are reading the dramatic story of Esther. When I was young, around sixty years ago – and a member of the large Melbourne Youth Group – we put on an elaborate presentation of Esther and I played the part of Mordecai. It is the sort… Read More Today’s thought “If I perish I perish” (November 28)

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Today’s thought “Word of the Only One God – To be read and listened at” (November 21)

In the Daily Bible reading of November the 20th we read how Ezra the priest brought the law before the congregation both of men and women, and all who could hear with understanding, upon the first day of the seventh month. Because many could not read Ezra himself read from the scroll of Moses’ laws… Read More Today’s thought “Word of the Only One God – To be read and listened at” (November 21)

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Signs of the times – “Cornish tin found in Israel”

A few months ago a scientific journal, PLOS One, published a remarkable paper written by an international team of scientists – from Germany, Italy, the USA and Israel. They provided the results of their analysis of twenty-seven tin ingots (blocks) found at “well-known sites in the eastern Mediterranean Sea” – some from shipwrecks off the… Read More Signs of the times – “Cornish tin found in Israel”

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Today’s thought “Not stopping doing what is right” (November 5)

Today’s thought “Not stopping doing what is right” (November 5) Throughout the ages there have been times people loved to remember their dead with bringing offers to them. Many times several gods and ghosts were revered. More than once people had forgotten about the Most important Book for life. When Josiah was eight years and… Read More Today’s thought “Not stopping doing what is right” (November 5)

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Signs of the times – “The Iranian corridor”

In recent years Iran has gradually extended its influence across the Middle East – both directly and through proxies – and its unremitting hostility to the State of Israel is a source of deep concern in that country. Recent press reports, such as the following comments from The Guardian, have highlighted Tehran’s determination to have… Read More Signs of the times – “The Iranian corridor”

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Today’s thought “the Character moulded by the trials of life” (August 06)

Today’s thought “the Character moulded by the trials of life” (August 06) 2Sa 24: “The final chapter of the book reveals David in a wonderful light. His character, moulded by the trials of life, is shown to be mindful of his people as a mediator in Israel’s time of trouble. The people had been guilty… Read More Today’s thought “the Character moulded by the trials of life” (August 06)

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Signs of the times – “Returning to the land”

It has recently been announced by Israel’s Central Bureau of Statistics that the country’s population now exceeds nine million. As of March this year the number of Jews had reached 6,697,000, or 74.2% of the population, with 1,890,000 (20.9%) who are Arab, and 434,000 (4.8%) who belong to other religious or ethnic groups. The Times… Read More Signs of the times – “Returning to the land”

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Today’s thought “Remembering the wrong done.” (August 03)

Today’s thought “Don’t remember the wrong your servant did” (August 03) Let us stay for a moment by the Bible text we read yesterday. 2Sa 19:20 20 For thy servant doth know that I have sinned: therefore, behold, I am come this day the first of all the house of Joseph to go down to meet… Read More Today’s thought “Remembering the wrong done.” (August 03)

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